More than a week has gone by since the Alzheimer’s Walk to Remember in Greensboro, NC. It was a great experience attended by so many personally affected by this disease. My dad and I made a poster to honor my mother and he carried it almost the whole way (we did the one mile walk). My dad’s knee has been bothering him since he climbed down a steep hill to pick a flower and had to climb back up on his hands and knees. It was a purple Dutch iris – purple is the Alzheimer’s color, and Dutch iris grew in their garden in New York. The iris is a spring flower. Our grief counselor said we should look for signs from my mother and I guess this was one of them.
We have all been suffering from a lousy cold and the cough just hangs on forever. I ordered dried elderberries for a recipe Sarah has for a Homemade Elderberry Syrup which is supposed to be a natural remedy for colds and the flu. I need to get going on that one.
Andrew and I have been coming up with some ideas for our online store. Some of the prototypes are really neat. We just have to figure out how to make them in a way that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. He is at a woodworking show in Hickory today and I know he saw a lot of things that excited him. It’s wonderful to be excited about what you do for a living. We are thinking shelving, frames made from repurposed woods like wormy chestnut, custom sized frames for those special gallery walls, unusual wreaths and tableware.
I love repurposing items. A while ago I pulled Sophie’s old baby crib out of the scrap metal pile and decided to use the two end pieces to make a queen sized bed headboard. Sanding and painting is still going on but today should be the last coat. The paint I am using is Rust-oleum Flat Soft Iron.
I am getting up now to put another coat on it. Then making our Elderberry Syrup and Homemade Potato Soup.