Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Heaven Gained An Angel

A sweet angel from my mother's room at the nursing home...she bought this this summer at her favorite thrift store here in Nashville, This-N-That Thrift Shop, which benefits St. Luke's Community House.

 

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share that my beautiful mother passed away peacefully late Monday night at 87 years of age.

I am glad that I saw her earlier that morning and I also checked in on her that afternoon with my youngest daughter and she was sleeping peacefully under a quilt hand-stitched by her mother.

She was such a tough lady and I truly thought she would rally as she always does but I think ultimately her little body was worn out. It's hard for me to believe that she is really gone. One of the last things I said to her was "I love you" and "I am proud of you" and "Get some rest." My sister Beth was also able to visit with her Sunday. She met her youngest and newest great grandson in the fall and we were able to see her Christmas weekend. I know she would have shared that with you! 

She was a wonderfully talented person and found beauty in the simplest things. She made everything a special occasion. She was as equally comfortable in pearls and cashmere as she was in worn denim and gardening gloves.

I miss her so much already. I may try to update her blog with some stories about her as I know she would love that. It has been comforting hearing from so many people from my hometown as they share memories of her. Some of the words used to describe her are "kind," "regal," "classy," "special," "awesome," "encouraging," "stylish," and "beautiful." I would wholeheartedly agree!

Thank you so much for all of your kindness to her and friendship over the years. She loved and missed writing and her photography so but her vision had greatly deteriorated due to macular degeneration. She missed many of the things she loved doing and her quality of life had declined. She lived an amazing 87 years on this Earth and I know she is somewhere else rejoicing, gardening, cooking, dancing, and smiling down on her family, who she loved so much. She would thank you for your friendship.


Monday, January 10, 2022

A New Year and An Update on My Mom

 

 

Happy New Year to everyone!


Thanksgiving Visit With My Mom
 

This winter has been a roller coaster for my mom. She has had so many health issues in the past year (including COVID last winter and a mild heart attack)...but always rallied. She is a fighter! I know her body is simply worn out, however.

She celebrated her 87th birthday October 9! She also started doing a Monday prayer group at her nursing home. She felt well enough to go out and get her hair done the Thursday after Christmas but began not feeling well after that and has been slowly declining. She is having difficulty swallowing and speaking. 

While she has been on hospice since last year they have primarily been checking in on her occasionally but they are now seeing her frequently. I saw her this morning and she is responsive so that is good. She knew I was there!

Some good things ...she was very coherent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and saw family. She also met her newest great grandson (my nephew Gavin's little boy) this fall. My brother was also here for nearly 4 months and was able to get her out for outings. She continued to love getting her hair done, going out to lunch and shopping at her favorite thrift store here in Nashville and TJ Maxx.

Please send her all your good energy and prayers for comfort. She asked me before Christmas if I had updated her blog and I told her I would. She loves all of you in her online community so much.

Thank you.

Jamie, Ernestine's youngest daughter


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

More Good Updates on My Mom

 

 


Hello everyone! My mom loves hearing from you and I read your comments. She has had difficulty reading at all lately but went to her eye doctor yesterday and should be getting new glasses in about 10 days (YEA!) I had to cancel and reschedule her appointment several times but she was finally able to go in yesterday. That will be a big relief to her.

Also, huge news. My brother will finally be visiting from Thailand later this month! And he will be staying for a while so that's very exciting. 

Keep sending your good thoughts and positive vibes and prayers as she is feeling much better. She does get extremely frustrated with her mobility issues but that is understandable.


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Hi! (From My Mom)

 My mom's window at her room (she painted this little church!) She always enjoys plants and flowers in her window.

 

This is Ernestine's daughter, Jamie. Hello!

 Visited my mom today (she loves the potato soup at the restaurant where my younger daughter works and I took her some for lunch today) and also yesterday as I was out of town most of last week. She wanted me to write an update!

She was recently in the hospital a few weeks ago for a UTI and dehydration but last Friday felt well enough to get out and get her hair done, go to TJ Maxx AND go to her favorite thrift store here in Nashville. She's really doing well. I took her to get her knee injections at the orthopedic doctor a few weeks ago as well. Next up is an eye doctor appointment.

She says, "Thank you for your prayers and all the many cards I have received It looks like the good Lord is going to keep me here a while longer."

I think she is doing the best she has all year so it's great to see her up and about. She's doing physical therapy but walking with the walker is tough for her (but she can do it.) But she's in her wheelchair most of the time.

If you would like to send her a card she is still at NHC Place at the Trace, 8353 Highway 100, Nashville TN 37221. (c/o Ernestine Lawson, Room 537).

Thank you all! We are going to try an Ipad out so she can make Amazon orders and possibly blog. She tried a laptop but did not like it.


Thursday, March 4, 2021

An Update From My Mom and Thank You!


Friends to my mom...sending you a big thank you! She wanted me to let you know she is doing OK and going home soon and that she is so thankful for your thoughts, prayers and cards. I know some of you have reached out to me. I haven't wanted to post publicly that she was not home but she will be soon.

She has been hospitalized twice since the end of October and also had (and beat) COVID just before Christmas. So she's been through a lot healthwise but her spirit and spunkiness are back to usual. COVID has also meant really restrictive rules on visitors, etc. She has many cards at the care facility she's staying at and she is so thankful for them. If you'd like to send her a card let me know and I can send you her home address. You can also send her a card to NHC Place at the Trace here in Nashville for the next two weeks (37221 zip code).

Thank you again for checking in on her! She tried to adapt to a laptop where she is staying but misses her home computer and camera. She's doing well, though, and the most active person where she is staying so she is ready to get out of there. She's doing physical therapy and I took her to get cortisone shots in her knees last month.

Stay tuned for some more updates and thank you again! She appreciates and loves all of you.

Monday, October 12, 2020

SOON

SOON
THIS ONE WILL SHARE

"LOVE WALKED IN THE DOOR"

I BELIEVE THE HAPPIEST TIME IN MY WHOLE LIFE.\\\\

BIRTHDAY TIME
THE BEST  IN THE WORLD

COVERED WITH LOVE

'GOD IS SO GOOD'

SO MUCH LOVE SHOWERED UPON ME

DIFFICULT TO FIND THE CORRECT WORDS.

ALL THE SAME HEALTH WISE
JUST CRIPPLING ARTHRITIS
A LOT OF PAIN - HATE MEDICATION, BUT IF YOU CAN REACH 80 PAIN-FREE YOU ARE
ONE LUCKY LADY

AND REMEMBER -- NO MORE BIRTHDAYS
MIDDLE 80-S WE STOP - NOW WE WILL SEE
HOW MUCH LONGER, , MAYBE LONG, MAYBE SHORT

DO NOT CARE, IT HAS BEEN UP AND DOWN, 

BUT COULD E BE MUCH WORSE

I AM ONE HAPPY LADY GAINED 5 LBS, CLOTHES BEGINNING TO FIT

LOVE TO ALL

WILL RETURN AND SHARE IT ALL

I AM ONE HAPPY LADY........................


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Another Time and Place

 Mama (me) and baby Jimmy in Hendersonville, Tennessee, first home after leaving Michigan.