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12/03/2014

Bernie...a Lovely Blogger Friend...

Good afternoon. Today will be a tribute goodbye to one of my very first blogger friends, Bernie of Bernie's Craft Closet.  Bernie was so encouraging to me when I first started a blog, and persisted in coaxing me along to submit a card at Pixie's Crafty Workshop (aka The Snippets Playground). With Bernie's gentle persuasion, I finally took courage in hand, submitted a card, and made an utter mess of linking. (Miss Pixie sent me very detailed instructions, which I thought I had followed, but still screwed it up several times, with Miss having to get me sorted). Finally, as they say "the Penny Dropped".Not only did I get to meet another very sweet & generous person in Diane - (Miss Pixie of the Playground), but what fun I've had since then, what lovely folks I've met & what inspiration I've seen. So Big Thanks due to Bernie for that.

Bernie developed a very serious illness later, but continued to post updates for a time.  We would email back & forth, then suddenly...none of the bloggers who 'knew' Bernie, were hearing anything. We worried that she had become just too sick to be on the computer. This morning, Diane (Miss)  shared an email that she'd received from Bernie's sister. Miss was very clever to sift back through some of Bernie's old emails to her,  and contacted some folks she thought were relatives. Bernie's sister replied to that email. We learned that we lost our lovely Bernie nearly a year ago.

Here's a link to a lovely card that Bernie had sent me. I was so totally blown away at the beauty & design of this card, not to mention the time it took Bernie to make it just for me. It made me feel very special. Bernie was indeed - a very special person herself, and I've missed her posts, her emails, and just her way of making someone she would never meet in person, feel like I mattered to her.

So this is me saying: Goodbye Bernie. Rest in Peace, and I know that someday, we WILL meet.
Thanks for visiting and listening. I was very Blessed to get to know such an outstanding person.

Busy in the background, dragging out some Christmas decorations for outside. Did some yard work yesterday afternoon, since it was such a beautifully pleasant day. My back & I were NOT friends last night. Also it was windy & someone in the neighborhood was burning, so rather expected to get my usual allergy problems. Thankfully I'm ok today, for which I said a big Thank you. Trying to do some sorting in the stamp area too.

Hope that you're having a good afternoon wherever you are. I treasure all of you who visit here. Big hugs, and will try to get back soon with a card. God Bless.













31 comments:

Patricia said...

Hello Mary,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your Blog friend. You now have closure as to what happened. Had a look at the stunning card Bernie made just for you. You have that and the happy memories from your time Blogging with her. Sending you a few ((((hugs)))).
Look forward to seeing the stunning decorations for your home, I am sure they will be very special.

Patricia xx

Carol said...

So sad to read this Mary. I met Bernie through the playground and followed her illness through her posts. I've often wondered of late whether she survived or not but obviously it was not to be. RIP Bernie. Carol x

Kathleen said...

A very sad but a lovely tribute post to your friend Bernie.

Kath x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Blogging Friend. I know what you mean about making friends here in Blogland and them becoming special. Your post is a lovely tribute to her, hugs Kate x

jimlynn said...

So sorry to read this. I didn't know Bernie but sounds like she was such an inspiration! Hugs to you.
Lynn

Pippa said...

Sorry that you lost such a good friend Mary, but that card is a very special reminder of her. hugs. x

Elizabeth said...

So sorry to read this news about Bernie. I got to know Bernie through her blog, learned of her illness with sadness, followed her fight and missed her when she stopped posting, guessing that the inevitable had happened. She will, however, continue to live on in our memories and that is good. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Big hugs, Mary. You and I shared many emails of concern about our beloved Bernie. It's hard to finally hear the truth of what we have suspected this whole time. She was a good friend and she will be missed always. You wrote a lovely tribute to her and I thank you for that! Mwah! Darnell

Rainey's Craft Room said...

What a lovely tribute to your blogging friend Mary. I'm so sorry to hear your news, it is very sad not knowing what had happened but now, at least, you can say goodbye.
Lorraine

JD/ Jill said...

So sorry for the loss of your blogging friend. Lovely tribute to her...Blessings, Jill

Hazel said...

Mary I am so sorry to hear about your blogging friend. It is so sad that it has taken a year for you to know what happened to her, but now you know and you still have all those lovely memories and will remember them when you look at her beautiful card. Hazel xx

Carol L said...

I'm sorry Bernie is no longer in the circle of your bloggers and friends, but what a lovely tribute you've paid to her here today!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful tribute to your friend, Mary. Bernie sounds like an amazing person and I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to get to know her...thank you for introducing her to us. What a sweet post in her memory. Hugs my friend.

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

aussie aNNie said...

RIP Bernie, and yes Mary her card to you in a previous post is gorgeous...cherish this one.
aNNie xx
{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

Maxine D said...

Oh Mary - {{{{{hugs}}}}} - sorry to hear of the loss of your friend - what a lovely tribute you have given her.
Blessings
Maxine

Di said...

What a beautiful tribute Mary. Bernie was so special and will always be missed by so many of us.

Love

Di xx

Sue said...

Always sad when those we love pass away, but you will have your friendship memories in your heart and like you say, one day you will meet.

Hugs Sue

Sheila H said...

Mary, your tribute to your friend is quite lovely. Thanks for sharing a beautiful story.

Pat said...

A lovely tribute Mary and a beautiful friendship card Bernie made for you. Although I didn't know her it is obvious that she was loved by all in the blogging community, and so sad about her illness, but she is no longer suffering and at peace. x

Bonnie said...

A wonderful tribute to a sweet lady.

Veerle said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Mary. This is a lovely tribute to your friend and her card to you is very beautiful. How nice you can sherish this as a reminder of Bernie. Hugs, Veerle xxx

Redanne said...

What a beautiful tribute to Bernie. I did not know her but she was obviously very dear to you and many others. May she rest in peace. Big hugs, Anne xx

Loll Thompson said...

A lovely tribute to your friend Mary. It's amazing the people we meet on-line and the connections we make. This is the positive side of the internet and a big part of the crafting community of card makers. You were so blessed to call Bernie your friend and I'm sure she felt the same way about you. I looked at the special card she made for you and you can see the love the patience that went into making that work-of-art just for you. Loll xx

Faith A said...

How lovely to remember a friend in this way, as others have said a beautiful tribute.
How lovely that Bernie's sister replied so that the word could spread of her passing.

Brenda said...

I just found this out when I visited Diane Momma Mary, I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. You know I didn't get to know Bernie well as she was already dealing with her illness, but I did pop over and wish her well and prayed for her. She seemed like a very lovely person both inside and out. I have always been told that God only hand picks his roses for his rose garden and Bernie sure was a rose!

You are doing better than me, no Christmas decorations have come down yet, we will probably wait for Bret to get home to help it all down from the garage attic. You make sure and rest that back of yours now, and thank God that you didn't get a full blown attack from the burning!! Hugs, Brenda

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oh, Mary, I am so sorry that your friend is no longer with us. I enjoyed reading your tribute. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Also sorry I haven't been to visit much lately - I will try to do better!

Sending big hugs,
Kitty

Charlene said...

Mary I'm so sorry to hear the loss of your friend Bernie and I'm also disappointed because the pictures not showing up on my blog I'll try and refreshing and come back again I hope you have a nice weekend

crafty-stamper said...

Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend-the pic is not showing on my computer either
Carol x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Such a beautiful tribute Mary, her card was fabulous.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Lucy Woods said...

Aww how sad but a lovely tribute to your friend and great you manage to get in contact with her sister!x

Benzi said...

I am so happy you posted this, Mary. I have so often wondered about Bernie and had no way to find out about her. I had been over to her blog2213 a bit ago to see if there was anything new. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a great lady and a wonderful crafter.