Hello bloggy pals... I'm still here. I wanted to let you know that things are okay. Sorry to have gone all quiet on you for a time there, I just needed to process everything that has happened lately. Many thanks for the overwhelming number of comments and emails, they have been a tremendous source of comfort. You guys are great. Quite a few of you wrote to share that you had lost your mom, too, and I truly appreciate that you shared that with me. Here's a hug back-atcha.
Things were under a cloud for a time, but it feels like bits of sunshine are beginning to peek through. I've been busy tackling the difficult things one has to do, like going through my mom's things, but I've also had a yearning for some sort of creative project. These last months I've carried a little stash of supplies around with me and found time here and there to stitch up some cheery yoyo's. Not sure how I'm going to use them, but having something simple for my hands to do was really comforting. And the yoyos have now become a metaphor for everything that happened over the summer, and whatever the final form, there will be special meaning in every stitch.