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Saturday, October 13, 2012

The 13th

Saturday has dawned bright and very cold. The first hard frost of the season occurring overnight. Any flowers still blooming are now done and we will be pulling up lots of blackened vegetation.

A sad mood today. October 13th is the date of my mother's birthday. She passed away 9 months ago. I shall fill a vase with her favorite pink roses and try to spend the day with smiles and not so much with tears.

Also a year ago today my brother suffered the first of two strokes. He has made progress in some areas, but has permanent disabilities in other ways.  But he is still with us and that is something to celebrate.

Nature is always amazing. This morning as we were having our first coffee, we heard the most raucous sound overhead. Thousands upon thousands of starlings passed directly above our house, filling the sky like an enormous black cloud. The sounds of all those wings and chirps and squawks was astounding. Despite the cold air coming in, we stood at the open door for a bit to enjoy this sight.

Bright blessings, and enjoy the weekend.


Aine O'Brien said...

So sorry about your mom and your brother. It's both wonderful and painful to remember when we look at a date on a calendar.

The starlings flight is an amazing thing, isn't it?

Birds have always been messengers for me. Maybe there was a message in that for you too.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Hard frost over night here, as well. In the upper NE.

I hope you will fill today, with lovely memories, of your dear mother...

Gentle hugs,

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hugs to you today. Spend some time with those 2 adorable kittens of yours.

AkasaWolfSong said...

I'm so sorry about your Mom Robin.
Perhaps the Starlings were her way of saying hello and she is watching over you and your brother? I send you love across the miles and a Sister hug too. (((Big-Gentle-Hugs)))

I agree you need to celebrate the milestones your dear brother has made. :)

We've been having hard frosts too, but this morning the temps have raised and it is raining...supposed to have thunderstorms...I welcome whatever rain comes our way.

I hope you have a good weekend Dear Lady!!!

Linda Wildenstein said...

Sweet Lady, I wish you mountains of warm memories of your Mom and continued healing thoughts for your brother.
The starlings obviously were a sign for you...passing through. Let this day be sweet and kind and let the other feelings pass through you not dwell within you. Warmest hugs and love, Oma Linda

c. Joy said...

Robin, Enjoy thoughts of your mother this day (and every day, but especially on the day of her birth). Enjoy your colder weather, we have a chance of rain, severe storms and maybe a tornado or two (I know, watch out for small houses). Happy first frost!

Wendy S. said...

Anniverserries of sad times are always bittersweet I remember the day my mom passed and it's only been with time that I can smile and remember the good things. I love the image of the starlings whom I'm sure are sending you tidings of the other world.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

so sorry about your mom. mine died when i was 9. be kind to yourself today!

Lady Caer Morganna said...

What a sweet way of commemerating your mother's passing. My heart goes out to you.

Yes, it has gotten very cold very quickly around here as well. But, it sure beats the 80-90 degree weather in my book!! ;)

Have a very calm and peaceful weekend, my dear friend.


Jacquelineand.... said...

I'm sending you warm thoughts and wishes for your brother's continued healing.

Perhaps that noisy, cheerful, chattery flock of starlings was your mother's way of letting you know she's okay and wanted to make you smile.

Anonymous said...

So sorry about Your mother and brother, I do hope Your brother will continue to recover.

I rarely see that many starlings here but it isn't especially rare to see that many Jackdaws. They don't sound as nice though :-) :-)

Have a great day!

Cottage Tails said...

It is very cold here too - the fire is on and it is meant to be spring.
Love Leanne

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Hugs to you dear friend. Let's hope the day brings some joy for you!

Cherry City Kitties said...

I'm following now, I'm the momma over at Cherry City Kitties. I hope since the veil is thinning this time of year that you and your mom can be as close as your heart needs.
Warm thoughts for you and yours.

Introverted Art said...

Oh Robin, I am sorry for the loss of your mom... it must be so difficult.

I also wish your brother a speedy recovery. Sending good vibes your way.

Jeanne said...

Hugs to you my dear friend! Memories can be such a double-edged sword - the joy and the sorrow. But we must remember the good times and not let them fade away - for our loved ones shall always live on within ourselves. ♥

Mina said...

Sweet Robin, my heart goes out to you eternally for the loss of your mother. I am so glad your brother is still with you though he has disabilities. A stroke is such a cruel blow. Brightest blessings to you and your family.

Magic Love Crow said...

Robin, I am sorry I'm late coming around to your blog. I know yesterday was hard, but I also hope you smiled, because you know your mom would want it that way! So sorry to hear that your brother has permanent disabilities! I'm sending out big hugs and lots of love! We had frost yesterday day too! Blessings my friend.

Topper said...

I went with a friend and ate at the Red Lobster, wanted the biscuits but was not allowed to eat them because of the carbs.

Lili said...

Oh Robin, the sight of all those starlings would have given me goosebumps knowing it was the anniversary date of your dear Mom's passing (not to mention her birthday!) What a beautiful message to you. I hope you continue to smile and find comfort on these annivesaries. ~Lili