Charlie is snoozing next to me. I hear a little grunt of a snore occasionally.
I’ve kind of found myself in a “decorating mood” lately. Something that really hasn’t happened since Abi died.
I found myself looking through decorating magazines and scanning Pinterest for ideas.
Right now it’s all in my thoughts. But maybe I’ll shake off the lethargy and actually do something soon.
On another note, I got this email a few days ago…
May I have permission to use your photo of the vintage trailer from your blog about Living Simply to sketch from and post on my Facebook group of Virtual Sketchwalk? We are a group of artists who sketch/paint from photos of interesting places. It is purely for artistic enjoyment and will not be used for profit. I can send you a picture of my sketch or I can add you to the Virtual Sketchwalk group.
I told her yes, she could use it, but I didn’t know who the original source credit goes to. Here is what she came up with. I just wanted to show you how cute this is…
Here is a link to Donna’s Flickr page if you’d like to see her other drawings.
I’ve always been so enthralled with those who can draw with this level of talent.
I love these intricate flowers and would like to enjoy them a few more months.
I noticed another dragonfly on Saturday. I rushed in for my camera which I keep just inside the door, but it was gone when I got back out there.
I have watched for it all weekend. It had the black markings, but in a different place than the first one.
It seem the dragonflies are drawn mostly to the vines. Both the passion vine and the morning glories. The clematis dies back in the heat and only blooms in the cooler weather. At least mine does.
Last night I started reading “Half Moon Bay.” It is about a 39 year old woman named Jane who lost her teenage daughter the year before.
She lost her parents and Angela in less than a year. Then her husband decided he was in love with a woman at his office and left her.
Remember when I recently wrote about Complicated Grief? About when grief turns into an illness?
Jane is experiencing Complicated Grief. The book mentions these statistics in terms of losing a child and divorce:
Approximately 19 percent of the US population has experienced the death of a child. Almost 1 million deaths annually. This leaves 2 million bereaved parents every year.
The loss of a child triggers more intense grief than the death of a spouse or parent. After the death of a child, the divorce of the parents is a statistical probability.
That last sentence surprised me. Not a statistical possibility. But a probability.
As for Complicated Grief, in the book Jane is in the throes of all the symptoms and has isolated herself.
Which I’d never even heard of before I did a bit of research on it recently. The symptoms of Complicated Grief result in significant functional impairment.
This book is Alice LaPlante’s second book. Below is her first book, which I’m going to see about getting.
I felt like getting out on Saturday afternoon and went to Barnes & Noble.
Though I have a stack of books to read and review, I couldn’t help but pick up two clearance books.
When I see the two words “clearance” and “book” together I seem drawn to that spot like a moth to a flame.