May 9, 2011

A New Day...

Words will never convey the feeling I had to see such an outpouring of shared grief, tears, love and comfort from so many people. When I thought I might not be able to carry on, your messages lifted me and helped me move forward.

Thank you to everyone who left a note of condolence, sent a card or gift, or expressed your sadness at Fezzik's untimely death. I love each of you more than you will ever know.

My first weekend without him was the most difficult, but each day gets a little easier. I will never forget my first corgi, and I will find ways to honor his short life. So today, I'm back with you - my friends and fellow bloggers - to carry on from here.
I'd love to be able to tell you that I spent hours in the studio, but I'd be lying. I did manage to bind the Marie J quilt that came back from Kathy. It's a commission that will soon be on its way to a new home.

On Friday of Mother's Day weekend, Handsome and I hooked up the Flying Cloud and (with Kes) took it to a beautiful campground located about 15 miles from home. It was a restful and quiet place, and we had a great time on our "maiden voyage". We're all looking forward to our next adventure, and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Yesterday my friend, Madam Samm and I worked on a new look for my blog, too. A new look, a new day. Thank you, Samm for all of your hard work on my behalf.

Love and gratitude for every one of you.

31 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Sarah said...

Donna, moving forward is a good thing as difficult as it may be. The new header is gorgeous and so is that Marie J quilt. Love the soft colors. Hugs to you! ~ Sarah

The Feathered Nest said...

You are so precious Donna...I can only imagine the process you must go through to deal with your loss. But please know we all love and support you so. The quilt is of course GORGEOUS!!! You always amaze me with your talent and how much you get accomplished ~ sending you hugs and love, Dawn

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Donna, it is so good to see you back on your blog. Yes, it is so hard to move on but there is no other way. Of course you will never forget your little corgi, just as I will never forget mine. All our pets are so precious, whether we have them for a long time or just a while. Your weekend sounded so lovely, and that quilt is beautiful.
I am handquilting a Xmas quilt and have sore fingers as I cannot use a thimble!!!
Bye for now, your Aussie friend, Sandy.

DeeDee said...

I know your spot well... so glad to see you moving forward from here...have missed you...

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Donna, you are such an inspiration. Your grace and elegance inspire me to be a better person. I missed you so much while you were away. Thank you for your bravery in coming back with a new attitude. Onward and upward! Twyla

Lynn Stevens said...

I'm so sorry to read of your loss.
Our fur babies are as much a part of our lives as children.
hugs Lynn

Sue said...

Welcome back Donna, I have missed your daily outpourings.
Onwards and upwards, little Fez may be gone but you and us will never forget him. Love Sue x

Lisa Leggett said...

Glad to hear your coming back Donna, you and your family have been in my mind and on my heart more than I can say... Don't rush your healing heart too much, we'll all be waiting when you return.
Sending you a big hug,
Lisa

Sherri said...

Donna, it is so good to have you back! I know it must be hard but you are such a strong woman and Fezzik will be in all of our memories. I love the new look of your blog! That quilt you are finishing up is just gorgeous!! I wish it could be a real in person one but that isn't possible, but here is a huge cyber hug for you!!

Patty C. said...

Oh my goodness Donna - I am behind with my blog reading - I am so sorry for your loss !!!!!

Sunnybec said...

Welcome back. Loosing an animal is always hard, they are such a big part of our lives. You made Fez part of everyone's life through your blog....we all miss him too. It always makes me smile when I post something about my two dogs, I get more comments about them than I ever do about my quilting..... not sure what that says about my quilting LOL.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Welcome back girlfriend. Your blog looks beautiful. Samm rocks!
I'm always here to hold your hand. :) Have a fun day. Love ya bunches,
shell

Shirley said...

Hi Donna, Welcome back my friend. I have missed you and I am so glad you had a nice weekend. We have gone directly to summer here. It is already 76 degrees this morning before I go to work. I got brave and took my quilt to be qulted. I can't wait to get it back I will post pictures when I do. I must run got to go to work. I like the new look. Hugs Your Missouri Friend.

Suzann said...

I'm glad that today finds you a little better. My heart goes out to you because I know how heart breaking and to be honest, devastating the loss of a pet is. I've been thinking of you and praying.

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Your new look is beautiful, YOU are beautiful! Sweet Fez will never be forgotten. :-)

XO,
Anne

Carol said...

Much Love to You Donna
I am so glad you are feeling better.
XX, Carol

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Oh, Donna. I am so sorry about your sweet Fezzik. I missed your last couple of posts, somehow. I know how sad you must be but I am glad that you are feeling a little better.

downsize said...

So glad to see you back Donna, you have been missed greatly.

MosaicMagpie said...

I am happy to be reading your posts again. Welcome back and from all the comments it is easy for all of us to see, how much you are loved. The blog looks great!
Deb

Jan M said...

So happy to see you back! Love the new blog look!

Terri said...

Sending you hugs of comfort too.

Claudia said...

Dear Donna, I cannot tell how many times I have thought of you and dear Fezzik in the last weeks. My heart goes in my throat each time I think of your loss and I start to cry.

Blessings and healing to you my dear friend.

xo
Claudia

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Glad you are back. and your blog looks amazing! Love it!

te_roti said...

Welcome back Donna. The blog looks nice and the Marie J's quilt looks lovely, as I knew it would. I'm sure it will look wonderful in its new home.

Minimiss

Createology said...

This is a glorious day and my world is complete once again. Hello Miss Donna. Your Marie J quilt has turned out far more beautiful than the previous photos did justice to. It truly reflects the sea and sand...perfect for a sailboat. Your seamstress abilities are outstanding as always. Marvelous May to you my dear...
P.S. What a wonderful get away in your Cloud Cottage.

Karen said...

Very pleased you are moving forward. As we all know it will not be quick, easy, or free of pain. But moving forward is what must happen. Your little guy will always have your heart, and you will have the fond memories.
"if we open our hearts, we will get hurt. You can’t open your heart and not have some hurt because you’re in a human experience. Arent we so lucky....K

Sue said...

Donna, The blog looks so nice and fresh! You do such lovely work- that quilt is gorgeous! I will always carry memories of our pets, now long gone. They certainly fill our lives with fun and joy, don't they? ~ Sue

Jill said...

Donna,
So happy to see you back, I have been checking every day. The quilt is beautiful and your little get away sounds heavenly. Just what you needed I am sure. Know that we share your sorrow.
Jill

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hugs Donna,
I can't get you off my mind! I had to come back this evening! Your quilt is SO Beautiful! and your header shows off your creative skill so nicely. "LOVE IT"!
Big Hugs to you,
Donna

Miss Jean said...

Donna: I just found your blog and was so saddened to hear that you lost your dear Fezzik. I know how much this must hurt. I wish I could give you a real hug.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Welcome back, Donna. I know how hard this has been for you. None of us will ever forget your sweet Fezz. He touched us all. I love the new look of your blog. The Marie J quilt is very lovely - I like the color combination very much.
We are all here with you, Donna, to join you on your journey and help you be strong. xoxo Theresa

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