It’s been a very rough and sad month for me.
I had to say goodbye to a very special friend.
He fought serious health issues, valiantly for 15 months.
I am grateful I got to say my goodbyes while he was in hospice.
When I whispered I was there...
He opened his eyes and said…I love you.
I shared 51 years of friendship and shenanigans with...
John Michael "Moose" Mulligan.
Here, he was skiing at Snowmass Mountain, Aspen, Colorado in the 80s
That will be where his ashes will settle.
One more run down Snowmass Mountain and a final Apre Ski.
His final resting place because he had so many wonderful memories,
with all his friends, on this mountain.
This was Moose just a couple years ago!
When he would vacation with my husband, Phil and me
In Myrtle Beach, SC. We made this journey for many, many years.
Phil and Moose golfing during thr day…dinners out at night.
He loved those shrimp n grits.
We all have to work thru our grief any way we can.
Thru the years of loosing loved ones...fabric has been my path to healing.
The week after Moose passed, I cut the hell out of fabric scraps.
Never underestimate the healing power of a rotary cutter.
ALL THE FEELINGS ROLLED OUT!
It began with a pile of Flea Market Fancy scraps, that I love.
2 hoarded charm packs from my stash.
Tiddly Winks and Just Wing It
cut into 2 1/2" x 5" rectangles
But the grief therapy didn't stop here.
I pulled scraps from my huge scrap basket
and cut them into usable sizes.
2 1/2" strips
5" and 3 1/2" squares
2 1/2" squares, 2" strips and 2 1/2 x 5" rectangles
I kept some larger scraps in a separate bin.
I cut 3 sets of rectangles and 5" squares for charity quilts.
a few days before he passed...cause I knew it was gonna happen.
I had a hard time sleeping and when i became tired of
cutting scraps, I began to purge them.
These 2 huge bags of scraps are going to my best friend
Shirley, for her church group.
Then I found a bag of strings, some foundation pieced blocks
and a phone book that I used the pages for the foundation paper.
These go to Shirley also.
It will take time to fill the hole in my heart.
My wonderful memories made with him, will do that.
To all my friends who have supported me during this past year
during this hellish roller coaster ride, thank you.
Your prayers for Moose and me...were appreciated.