Midwest Knit Girl

July Celebration in Honor of Frank

Posted on: July 22, 2010

I held a party last Saturday in honor of my husband, Frank, who passed away February 28, 2010. The day was so hot and sticky but we all stuck it out. Did you catch that? Sticky? Stuck it out? Hmmm.

Anyway, the temp apparently hit 93 degrees but I’m sure with the humidity it was closer to feeling like 100. You couldn’t be outside and not start sweating within moments. There was air conditioning in the house and I had fans going in the car-port area, garage, back patio and the deck. Some people even braved playing badminton in the sweltering temps! Um, not me. I was wearing a dress. For those who know me, it’s been a very long time since I’ve done that but sometimes you have to go outside your comfort zone and roll with it. I rolled.

There were lots of treats – popcorn, sno-cones, bars, cookies, banana bread, chips and salsa, fruits and veggies, crackers and dip, and water, water, water, water!

We also had storms. Wow, big storms happening all around us. But the last of us stayed under the car-port enjoying the evening as long as we could since it wasn’t hitting us yet. We didn’t move until the rain started coming sideways. I don’t think we wanted the day to end. I didn’t.

My best guess is somewhere between 55-60 people strolled through throughout the day. I saw friends that I hadn’t hooked up with in years, lots of family including those that live out of state, many of the neighbors came, Frank’s awesome friends were here as were mine. All in all, it was one fine day.

Thank you to everyone who came, in spite of the weather we still had a grand time. I still say Frank was with us in the form of the one, single, solitary rose that bloomed on the bush out front. How could that not be him? There hadn’t been buds or flowers on that bush in weeks, yet on the day before the party there was a bud. Then the day of the party –  it bloomed. It was his rose bush, ergo, it was Frank.

I love you, Frank. Thank you for being such a big part of my life and letting me be part of yours. We had some special connection, you and I, that I’ve never had with anyone else. Wherever you are, I’m betting you’re rocking the casbah in a big way!!

And now for your viewing pleasure, a few pictures. I didn’t get photos of even an nth of the people who came, for that I apologize. I just sort of, kind of, got busy with the party and forgot. 🙂

Me, Lisa

Lisa and I

Ruth, Me

Ruth and I

Sean, Lock, Me, Ruth

Sean, Lock, Me, Ruth

My step-father, Kim, and JT

Kim and Jim

Carly, Brandon, Peggy, Michelle (and her little dog, too)


Ruth, Bonnie

Ruth and Bonnie

Glenn, Auntie, Uncle

Glenn, Uncle Don, Auntie Von

Kris, Kat, Me
Kris, Kat and Me

My brother, Brian, Mom, Me, my sister, Deb

Mom and her kids

Me, Michelle

My cousin Michelle and me

Brian, Mom

Brian and Mom

Leo (Bonnie’s husband)


Rose Bush With One Rose

One Rose

One, Single, Solitary Rose: AKA Frank

Frank's Rose


14 Responses to "July Celebration in Honor of Frank"

Hi Patty
I am Jenthewen from Swap-bot, nice to read your blog. It all looks so cosy there!!
Keep up the good work on the site & best wishes.

Hi Patty, This is BeverlyBling from Swap-bot. How wonderful to have a party for Frank and I’m sure the solitary rose is significant. I’m looked after by an angel (or two I don’t know) but she leaves me feathers when I need a sign or some help. I don’t talk about this to many people.
I’m adding your blog to my Google reader, that way when you make a post I’ll get it immediately. I hope we’ll keep in contact

wHAT A WONDERFUL THING TO DO! My husband died 4 yrs ago on Oct. 1 and I still communicate with him! I’m gonna throw him a party! Blessings! LADYHIGHTOWER (swap-bot) I’ll put your link on my blog!

I am following by the way 🙂 I thought that wasn’t possible since my blog belongs to blogger, but it is!

Much love and a lovely Sunday,

Looks like a great day Patty – so nice for all those people to come and say hi, remember and pay tribute to Frank. And I like that he was there for you all too!
See you very soon!

Hi, this is Kristen from Swap-Bot. I am sorry about your husband but what a terrific idea to throw a party in his memory. I am sorry it was so hot outside! I think I am ready for some cooler weather!

I realized I didn’t leave my username! It is kalexn 🙂

Hi Patty,

My swap-bot name is ElizabethMD.

What a wonderful way to honor a loved one. I don’t know if this will help, but it helps me when I need it!

God saw you were getting tired
And it was not meant to be,
So he put his arms around you
And whispered,”come to me”.
With tearful eyes we watched you
And saw you pass away,
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands at rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

P.S. I am also now following your blog as well.

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