Guido and I went walking the other day - I had to take some time for solitude and getting to nature before losing it. There has been much going on - and I've been all over the map, literally and figuratively!
First a report, as it comes to my ears and eyes through various sources: The oil lies deep under the water, the dispersants keep it pushed down - and the story is that BP thinks out of sight, out of mind, and that might be partially true. However, a lot of us fear swimming in the Gulf now, not sure of what the effects might be on our bodies now and years down the road. The gulls still hold their vigils of looking out to sea even though they are back from where ever they went before the disaster.
"H" is getting news of some of the employees getting their checks for the loss of wages they've experienced, so he has decided he is going to file his - I pray we get reimbursed - we need it!
Right before I was to go to Landmark Forum in Orlando, we had a plumbing problem and since it was on the other side of the house, I didn't find it until two and one half rooms plus a hallway were flooded. I worked 24/7 trying to clean it up with a borrowed "wet vac", and couldn't so had to call a recovery company and our insurance company. Furniture is ruined - sheetrock - vinyl, baseboards - so I left for Orlando while the drying machines were on, and then when I came back, started in on the paperwork, and putting things back where they were. We will replace damaged furniture when the insurance check comes minus a huge deductible.
The Forum was fabulous, far more than its website indicates. A friend who went through it insisted I go, and I finally did. It is truly life changing and I hope I can complete all the series (3). Anyone experience a dozen train tracks of thoughts running through their heads? Can you imagine being free of them? Yep. It works. The forum facilitates in three long (13 hour) days and one evening, a freedom and improvement in relationship that one can't imagine unless experiencing it. And that's just the first in the series.
But anyway, back home, and planning an event - Paint the World with Hope and Healing, which I need 30 participants. I have five - and I'm shaking in my boots, I admit. Also found a gallery I want my art in and it will take a miracle to get in, I'm pretty much accepted, but the space comes at a small price, but with my current income a small price is a big one. Right on main street - and window exposure, shows - I want in before the Christmas season.
In the meantime, my mother in Wyoming goes into the hospital with several pulmonary emobli, and suspected pneumonia. We believe she had a reaction from a flu shot which may have saved her life as they found the clots. But she seems to be doing well and I don't have to run out there.
Then a dear friend, Hattigrace's husband passed away - you can find her on Facebook - she has posted her journey of grief. We were all shocked, even though Tim had experienced a stroke we had no idea he was fading as he was. He was just over here at noon time the day he passed away. He went home after running errands and went to bed and when Hattigrace got home from work she found him.
In fact, I stayed with Tim's daughter in Orlando. She's a beautiful strong amazing generous woman.
So many people have lost loved ones recently - its just been a very strange time.
That sort of catches me up - I need to visit you all - and need to start painting again, and to make the Event work - I have a speaker coming from Wyoming - it will be so much fun - will be a morning where she talks on "The Artistry of God"(an environmental theme - she is author of "Green your Church") - and we do sketches while she speaks and then in the afternoon the participants will create a painting, with assistance if needed, and in the evening their will be an art show for the participants and also guest artists. Again, I'm excited, but scared. Having fun networking out in the community and found the fabulous gallery in which I would love to share my own work continually.
But....more later. I want to visit ya'll before I let the cats in and have to do animal duty and before "H" gets up.