"Life is a stocking," Grandma says, "And yours has just begun."
"But I am knitting the toe of mine, and my work is almost done." (19th century rhyme)
I said goodbye to my Grandma Doris this weekend. Thanks to all of you for your prayers for her. She went in the hospital last week with congestive heart failure and had a "mini stroke" on Sunday that affected her right side. Still, tests show her heart is still relatively strong, though obviously she is declining. She could have another stroke and not be able to talk, though. So my sister and I decided to drive up to northern Wisconsin to see her. It was a good visit; we spent about three and half hours with her on Saturday and about two on Sunday. She was in decent spirits but also seemed like she was letting go.
The quintessential saver, she was even letting go of her stuff. She had wanted us to go over to her place at the assisted living center and go through her clothes and things to see if there was anything we wanted to take. Amy and I both have a lot of cool stuff from my grandma, as she has slowly been doling it out to family. She really was the pack rat of all pack rats (it must be where I get it!) It was weird going through her stuff without her to tell a story about each piece, but of course she has written notes attached to almost everything. I thought these vintage handkerchiefs were cute.
I have a few pieces of jewelry from her already, but took these two vintage pins and fun 70s earrings. The beads are jade and were a gift from my grandpa. She told me a story about how my grandpa's first gift to her was a tacky windmill tchotchke thing, but that she was honest about not wanting lots of knickknacks and he always gave her nice stuff after that.
This knitting bag is the coolest (thanks, Stacey, for pointing it out to me!). You can see a peek of what I knit in the car (Amy drove the whole way, including through the most awful fog I have ever seen). I also got a few clothes and books, too.
It's always sad when something like this is what prompts a trip to see relatives, but it was a really nice visit, even if less than 48 hours. We stayed with my Auntie Sue (I got a cool gift from her, too, which I'll post later) and got to visit with cousins Stacey, Kim and Kendra. And I got to tell my grandma how lucky I was to have a grandmother like her throughout my life, and that I would be sad that she might not meet my kids. She is a huge Packers fan, so I hope today's news that Brett Farve is retiring doesn't put her over the edge! At 96, she clearly is a fighter, but I also think her sock is almost finished.