Two Weeks

The last two weeks have gone by in a blur. The last two weeks have been full of highs and lows. The best time ever followed by the worst time ever.

So, a couple weeks ago my sister and I headed off to Playa del Carmen for vacation. Our very first sister trip! We left knowing that my dad hadn't been doing well health-wise. He wanted us to go and drink some Rum Runners for him. So we did. Oh so many.
That's actually a Mango Tango. I have no idea what's in it. :)
 We walked along the beach and enjoyed the resort.
My sister was even nice and put on a wool shawl in the Mexican heat so I could get some photos of my new shawl, Maya:
Unfortunately, while we were flying home, my dad took a turn for the worst. We went straight from the airport to the hospital. And a couple days later, he passed away.

Many of you know that my dad had been diagnosed with cancer in late 2013 (my inspiration for my Hat KAL/CAL for Hope last year). And while he was cancer-free when he went to "the big casino in the sky" (those are his words) the cancer was so hard on his body that it really didn't help the other medical issues he had. 

My family has peace in that we were all home (even my brother that lives in Fargo was randomly visiting) and that my dad is no longer suffering. It had been a long two years.

I'll think of him when I look at my knitting tattoo. When I got it he told me it was "the yuppy version of skull and crossbones." I don't even know what that means.
I'll also think of him when I fail to check gauge which results in something being 12 sizes too big. Let's just say that one of the first hats I ever made was for him and it was hilariously too big. Like it covered his entire head, face and all. And some of his neck too. He still told me it was perfect and it was just what he wanted. :)


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your Dad.

  2. I'm so sorry for your loss, Jen--sounds like he was a great Dad--

  3. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My condolences to you and your entire family.

  4. Jen I read your blog everyday and love it. Today it brought smiles and a tear. I am so glad you got sister time as well as got back to see your Dad. He sounds like quite a guy! Take good care over the next weeks and be gentle with yourself. Hugs

  5. Sister Trips are the best. (Nachos &a pitcher of Margaritas for breakfast in Vegas!). Hold tight to your Sister as you need each other now more than ever. You have my deepest sympathy over the loss of your Dad. Stay strong.

  6. So sorry about your dad, Jen. Glad that your family was able to be together during this difficult time to support each other.

  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad but I'm glad that it worked out that you were all there with/for him. I lost my dad several years ago to cancer and I, too, am reminded of my dad every time I have a gauge goof or consider not bothering to check gauge. Even when you know they are in a better place & no matter how old you are, it's hard to loose your daddy. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.


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