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