Thank you again to everyone for the heartfelt notes and words of encouragement over the past few days. My mom was a vibrant, energetic person who enjoyed life to the fullest and, as excruciatingly hard as it is right now, she would want me to pick myself up and keep going. So that's what I'm trying to do, although nothing feels the same anymore.
One thing I'm working on is finishing up some of our redecorating projects. Mom was really excited about the changes we've been making and was anxious to see everything completed. When Mom and I had our garage sale a couple of weeks ago, she brought along this green ceramic lamp from the 60's that belonged to my great aunt. As soon as I saw it, I snagged it for our family room. The lampshade, however, was a big white cylinder and needed to be replaced.
On Saturday, Spouse and I went to the lamp place that Mom had suggested and "tried on" several lampshades. When the associate suggested this rectangular one, I was thrilled. Suddenly, the lamp looked fresh and new. We topped it with a green ceramic finial which ties it all together.
I love my new, old lamp and the special connection it has to my family. I think Mom would like it, too.