Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A week of surprise

A box from Linda Starr with a great pot inside.
I think I might have to fill this with flowers.
I loved how she used some sponges as packing material.
Everyone should do this.
Thanks Linda! 

My good friend Laurie Abela, the soap maker, contacted me this week to see if we could get together for a bit this week. It has been a busy time for us and, of course, when a friend calls you find the time.
I know we can all identify with that feeling of being just too busy.
That is how I have felt the past few weeks.
I don't know where the time goes and if I am, at times, being present in those moments.
There are times that you need someone to call and slow you down a bit.

When Laurie came over she had something for me along with a pocket full of tissues.
When my sister Lee was dying from cancer one of the things she needed me to do was clean out a storage trailer that she had.
I found many unfinished projects that she had started and set aside.
You know, life gets busy.
In one box I found some quilt squares along with some sewing items that I thought Laurie could use.
When she came over I just loaded her up.
One of the things in the box were some quilted squares.
I gave them to Laurie and just knew that she could either make something with the squares or give them to someone that might use them.
I also gave her a dress that Lee once wore when she was younger.
It was green with flowers.
I can still see Lee in that dress, young, red headed and full of life.

Today, Laurie gave me back those squares, made into a quilt using Lee's dress as the first row around those squares. It is beautiful, made with care and love by a person who I have made a deep connection with. Who has listened as I talked about the loss of my brother and sister, who handed me a piece of Lee back today.
A quilt made of love.
 I have learned that Laurie is a person of great determination, and a big heart.
Kind, generous, thoughtful, steady and my friend.
Thank you Laurie.
I will treasure this quilt made by you for me.
And, on those days when life seems difficult, I will wrap myself in this love and think of all the good things that life can give.



Anna M. Branner said...


Tracey Broome said...

I knew where this was going when you said box of tissues! And then I needed a few, what a sweet sweet treasure! I'm so happy she did that for you, we should all be this lucky

Dennis Allen said...

My that was nice!

Linda Starr said...

Hi Meredith and Mark, I hope you enjoy the Roseville pot; I thought this pot complemented your personal style of pottery, the sponges and chamois are useful in the studio and straight from the Tarpon Springs sponge docks here in Florida. Enjoy. So nice to have pottery friends here, there and everywhere around the globe. Thanks for your pottery and your encouragement of other potters.

Shortstuff said...


Laurie said...

As soon as you gave the squares to me, I knew that's what needed to happen with them. I'm so glad you like it! Thank you for all you do to encourage all of us!

smalltownme said...

So beautiful, the pot, the sponge, and especially the quilt. You have some kind friends.

Patricia Griffin Ceramics said...

The quilt is such a treasure. What a gift - as is your thoughtful and generous writing. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

Peter said...

That is beautiful. Pxx

Sandy miller said...

I often wonder if I waste time reading so many blogs in the morning and then I run across your post. My morning coffee tastes pretty good with few salty tears added. Surprises indeed :)

Lori Buff said...

It's a beautiful quilt in so many ways. I think you've got us all tearing up.

Michèle Hastings said...

a wonderful gift

cookingwithgas said...

Thank you all- from a time in my life that was so full of sorrow came a beautiful gift.
This means more to me than I can really express.
Laurie- it is not many that can tug on my heart the way you have.
And Linda- you are another person who is filled with kindness.

I feel like Dorothy in the wizard of oz. Home is where your heart is- all you have to do is kill a witch, find good friends, and then find your way home again.
This year I feel a little more at home with me.

Gail said...

Lovely. I know that pattern and actually have done some squares like that. Isn't it wonderful to have such good friends.

Kings Creek Pottery said...

What a treasure...blessed with good friends, you are~

smartcat said...

What lovely gifts to receive. We both know Linda's generosity and thoughtfulness. The quilt is beautiful; such wonderful memories it must hold.

Trish said...

Cherished.. family and friends.
Great days to you.

JLK Jewelry said...

What a lovely gift. Laurie is a wonderful lady. It is such a treat to have people in your life that truly care about you. It is a gift that can never be taken lightly.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

Oh! Wonderful! I'm a little teary. This is so, so lovely.

cookingwithgas said...

The quilt has my back right now.