26 May 2008

And somehow life goes on

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.

13 comments:

Benita said...

{{{Hugs}}} I'm just now catching up on your blog & I'm so sorry about your loss! You'll be in my thoughts & prayers! {{{hugs}}}

toners said...

What a great idea :) The lamp is beautiful!

Ryzmomplus2 said...

baby steps... glad to see you posting - love the lamp!

Darcey said...

Cool lamp! I really like it.

Linda said...

Love the lamp! Glad to see you posting. :)

:: gingerkitty :: said...

very fancy!

Lynn said...

Janet... sending you more {{{hugs}}} and prayers. The lamp with the new shade is just wonderful. Your mom would love it!

Maureen said...

Great lamp.

Great memories.

Great family.

All of them light up your life.

Janet, aka JP said...

Awww...thank you, guys! I'm trying to crawl out of this deep hole. Your kindness is a huge help to me right now. Thank you! Janet

Trish said...

Huge hugs to you, Janet. Hang in there. She lives on in you. You will continue to be in my prayers!

jill said...

The rec lamp shade is perfect!

Sarah C. said...

(((HUGS))) Continuing to think of you and keeping you in my prayers. The lamp is beautiful. What a very special gift to have.

Kristina said...

Janet - I so know the feeling you're going through. When I lost my mom I equated it to having been given a admission ticket to a very sad club. :(

Hope your feeling a bit better. Time does heal, but it's always hard. {{HUGS}}