Sad trip

For the past week or so I’ve been off line.  The reason is Bonnie, very close friend we’ve known for over 26 years, entered hospice about 4 weeks ago.  We’d planned a trip last weekend to visit her, perhaps for the last time.  Unfortunately for us, she died on Sunday, 21 August.  We were very disappointed not to see her again but also relieved her suffering was over.  Hospice did a very good job of keeping her comfortable to the end.  We adjusted our flight times and arrived a day early to be able to attend her funeral. It was my husband, myself, and another close friend.  We’d all first known each other in SoCal.

We spent time with her daughter and also with some of her local friends.  We helped her daughter with deciding about the disposition of some of her belongings.

On our final day, we were on standby to help more but took a brief trip out to the White Sands Missile Range Museum.  We’d all been there before.  It seems in poor repair.  Once rocket had even fallen over.  But then we learned it will soon be torn down and a new and larger museum built.

I did one sketch.  The information plaque started with, “not a flying saucer”.  It is the Balloon launched decelerator Test Vehicle.

We had lunch in the old town, Mesilla, at Josefina’s Old Gate.   I did a sketch of the view of an interior patio from the restaurant patio.

Then, while Himself and our friend looked around old town, I sketched the gate.

More photos:

So much of our friendship with Bonnie revolved around our mutual participation in  the Society for Creative Anachronism.  The SCA side of the trip:


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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8 Responses to Sad trip

  1. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved friend, Kate. I know you mentioned that you were going to try to see her. She sounds like a wonderful human being.

  2. D. Abreu says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Kate. May she be at peace.

  3. Sympathy for your loss, Kate.

  4. So sorry about the loss of your friend. I am glad that Hospice took good care of her. They are very special people.

    • redharparts says:

      Thank you. Yes, hospice is wonderful. I worked in a hospice section of the hospital and all the nurses were self-selected so they were dedicated to caring for those at the end of life. From what I heard, Bonnie’s care team did a wonderful job.

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