Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bittersweet Day

We received a call Friday from the husband of one of my friends to let us know that Eveline had passed away. I got to know her years ago when she first came to work part time at the same company I am with. She had a wonderful spirit and a wicked sense of humor!

She was diagnosed about 8 years ago with breast cancer at the age of 57 and while she was able to work for awhile, she eventually left. Happily, the friendship continued. After the treatments and various checkups it appeared her cancer had gone into remission and we all celebrated. Sadly a couple of years later, the cancer reoccured in her spleen and traveled on from there. She kept fighting and going to treatments and for awhile there it was believed she was only going to get better as after each battle, things seemed to clear up and go into remission.

She never let the cancer affect her life or change the way she lived it. She continued to travel all over the world visiting family in Eastern Europe, going to Fatima with her sister, being a major part of the sodality at her church and most importantly being a wife, mother, and grandmother. The only complaint she had was that she could not drive in the last years and hated feeling like she had to depend on this case the anyone was her husband who was there for everything, happy or sad.

Her funeral was a lovely full Catholic service and the church was full. It reminded me a lot of my father's (which of course only brought out more tears from me). It's always the songs that get me and of course just flipping through them brought the tissue out in my hand at the ready. Here I am Lord...On Eagles Wings.... How Great Thou Art are just a few of the ones they chose.

My memories of Eveline will always be her laughter, the fact that she didn't let things get her down, all her stories and her piggie collection (including a very naughty pair of salt and pepper shakers that had to be put away when children were around). I said she had a wicked sense of humor!

So, after coming home, it was time to look ahead and to that end my lovely daughter and I worked on her Graduation/Birthday Party invites. It's a file I created awhile ago and have been tweeking here and there and will be part of my upcoming membership (hint hint).

We used the school colors (green and yellow for the girl graduate) and did it assembly KNK was on overdrive in the background cutting out main pieces and backgrounds while my daughter was adhearing them together. In the meantime I was cutting out backgrounds and putting the invite portion inside each the end when all was said and done we had finished 30 in a little over 2 hours! Now to get them all off into the mail and wait for RSVPs.

She said she didn't realize how long it was going to take and it was good to know for when it came time to do wedding invites....HUH?!?!?!!!! She then clarified and said not anytime soon...just for the future....PHEW!

Today is my day to play catch up and I'm going to work on a couple of things but wanted to respond to a question I got from a nice person who asked...."How long does it take you to create a file?"

I really didn't have an answer but I do now....from concept to finished product....A Long Time! see, I had this image for a new file and started working on it this morning by hand folding paper by hand, cutting with scissors and then taking measurements.

I then translated the information into a file but kept tweeking and working and changing until I got it just right! In the meantime, here is only part of the pile on my table of the ones I cut and rejected for one reason or another! I still have some work to do but I'm hoping that by the end of the day I will be able to share my vision with you....ok....maybe not today but sometime soon...I do have to be realistic you know!

Anyway, enough about that....don't forget, today is the last day for you to get my Digi files at 50% off (see previous post). Gotta love a sale!

Take care everyone until next time!
Eddita :)


debenj said...

Am so very sorry to hear about your friend. She sounds like she was a strong & wonderful woman. It's hard when this happens, but it's somewhat of a comfort knowing that they continue to live within our hearts.

Thumbs up on those invitations, they look great!!!

Cyber Hugs to you... Deb

Sue aka barracudasue said...

Eddita, I am so sorry for the lose of your friend. My sincerest condolences to you and her family.

That new design looks intriguing! Making a file for it, right? :)

Caroline said...

so sorry to read of the loss of your friend, she sounds wonderful!

Your grad invites look wonderful!

Elizabeth said...

Oh Eddita, I am so sorry to hear about your friend, I extend my deepest condolences to you.

I am excited about the membership coming up and cannot wait to see what this new file is you have been working on.

Ginger (Games) said...

So sorry! Never fun but we always have our wonderful memories.

I can't wait for the membership!

Anna said...

I am sorry to hear about your friend.

Ileana said...

I'm so sorry, Eddita. Your friend was certainly a blessing and a treasure. Praying for everyone.

Accents By Eddita said...

Thanks everyone...she was a wonderful lady indeed. She's in a better place though and no longer tired or in pain. As my Dad used to say "just keep talking about me and retelling my stories and I will always be alive". Along with his stories I will also be sharing hers :)