Sorry for the long absence. We went down to Eugene again last week to see if we could be of help to Amanda. Her Mom, Celest, passed away on Thursday morning. It was an aggressive cancer and she had slowly been getting weaker each day. But she was full of strength and personality in the face of the pain -something I hope to be. She had kept the news from Amanda until after the birth of Madeline -can you imagine the bravery and love that took, to keep it to herself for those weeks and months.
Amanda then began the difficult process of going through her Mom’s house. Her home had always been full of books and great cats but lately she has also discovered gardening as well. These flowers were in bloom in front of her home.
A number of neighbors stopped to tell Amanda what a great woman Celest was. But the cats stayed away. They are keeping their distance until all the strange people leave and everything goes back to normal again.