In late May, I traveled to Eagleville, MO to celebrate the life of my Great-Aunt Madolyn Richardson Jones. The Angeline carved in the granite pictured above was her grandmother and one of the women I'm named for. I am happy I made the trip south and that I had the company of my cousin, Vicky, for the drive. We had some great conversations. The country was lovely and although we had a bit of rain, the weather was outstanding--especially for the service that took place on a hilltop in lush northern Missouri. Aunt Madolyn was an inspiring woman who lived to the age of 98 and one-half years. She was such a positve influence in our family and she was active her entire life until the last month or three. I know she will continue to shape my life. Reconnecting (and connecting) with family was marvelous despite the cause of the gathering. Madolyn's daughter, Cathy, is a weaver and we shared some good times talking about weaving.
There's been some weaving! The blue is a length of wool in plain weave that may become a garment (of some sort) some day. It was the first project on the Norwood. I do love to weave. I just need to be faster at warping and more constant at being in the studio.
A second weaving! A shawl in Cascade 220 that feels quite cushy, which was my goal. There's more 220 where that came from, so don't be shocked to see another one.
I'm also taking an online tapestry course that I need to catch up with! Weaving, weaving!
The cats are all fine and love to hang out with me when they're not chasing rodents or enjoying the sunshine. Dan says they're all "mama babies" since I retired. What can I say? :D
My collection of good recipes continues to expand, as has my waist. Disappointing that last bit, but it can be addressed with some effort and movement - I hope. I've learned that retirement is great but it didn't magically eliminate my stress-eating. I imagine somebody could have told me that. Ha.
Have a safe and relaxing holiday long-weekend. I know I'll endeavor to do just that.