Internmit service for Mom, more help from Penny

Friday, May 29, 2015

Most of you who read my blogs know that my mom passed away in November of last year. We were not able to have the burial of her ashes at the time of the funeral, because of the weather. We had that done yesterday morning; it was just a short, simple service but the pastor did a beautiful job. It was more "bittersweet" than somber, just the way my mom would have liked it. We had perfect weather for it too; sunny and warm, but not too warm. Along with my sister and I, Penny was there, and also 7 of my cousins (my mom was actually an aunt to most of those cousins.)

While I was there, I also noticed someone had already been up there to plant flowers on the grave, I don't know who it was, but I think it was one of my other friends who wasn't able to be there yesterday. I think it was the same friend who has put flowers up there before (the gravestone is for both my parents) because she knew that neither my mom nor I had the physical ability to do it.

Penny was over here again this morning, to finish up painting the shed. She also cleaned it out for me and organized it, so I can easily get to what I need in there. She also surprised me with some more new plants; I had one area near my front steps where I had a few perennials die out, so I had a bare spot there. She bought me a "Raspberry Bomb" coneflower, which is a perennial, and planted it for me. She also got a couple of pink and white annuals to go with it (torenias I think they are?)

Here is my shed, freshly painted:

Here are my new plants that Penny planted this morning; when the coneflower blooms, it will have bright pink flowers.

I think I overdid it with all the standing and walking over the past 3 days; hip and knee were really hurting last night, and still hurting a lot today. Trying to stay off my feet today, and hoping I won't be hurting too much tomorrow since Saturdays are when I do my laundry.

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    Shari, so glad you the weather cooperated and you were able to have a beautiful service for your Mom.
    Penny did a great job on the shed and flowers. So glad you can enjoy them now.
    Blessings and hugs,
    1882 days ago
  • JANET552
    You have wonderful, amazing friends!!
    1894 days ago
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    The shed is beautiful and the flowers are going to bring you so much joy as you watch them bloom. emoticon
    1899 days ago
    So glad your family was able to have that service for your mom - I know how hard it is as my mom passed away in December.

    You have such a wonderful friend in Penny - and I'm sure that is because you are such a good friend to her

    Hope you got some good rest
    1899 days ago
    I am so glad you have nice weather for the memorial service for your Mom. The shed looks wonderful and the flowers were so thoughtful! So grateful you have Penny! Praying for you....I have been using an ice bag on my hip and it seems to be helping a bit....
    1899 days ago
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    The shed and flowers look great. Sorry you are hurting. Hope you start to feel better soon.

    Praying for you and your Mom. glad you were able to have the service.

    You are blessed with such beautiful and loving friends. Now less things for you to worry about and now have easy access to your things.

    Praying you have a relaxed weekend and able to sleep well.

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    1899 days ago
    emoticon The service for your mom sounds so lovely; glad the weather cooperated.

    Love the shed and flowers. Hope you can rest up a little from your busy week.
    1899 days ago
    emoticon Penny did a beautiful job on both the shed and the flowers. WoW!
    It sounds like your had a Blessed day with everyone. emoticon
    1899 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    Shari I'm so glad you were able to have the service for your Mom... Your friend Penny sounds like she is such a sweet friend. She certainly is a great help to you. Penny did a great job with the painting of the shed and planting of the flowers. I love the pictures of your shed and garden..

    emoticon for sharing. God Bless you my friend, hope you have a blessed weekend ahead. Sending you Big Hugs emoticon emoticon
    1899 days ago
    Shari, so glad you were able to have a lovely service
    for your mum. Love the shed colours and your flowers. emoticon
    1900 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    So nice to get so many things done.
    1900 days ago
    God bless you my friend, and God bless your mom in Heaven! Your friend Penny is an Angel!!!
    1900 days ago
    1900 days ago
    Penny is a God send for you Shari,I don't know of anyone whom has such
    a wonderful friend as Penny.She did an awesome job on your building.So
    thankful you got the closure for your Mom.Praying you will get some rest
    and your hips and knees will quit hurting you.Hugs,prayers and blessings!
    Sure the flowers will be beautiful when they bloom! emoticon
    1900 days ago
    The shed looks really nice, you have a great friend in Penny.
    1900 days ago
    It's good that the service for your mom was lovely and that the weather was pleasant.
    The shed looks brand new!Penny did a fantastic job,and how nice of her to give and plant
    some more flowers in your yard. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    It can't be said enough...Penny is a true and wonderful friend! emoticon emoticon Have a good weekend..Rest and Relax!
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    1900 days ago
  • GABY1948
    What a lovely picture you painted for us absolutely ARE a writer! And, there are no words to express how wonderful your Penny is! What a blessing she is for you, and others I'm sure who know her!

    1900 days ago
    The shed looks brand new!! I bet you really like being able to see it out there and knowing that it is organized inside. Penny is such a good friend. I'm so glad she has been able to do so many things for you during her visit.

    I'm glad the service for your mom went so well. I actually think it is nice to have some time between a person's death and any service for them. I waited a several months between the time my first husband died and his memorial service. It gave my sons and I some time to catch our breath before having to dive headlong into a memorial service. I know we were better able to appreciate it then.

    I hope you are having a restful day today.

    1900 days ago
    Hi Shari,
    It's good that you were able to have a nice ceremony for your Mom and the weather cooperated. I'm glad you had your cousins join you, your sister and Penny too. Your shed looks amazing. Penny did a wonderful job and also is so good to organise the inside and bring/plant more flowers for you. I am sure you will have a lot of enjoyment when you sit outside on your porch. Sorry to hear about the hip and knee pain. I hope it eases off. Take care of yourself and please don't push yourself too hard.
    Big hugs, Nattacia

    1900 days ago
  • MISSM66
    beautiful shed,what a wonderful friend you have,penny did a great job,keeping you in my prayers emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1900 days ago
    Your shed is beautiful! I hope you can do your laundry tomorrow, good luck! emoticon

    I'm glad you were able to have the ceremony for your mom! emoticon
    1900 days ago
    WOW! You are truly blessed to have a friend like Penny in your life....keep her close.....:)
    1900 days ago
    Shari, Glad you were able to have the service for your Mom. We all need that closure to move on. Your friend Penny is such a blessing. I am in awe of her energy. Hope you feel good enough to do the laundry tomorrow, although I'm sure you don't have a big load since it's you alone.

    Have a good weekend and don't over do! Your shed and flowers look beautiful.

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    1900 days ago
    You are really getting a lot taken care of! I can't believe the energy your dear friend Penny she a type A personality? Just amazing and I am so glad you have her! I hope you take it easy today so you're rested for tomorrow! Your shed looks amazing and your flower beds are sure going to blossom! Awesome!
    Take care!
    1900 days ago
    She did an awesome job on the shed - looks great. And sweet plants. Nice to have had the ceremony for your mom.
    1900 days ago
    Shari I am glad to hear you were able to have the simple service, for your Mom. My Sis & I did a memorial for Mom today, at Sunrise at the pier. The pier is about a mile from where Mom lived since 1987. It was lovely.

    Penny did a great job on the shed & with the garden.
    Rest up & have a good weekend.
    Hugs & Prayers
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    1900 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Warm, moist heat on that hip for a few minutes...

    Those coneflowers are stunning when they come out!! What a beautiful gift from an even more beautiful friend!!!!

    Sitting here, praying for and thinking of your mom,, to have a daughter like you, she is proud.

    Penny did a wonderful job on the shed, it looks like a little cottage...
    1900 days ago
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