Sunday, September 5, 2021

September 2021

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. It has been a rough few weeks for me and my family.  The end of July, we lost a dear aunt. She was 93 and took a bad fall. At the same time, my father-in-law’s heart condition worsened. He had been in a skilled nursing facility to get physical therapy. The facility went on lockdown due to COVID cases and he got severely depressed. After his stroke in 2008, he lost most of his ability to talk, but he very clearly said he wanted to go home. 

1937 - 2021

As his conditioned worsened, he was transferred to the local hospital. The doctors explained to Hubby, his sister, and his mom that my father-in-law’s heart condition was very bad and he didn’t have long. My FIL came home on hospice on a Tuesday. The family surrounded him with love, comfort, and peace. He passed away peacefully the following day. 

The following days were a blur.  During this time, we learned of the unexpected passing of three friends. Then came news of two aunts and a cousin who had passed. In three weeks time, we lost five family members and three friends.  

For several years, Hubby’s company has had a fishing trip in Canada for the top techs of the company. Hubby has always been in the top three and enjoyed these fishing trips. They couldn’t go last year, but the Canadian border was opened to vehicles just before the fishing trip was scheduled for this year. 

Hubby had a great time, except that it was very hot and humid there. He packed for much cooler weather, expecting it to be like past years. Instead, he came home with a sunburn. 

We had thunderstorm one evening and were treated to a rare, full, double rainbow. It lasted at least 30 minutes and was so vibrant. 

We have had some spectacular sunsets. This evening sunset filled everything with a gorgeous warm glow.

Do you have a “Tupperware drawer” in your kitchen? I do, and it’s the one drawer that I let my grandson, Baby L, play in. Hubby forgot to close the little lid on the gravy shaker before he put it away and, of course, Little Dude chose to play with that item. The little lid went missing and we looked for it for weeks.

I finally found it the other day, lol. I swear I looked in that container too!

Ha! Turns out the exercise bike is multi-purpose after all, lol.

School is back in session and I get to spend several days a week with my sweet grandson. He loves every kind of fruit and loves helping in the garden. The apples on our apple tree are ready for picking and Little Dude discovered them. Notice the doggy nose in the picture? Hazel(nut) loves apples too! Hazel and Hollie think anything Little Dude gets to eat, they do too. 

Flowers and tomatoes have been outstanding this summer.

Enjoy the last weeks of the season!

I pray that wherever you are that you and your family are safe and healthy.

Until next time,

Happy Stitchin’


  1. I am so sorry to hear about all the family members going to heaven. They are at peace now. I am really glad your hubby had a great fishing trip. Yes,this year it has been a warmer summer than most. Better sunburn than frost bite. Big hugs from Canada. Lynda Ruth

  2. I'm so sorry for your losses - that's a lot to deal with.

  3. Dear Pam ,I am so very sorry for your loss .
    We have also lost to many friends this year .
    It is good that your hubby got away .
    Love your pink bench .
    When I lost my daughter some time ago now we had a double rainbow over the church , some one said it's a sign that your love ones are saying they are safe now .
    I have never seen a double rainbow before but now I have seen a few , and every time I see any rainbow we say , our daughter is saying hello.
    I hope this Autumn will bring you peace .

  4. Pam, I am so sorry to read of the losses you have had with your family and friends. May you find comfort in the memories you have of them. Glad your husband was able to go on the fishing trip. Your grandson is a cutie. Thinking of you.

  5. Pam I am glad the last hours of your FIL's life were spent with you all comforting him. Your grandson is so adorable. What a treasure he is. I hope the cooler weather brings less headaches for you my friend.

  6. Oh Pam. I am so sorry to read about all the heartache and losses that you've gone through. I pray that the rest of this year will bring you lots of blessings. Other than the bad news, your blog is full of beautiful pictures and happy things. Little Dude is beautiful.

  7. Hi Pam... I'm so very sorry to read about the loss of your father-in-law. Mine passed two months ago and it's always difficult no matter their age. It sounds like you've been through a lot of loss between friends and family. I hope the happy memories of times shared with each will help you during the sad times. I'm glad your FIL was able to be with all of you at the end.

    Your grandson is adorable--I love how you find things in different spots after they leave :) Our grandson was just here for a week and I'm still recovering! Busy, busy :)

    Take care now and I hope September is kinder to your family ♥

  8. So sorry for all your losses. My goodness that's a lot of heartache in a short time.

    Our garden was a waste this year, a lot of tomatoes were half over ripe and half yellow. Your porch is wonderful!

  9. Pam, So sorry to read of your losses. Things, good and bad, seem to come in bunches. Prayers for your family.

    Your garden looks like it produced well. And your flowers are so pretty. Aren’t grandsons the best?

  10. Sorry to hear about so many family members passing.
    Baby L is too cute.
    Gotta love that rainbow.


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