It is hard to think about Spring when everywhere you look all you see is snow! I went to work on Friday and before I left for the day, 13 inches of snow had fallen. Saturday - it snowed again - just 3 inches this time. Now today, Sunday, what is it doing outside? You guessed it - it is snowing - again! I am so ready for the spring.
A dear friend passed away and we attended his funeral. I don't know what I expected, but it was very hard for us both. (I haven't attended a funeral since my mother passed away in 2002, actually, I don't think I have ever attended a funeral that was not a family member.)
This wonderful man had been married to his wife for 52 years and had 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
At the beginning of the funeral, a large screen was set up, showing a slide show of his life. As I sat and watched the pictures and listened to the music, all I could think of was that Nancy had lost her best friend. I watched pictures of Lew scroll across the screen showing him walking his daughter down the isle, holding his grandchild, vacationing with his wife and just loving life.
The tears fell down my face as I tried to imagine a life without my husband John.
My heart goes out to Nancy and her family as they adjust to a life without such a wonderful person.
Rest in peace Lew, you will be missed by so many!
LEWISTON — Llewellyn W. Jacobs, 72, of Buckfield passed away suddenly on Feb. 8.
He was born in Lewiston, Oct. 24, 1938, the son of Dora Wright Jacobs and Arnold L. Jacobs Sr. He attended school in Buckfield, but received his high school diploma from Rudyard High School in Michigan.
He proudly served his country as a 20-year member of the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1976. He then started a second career in the agriculture industry working closely with local farmers. He was currently employed at Northeast Ag. Sales Co. in Wales, a company he loved, along with the people he worked with. He was a 50-year member of the Evening Star Lodge 147, AF & AM and Mountain View Chapter 197, O.E.S. He was also a member of Kora Shrine, the John D. Long American Legion and President of Oxford County Shrine Club.
He loved his family and was very proud of their accomplishments. Lew was a people person. He loved talking politics and visiting with the guys at Ralph Libby Chainsaws and he enjoyed his good friend, Gene Bell.
He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Nancy Sampson Jacobs; his daughter, Kimberly Eastman and her husband, Jason and their sons, Cole and Jared; his son, Eric and his wife, Tonja and their daughters, Seneca and Siana; his brother, Jerry Jacobs; his sister, Evelyn Burnham; several nieces and nephews; and his much loved dog, Sadie.
He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Arnold “Jake” Jacobs; his sister, Rosalie; and his sister-in-law, Connie.
Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.andrewsgreenleaf.com.
I don't know about you, but I am ready for spring.
Not just the spring weather, but the feeling of spring.
The feeling of renewal, rebirth, beginnings, warmth, light and beauty.
Will spring ever get here?
This year, the first day of spring falls on March 20.
This day marks the Vernal Equinox where day and night are equal, and the changing weather can lift the spirits of young and old alike.
by Rainer Maria Rilke
Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows' wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,
hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.
by Robert Frost
These pools that, though in forests, still reflect
The total sky almost without defect,
And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,
Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone,
And yet not out by any brook or river,
But up by roots to bring dark foliage on.
The trees that have it in their pent-up buds
To darken nature and be summer woods --
Let them think twice before they use their powers
To blot out and drink up and sweep away
These flowery waters and these watery flowers
From snow that melted only yesterday.
by Robert Louis Stevenson
THE air was full of sun and birds,
The fresh air sparkled clearly.
Remembrance wakened in my heart
And I knew I loved her dearly.
The fallows and the leafless trees
And all my spirit tingled.
My earliest thought of love, and Spring's
First puff of perfume mingled.
In my still heart the thoughts awoke,
Came lone by lone together -
Say, birds and Sun and Spring, is Love
A mere affair of weather?