I am a folk artist and was living and working in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont for 21 years until my move to Oregon in May of this year! Born in 1941, I am the grandmother of 17 and a Great Grandmother of 8!!
Joe and I moved to Vermont from Washington State and we were thankful that we had so many years to enjoy a peaceful, rural life in a wonderful small state with terrific people. We also had family near, so that made it wonderful too.
I was so pleased that my art and craft work had been warmly received in Vermont and it was encouraging that residents and visitors alike found joy in purchasing a piece of original folk art created by my hands. All of us who are artists or craftspeople appreciate the support and the kind words our customers give us. Their delight in our creations encourages and stimulates us.
As many of you already know, my dear husband died in April 2013 of a malignant brain tumor. We were in the middle of a move to Oregon to be closer to our children, but Joe passed away during the time of our move. So I now am adjusting to life alone. However, I do have my children and grandchildren (and great-grandchildren!) close to me and that is a blessing as I settle here.
I wrote these words below many years ago living in Vermont…and they still are true today for me. Since only a few months have passed since Joe’s death, I am in the grieving process…but we celebrated 25 wonderful years together before he died. I was so fortunate to have been able to share my life with him for that long. He was a good and kind man, and we had years of fun and enjoyment in each other for me to remember! The memories will always be with me! 🙂
Here is what I said then…(in 2007)
“I have come to greatly enjoy the serenity that I find in this place and in this time of my life. Since my late 40’s and early 50’s, I have found the trivial and the petty dropping away and a gentle understanding of the important things in life coming forward. I try to encourage others more, to give more hugs and to let friends and family know that I love them. I find that reason is sweet and common sense is the order of the day.
I am able to face each day with a sense of joy, even as I pray for those who have no joy. I have reasonably good health and I rejoice in that even as I remember those who face sickness and pain. I find that I have more compassion for those who have faced temptations that I have never known and have forgiven myself for my own poor judgements, decisions and actions. The result of all of this is the appreciation of each day of life and a hightened awareness of our individual role in caring for the earth and all who inhabit it! Let us all do our small bit…and the result will be great indeed.”