A few days ago, I found out that fellow blogger and frequent commenter on my blog, Hazel Bluhm, had passed away recently.
I'd checked in on Hazel's blog and saw that she hadn't posted since May 12, which seemed odd in that she was a regular, if not daily poster.
She has a blog where the comments need the owner's approval before they appear. I noticed that my comments hadn't shown. I sent her a "hope everything is okay" email. Was her internet connection or computer down (for two weeks, unlikely)? Perhaps she was ill or in the hospital?
A day or so later, hoping for the best but fearing the worst, I Googled her full name and then read the dreaded news that had been posted by Karen, an RV-ing friend of Hazel's. You can read the full account on Karen's blog HERE.
This past year, she had been inspired to repair a family heirloom quilt by painstakingly hand stitching new fabric over the worn spots.
She really liked my plaid circles quilt and wanted to make one herself. She had started collecting plaid shirts, and I sent her a box of plaid strips left over from my quilt to add to hers, which she had started piecing into a strata.
Her rescued greyhounds and cat were her pride and joy in life and meant the world to her. I was so glad to hear from Karen's post that her pets will be well cared for. Even though she was in a coma, Hazel seemed to obtain some peace from being assured of that in her final hours.
Rest in peace, dear Hazel. You will be greatly missed.