Photos by The Style Crone

The Style Crone had her outfit ready for Date Night, but it was not to be.  Nelson was in a state of fatigue before his chemo infusion, so the side effects have been extremely intense for him.  Watching him suffer is a blanket of sorrow.  Few words are exchanged as he needs all of his resources go get through this time that feels endless.  The best that I can do is be here in silence.  Our home, our sanctuary, feels heavy and time seems aimlessly slow.

As Nelson slept, the SC picked up her camera and the hats of the week came into focus.  The white hat that threw itself on my head a week ago after waiting for 20 years for a public appearance became  the center of much deserved attention once more.  Side view, front view, and label came into view, with the burgundy hat next in line to complete the revue.  The hat room has more meaning for me now, with its residents providing comfort and an uplifting respite from this day.


  1. Please know that you have fans in cyperspace that are holding you dear to their hearts
    as you go through this sorrowful time. I am hoping it gives you some comfort to know
    that there are people, I among them, who care about you.

  2. So sorry that this is such a rough time. Like SizzleandZoom, I too think of you often and send you “good vibes”. Isn’t it amazing how inanimate objects can be such a source of comfort? Maybe because they bring back good memories and demand nothing of you.

    Love from England.

  3. Finally the hat room gets a showcase and how important it is to you. Thank god for hats… They are your saviour

  4. Dear SC,
    Even in the depths of despair – you are such an inspiration to me.
    You manage, despite it all, to find and focus on the positives in
    life. I hope Nelson feels stronger today.

  5. Oh, SC…you and Nelson have taken up permanent residence in our hearts. I carry you in mine every day. Thank you for the photos. Such beauty always lifts us up. Love to both of you.

  6. I join the others in saying that you are an inspiration and that you and Nelson are in my prayers.

  7. I want you to know that I too think of you and Nelson every day. I love your style and grace. I read your blog every day to check on you and Nelson. My sister and I are cancer survivors and from my experience, I know it is sometimes harder to watch someone else go through it than to deal with it yourself. You have my best wishes to you both.

  8. The burgundy hat is quite lovely too. Are there any hat makers left in Denver? If so, that would be an interesting post. My best to both of you.

  9. Judith,

    I just found this very poignant post when I was clicking away for May 2016’s Hat Attack. I hadn’t realized that your blog existed while your beloved Nelson was ill.

    Hugs to you: going back in time to the past and then returning to the present.

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