Saturday, 15 January 2011

More Sadness ...

Hello, and Happy Saturday everyone - I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

I have not been able to post about this until now, but my Uncle Raymond passed away last Sunday morning. He had been in and out of hospital for a few months, and was on the same ward as my mother in law for a while. I struggled to get to sleep last night, thinking about things (my mother in law passed away on 14th December). His funeral will be next Thursday, and I've been told his grave is going to be next to my mother in law's!

My Uncle Ray and Aunty Betty were so good to me in the past (they are my Godparents) - I lodged with them for a while when I first started working, before I passed my driving test. They used to brew their own cider, lager and elderberry port (wonderful stuff LOL!) - so we had a tipple most evenings, and there was lots of laughter. Uncle Ray was a lovely man, who loved to joke and laugh - Aunty Betty was telling me this morning how he could make a joke out of anything, even housework! She was telling me that she was heartbroken in the hospital last Sunday (unfortunately she did not manage to get there in time before he passed away), but then she remembered a holiday they went on - when they were walking down the hill from their guest house, he was in front, and he put his cap on back to front and said he didn't know whether he was coming or going - and that brought a smile to her face. She says she has some wonderful memories!

I regret that I have not been visiting them enough in the last few years - we seem to let life get in the way of important things like spending time with family! I visited him in hospital when he was there at the same time as my MIL, and I also saw him on Christmas Eve - he said to me that day that he could do with some of that homemade cider, he thought that would perk him up!

I really must make more effort to keep in contact with my Aunty Betty now!

I made her a card, and I've realised that it fits the following challenges:

CES Challenge - No design papers
Hodge Podge Shop Challenge - White on white.

The image I've used is a Little Claires stamp which I've decoupaged up, and the sentiment is from Hot Off the Press. The little flower stamp was in a freebie set on the latest Do Crafts Creativity magazine. I stamped and embossed everything in silver.

Finally, if there is anyone you love who you have not been in contact with recently, go give them a call this weekend! And make sure you have a laugh today!

Love, Andrea xx


Emma said...

Such a beautiful card Andrea. I am so sorry to hear of your uncles passing away.
Thank you for joining us at CES Challenges & good luck.
Hugs Emma x

Shelley said...

That is so pretty! Thanks for playing with us at the Hodge Podge Shop. Shelley :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrea, you are so right; so many of us let daily life take over and we don't see enough of our loved ones. My uncle, who I hadn't seen for ages, turned up at my house last Friday. Turned out he was going into hospital on Tuesday to have a brain tumour removed. Thankfully he's doing well now. It's made me determined to keep in touch. Your card is so beautiful and made with love - your Aunty will love it. Sending you a hug. xx

Mina said...

oooohhhh Im so sorry for your loss Andrea, your Uncle sounds like a fantastic happy man...he will be sadly missed Im sure
Mina xxx

Mina said...

Im so sorry I forgot to say how beautiful your card was
Mina xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrea, I stopped by to thank for your good wishes on my getting published and read your sad news. I'm so sorry for your loss.



Oh sweetheart I am so very sorry to hear your loss but the story your aunt shared made me smile and made me realised what a happy man he must have been. Beautiful card that will bring much comfort I am sure, hugs xx

Monica said...

What a lovely post that was, Andrea. So sad to learn of your Uncle passing away. I can empathise with you but as you said that keeping in touch with Aunt Betty would be a good idea.
You guys are so lucky that your Uncle had such a good sense of humour... bless him with laughter and angels where ever he is and I hope he is drinking cider!!!

Your card is awesome - so soothing and am sure your Aunt will be comforted by it.


PS: You are a very talented blogger, you know.

Ms. Jen said...

Really gorgeous Andrea! So sorry to hear all that you've been through recently. You made a great point about keeping in touch. We never know when someone we love will leave us. I'll pray for peace and tranquility for you and your family.
Thank you for joining us at the Hodge Podge Shop this week!

Linda said...

What a gorgeous card, Thanks for joining us at The Hodge Podge Shop!

hugs Linda