Sometimes this cat of ours poses with this look that just melts my heart. Tiny can be a tough guy but with this look you forget the last time he nipped at your hand. Then again he resides with two affirmed cat lovers.
We spent the first part of Saturday with Jon's sister and some of the family. I was difficult for me and somewhat surreal. Surrounded by a farmers market full of people when all I wanted was to be in a quiet secluded place to sit and share my feelings with Peggy and listen to hers. But instead we were in a farmers market in Issaquah, Washington with a crowd of people. I will have to write more of this at a later time when I can do so without my blood pressure going up to high.
So back to the picture and sketch. I wear my camera when we are out but often forget it at home and so today I had to sketch the lovely rhubarb and strawberries that went into the dessert at the top of the page. It is a concoction of both fruits along with organic sugar both brown and regular and lots of oats and butter. Oh and a bit of cornstarch. It smells wonderful and with a scoop of Alden's organic vanilla bean ice cream, dessert will be completely grand.
We have been sick a lot in our home since the first of the year and I have been neglecting this blog and skimming by with my 365 album. I am so loving it that I am thinking of sharing it with you in a video format. Just have to figure out how to do that one. If not, I will put a few of the pages into photos and show them. This year I have joined all of my scrapping into this one album and I love the way it is coming together. The pages are different sizes and so are the journaling spots. It is filling a need I had and was unaware of.
I am still doing the one little word and found a quote the other day that will be a calligraphy project for the album, "If you want to DRAW you must shut your eyes and sing." Pablo Picasso
On her way home from the doctor yesterday, my dear sister-in-law, Peggy called to say that the answer was CANCER....They aren't certain how bad or any of the details. Most likely female and surgery as soon as possible. I was waiting for Jon to get home so that we could drive up to his mother's home and give her the news. Peg requested this as I had also as Mom is almost 88 years old.
While I was waiting the imotions were pouring out of me. Peggy is the heart of the family. She is the only girl in a sea of four brothers. Her humor, her unconditional love and her acceptance make her the best sister a woman could ask for.
So this is the art journal page that I did while waiting for Jon. Peg's heart surrounded by all of the siblings and mom with her two sons and grandaughter and towards the bottom myself, and Laura and mom as raising helping hands.
I just had to do something other than chant and this was it. Now we will get to the serious daimoku.
Peg goes in for surgery next week,to be followed by chemo and radiation. It will be aggressive and we will do everything that we can to be supportive to her, and us to the rest of the family also.