Happy Second Life Birthday #2
The Darling Buds of May

Before anything else, I must say a big THANK YOU to all those who sent words of encouragement this weekend. I haven’t been able to sit down and write back to everyone, but I want you to know I appreciate it so much. I feel good, lifted, and loved. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me in the journey with your words and thoughts and prayers. So much love. I feel it, and it makes a difference.

We didn’t really make any big plans for the weekend, except to have a small celebratory gathering with Vernon at the Care Home tomorrow…and I only even thought of that idea a day or two ago. Last year, the kids and I went away, this year, we are sticking around. I’d like to think it has something to do with where we are mentally as a unit.

Last night, we painted. We hadn’t done that together for months, so it was high time anyway. Maki even seemed up for hanging around for it.  Jen came to keep us company. I didn’t get a picture of her painting before she left, but here are ours:


An Ocean by Justine.


Think More by Maki

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Untitled by Maki


For Mom by Justine


Practicing her signature. (Inspired by Maki, I’m sure.) She calls it: Justine Justine Justine.


This one’s just called Justine.


Still in my organization mode, I’ve been painting some storage boxes (justifying creativity before I’ve finished tidying.)


Based on tiles at my favorite cafe from our trip to Istanbul.

I think it was good to get some stuff out of our system. Makes space for something new….

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”—Pablo Picasso

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Happy Second Life Birthday #2
The Darling Buds of May