Friday, January 14, 2022

Ernestine



One of Ernestine's photos.

A dear old blog friend died the other day. She lived to a good age - 87 - but had many trials and tribulations with her health over the years.

I learned much about aging from her. I also learned much about acceptance and making the best of one's days. And simple recipes and saying hello to mornings. Each one a gift. She loved her truck (she was a tiny woman) and her thrift shopping and worked hard on her beautiful garden and found inner peace.

Her photography was gorgeous, she lived on the edge of a farm with her dog, Callie, and resisted (my how she resisted!) being packed off to an assisted living facility. But her poor body finally gave in. She went quiet for a while but her youngest daughter kept us all abreast of her condition and outlook.

We exchanged wee gifts and books over the years. I particularly loved the handmade soap she sent me.

Thank you Ernestine, as you soar with the stars. 

You left footprints on my heart.

14 comments:

  1. Thank you Mary for this post.
    Ernestine's was one of the first blogs I began to read after I retired, as yours still is; in fact it was the stalwart trio of yourself, Ernestine and the magnificent Ronni Bennett in Portland, Oregon that rewarded me with a genuine feeling of friendship that reading someone's blog year after year brings.
    Her cottage in the woods, her family, her photos of the quiet life she chose.
    The world is a little duller today.

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    1. Yes. Don't know when I started but read Ronni and Ernestine also. For years they were a part of my day.

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  2. What a beautiful tribute. I am also sure, you being you, that she knew how much you loved her.

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Glad that she lived life on her own terms.

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  4. Another good friend gone. Very sad.

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  5. I feel your sorrow through these words. What a wonderful photo to accompagny this.

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  6. Ernestine sounds like she was quite something. The photo is such a great capture of a busy bird scene.

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  7. "You left footprints on my heart"
    What more could either of you hope for?

    A lovely tribute

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  8. Definitely footprints on the heart. The photo is fabulous.

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  9. It's a lovely photo, are they cardinals?
    Footprints on my heart is a nice goodbye.

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  10. I was sorry to read this sad news. I hadn't checked her blog this new year. Ernestine's energy and spirit were a joy and her appreciation for even the smallest things was a reminder to practice gratitude. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to our friend in Nashville ~

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  11. Love the photo, the way she bled out the background color and brought up the red. That's talent. Sorry to hear that she's gone.

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  12. Sorry to hear about Ernestine. Great lady.

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  13. Our blogging friends are as dear to us as our personally met friends. So much caring and mutual support over the years counts for a lot. You were lucky to have her, and I'm lucky to have you. -Kate

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