Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Bitter and the Sweet


I'm in San Antonio this week, taking a class from the fabulous Jane Dunnewold.  This is a dream come true for me, but the week, up until this afternoon, has been a very bittersweet nightmare.  C, my dear husband, rushed my Mom (almost 93) to the hospital on Sunday morning because she was experiencing a recurring attack of acute pancreatitis, due to an inflamed gall bladder.  So, as my class was beginning, I was receiving hourly text message updates of what was happening back home.  I was torn between staying and going home, but both my husband and my mom insisted that I remain in class, as they knew how important it was to me.  I am happy to report that my mom had her gall bladder removed this morning, and she is doing fine.  So now I can devote time to my work here.

Diane, one of my roommates, and I are trying to walk every morning before breakfast.  I snapped a few pictures yesterday morning, just as the sun was coming up.  The one above is a bit blurred, but you can get an idea of the beautiful wildflowers in the front yard of one of the neighborhood homes.


This is a transitional neighborhood, and so as we walk along, we pass such wonderful old mansions as this:


We are staying in the carriage house of a charming B&B, which is within walking distance of Jane's studio, as well as several wonderful restaurants.  We've dined at the same Mexican restaurant twice, and last night we enjoyed some delicious Italian cuisine.  Tonight we are going to another different restaurant.  I have no pictures from class........not that our studies are 'hush-hush', but at this stage we are doing things like painting the color wheel, which is really nothing to write home about, but necessary in this class.  At some point I know that I will share photos of my work.  We work hard, have an hour or so or relaxation, and then are reading, rinsing fabric samples, or trying to get some sleep!  What a great week we are having!

I'll close with this pic..........any idea of what it is????



PEACE

18 comments:

Caroline said...

First of all, I am glad that your mother is doing well. I had a similar thing happen when I was in a class and it is so hard to be far away, even if you are doing something that you love.

The colors in the photo look like an indigo vat.

Gerrie said...

(((((Hugs))))) again. I am so happy that C is taking care of things back home. Your mother is amazing.

Diana said...

Glad to hear that your mom is OK and that you are able to stay and learn and not jump into that greenish blue puddle that also looks like the surface of an indigo vat to me.

Beverly said...

I'm glad your mother is doing better- it would be hard to concentrate otherwise, the wonderful Jane notwithstanding. I hope I can take a class from her one day- a friend did her master's class, and it sounded amazing.

Haven't a clue what an indigo vat looks like. I hope it not from the Riverwalk? The one time I've been to San Antonio, that's what I remember.

Jeannie said...

I have always wanted a meadow and the photo you took on your walk just rekindled that wanting. I am so glad your mom is recovering and C is such a peach! Is that an irrigation canal or the wash out from some fabric? Have fun and learn lots! Hugs

Connie Rose said...

Glad all is well at home and that you're enjoying the class. I'm green with envy!

Eva said...

Best wishes for your mother to recover well and quite soon. And for you, that you can take your classes without worry.

Joyce said...

I'm so glad your mother is well and you are able to continue with your class. I have one of her books and am green with envy that you are able to learn from her in person.
I'm sure the picture is water but no idea where...

Russ Little said...

Very glad to hear that your mom is doing better. It's a terrible thing to be away from loved ones during a crisis. It can make you feel so helpless and out of touch.

When I read earlier in the week that you're in St. Antonio I hoped it was for a class with Jane. I'm jealous. I want to take her new and improved version of complex cloth.

Barbara said...

So happy to hear your Mom is OK. How difficult to be away when such a crisis takes place. She was in good hands.

I hope you are able to enjoy the rest of you class without too much worry.

Peace!

Anonymous said...

The oil spill in the gulf??? Kudos to my bro for taking care of your mom. To suvive an operation at 93 is quite something. Your mom is one tough cookie and I'm glad she's doing so well. Enjoy your class!
xxoo
Carol

Elizabeth said...

I am so ahppy for all fo you!! C rode in on his glorious white steed and rescued Mum and you are able to stay and really emerse your self in Jane 's teaching!!! How isBarker doing amidst all this??
Hugs to all!

Heather P said...

I am glad that your mother is doing well! And I envy your class with Jane Dunnewold. Someday (hopefully soon) I will get to San Antonio to take a class from her. But this year I'm heading back to the Crow barn to take a class from Nancy.

It's a good time of year to be in Texas. We're having a beautiful spring!

Karoda said...

Wonderful to hear that all things came together for the good of you and your mother. The week will be over before you know so take the time and savor which I know you are...looking forward to seeing what you do. peace,

Mandi said...

Judy! I thought you had a blog when I saw "Judy in the Dyes" written on the back of one of your pretty t-shirts! I hope you had a good trip home.

---Mandi

Carol said...

Dear Judy, So pleased to hear your Mom is okay. I know exactly what you mean - I was away on my Aussie trip a few weeks ago when my daughter had her gall bladder removed. The surgeon moved the op forward two weeks, I couldn't get home in time so I relied on hourly text messages too. She's fine, she's young(ish) and you and I are lucky we have such wonderful people on the home front to take care of these situations. I have a couple of weeks worth of your posts to read - I am here, just very silent. Will email. XX00

Carol said...

Just a question. How did you get that Yummy Reads thing on your blog? To my surprise I found my post there seconds after I posted it. I'd like yours on my blog please...

Barbara said...

Hey Judy, it's been a while since you posted. I've been checking in thinking of you and your Mom. I hope all is well and that your busy working on your art.

Peace!