Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Coffee Talk

I’m sitting here with The Today Show on in the background, Jace happily playing a game on the iPad, and a coffee in my hands. Since we haven’t spent much time together lately, I thought it was a good time for another coffee talk.

 

Jace and I spent the last week in California for my grandpa’s funeral. His health started doing poorly about a month ago, so we had booked our plane tickets to go see him one last time. My grandpa has always been a fighter—defeating cancer twice, open heart surgery and congestive heart failure over the years as well. There have been several times over the past 12 years or so where he has been given six months to live and each time he’s managed to amaze his doctors. So when I booked our tickets, I figured this could potentially be just one more time of saying goodbye to Grandpa and then seeing him again a year later. Sadly, though, he passed away two days before Jace and I were set to fly down. I had a feeling the day he died that it would happen, and was so thankful that I’d be able to be there for the funeral.

 

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I did get to see him this summer when Jace and went to California with my parents. At that time, I figured it could have been the last time I’d see him. I’m so thankful for that time and that he got to meet Jace.

 

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There were several very personal elements to the funeral. I actually had the thought that if there was a blog that featured funerals (how weird would that be?), this would be one that would be highlighted. My grandpa was a WWII veteran, so he had a flag draped coffin. Rather than having a floral arrangement from the family, my mom and her brother and sister honored their dad’s love of wood by having a florist arrange branches from a redwood tree. On the table with pictures and memorabilia from his life, they had a basket full of fresh produce as a representative of my grandpa’s love of cooking, especially with fresh fruits and vegetables. And finally, by younger brothers (Army veteran and Naval officer) wore their uniforms and were two of the pallbearers. They also folded the flag at the gave side service and my brother presented it to my uncle. I am thankful for the faith that my grandpa and I shared and that I will see him again.

 

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On a happier note, I was able to visit Hobby Lobby again while I was in California. I picked up some ruffle fabric and a gray and white stripe knit. The stripe is supposed to be for scarves for my shop, but I’m thinking I’ll make a cute maternity top from it instead.

 

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Easter is just around the corner and I need to get my dress made. I still think I’m going to knock this dress off, but I first need to find the fabric. A trip to Joann’s is in order today.

 

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My shop’s stock is dwindling quite a bit so I need to put some actual effort into making new items for it. I have all the materials purchased already for some flower necklaces, wrap belts and spring scarves.

 

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I am determined to have us take a family vacation this summer—even if I need to make lots of sales to pay for the gas. My grandparents have a house in Cambria, CA on the central coast. This is the view just across the street from their house.

 

 

So that’s what’s on my mind this morning. I hope you are have a wonderful Tuesday!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

6 comments:

  1. It sounds like your grandpa was an amazing man, and I'm sorry for your loss, but it's nice that you got to spend time with him last year and that he had a chance to meet your son.

    And yay about all the other good stuff. I'm curious to see what your latest and greatest project is going to be. And I hope you get a chance to take that vacation, I'm sure it'll be well deserved.

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  2. Very sweet, Jill. We are loving all the photos you took. They are such a comfort! Thank you

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  3. Jill, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa, but I'm so glad you got to see him relatively recently before he passed, and that you could go to the funeral. Have fun sewing an Easter dress . . . sounds like you could use some relaxing after a sad and stressful time!

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  4. Sorry about your grandpa, friend! So glad you got to be there for the funeral.
    And can't wait to see the projects you mentioned- love the coffee talk! :)

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  5. I think you should start another blog..."coffee-talk" :) I sat drinking my, cold coffee, that used to be warm while reading this. What a lovely tribute to Grandpa....he is so going to missed! We also have loved seeing the pictures!

    I can't wait to see your Easter dress! You always come up with fun, cute ideas! :)

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  6. I love that your family included your Grandpa's favorites at the funeral...that picture of the fresh fruits & veggies and jello made me smile!

    Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog! Hope you have a great weekend!

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