Sunday, November 11, 2007

Changes

A friend once told me that when you hear an owl hooting it means change is coming. We've heard the owl almost every evening for a couple of weeks now. Early this morning Auntie Ethel finally passed away, quietly & peacefully. For this we are very thankful. She was 94 years & one month old. She lived way beyond what the doctors thought she could, though we had no doubt she wouldn't go in a flash.
This picture is one I took when she was 89, & she hiked a 3 mile hike with us. This was the 1/2 way point on the hike. A year later, Alzheimer's was starting to take its toll, & she had to move in with us. We had her here in our home for 3 years, until she became too ill, & required 24 hour care, then she went to the assisted living home where she was one of 4 or 5 little old ladies, & she enjoyed the company of most of them. Aside from her failing health, her time there was pretty happy.
Her passing means we will be flying to Florida to take her back to be buried by her husband Jack.
Around the house I've been painting furniture,
and a new shelf built to accommodate the new refrigerator that we're waiting to come in. We removed a row of cupboards, & Warren built these shelves, then I painted them. The new refrigerator will have cabinet doors that match the bead-board walls here.
My youngest son Corey is back in town for the winter. He stopped by yesterday to take some of the things we were storing for him to his new apartment.
Maybe when we get back from Florida I'll be able to get back to my quilting & have something fun to share.

23 comments:

Vicki W said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Aunt but have to admit that I would consider myself fortunate to live such a long a happy life!

Barbara C said...

My condolences on your loss. It seems like your aunt had a good life and was vigorous through most of her later years.

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

I am sending my condolences to you and your family.

diva of quilts said...

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Granny Fran said...

Love and comfort to you and your family. Your Aunt sounds like an amazing lady who lived a long, full life, and that has to be a comfort to you.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Memories last forever m'dear.

Many hugs~

jenclair said...

I am thankful that her death was a quiet and peaceful one. It is hard to lose someone you love, but Ethel was lucky to have (at such an advanced age) people who still loved and cared for her.

MargaretR said...

Condolences on your sad loss and i'm sure you will miss her, but can be thankful she passed away peacefully after such a full and happy life.
Strange you should mention the owl hooting. There was a tradition in the village where I grew up that when an owl hooted like this there would be a death nearby and I found it very frightening as a child, wondering who was going to die.

Rian said...

Rest in peace Aunie Ethel.

Sheri said...

Sorry for your loss.
I think here's a lot of folk lore with the Owl. I read a book years ago. I think it was about Alaska "I heard the Owl Call My Name" It was about a young minister living in Alaska.A good book.
Sheri

Allison Ann Aller said...

I hope your trip to Florida brings consolation to your family...and joy, too.
Peace to your Aunt Ethel....

Lei Lei said...

Sorry to hear about Aunt Ethel. I called mom to tell her because her 'puter is down (again). How's Uncle Warren? Tough as ever. Well, try to enjoy your trip to Florida. I love you both, misses too. See you soon? Hi to Corey

My Brain on Quilts said...

Thank you for sharing Aunt Ethel with us. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Helen Suzanne said...

aww Debs I'm sorry to hear of your Aunt's passing. I've heard about the owl signalling a change... particularly a passing away. Take care and travel safely. hugs
Helen S

Deb Geyer said...

Your aunt sounds like she was amazing. May she rest in peace.

Shirley Goodwin said...

94 years is a good long life. The best we can hope for is to die peacefully in our sleep after a long life. (((hugs)))

Ali Honey said...

Good Bye Aunt Ethel. That's a wonderful age to attain and you were a lucky lady to have family who cared for you so much.

Thinking of you all Deb as you travel to take her to her resting place. Go safely.

Hugs from Ali in NZ.

Sheri said...

PS-correction "I Heard the Owl Call My Name" took place in British Columbia not Alaska. Just looked that up:)
Sheri

Micki said...

Deb, I am sorry for your loss. Your Aunt Ethel lived a long time and was nice that she had people who cared so much.

MJAPA said...

Awwww, poor olld Auntie E. She will be missed. I hope I am lucky enough to live to be 94!

Debra Spincic said...

I am sure Aunt Ethel will always live in your heart! Godspeed!

Kay said...

My condolences. How fortunate she was to have you.

Jeannie said...

Thank you for sharing Aunt Ethel with us and please accept my condolences on your loss. I highly recommend reading I Heard an Owl Called My Name. It is a old classic that is a beautiful story.