Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Returning to Artful Blogging.... Family First

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Today I am back to the blog hoping to post  work I created in the last six months in 2012 as well as posting a few snapshots from the CHA show in January! 

But before that,  I've also decided to share with you a bit about my absence from blogging for several months.

In June last year I had to switch my focus  to  my Dad who had his 86th birthday in May.  If you met my Dad, you'd fall in love with him.   He always has a joke to tell, a good word to say, and something from his past that always reminds me of how important the simpler things are in life.  

At 86 he still golfs at least once a week and when the golf courses close, he takes up bowling.  His rescue dog - Fergie is never far behind him.  She's an elderly toothless Bichon he adopted shortly after my Mom passed away.  If I can't reach my Dad on the phone normally it's because he is  out for a walk with Fergie. And you can set your watch to their schedule of walks that occur three times a day.

Unfortunately, Dad has had to weather several years of financial stresses  because he lent a large sum of money to a family member who had not been able to repay him.  So Dad and I worked together over the summer and fall and things are finally back to where he does not have to be anxious about his finances and I can relax knowing he is OK.

Here's a photo of my Dad  and my daughter Hayley opening presents at my daughter Hayley's home at Christmas this year.  He looks almost as though he's the present in the box!    What a dear sweet man and a true gift!

Christmas 2012 - Dad and Hayley at Hayley's



5 comments:

Joanna said...

What a lovely sounding man and I love that photo, such fun! Well done for helping out your dad.

xxxx

Linda said...

Trudi I'm sure your father is so grateful to have had you to help him thru a difficult time. Lovely photo-you can just see his kindness in his expressive face. Your daughter's a cutie too. Family first, yes; but I hope you'll take some time for yourself too. You need to keep your energy tank full :)

Lorraine said...

Lovely photo Trudi!

Lynn said...

Thank you Trudi for sharing your dad with us, he does look really well for his age. I understand how you sometimes just have to forget everything else and focus on family. I am going through some things with my parents right now too. Dad has Parkinsons and I know he would be doing things the way your dad does if he could, he was always so active. We are currently getting ready to move them to a bungalow because its just not safe at their home for him anymore. He is so excited about it too, he never complains and is always so positive. Your dad reminds me a lot of him from what you shared :)

Lynn said...

Thank you Trudi for sharing your dad with us, he does look really well for his age. I understand how you sometimes just have to forget everything else and focus on family. I am going through some things with my parents right now too. Dad has Parkinsons and I know he would be doing things the way your dad does if he could, he was always so active. We are currently getting ready to move them to a bungalow because its just not safe at their home for him anymore. He is so excited about it too, he never complains and is always so positive. Your dad reminds me a lot of him from what you shared :)