Art in August – Week -um- Two?

Phew!  It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to my lovely laptop (or set up an ironing board, for that matter).  Things have been a little topsy-turvy in my world over the past couple of weeks.  My beautiful grandmother passed away a week and a half ago and the days that followed have been a big mess of eulogy-writing, funeral-planning, grieving, consoling, remembering, smiling and laughing.  Jan, Greg and Bobby all flew home and all six of us spoke at the funeral, which was just beautiful.

Mama's Wedding

I’m starting to feel now like my head is starting to come above water again and I’m finding comfort in the return of routine.  The dirty washing that was spilling out of the laundry door is now clean washing in several piles all over the kitchen table and family room couch, so that’s progress, I guess.

More importantly, I’ve ventured back into Blogland.  Oh, how I’ve missed you all!  I feel terrible for abandoning Art in August, when I was the one who started it up.  I figure I’ll just ignore the calendar and pick up where I left off, spilling into September if I need to.

Just to remind you, my fellow art bloggers are:

Naturally Cathy of The Plucky Parent,

Selene (セレネ) of Kawaii Kuni,

Red Lipstick Mama,

Michaela of the mmmmm family,

Allison Profeta of Allison Road,

Katy from Sourdough Lifestyle, and

Meghan from Mathair Fiona

Plus, since my last post, another blogger has joined in.  Ruby Doom from The Hippy Geek has done some most excellent rock painting which is definitely worth a look.

Here is my entry for week two.  It’s called “Vigil”


I sat with Mama on the night she died.  It was a privilege to spend her last night by her side.  The room was filled with aromatherapy scents and peaceful music.  The nurses were quietly attentive to Mama’s needs.  There was such a feeling of peace and prayer in that room.

Thank you for your patience, lovely readers.  I’ll be back soon, I promise!


9 thoughts on “Art in August – Week -um- Two?

  1. Monica

    I’ve been thinking about you and your family the past few weeks. Both Mum and Paula said the funeral was lovely… I’m sorry I couldn’t be there. She was such a special lady and I will always remember her fondly.

    Perhaps Art in August could be renamed Sketches in September? Don’t let it run over into October though as I can’t think of anything to continue the alliteration.

  2. the mmmmm family

    Oh Kate I am so sorry to hear about your mama, I can tell you love her very much. I too was there when my nanny died, and I saw her take her last breath. I feel so privileged to have shared her last moments as you do. Don’t worry about Art in August, everyone will understand and I like Monikas idea of Sketches in September. Love and hugs x

  3. kw06

    Sketches in September sounds good. Your Vigil painting is beautiful, it brings back the subtle light and peaceful atmosphere in MaMa’s room that night. Be gentle with yourself beautiful girl and be reassured that MaMa is smiling down on you.Another lovely blog post.

  4. mathairfiona

    So sorry to hear about your grandmother. I still have a grandmother with me, but did lose my paternal grandmother at 13. It was so difficult. The description of your last moments sounds very beautiful. We should all be able to have such an experience at the close of this life. I hope it helped to bring you peace. Love, light, and blessings to you and yours.

  5. Mary Rose

    I love your vigil picture. It transcends art in August to life in August. Wish I could have been there, too.


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