(Jane, John, Edna, & Rita)
My creativity lately has been focused on care packages, since my mom has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently facing radiation treatments. Luckily she's expected to recover, but since I'm not near her, I've been trying to buoy her spirits with fun mail. While I'm between shows, I have to be financially cautious, so I've been relying on groupon deals and other similar discount sites.
Over the spring and summer I've sent my favorite teas, a quilt and bag in a breast cancer pattern, fun holiday stuff around July 4th, Omaha Steaks for my dad (the main caretaker), a cookie bouquet, some beading supplies (her current craft distraction) and a nice pearl necklace.
Today there's a deal for 50% off a magnetic photo puzzle. I'm reprinting a picture of my mom with her living brothers and sisters that was taken at our family reunion this month. It was the first reunion I was able to attend in about ten years! I was so glad to see everyone. Of 23 living first cousins (my generation), thirteen were in attendance.