Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Been Gone a Few Days

I've just spent the last 4 days where I grew up, in the San Francisco South Bay Area.  I was at my one of my sister's homes.  We've had a couple of rough weeks in our family.

On August 22nd, my brother-in-law, Ron, lost his 8 year battle with leukemia.  The very next day, Ed & I had to put down our 14 year old Lab Mix, Dusty.  These were very sad days...

But, this weekend was time to celebrate Ron's life with family & friends.  As is the way with our family, we gathered as many of us who loved Ron as we could find, and ate, drank, told stories, looked at photos and an amazing memorial video, put together by one member of his girl's basketball team.  Many tears were shed, and laughs were had.  Healing has begun.

The bro-in-law in whose home we stayed is a wonderful gardener.  I have taken loads of pictures of his garden to show you in a couple of days.  I wanted to leave you with a photo of the table in their backyard pavilion.  This greeted us as we arrived.  Don't know why, but the color in the table cloth & place mats looks brown. It is really more purple.  I just loved his creativity!  What do you think?

P.S. Please excuse his cigar...bleech!  I didn't even see it until I looked at the photo..


  1. I am so sorry for your losses, Chris! Sounds like you are doing well. I hope so.

    That table setting is gorgoeus!! EVEN with the cigar! LOL.

  2. Oh Chris, I am sorry. I wish I could reach out and give you a hug. I hope the sorrow is soon replaced with happy memories.

  3. Dearest Chris,

    I'm so sorry for your losses... your celebration of Ron's life was the perfect thing to do! Your darling lab is now at the Rainbow Bridge with our sweet & faithful pets waiting for us to arrive one day... until then they are romping and playing in harmony & bliss!!

    Love & big hugs, SHerry

  4. So sorry for these losses and especially so close together. And so glad that healing has begun. There's something wonderful about these memorials where family members share and enjoy the happy times. Here's to continued healing for each member of the family and most especially for your sister. Eight years is a long row to hoe.

  5. Hello Chris,
    I am so sorry for your losses. It sounds like you have wonderful memories in your heart to help you through this sad time. Sending big hugs your way.....

    p.s. thank you for the info on frying radishes! I bet they taste great!

  6. I'm so sorry for your losses. I'm glad that your family was able to come together!


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