Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In The Depths Of Winter...

"Only with winter-deep patience can we bring the deep desired, long-awaited spring." --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Hi all, how are you? It's been awhile, hasn't it? When I posted back in December that I would be away for a bit, I didn't think it would be this long. But my parents' situation turned out to be more challenging and complicated than I anticipated. They've needed my care, and it's been tough to find a solution that keeps them safe and happy without me staying with them.

The good news is that everyone is alive - including the 10-year old, much-doted-on, diabetic wire haired fox terrier.  My dad has gained six pounds in the two weeks since he's been home from the rehabilitation center and is zooming along pretty well with his new walker.

And now here in the depths of winter, I think that I may be seeing some signs of spring.

I hope that before the magnolias bloom my parents will be settled and safe, and I will be back at home with Mr. H., sketching away at our breakfast nook table.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers, they've meant so much.

Hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day, spent with the ones you love best - and that we'll be chatting away like old times very soon. XO


  1. Hello:
    We are so very pleased to know that things are more settled where your parents are concerned. It is always a worry when, as people become older, there is an ongoing need for care.

    And we too hope that you will soon be back home with Mr. H.

  2. It's good to hear that everything is starting to settle back down and I hope it is not long now before you are back home. Best wishes to you and your family.
    PS Your Magnolia photos and illustrations are beautiful.

  3. Leave it to you to find such incredible beauty amidst a difficult time.
    Big, big hug to you,

  4. good to hear from you and happy to hear that progress is being seen with your dad. I know this is not an easy situation and one all too familiar for many.I too hope that your life will get back to "normal" soon.....but with the added peace of mind knowing all is well and settled with your parents:)

  5. I have been thinking of you so much Jeanne! I hope that everything will be settled down very soon. Your parents are lucky to have you helping them - what a gift. We have a lot to catch up on. I hope to see you soon...maybe before the magnolias are blooming. :)

  6. oh jeanne, your post is so gorgeous it hurts. winter-deep patience is such an incredible description of your experience, and i'm so glad that the hope of spring balances a bit of the heartache. i'm focusing positive energy right this very minute on you, your mom, and your dad. it is so honorable to love them as they need to be loved in this season.

    smiles, beautiful blogger.


  7. Dear Jeanne -
    Welcome back! Thanks for this update. I'm glad your father is home. When my mother had hip replacement surgery, she had to spend more time in the rehab center than anticipated.
    Take care,

  8. hope this is a season of renewal for your parents...many prayers for a quick recovery (and that of the dog as well ha.) Happy to see your paintings again

  9. Your spending the time to assure that your parents can continue to "zip along' in their own lives is not only appreciated by them, I am sure, but will also allow you to breathe easy when you are MUCH older....doing the right thing eases your mind.

  10. A very Happy Valentine's Day to you, Jeanne, and to your family! We love seeing your posts pop up though we miss you, too. Hope yours is a wonderful day!
    C + C

  11. Keeping you in my prayers, Jeanne.
    These are such lovely images, and of course I love your illustration.
    Happy Weekend.

  12. Jeanne, so glad all is well with your family now. Here's to things brightening up all 'round. Nice to see you back.

  13. Jeanne,
    I have so missed you "voice" in blogland. It's funny how you get accustomed to "visiting" with certain people and it isn't the same without them. Without you.

    I admire your selflessness and hope that Spring brings brightness for you and your family!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  14. Jeanne I was just thinking of you and came looking to see if you had posted and here you are...fabulous! We've missed you and your paintings but understand family has to come first. I'm glad to read your parents and puppy are doing better. You're a good daughter Jeanne!


  15. Jeanne what lovely postings on your blog. Everyone is writing they're so pleased to see you back and I'm pleased I found you while reading Heathers blog Lost in Provence. so now I can follow you. Your parents must be so happy to have you as their daughter, so loving and caring. I too hope your father will be enjoying the coming spring. I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful paintings I love the one of the macarons in the tea-cup.Best wishes Barbara

  16. still praying for you! very glad to hear your dad has gained..they are so blessed to have you by their side! I hope Spring brings you nothing but joy and happiness!

  17. Jeanne - Hoping things are improving. My tulip magnolias are beginning to swell, I hope that means you'll be writing soon.

  18. You have been missed. I am so glad to hear that things are starting to look up for your parent’s health. Your dad gaining weight is really something to celebrate. Your paintings are very lovely.



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