Summer Into Fall – Checking Back In

At the very end of August, during that season of national natural disasters, we added a family plague outbreak to the litany. We arrived in Anchorage just as Mrs. Hughes fell to what the pediatrician (two days later when both children had succumbed) declared to be H1N1, Swine Flu.

But in the early days, we had fine grandchildren time – we ate muffins and played tabletop hide-and-seek with the plastic animals at the bakery, and we visited the familiar playground, where Lady Baby tripped across the wiggly bridge and walked the balance beam with utter confidence – activities that once gave her pause.

A week from his first birthday, Baby Brother slithered – that’s really the best word for it – a locomotion also described as a “military crawl” – all elbows, arms, and wiggling bottom and legs. Technically not crawling, a kneeless move, he’s speedy nonetheless – circles the house, investigates, and gets in the middle of elaborate Papa Jim and Lady Baby adventure guy set-ups on the floor. His babble intones like proper sentences, and he says little words like woof, dada, mama. (I wonder what he will call Lady Baby.)

That Monday should have been the first day of kindergarten for Lady Baby. Kindergarten! But it wasn’t to be (maybe saddest for her mom to miss that official day). By Friday a photo showed Lady Baby ready – a missing top tooth and a big smile as she joined her friends at her new school. She’s serious about school – told me she would learn things there.

We brought the flu home, and then I, yet again, managed to morph it into pneumonia. Lost days of reading and avoiding forest fire smoke, with murky air and the sun a red ball sunrise and sunset.

Thank you for all the cheerful comments about the blue and white vase series during the summer break. The gallery has asked for 24 little drawings for December, so there might be a few more. They want more blue and whites, the armchairs, and “whatever suits your fancy” – a wonderful thing for a gallery to request.

And I’m ready to work. Welcome rain left clear days, crisp with chill in the mornings, and sunny warm in the day. Autumn in the Northwest is here.

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8 thoughts on “Summer Into Fall – Checking Back In

  1. So sorry about the flu! But what nice news from your gallery! Looking forward to see what you come up with in the ‘whatever suits your fancy” category! Shoes, perhaps?

  2. I’m glad you got in some good grandchild time before the plague set in. Gallery requests are always cheerful things, as are your paintings of flowers and vases and armchairs. Happy painting!

  3. I’m so sorry to read about family flu–and your pneumonia. Again! Your flowers in the vase cheer me as always. Hope recovery for all has happened.

  4. I can smell the fragrance of the sweet peas in this painting, so vivid is the image. Thanks for sharing your “blue and white” series and congratulations on requests for more paintings from your gallery. Colorado is full of gold and red right now as the aspen, sumac and grasses change color. I wish I could paint them, but my photos will have to suffice.

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