This has been a very trying week for me. My 86-year-old mom, who lives with us and has Alzheimer's, is really sliding downhill. It breaks my heart to see this. She was always a very spunky lady, but she's just not with the program anymore. She can still understand some of the things that we say to her, and she still recognizes us, but she's in a rather confused state most of the time. She hasn't been able to speak in quite awhile, so it's very difficult for us to know what's bothering her when she needs something or is in pain or distress. My heart goes out to all of the folks having to contend with this dreadful disease.
We did have a bright note earlier in the week. I finally got to spend some time over the weekend making a few beads. That sure was a good thing, because I'm leaving on Tuesday for the Bead & Button Show. On Monday, I put a bunch of the beads that I had just cleaned out on the kitchen table for mom to look at. She immediately went for one of the floral beads that I made. Then she looked at another bead, and went back to that floral and picked it up. She did this with every bead she looked at - as soon as she finished looking at the bead, she put it down and picked the floral back up again. When she was finished looking at all of the beads, she picked up the floral bead, got up, and took it into her bedroom. I guess she decided that since she liked it so much, it was hers. I found that rather touching.
I'm actually quite fond of two of the florals that I made over the weekend. I like the color pop of the flowers against the "directly across the color wheel" background. I hope I get a chance to make a few more that are similar. This one is mom's favorite - the one that found its way to the top of her dresser.
And now I'm going to go pack up my tubs that will be going to Bead & Button. I have to deliver them tomorrow to a friend who is driving to Milwaukee and offered to take them with her. Now, you folks go have a happy and creative day!
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