Art du Jour 78

Sketch of a little dog I never met.

Sketch of a little dog I never met.

My life lately has been one big series of breaks. I’m running out of reasons (excuses) to take them. Maybe I’m just resting up for non stop November blogging from hell. (That’s not exactly what it’s called, but close.)

A couple of weeks ago I flew/drove/crossed a river by boat to spend several days on our little island in gorgeous fall weather. My sister and brother-in-law drove from the other direction and all of us helped W close up camp for the winter. It’s a two-day drive for both of us to get home. And then straight away I drove 5 hours north to spend some time with 4 of my grandchildren. Not sure how useful I’m being, but I’m here for a couple more days. Number one grandson turns 14 tomorrow.

W is busy at home preparing himself with appointments and paperwork for his hip replacement surgery. We are hoping it will be scheduled for early next month if not sooner. I will be his chief post surgery care giver. How scary is that? Not for me, for him. I’ve got my own scary stuff going on with two ultrasounds and a mammogram booked for next Friday. October is health month at our house. Flu shots are coming up too.

For the next three months I’m on a diabetic medication because blood work revealed that my blood sugar levels are all out of whack. I hardly ever eat sugary things, but I guess sitting on my retired ass for a year has messed up my metabolism or something. There’s always something. So yeah. Working on that.

So that’s my missing-in-action excuse list for now. The sketch is from a photo. I will get back to working in my “art studio” soon, and back to reading your blogs. I miss those things.

I have all the paraphernalia at home to check my blood sugar levels.  It involves sharp things and a bio-hazardous waste receptacle, so when I work up the nerve to start using all that, I will share the experience with you.  Self inflicted pain coming up.  Woohoo.

Have an awesome October weekend!



What charities do I support, and why? The list is long.

Foundations for Cancer, Diabetes, Heart and Stroke, Kidney, Lung, Breast Cancer, Arthritis, AIDS, Burns, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, local hospitals.

Emergency Relief, Kid’s Help Phone, Women’s Shelters, Ronald McDonald House, Guide Dogs for the Blind, CNIB, Food Banks, Easter Seals.

Humane Society, SPCA, Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Have I missed any? Probably, It’s amazing to me how much need there is in this world. I support local runs and walks and drives for whatever looks to me to be a deserving cause.

Why? Because people ask. Pamphlets arrive in the mail. Volunteers come knocking. I imagine that my small donations may help to make a difference.

Now I’m trying to figure out my motivation for answering this question. Who out there cares in the slightest where my charity dollars go? It shouldn’t be important to anyone but me.

My mother had the most generous, unselfish and giving heart of anyone I ever knew. I aspire to be like her. Perhaps this list helped to remind me that I’m working on that goal, and that some day maybe I’ll get there.

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