No More Ms.Sun

About an hour ago I got up to let the dogs outside, and I immediately knew something was wrong. The first thing I see when I get to the patio doors is Ms. Sun.



Ms. Sun was not in her spot, and I saw the shards of her across the ground. 


Last week I said that things were just things. And that I can give away a lot of things. But I would never have given away that colorful sun that's been with me for so long. 

Last summer it was the cobalt blue bird bath. I suppose a squirrel tipped it over. And that was hard because I loved that bird bath. I loved that the yard birds came to that bird bath often. 

But seeing Ms. Sun in shards was worse. Whenever I would go out there, I'd look to that spot and it seemed she would smile back at me. 

Now there is a round spot on the fence, a discoloration, where she hung. And I shall have to figure out something so I won't see that instead. 

I told myself it was an inanimate object, yet in the shower I cried over the loss of it. I guess I hadn't realized how much it meant to me. Funny how some things just capture your heart.

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  1. Oh, maybe you can fix it,a little. I have two cats and they have done a lot of damage in my house, flower pots among many other things, but it really hit me when they broke a nice ceramic rooster I have. Excuse my english Brenda, its my second language.

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    1. There is nothing wrong with your English, Idalia. I don't think it can be repaired.

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  2. I'm sorry that it broke. Some things, although just things, are special, because they evoke something special inside us.

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  3. Oh, no! I would have cried over that stupid sun too! It was a fixture in your life and garden. Wonder if you can find another one???

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    1. I don't know. I'm sure I can find one, but I've never seen one that was just like that one. I have to wait to get my finances in better shape though.

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  4. Miss Brenda, there are more very much like her. Don't be sad! Check these out!

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  5. Oh no! When you post your garden, I look forward to Ms Sun. Very colorful and happy. Ms Sun was very special in your heart. Kathleen in Az

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  6. Oh no Brenda, I would have cried also. I broke a little vase not long ago and it brought tears to my eyes. I know it's just a thing, but it was my thing and special to me, so I get it! We will all miss the sun but another one will come your way in time. Not the same but still special in it's own way.

    Linda

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  7. Bummed for you Brenda-so sorry that happened.

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  8. I'm so sorry that you and I won't be able to see "Ms. Sun" anymore. I feel like crying too. You had had her for a long time. I didn't know about this until I read your e-mail. I hope you can find another one someday.
    Those squirrels are so destructive.
    I found two metal suns at my grocery store.. I hope they will be safe from the critters
    Charlotte.

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  9. Awww, I'm so sorry. Hopefully you can find something similar, that is a little hardier so those pesky squirrels can't ruin it. :(

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  10. Brenda,
    Some of the treasures in our life are much more than "objects," they are linked to matters of the heart and spirit, and they just are not replaceable. I am so sorry.
    Jemma

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  11. Brenda, another idea. How about taking that picture of her and having it turned into a print and frame it? Then you can still look at her, only inside the house.

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  12. Yet another idea. This costs nothing (I think). Add her to your header so you can see her every day.

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  13. I would have cried too. Some things are just things, but other things make our lives happy. They put smiles on our faces. I wonder if you can pick those shards up and make a mosaic of some kind...

    Hugs.

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  14. I'm so sorry to hear that she got broken. I would of cried too.
    ~Cindy

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  15. Nothing like sweet and precious blogging friends!! I'm so sorry your wonderful treasure is broken. Sound like you'll have another one soon.!

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  16. I feel badly for you--Ms. Sun's smile certainly captured the happiness felt in your gardens over the years and I am sorry for the loss. You have a very lovely reader in Heather Graham--such a wonderful gesture! I will go read her blog right now!

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  17. As I unpack from our very long move over many years, I uncover something that's been in storage and have managed to break several items of little monetary value, but of great sentimental value. I have been known to stand and sob in frustration over the loss and the realization that these beautiful items survived in storage and I managed to break them through carelessness, fatigue, etc. Some of the bloggers suggestions to print a photo of it or post it on your header are excellent. Soo sorry!

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  18. What we think of things are really sometimes more than just that. Ms Sun radiated happiness all throughout your garden.

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  19. We do all get attached to certain things we own ...... I hope you can find a suitable replacement that will come to mean the same.

    All the best Jan

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  20. We all get attached to certain things. Nothing wrong with that. Of more concern would be the attachment to nothing. Incorporating her in your blog would be lovely. You and all of us to could still enjoy her smiling face. She's sort of a Brenda symbol for a lot of us.

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  21. Brenda, I'm so sorry you lost Ms. Sun today! I always enjoyed seeing her smiling face in your garden pics and please know that she will be missed by me as well... I hope you can find another that you will like just as much. So kind of Heather to offer you a new replacement!!

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  22. I have always like your sun too. I look everywhere we go to see if I could find one for our yard too! No such luck. I liked the idea of making one of your pictures into a print for inside your home. The colors would really look good with your boho theme too! I absolutely love color, inside & out!

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  23. Some things are just precious to us and it hurts to lose them. I'm so glad I've seen you next post and the sweet offer to replace Ms Sun!

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  24. Read your block but dont comment use the broken pieces to make a mosaic

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    1. That's a great idea, David. I'm sure that some good ideas for doing just that could be found on Pinterest!

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  25. Brenda, I'm so sorry to hear about Ms. Sun's demise. I understand perfectly how you had become attached to her beautiful face. I bought a very similar plaque when I was visiting my husband's family down in AZ. Unfortunately, the pottery didn't take to being exposed to the Canadian winters while hanging by my front door. The colours in it were so bright and beautiful that it helped me to make it through the drab winters to be had in my part of the country.

    I still find myself searching for another plaque like it everytime I find a shop selling garden goods/statuary. It's so sad when we lose a simple 'thing' that has brought us so much beauty.

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  26. Brenda, I'm sorry that Ms. Sun was broken. I hope you kept the pieces. Maybe you can use some of the pieces to make a mosaic decoration. Or, push the pieces into the dirt of one of your flower pots, where they can add some color. It's a very real example of, when life gives us lemons, we make lemonade.

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  27. OH NOOOOO! I just commented not long ago that seeing Ms. Sun was somewhat "comforting" to me when I visited your cozy little house. She was always a ray of sunshine through our "ups" and "downs". She will be truly missed. Perhaps you can make something with her broken pieces? We will all be waiting to see.,!!!!

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  28. I'll miss your sun, too, Brenda. :(

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  29. We do become so attached to the beauty in our yards whether we put it there or grew it there. I am sorry that the sun broke. It was very colorful and just made you smile I know what comes next will be good too.

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  30. Brenda,
    I love the picture of the sun face in this post. I'm so sorry she got broken. Some of your commenters have made some wonderful suggestions. So many people care so much about you and want to see you happy. The lady who wishes to send you another one certainly has a tender heart. I'm glad she is going to do that for you. You deserve it after all the happiness you bring to so many.

    For me, it was a coffee cup. My husband had gotten it for me when we were dating in the 70s. I called it my "comfortable cup". It was round, like a ball (it fit perfectly in my hands) and brown like rich wood grain and had ships wheels all over it. It reminded me of my father and the ocean and of my sweet husband. It sat on the dryer in 2001 as I folded clothes one day and I shook a towel and hit it and it fell to the cement floor. My husband came in from the back yard and found me sitting on the floor crying my eyes out with shards of cup in my hands. I just kept saying, "I broke it". A very dear friend heard me tell about it and sent me another cup from Maine. It was round, like a ball and blue like the ocean with waves of lighter blues around it. It was the perfect cup. Both my husband and my father are gone now, but the little blue cup is my "comfortable cup" today.

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  31. ((((Brenda))))
    Oh I am so sorry for your loss of something that was so dear to you. And I do understand. You embrace life deeply and all that it brings. Your sun was a part of your life. What wonderful suggestions above! YOU are so loved.

    Maybe paint your rendition of your sun right on the fence where she hung??
    In honor of her? And mosaic a clay pot with her beloved pieces to sit below with something beautiful to bloom as only you can grow?

    Love to you,
    Kim

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  32. Hey Brenda, Don't fret too much about Mrs. Sun. I'm sure if you have just a bit of "know how" you could probably make a sort of mold from paper mache, and then paint it. Of course it won't match the real thing, but sometimes all you need is a spark of imagination to get the ball rolling.
    Good Luck
    sherryels1

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  33. Awww so sorry Brenda! I always think of you when I see one of those suns. Can you find a replacement?

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  34. Sorry about your Ms Sun - its such a drag when something like that happens. A few years ago a elderly woman came into my store, told me she knew my grandma, and then she gave me a antique teacup and saucer that once was my grandma's - she thought I would like to have it and I was so thankful and thrilled by this surprise present! I loved this little teacup and saucer and I placed it carefully on top a stack of antique books on my bookshelf. There is stayed and looked so pretty. Then I got a cat, well...rescued a homeless cat, and I do love him, but...I forgot about the teacup being there and yes, he somehow managed to scramble around and knock it off the shelf and it broke in a million pieces. Why, of all things, did this special item have to get broke? Yes, I was upset for a little while, I forgave the cat - it was a accident, life goes on.

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