Saturday, November 6, 2010

Grateful

First I would like to thank everyone who stopped by yesterday with such kinds thoughts of condolences and comfort. My brother was able to attend the funeral and said that it doesn't get any easier. He wishes we could go back to the days of innocence. Those days when we were all at Mammaw's for Christmas, cousins sleeping on the floor so that we could all be together for the holidays.

It seems my uncle had gone to the VA Hospital in Jackson MS and spent the whole day there for doctors and dental appointments. They think he fell asleep behind the wheel and ran off the road around 7 pm. He died in the hospital shortly before midnite. When something unexpected like this happens, it is hard for the heart to catch up with the brain. Acceptance takes a little longer for those directly affected. Distance gives me an advantage in that regard.

Yesterday was a beautiful day here. Hubby and I took our first trip out to Friday Market. When I first came to Kuwait, it was just a big open area where folks would lay out their wares on tables or blankets on the ground. Although they still do that, at least they are now under covered pavillions.

Everything can be found there from the old to the new.

I wanted all those beads in the bowl there on the lower left, but the guy wanted way too much money for them.





I love blue and white ceramic so this little coffee grinder came home with me.

Along with these little trays that are just perfect for Fall gift giving. Pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies, crocheted pumpkins and a finished doily.

The rest of the day was spent in quiet contemplation. Crocheting. Coffee with friends.

"With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony,
and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things."
Wordsworth, William

Wishing you a joyful weekend. Friendship blessings, Tammy

23 comments:

Theresa said...

Good Morning Tammy! I'm so glad to hear that you and your hubby were able to get out and spend time together yesterday. It sounds like given the circumstances that you had a nice, relaxing day, that will help.
Your little crocheted pumpkins are adorable and those cookies look yummy! Take care... thoughts and prayers... Theresa xoxo

Lori R. said...

So sorry to hear of your uncle's passing. I am also far (not as far as you) from all my extended family. I haven't seen aunts and uncles for years and they WERE a huge part of my life growing up. Close in spirit though. Prayers for you as you reflect on the past, a time spent with family. Know that God will keep those memories close to your heart and a smile for the good ole' days. Hearts and hugs ♥

Jane said...

Hi Tammy,
I'm just getting caught up on reading posts too and was so sorry to read about your uncle's passing. It is never easy to hear about the death of someone you love. My prayers to you and your family.
The market looks like an amazing place full of wonderful goodies. Sounds like you and your husband had a nice day together.
Have a wonderful day.
Jane

Phyllis said...

Sounds like you had a nice day at the market - just what your heart needed.

I love the last picture and your little crocheted pumpkins.

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

The market looks wonderful and so colorful! It sounds like you had a relaxing time yesterday. I'll continue to keep you in my prayers. Happy weekend!

Pam said...

I didn't see your post yesterday and was sorry to hear of your uncles death. Please accept by sympathy.

The market sounds like a fun place and I love the things you purchased. We went to the local farmers market yesterday but it is just a small one. We purchased tamales and some vegetables.

I love the cute crochet pumpkins.

koralee said...

sending you some love my friend...so sorry to hear about you loss.

xoxoxo

Brenda Kula said...

Time is the best healer of all. You know I love the blue and white!
Brenda

Kimmie said...

I have two uncles that I am extremely fond of ... I often think about how hard it will be when my dad passes ... But hadn't thought of this planet without my uncles .... An uncle can be like a dad and a brother at the same time ... I am very sorry for your loss and the suddenness of it ... What a shock .....

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, dear Tammy...I'm so sorry. Just read your earlier post, too...this is never easy, and I'm sorry you're going through it right now.

Memories are beautiful things, though, aren't they? And they're always ours to keep.

Love what you found at the market...I love blue & white together, too.

Hope today is a better day, my friend.

Julie

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Tammy
I'm so glad you had some 'time out' yesterday. I love the treasures you found, I would have bought the B & W coffee grinder too!!
And Oh those beads and trinkets, just what I would hope to find in a Kuwait market/bazaar!!
How long is it since you had a trip home? I think that could help if it's an option for you....
Thinking of you dear Tammy
hugs
Shane

Claus said...

There is, indeed, no time to really catch up with what just has happened, when losing a dear one unexpectedly. I lost my grandma to an accident eleven years ago. She lived with us, so imagine the awfulness that it was this moment. I thought for a while, and realized that she left for reasons beyond comprehension to humans like us, and - as consolation - was not because of illness that kept her suffering. I hope some of these words make some sense to you Tammy, as I hope that just like with my grandma, time will help you understand and accept your loss.
Have a lovely day.

Elaine said...

Just catching up and saw about your Uncle.. Losing a loved one hurts and brings back fond memories. Hugs from me to you.

Wow love the big flea market as we call them here.

Take care. aunt Elaine

Diane said...

Be gentle with yourself and your heart. Have a peaceful and beautiful weekend, Tammy. Diane

Susan said...

Dear Tammy...Just got back from an out-of-state wedding (my son's) and read of your uncle's death. Please accept my deepest condolences. May he rest in sweet peace. Sincerely, Susan

Sheila Rumney said...

Isn't it always wonderful to have time with you husband? Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

I am glad to know you had some time for quiet reflection and relaxation today. I am sure it is much needed after an emotional couple of days with family issues. The market looks amazing. I have not been down to the old souk here yet, but saw some of the vendors that have stands there yesterday at the bazaar. We might be taking a trip down there next week... I love the coffee grinder you came home with. Really lovely.
I am glad to know you are still turning out the crocheted pumpkins. Mine is back in San Antonio; it made me smile this morning to see them smiling at me from your picture.
Hope you have a good Monday. I am thinking of you!!

Love,
Renee

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Tammy,
I just came over to see how you are doing and I thought about your uncle today...it is all so shocking and I pray that you and your family will gain comfort from the words and good thoughts of friends who hold you all in our hearts...

I am glad you got a chance to get out a bit...It was probably good for you and a wonderful chance to spend time with your family and enjoy the day with them...

Love,
Cindy

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Dear Tammy, I am very sorry to hear of your uncle's tragic passing. I wish you a peace filled and blessed day, my friend. Twyla

Sandi said...

Oh Tammy I am so sorry to hear about your Uncle. I don't get to your blog as often as I would like to and I was shocked to read this today. You will most definitely be in my thoughts and prayers.
My Uncle died last year very unexpectedly. He had been in the hospital and had received news from the doctor that he had six months to live (lung problems) and he died that day! Life is meant to be lived and we must live it while we can.
Hugs~~

LuLu Kellogg said...

Dearest Tammy,
I am so sorry to hear about your Uncle my dear. I am glad you and your husband were able to get out and enjoy the day.

Love and healing to your family.

LuLu~*xoxo

Yarni Gras! said...

Bless your heart Tammy, I know how hard this time must be. Thank you though, for sharing your weekend with us

Mariette said...

Dearest Tammy,

Just read this from one of your comments, that you lost your uncle...
So sorry to know and I certainly know the pain for being far away when a loved one died or even marries at times. The day he passed away I was living through a lot myself as on November 3 my dear Pieter had a quadruple bypass and an angioplasty stent in his neck. (on Sept. 04 I wrote a blog: Big Heart on the Mend...)
He might have ended up exactly like your uncle, causing an accident... Luckily our Dutch friends were delayed by 1½ hr, that was the message I received from Delta airlines. Thus my husband saw his doctor as he was not feeling well for some reason. Turned out his heart rate was only 30 and he had a heart attack... could have collapsed behind the wheel had our friends NOT been delayed and we would have hit the road to Atlanta airport.
We're blessed! But I'm so sad for your uncle. A loyal patriot who served his country and having to die that way. It is especially hard for those left behind; for accepting this untimely fate...
Lots of love,

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