Shaky Endings, New Beginnings

There’s always a sort of nostalgic review process that accompanies the end of a year – at least for me.  I’ve noticed that many of my fellow bloggers have great posts documenting their successes and their “learning experiences” for the year.  Having amassed such a short list of attempts hardly worth reviewing, I hope you’ll indulge a post that hopefully will explain why there aren’t more projects on my “completed/attempted” list!

My 2012 went out with both blessings and a bit of sorrow (which I’m hoping explains my dearth of posts).  The year was absolutely packed, but for me the last three months had such an impact that I’m sticking to those.

Blessings first:

My 82 year old father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, had surgery in late October and received an “all clear” in mid-December – an early (and best) Christmas gift!  THANK YOU to all the folks at Mayo Clinic in FL whose expertise made this possible!

I’m so thankful that it was possible for me to be there when they came home to take care of one recovering patient and one very tired spouse!  My brother and his family handled things on the FL end; I was the caretaker on the recovery end.  Thanks to my terrific husband and son for letting me abandon them – at least they had clean clothes (sort of)!

It was indeed an occasion for celebrating!  Cheers, with grateful hearts!

Starting down this blog journey that was inspired by reading so many wonderful posts from talented sewists was another blessing!  Although events took me away from being as active as I’d planned, I’m so grateful to those of you who took the time to read and comment and encourage me on my fledgling efforts as I inch my way back to actual sewing!  I promise there are more posts to come in short order :)

The Sad, and the Hidden Blessings:

In November, shortly before Thanksgiving, we lost a wonderful, kind, talented man:  My Uncle Walt Zeboski.  You know how some people are just perennially positive and just plain good people?  Uncle Walt was such a man.  A photographer for the Associated Press for years in Sacramento, CA, Uncle Walt covered so many amazing events, and did it all with the utmost professionalism, humor and skill.  He was a wonderful husband, father, friend – and an uncle we saw all too infrequently.  Here are just a few of my favorite pictures he’s taken.  I hope you’ll find them interesting:

This one of then CA Gov Brown was nominated for a Pulitzer:

Martin Luther King speaking at an event in CA:

On the presidential campaign plane during President Reagan’s run for office (Uncle Walt was Reagan’s photographer.  So many wonderful pics – google Walt Zeboski for more!)

President Reagan passing out his trademark jellybeans aboard the plane

And my favorite picture:  Uncle Walt patiently showing my almost 3 year old
how to snap a picture.

Uncle Walt, you’re very much missed!

Yet there were some hidden blessings within the ‘sad’.  As funerals often do, celebrating Uncle Walt’s life brought together family members not seen in years.  Mom and I flew to CA, leaving my nicely recovering father at home, and abandoning my husband and son – again. It was a real treat to see my CA cousin Jan again and meet his wonderful family.  Being on opposite coasts we hadn’t seen each other in years, making due with social media to stay connected.   So nice to have some “face time” at last!

Seeing my wonderful Aunt Virginia, and watching she and my mother sharing memories was a true blessing, too.  As an added surprise, my brother joined us from FL – what a treasure to be able to spend time with him, too!  An extra special treat was hearing all the stories that Uncle Walt’s friends and AP associates told as we all gathered together at the home he and my aunt shared for over thirty years.

Mom and I returned to their home three days before Thanksgiving, which saw the arrival of my own family and such a happy celebration of our blessings of good health and happiness!  Dad’s doing so well that he and Mom were able to come to our home for Christmas, which was a wonderful close to the year.  My Aunt Virginia, an amazing person in her own right, has sad days, of course, but is doing fabulously, surrounded by family and friends.  Truly, we have all been richly blessed this year, even amid the sadness!

So, goodbye 2012, and welcome to a New Year – and to new projects and adventures!

Here’s wishing every one of you a wonderful and blessed 2013!  Can’t wait to see read everyone’s posts, learn from your experience, and marvel at your fabulously completed apparel!

From the top of the ‘W’ in DC, 3/5s of my family wishes yours a Happy New Year!

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6 Responses to Shaky Endings, New Beginnings

  1. Judith says:

    2012 was bittersweet for you! Your Uncle gave a lot to this world whilst he was here, and has left behind his mark through his extremely talented photos. And your Dad had just the best news with his health.
    Here’s hoping 2013 is everything your are wanting…J

    • admin says:

      Thanks, Judith. He was a special man, for sure! It was kind of a bittersweet end to the year – some sad news, but some really great news, too! I guess some times are just that way.

  2. admin says:

    Thank you so much, Judith, for your kind words. All the best to you in 2013!

  3. prttynpnk says:

    Wow, what a marvelous legacy for a much loved man. Congrats to your Father- I know from my own year- that is excellent news!

  4. admin says:

    Thanks so much…and it WAS excellent news. We’re so happy. Hope everything is positive in your world, too :)

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