We were surprised a few days ago to open the paper and find his obituary and picture. We had no idea he had been ill. How thankful we feel, though, for having seen the notice and for being able to attend his memorial service. It was quite a memorable memorial service.
As the church gym/sanctuary filled first with the Purdue fight song, with alumni (my husband included) standing and clapping as they sang; then laughter and tears while we watched a video of Ted take the jump of his life when he took a tandem sky dive - exclaiming on the big screen that he'd waited 54 years to do this; and throughout the service hundreds of people joining voices singing happy hymns we used to sing in the Free Methodist Church, I was transported back in time. Transported to an earlier place my middle-aged heart has been hungry for in recent years.
There were surely at least 400 people attending the service and all were strangers to us except for Ted's immediate family. But it's amazing how a common faith, and in this case a common friend and pastor, will instantly bring people together in spirit. It was a great day. Our spirits were heartened and memories abounded. Greg and I topped it off with a pizza meal at a nearby Arni's. It seemed fitting. Purdue alums (or fans who live anywhere near Purdue), know Arni's - "in busy Market Square". Pizza at the Greenwood, Indiana Arni's doesn't compare to the Lafayette Arni's, but it's the closest facsimile we have in our neck of the woods. As we filled our tummies, we enjoyed our memories and full feelings from the service we had just left.
And what does this have to do with this week's Year of Projects post?
But once in a while it feels good to share the stuff of life with those of you who visit here, and Sunday's YOP post is the time most drop in. :)
So, on that topic... this week saw the finish of my latest crocheted Linen Stitch Scarf (pattern here).
I mentioned last week how much I enjoy this stitch pattern. And how I love combining non-obvious colors together to see what they produce in the end. Last week I showed a picture of two very unlikely colorways of yarn I was using to crochet this scarf.
I'm happy to say... the colors played very nice and did not disappoint. The yarn is Red Heart Unforgettable in the colorways Tidal and Sunrise. It's a wonderful yarn for a drapey scarf. Super soft and luxurious feeling. And purchased on sale or with a coupon (which I almost always have) I consider it very affordable.
I made this scarf wider and longer than normal and I really like how it turned out. It doesn't go with any coat or sweater I own, but I think I may need to work on that as I love the colors in this! The blues are perfect for me - and the bright oranges, while not necessarily "my colors" work with the blue to complement my very pale complexion and white/gray hair. As I began this scarf I was sure it would end up being gifted to someone, and now here I am happily contemplating keeping it for myself!
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