Sad news: On Saturday, August 24th, Michael's mother, Dorcas Hanko, died.
Dorcas had been living with lung cancer for more than a year. A diagnosis (Stage 4) that would have devastated most was, for Dorcas, a challenge to be met head on. She fought valiantly and never gave up hope. During her final year she got to do the things she loved best: travel, cook, garden, spend time with her family, and even see Michael perform his show twice. Till this summer, she had more energy than most healthy people.
I made some progress on the robe today, though not a great deal. The construction is a bit more complex than it looks: half the sleeve and half the side torso hangs open, so I have to give some thought to how I finish the exposed edges as well the seam allowances. I originally thought I'd want to use the chartreuse sateen on the cuffs and hem as well as around the front, but I kind of like how it looks now.
Friends, I thought I'd start today with my latest garbage find, from this afternoon. It's a paper-mâché....actually I'm not quite sure what you'd call it -- topiary? (Didn't Lesley Ann Warren have a few of these in her backyard in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella"? Does anybody know what I'm talking about?)
Friends, taking advantage of a break between rainstorms yesterday, I managed -- with Michael's help of course -- to photograph my coffee-colored shirt and navy twill pants. Oh, and my silk tie D-ring belt too!
Thanks to the miracle of technology, you can see our photo shoot live today over at the Mood Sewing Network, simply by clicking here.
I spent the last three days driving around the suburban subdivisions of Macungie, Pennsylvania -- perhaps you've been there -- where Michael's parents are staying temporarily until they move permanently to another Pennsylvania suburb.
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