I find it hard to believe that July is over and that tomorrow will be August first. The last month has been full of unusual events and looking back I can hardly believe it - it has been the longest hot and dry spell I can remember with constant sun, heat and minimal rain for three months and everything is bone dry with wildfires all over the province. Houses have burnt down, numerous people evacuated and down here it has been a battle keeping my planters, shrubs and especially roses alive - never mind the lawn: a complete lawn sprinkling ban is in effect and it is pale golden and dusty.
Other unusual events: my lovely dog and best friend, Bella, had a run-in with a racoon in my backyard after dark and needed to be stitched up, I had a complete brake failure on the freeway - what a nasty shock - and was very lucky to avoid an accident, and while watering my roses I tripped, fell and broke one of the small bones in my left wrist; it is now in a cast that will stay on for another three weeks at least:
So I say: ENOUGH! and can only hope that things will settle down from now on. No guaranty of that, of course, but I'm trying to look at the good points: the racoon attack could easily have been much worse - I think that it was a warning off more than a real attack - I could have been in a nasty car accident and it could have been my right wrist that broke. So I have been able to work in the studio somewhat and the initial stage of my current project is pictured behind me - it has progressed quite a bit in the last few days even if it is a bit slow going. The two paintings at the top of this are also from July - but pre-fracture.
So it really HAS been a busy, but surprisingly productive month and looking back I realize, that the reason I am feeling so exhausted may be found there.
Let's just hope for quiet smooth sailing from here on!