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. http://josefinasgate.com/ 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.
So much of our friendship with Bonnie revolved around our mutual participation in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The SCA side of the trip: http://kaithriona.blogspot.com/2016/09/sad-trip.html