Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does countries & Cultures--Redneck!

Hi Everyone.  Today is a sad day for me.  Today marks the day my sister finally succumbed to her breast cancer after battling it for 8 long years.  This is the 5th anniversary of her death.  It's hard to believe 5 years have gone by.  5 long years without my sister and my best friend.  People try to tell you stupid things when someone you love dies like time heals all wounds, but it doesn't.  Time can heal a physical wound but no amount of time can ever fill the gaping hole left in your heart.

I wasn't sure how I would feel about Digit-al Dozen today.  I wasn't sure I would even feel like participating in this week.  So I played it by ear.  I didn't commit to anything and I cried alot.  My sister didn't like  us to cry over her, she tried to shield us from the pain, she tried to comfort us even in the very   end.  But you do cry and we will continue to cry.  She also would have been hacked off at me for not participating today or this whole week.  So I need to pick my sad self up--stiff upper lip it--and git 'er done.

Lisa loved to wear pink camo!  I made fun of her for it all the time.  "Lisa" I would say, "there are no pink trees! there is no pink grass" but she wore it anyway.  Camouflage is actually a long standing joke in my family.  When I  was in high school I was on a camo pants kick before it was even "in"!  I wore camo pants all the time and my dad would tease me and say "I can't see you from the waist down".  I bought my dad tons of camo things thermos' for work, lunch bags, a little camo travel clock for him to take hunting--you name it, if it had camo on it I bought it for him.

When it finally got "in" like 20 years after I made it cool, Lisa started to wear it.  She actually had this little half camo jacket!  We used to tease her and call it a "jack" because it wasn't a full jacket. She had a lot of those little "jacks" LOL.  She was actually very stylish.

She was beautiful, and funny.  She was kind and loved with her whole heart.  She was one of the best parts of my life for 44 years.  Living without her is hard--there are times you just need your best friend.  You just want to pick up the phone and say "hey guess what happened today" but you can't.  The hardest thing about living after someone you love dies is actually living.  

I remember everything about her.  Am glad to have shared 44 wonderful years with her but I do long for the day we can one day be together again.

Today in honor and memory of my beautiful sister, Lisa Gage, I'm wearing some pink camo right along with my regular camo

Here's a picture of me with my beautiful sister's when we were on vacation in Florida-I'm in the middle, Lynelle my little sister is on the left and Lisa in her camo and "jack" is on the right
Many thanks to my sweet Digit-al Dozen family for letting me do whatever I wanted to do today


  1. Thanks for sharing with us! A perfect tribute to your sister and her love of pink camo! It also made me laugh when you said how you made camo cool!

  2. What a great post <3 Funny thing, we actually called them Jacks, too! *hugs*

  3. huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuug xx

  4. Fantastic tribute to your sister! XOXO

  5. This is a beautiful post - thanks for sharing it with us <3

  6. Hugs! Such a wonderful loving tribute. I think this is such a beautiful mani made even more beautiful with the story belonging to it. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Great post! What a wonderful way to remember her!

  8. Beautiful post and mani. Hugs ♥

  9. What a beautiful tribute mani! This was a really touching post to read; thank you for sharing ♥ ♥ ♥