This post, once again, is from Lee's life partner Dave. Our friend and angel has had a rough time the past 6 weeks but kept plugging along, getting things done until just over a week ago. After the expedition to Portland, we did the whole radiation thing which probably helped somewhat in poviding relief during the ensuing months..During this time we took a trip to Lake Tahoe, which is the one other place (other than Portland) which Lee wanted to see again while still alive. Her sister Leslie had wanted to give Lee the gift of a trip anywhere she wanted, and this was that gift.
We spent the weekend at a gorgeous home right on the lake (north shore area, for those of you who are familiar with Tahoe) with perfect weather for late October: 70's and no wind. The lake was crystal clear and the reflections of the moon spectacular. It was just our immediate family (Lee and I, Porter and Laurel - JoAnna didn't come because she came up from San Diego to visit us the following week for Laurel's Birthday) and Leslie's (herself, husband Doug and daughter, Kiely)....The weekend included great family meals, sitting watching the lake, and of course art work. Lee led a session with Kiely, Laurel and Leslie doing artist trading cards...Kiely picked up on this amazingly well (she is 11) turning out more than a dozen cards in an afternoon. Of course, we had the obligate trip to the closest (and only local) scrapbook store in Truckee , about 15 mi away for supplies.
Unfortunately, the trip did take a physical toll on Lee (the altitude is mostly > 6000 feet) and she continued to get weaker (but still working in her beloved garage/art studio) until a few weeks ago. During a wonderful visit from Uncle Gene from Minnesota(her deceased mom's brother) she was able to take care of many things she wanted to in terms of reaffirming a loving connection to that side of her family, and made sure that her uncle took back with him any family items or pictures he desired. Afterwards, her illness took over with more of a downhill course and she has been on hospice care at home for the past few weeks. I, and many others, have lost Lee (for now) as a companion, but have accepted her as that earthly being who is now in our care as agents tasked to provide comfort and peace for her as she makes this final transition on her journey.
I'll keep posting to the blog and look for collections of photos from the past few months.
My blessings and wishes for peace and happiness to you all.