Work never hurt anyone or so the saying goes, but I am starting to suspect that after a certain point it just might kill you! At least I'm starting to feel that way: not that I have done a lot of really heavy work lately, but the last few months have been filled with a lot of things that needed doing, so it has been a constant "have to get this and this and this done", and it appears that a lot of projects piled together on an almost daily basis eventually add up to major exhaustion! And that's where I am right now and a change is needed: the lawn will have to look after itself and when it turns brown I won't feel guilty! I really did try to prevent my new lawn from drying out - here in Tsawwassen we have hardly had any rain since early April, only sprinkles, while surrounding areas have been wetter and everybody talks about the cold and wet summer - certainly cold, but here in my little micro climate, not wet. Water restrictions dictate that you can only water your lawn three days a week, between 4am and 9am and as I don't have an irrigation system it has been a pain: trying to turn the sprinkler on and move it repeatedly in the middle of the night meant very little sleep; I tried a timer, but for some reason it made the old pipes so noisy that the whole house vibrated and little sleep was possible. So no more lawn watering - I know the grass will only go dormant, but then the weeds tend to take over. A few other things will also fall by the wayside and I will just have to try and rest up for a bit.
But I did manage to finish this painting as well as preparations for a new larger canvas (36 x 36"); and I will simply play around with it without expecting to finish anything until after my visitors in September have left, and things return to normal again - just maybe a bit of exploring different textures and colours in order to have something waiting for me to help me recover from the inevitable emotional downer saying Good Bye will bring.
And I feel better already!!