Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Parrsboro Geese

5x7 oil on canvas panel
It's been cloudy and cold here in Maine but the sun is expected to shine brightly tomorrow. I do hope so because a little bit of gloom under the circumstances is fitting, but I'm looking forward to feeling the sun. 
Oddly, but maybe not so much, I'm basking in the glow of the beautiful party we had with friends and family to honor and celebrate my sweet, rockin' Mama. 
At the cemetery a dragonfly landed atop the flowers and stayed throughout the service, bringing smiles to us all. Afterward, at the party, a friend read aloud a poem about the dragonfly and the entire crowd (and it was a crowd) held a toast to "Anna". That's how I will think of her now, as a beautiful blue-green dragonfly, soaring over the flowers in the September sun.  I'm sure that from somewhere, she looked upon it and was pleased.
This is the first painting I've done since mid August and it's one that I've been hoping that I could lend some credibility to since it's a tough subject. These geese are flying against the backdrop of Cape Blomidon, Nova Scotia in a photo I took last September in Parrsboro.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Mama

Anna Marie Sheehan 6/11/27-9/15/13

Dear Friends,

There's no easy way to deliver this news but I lost my Mama on Sunday morning after a mid August surgery which although successful, was followed by one complication after another.

She was 86 years young and still living alone, driving, visiting with her friends on most days at her favorite haunt. Up until three years ago she was still driving to Naples, Florida by herself
I'm so grateful that she was herself until the end and did not have to face life dependent on others. I have been able to devote myself to her needs during this past month of her hospitalization and bring comfort to her and to myself.  

Two days ago I discovered a fabulous (months old) voice mail message from her and it made my heart sing. So glad I'm negligent in deleting those things. 

The services are today and tomorrow at Russell-Pica funeral home in Brockton, after which Don and I are taking a previously planned trip up to Bar Harbor, Maine.
The blogging community is a big part of my life and I needed to let you all know what has happened to cause my prolonged absence. 
Thank you for your support through the years. It means so much.


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