It’s been a while.
I’m still around, although my head and my brain hasn’t been. It’s been an annus horribilis, to borrow a quote from Queen Elizabeth II from some years back.
Things have not been right with the world. It’s not just the hectic, chaotic, missed deadlines frenzy that everyday life throws at us. That, we somehow manage to handle, deal with it, move on.
It’s when we’re thrown for a loop that everything crashes. It sounds so cliche, and until it happens to you, it’s just a phrase that you hear and read about, and sometimes dismiss. But when you’re living in that loop that’s thrown at you, your world really crashes down on you.
There were no physical injuries, no, nothing as traumatic as that, and we’ve fixed and patched things up as best we could, and gone on with life. But mentally, I’m not settled. The constant worry that things will blow up again, the constant watchfulness, and things may have settled down into a routine again … But I’m not settled.
“This too shall pass”, I remind myself regularly. Things will get better, of course. I’ll just settle myself down, and start writing again.
Hope you’re all having a good summer.
“Ooohhh, Mayaro has beautiful sunrises”, I was told by SIL.
Ok, great … and that means getting up and out by 5:30am …. *sigh* I’m on vacation … I need my sleep … Oh well … I was woken up at a little after 5am the next day.
“Hurry up”, hubby tells me, “the sun is coming out, and it’s not going to be sunrise for long.”
And so I was out on the beach by 5:30 am … on a cloudy morning :o)
“The sun is going to come out right there,” says hubby, pointing out to the horizon – the same spot where thick clouds were covering the sky over the horizon.
Really? Are we going to get a sunrise, I asked. Of course. The sun always rises. I roll my eyes. It didn’t look it, with all the clouds. I started drawing on the sand, while waiting for the sunrise.
But just like the sunsets, the sun was coming up fast.
The clouds parted a little, at just that spot where the sun was rising.
Great timing by Mother Nature.
“Now, wasn’t that worth getting up at 5am?”
So … it must be a rite of passage that sometime, sooner or later, boys (and gals) will think about getting tattoos . hmmmm …
Not a fan of tattoos, myself. The art of the tattoos, yes. The body canvas … not so much.
Talk about it comes up once in a while … ‘Right, Mom? We’re going to get tattoos?’ … and they’ll get an eye-roll in return from me.
So as we were walking up and down the Hollywood sidewalk – we literally walked about three miles that night – from the parking lot about a mile down, to the center and beyond, and back again … whew … yes, well, this sidewalk stall caught Tin’s eye, and he stopped to flip through their binder.
These were the brush-on ones, similar to those he’s had from time to time when he was younger.
I told him that I could probably doodle some designs and I have a drawing book for him to look through and consider.
I got an eye-roll from him … lol
I was stuck late in the office a couple of nights ago, waiting for Hubby to finish working on reports to meet a deadline. I didn’t have any deadlines to meet, and I didn’t want to work any more. My brain had already shut off at 5 pm, so it wasn’t accepting reading any work emails, anyway.
But my fingers wanted to be doing something. I did have a crochet project with me, but I didn’t want to work on it. I wasn’t feeling it – it’s probably going to be frogged and I will be looking for another pattern to work on.
So I started doodling. Well, I guess you could call this ‘structured’ doodling, because I was using a ruler, and trying to measure out equal spaces free hand (no protractor on hand). I thought maybe I could come up with a decent mandala this time, I had all the time to work on it now.
I had something in mind, but I forgot what I wanted to do by the time I started drawing. I wasn’t planning on any shading until I had finished drawing it out, but then there was a little mistake here and there, so I started to draw over the lines, and now there’s shading.
This is how far I’ve gotten. I’ve cleaned it up a bit, and will start shading and blacking, until I decide whether to cover up the whole sheet, or stop here. It’s not perfectly round with symmetrical designs – so much for drawing lines and measuring out spaces, lol – but I’m getting there.
Have a good weekend, everybody!
A couple of years ago, my brother unearthed a treasure trove of old slides from our early years in Nigeria. Impatient to see what they showed and not having slide projectors on hand, he somehow improvised with what he had to see what memories they would hold.
This is my favourite photo, taken by my father.
My brother and I, sitting on an inner tube, sitting by the pool.
This was in our early years in Nigeria, and no doubt we were still adjusting to suddenly living in a foreign country, and the way of life, and staring at everything … Although being kids, I’m sure we behaved exactly the same as we always did and didn’t think twice that we were on a different continent.
This was taken a half century ago. But each time I look at the photo, it just makes me happy .. and nostalgic for the way we were.
You know how sometimes everything just lines up, but it’s not really coincidence?
Well, today is one of those days. Appropriate too, I suppose, since we’re in the middle of summer now, and it’s nice, glorious sunshine outside !
What’s orange today?
I saw an orange flower …
I was wearing orange today …
A colleague is also wearing orange …
My wall calendar, composed of photos I took, shows a flaming orange sunflower …
I helped catch an orange Pokemon for hubby … a Magmar, and it’s orange …
And I’m adding the red-orange skies too, just because 🙂
And how is your day?
A rare red sunset for us …