Another ten days gone. Tuesday and Wednesday a little garage reorganizing was attempted. At the sewing table I tried to use up the 1.25 strips but there's still quite a ways to go with those. Thursday I mowed the lawn and packed for the trip. We took Maggie in because of her issues. Friday we loaded up and drove up to Huron, SD. Saturday morning was Sash's "Celebration of Life" at Wolsey with family and community friends. About a dozen Scadians were there including four of the five apprenti and we were invited to join the immediate family at the cemetary for the burial of the ashes. While there I got stung by a bee on the left shoulder. We were also shown where Sash's red oak tree will be planted at the homeplace. Saturday afternoon Leofwyna and I headed west and spent the next four days exploring the Badlands and the Black Hills with a highlight being the evening lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore. Animals we saw while we were gone were bighorn sheep, antelope, prairie dogs, mule-ear deer red squirrel and thirteen-stripe ground squirrel. Thursday was all day driving the long way home.
Sunday evening I discovered a message on the answering machine left Saturday while we were gone. It was Rich and news that Sash had a poor week and a bad weekend and Rich needed help the upcoming week. He wanted someone to be with Sash at home during the days while Rich was at work. Leofwyna and I were glad to agree to spend time helping in this way so Monday I made a point to be up early to receive the call that they were returning home after a doctor appointment. That 9 o'clock call changed these plans to a hospice death watch... and in order to set up tha hospice care at home Leofwyna was one of the two nurses available to care for Sash (the other nurse was an RN in Rich's family). Monday was a long day but only just long enough for some of Sash's family and several members of his SCA family to arrive to say good-bye. As the dim twilight turned full dark the announcement was made to the gathered waiting group that he was gone at 9:51 pm. Scant moments later a wavering voice began Non Nobis and was immediately supported through to the end. Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name give glory.
Saturday a group of us went to Sash's to do a thorough house-cleaning. He's been dealing with medical issues and treatments over a year now with the accompanying lack of energy. Cat approached a few of the core group recently and seven of us were there to get-er-done while Shelly took him to lunch and, on his request, to shop for paint for his Christmas Lights project.
Sunday I went over to Volkmar's in the afternoon to draft a gambeson pattern for Carol, a new young fighter. They were working on her armor there that afternoon. That evening at home I sewed up several pairs of canvas bags to be used for weights for the Great Machine. They'll be filled on site with stones, gravel, sand, or dirt to be the weights and can be dumped on site thus avoiding additional travel weight.
Monday and Tuesday during the day I continued some sorting in my bedroom. This time I succeeded in thinning out some stuff I won't ever use and filled a black bag to go to Salvation Army. These evenings at the sewing table I frippered two green linen shifts for a project for a friend.
Wednesday I spent the afternoon 'out and about' before going to the social moot and supper. Back at home at the sewing table I finished converting the two green shifts to a functional tunic. It actually turned out somewhat better than I expected.
I inventoried the pantry and freezer Sunday. I got all caught up on my paperwork Monday morning. When I went to drive Sash to an appointment Monday afternoon he was already gone so I don't know what sort of miscommunication occurred. I ended up stopping at the Salvation Army since I was out anyway. I also stopped to put some things back in the safety deposit box but they weren't able to get their big door unlocked so I'll have to go back some other time.
Thursday in addition to watering the community garden and the lawn at home I straightened up the house in anticipation of the visit of our masseuse. Unfortunately she wasn't feeling well today and cancelled. At the sewing table tonight I assembled purple/gold quads while we watched So You Think You Can Dance and Project Runway.