|Last sunset of 2010|
Nothing too unusual about these plans.
But 2010 has had a profound effect on me in other sewing related ways. When I heard in the late spring of this year that the wonderful Shannon Gifford (remarkable Patternreview teacher) and Fred Bloebaum (terrific pattern designer of La Fred patterns) had passed away at such young ages I was so saddened for their families and our sewing community who lost inspiring, encouraging, patient and creative teachers. They were both younger than I am, even more tragic that they died right when their lives were full of joy, family and accomplishment. Yes, I know in my head intellectually that any day on earth could be my last day, but their deaths were reminders at the heart level. Not long afterwards, my husband and I were out for happy hour one evening and I reminded him of a plan we have. We've always said that when the dog dies (mind you, that could easily be 5 or 6 years away since Sam is a healthy 11 going on 12) we'll take our big trip to Australia and New Zealand. Well, that night I decided that who knows if one or both of us will outlive the dog and I want to take that trip now. So that is why late this February into the first two weeks of March we'll be traveling for my "bucket list" trip. Sam will be heading to a great kennel here in SW Florida and we'll be flying off to New Zealand for 3 weeks hiking and touring the South Island. I'll be sewing up several pieces to take on that trip over the next two months in between planning more details of our visit. It's more than a little ironic that sometimes it takes sadness and pain for us to fully experience joys but that's the contradictory nature of life.
In the meantime, wishing you a happy new year and the chance to fulfill your heart's desire this year.