Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sisters Saturday...Keeping a Promise

Hello friends!  I just returned from another quick trip up to New York. My three sisters and I have a relatively new tradition of getting together the Saturday after Thanksgiving. A few years ago the four Gilroy girls... myself, Mary Sue, Maddy and Joanne met up in Poughkeepsie, NY to attend a Holiday Craft  show and afterwards we visited the quaint village of Rhinebeck to have lunch and shop. We had so much fun that day...we shopped, laughed, ate and laughed even more. Soon after that date our sister Mary Sue was rushed to the ER and told that she was in stage 4 of cervical cancer.

              This is one of my favorite photo's of Mary Sue...I love those eyes!

 That was the beginning of a long and very hard journey for Mary and all of us who loved her dearly. During the time we cared for Mary Sue, she made me promise that we three would continue to meet on that Saturday after Thanksgiving and do our 'sister' thing. Well Mar...we are keeping our promise to you and honoring your memory and your love of laughter. I promise you that we laughed ALOT! We talk of you often on that day and it really does help us to cope with our heartache.  This year after the craft show we drove across the Hudson River to the cute little town of Saugerties. We had lunch in a small old fashioned village restaurant and after lunch we spotted a shop across the street called "The Willow Tree". We figured with a name like that it had to be great and believe me..it was wonderful! Snowmen galore and lot's of whimsy in every corner. We had a blast shopping and I wish I had a dollar for everytime we used the word  'cute'



One of the highlights of my afternoon was this little coffee shop called Lucy's Place. She was using vintage aprons for her window treatments! Now you know I loved that ;-)


Came upon this lovely stone and wrought iron entry to a secretive little courtyard. You know I had to peek inside..........

Isn't this fountain beautiful? It was such a serene setting. I bet this fountain has witnessed it's share of marriage proposals. Mary Sue would have liked this. I look forward to keeping this yearly get together on my calendar and I have already started my research into the next little town to visit.
Enough for now....I am feeling a bit nostalgic and missing my little sis. Until next time...be kind and stay creative.


Kelly Ann said...

How lucky your sisters are to have you!!

Missymaomao said...

So touching.
Thank you for sharing this with us.

Marion said...

So sorry for the loss of your sister. At least with three left she will never be forgotten. And having a girly day out is a great way to preserve her memory.

Tweed Delights said...

Such a touching post Janet - I think your sister would be really pleased that you are all keeping up this lovey tradition :)

Diane said...

Love the little courtyard. What a wonderful place to escape!
Glad you had such a good time with your sisters. What a wonderful idea.

Maddy said...

I love this blog! The pictures cameout really great. Can you send them to me. Love you, Sis!

Dar said...

Such a touching post Janet. Thanks you for sharing such a personal piece of your heart. Your sister was gorgeous, and she did have the most captivating eyes. I understand your loss. The tradition you have with your sisters is so lovely.
Blessings Be Yours Dear Friend