Monday, September 27, 2010

Old Friends and New Friends

This summer I had a visit from a high school friend who I hadn't seen since we graduated in 1967. Here's Maggi looking exactly as she did then! We have been friends since we were in 5th grade and I have tons of great memories of our high school days together. She and her husband came on their boat from Michigan and stopped in Ogdensburg on the St. Lawrence and I drove up and snagged her for a whole day! Sometimes having had a terrible disease can give you a gift you wouldn't have had otherwise...

Ahhhh, Linda! We were juniors in Greenwich HS together and inseparable! Then she moved to Danbury and we continued to see each other into our late 20s. But now she lives on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington state...and we only have our Christmas letters once a year. However, this year she was attending a family reunion on the Cape so she flew out to Syracuse, rented a car and drove three hours up to see me. Amazing. AND Linda is a weaver (see the tunic I'm wearing???? a gift from her!). We spent two days weaving triangles and shopping for yarn and talking and talking--some wine and tears! It was so hard to let her go. But such a gift of reconnecting!

Then I taught a triangle class in my kitchen. And met these wonderful ladies from Fishers Landing (1 1/2 hrs away!) They spent the day weaving and listening to music and I loved every minute of it! What a treat! From left to right, Pam, Anna, Joan, and Ronnie! So new friends and old friends and a life so worth living!

xo Cait

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Another Good-bye...

Saying good-bye to Noah...sigh...he has been with me all year but I know I can't keep him. Here we are at Skidmore College dropping him off after the wedding. So I said goodbye to my oldest and youngest all in one day.'s a good thing Alex moved back home for the year so he could afford to go to Clarkson Univ. which is right in town. Alex has never been the only one home because he is the middle child so it's going to be interesting. I guess I'm not ready for empty nest yet...

On another note I have a triangle weaving class shaping up for Sept 20 which will be fun and a friend from high school is flying into Syracuse on the 15th for a couple of days to visit and I haven't seen her in at least 30 years! So new things to look forward to!
xo Cait

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Wedding!!!!

My Adam and Alicia got married on Sunday, September 5, 2010. I am so grateful to have made it this far! Of course this was the most beautiful wedding ever! The bride was radiant and the groom cried (and his mother, and her mother, and his stepfather, and his dad!). phew...very emotional. The dress had crystals all over the top and was amazingly simple and gorgeous! The tropical colors were wonderful! You can see a shawl I made over Alicia's chair during the reception. I used her colors though I didn't really see them until the wedding--just descriptions. But it worked...even had a tiny bit of lime in it!

Noah played the violin for them and we all cried again. sigh...lovely! I don't know where the time has gone...We said goodbye to all on Monday morning and took Noah to Skidmore for his first year of college. So hard to say goodbye to both Adam and Noah. And I hadn't seen Alicia since they moved to Hawaii more than 2 years ago. But now I have a daughter! YAY! And Alex has moved back home to save money while attending Clarkson U. I don't know if I am ready for empty nest!
I just finished my last chemo this morning...I think I feel good about that...sort of mixed...I'm glad to be done but feel a little scared to be on my own. I'm trying to change the host (me) with changing my diet, exercising (ok, I haven't actually started that yet), thinking different thoughts and letting go of resentment and anger, etc. (not too successful at that yet, either) so we will see and meanwhile I will cherish my life and my loved ones.
xo Cait