A friend of mine died unexpectedly, on Wednesday. She was a walking buddy. I know I have mentioned her before. She is the one who was the mushroom expert and the one who has published several books, some on wild edibles. She was going to come over and remind me of the wild plants on my property that I should be enjoying but alas she won't be able to now.
Katie has lived in Lexington most of her life and knew everyone. But she didn't treat you any differently, if you just moved to the area. She liked most people except a few that she would talk about on our walks. It seemed to always be around food that she didn't like them, hum.
She walked more days than I did, unless she was traveling somewhere, which she did every chance she got. She went to Mexico every winter for a few weeks and just recently returned from Belize. She enjoyed every place she visited, and I especially enjoyed our walks when she would return from wherever. I wonder if her husband will travel now?
Katie could spot an edible mushroom a hundred feet away up a steep bank and she would climb up after them. She picked wild mustard on our walks and would invite us all over, after the walk, to eat them steamed with butter and lemon.
Katie volunteered with Hospice and the Habitat Store and probably in other places I did't know about.
Katie had been in so much pain lately due to some misaligned discs in her back. Her back pain had flared up several times in the time I have known her but she walked through it whenever she could. She had become so discouraged lately because she couldn't enjoy life without moving and doing.
When Beverly moved, there were 5 of us walking, now with Katie gone, we are down to 4. Another hole.
Anytime a life ends, there is a hole, because only that life did some things. The rest of us try to make that hole a little smaller, anyway we can. It is too early for me to know what I should take on for Katie. I do know that I will try to walk more often.
Katie will be missed immensely. We all Loved her, her stories and her humor, and her perseverance.