Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Blog Ring 2013

I recently joined up for a Holiday Blog ring from Every week 2 artists will be featured. The first 2 artists are: John Rasmussen of Rasmussen Gems. I'm a huge fan of John's. He is very talented. He also has a blog you can follow: Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry LLC.  
John Atwell Rasmussen was educated in Geology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He then taught geology and after ten years switched professional course to prehospital medicine. He retired from emergency medical services and now pursues his love of rocks, minerals and gems as the lapidary and jeweler at Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry LLC. He has been educated in Gemology and Jewelry Design and Repair at: International Gem Society, Gemological Institute of America and Penn Foster Career School.

Dr. Rasmussen is assisted in the shop by his wife, Debora Lee Rasmussen. She is disabled and does bead design and crafting making all of the beaded pieces in the shop. Debora previously designed decorative swags and wreaths custom made for home decor. He is on Facebook as well: Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry

The other artist featured is Larissa of Reef Botanicals and Fabric of my Mind

Larissa is part of a husband and wife team, (Eric and Larissa) who discovered their mutual love for making things from scratch. They cook, bake, brew, craft, paint, photograph... and that doesn't take into account our other hobbies! They have one dog, three cats, and four fish. Reef Botanicals was named after their our 4th cat, Reef, a feisty, loyal sweetheart who is remembered fondly.

I hope you hop over to their shops and blogs and check them out. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sad days and more sad days

I have not blogged since August. I have my reasons. You see, my mother, my best friend, has been battling Stage 4 Breast Cancer since 2011. In August 2013, she began a new chemo drug. This is her 3rd round of chemo in 2 and a half years. On Sept 12, 2013, she went to the hospital due to vomiting for a week. She had lost a pound a day from the vomiting. She was admitted to the hospital and the doctor decided the chemo medication was making her ill. Within 2 weeks the cancer had spread to the lining of both lungs, her ribs, and her liver. She was too weak and sick to begin chemo.

My mother was placed in hospice care shortly after the cancer spread. She was inpatient in hospice for 2 weeks and then discharged to my care in my home. I got the honor of caring for my mother in her final days. She passed away on November 2, 2013 at the age of 67 years old. She leaves behind, her husband of 50 years (my dad), and my 3 brothers, as well as myself.

I am struggling to accept that my mom is gone. She was my best friend. My partner at craft fairs. We sold MaryKay together.

There is an emptiness in my heart.

Rest in peace Mama.

My beautiful Mom