I haven’t posted for a long time. Some of my readers have wondered why I stopped and have asked for more stories. I love to write, but I stopped. I also paint in oil and watercolor, and I stopped that too. I stopped volunteering in my granddaughters first grade class, even though I adored it. The reason I stopped all of the things that I loved was that my mother was diagnosed with ALS in September of 2012 and went downhill very fast. She was only 73 and had been healthy and active until last summer. I lost her on April 20th, 2013. I am an only child, and my father died when I was 11, so my mother and I were close and spent time together every week that she was not traveling. When she became ill and it became difficult for her to speak, I communicated with doctors for her, went to appointments with her, set up hospice when it became necessary, and provided direct care in the final weeks. Being there for her and for my stepfather, was my focus. After her death, there were her belongings to go through and I had to catch up on many things that were put on the back burner during her illness. I am slowly trying to get back on track with my own life.
It was the year of loss for Lloyd and I. Between October of 2012 and April of 2013, he lost his dad, I lost a cousin who was only 42, and we lost our cat, in addition to my mother. It seemed we could hardly grieve for one loss before having to process another. We hope that is over for a while now.
Lloyd and I have been traveling and I’ve been taking pictures and talking to collectors, so there are more stories to tell. I’m rusty with the blogging, but at least getting the wheels turning again. Thanks for your patience during my absence. I am looking forward to sharing our adventures with you once again. I hope you will enjoy the stories and the photos of some amazing collections that we are fortunate enough to see.