I’ve recently gotten back into the habit of daily gratitude affirmations. It’s a spiritual practice that I learned from Old Jules, and I’m not often diligent about it, but it’s helping a lot. So I’ll take a break from art work and show you some things that bring me joy.
Fourth of July was great. I went to my niece’s house in Tonganoxie, KS where fireworks aren’t prohibited. I missed a lot of the excitement because I left before dark, but I enjoyed seeing family that I don’t see often anymore. I left too early to see my son making cotton candy, but it was evidently spectacular!
Shiva, previously known as Shiva the Cow Cat, has settled in well and is grateful that she’s no longer having to rest in coolers with ice packs in them to stave off the heat. She says to tell her admirers from Old Jules’ blog “hello” and thanks everyone for all the attention. She’s thriving in a one-cat household since my Primary Top Cat, Mr. M, died in April. She doesn’t fill his very large paws, but puts on at least a show of affection. We pretend we’re best buddies since it beats the alternatives. I’m sure she secretly misses Old Jules, but she politely doesn’t mention it, and I only compare her out loud to Mr. M. a tiny bit when I know she’s not really listening.
I was especially glad to find one specific item on my wish list, a terry-cloth robe made of Egyptian cotton. It’s great seeing things materialize quickly when the request is made, and the auction house has become a treasure cave of sorts for many things I would not have bought for myself. I’ll be taking the robe with me next summer when I visit the Hot Springs at Breitenbush, Oregon… a trip I had to postpone because of the broken arm. I’ll also need a new large bath towel, but there’s plenty of time for that to materialize in the interim.
We ate at Mai Thai and them came back for tea and time to show off all of our found “treasures.” Many of these items end up as Christmas gifts for people who know us well enough to laugh. So you’re not seeing everything I picked up, as I have to save some of the surprises for later.
So I’m healing well, I spent time with people that I care about, and tonight I’ll be drawing again. I picked up a lot of paint chips at the hardware store yesterday, and they make great background cards for the small drawings. I might be able to make them into double-sided ornaments as per elroyjones’ suggestion. You’ll be the first to see them when it happens!