As you may have guessed from my previous post, the last weekend we lost our little Winston. It was sudden, and we all miss him terribly. Right now, it's just too quiet without him and I'm having a difficult time adjusting. So many tears. I know that won't bring him back, but I do know eventually I will be able to smile at the memory of his gracing our lives with humor, cuddling, purring, and just being our friend who trusted us completely.
I've been trying to keep busy. There have been times I just want to curl up in a big ball and sleep. Other times I want to get away from it all...walking extra long walks in solitude some mornings helps a lot. Reading, cooking, yard work, sketching in the silence of our home. I've tried concentrating on movies of humor. It all helps out for the time being, but afterwards, I'm back at heartbreak. Bud and I are truly trying to adjust to the loss. [Tahoe too!!]
Okay, I must slap myself in the face, get back to a more normal mode...
1- I mentioned I tried sketching one day...
2- Irene received her wreath last week and really "Loves it"!! For that I am happy! She texted me a photo. She has it, for now, hanging on her front porch. Notice the 'pig' behind it? Yep, I collect Santas...her forté is PIGS...
3- In the news this past week: I watched the first presidential debate. Did you? I can honestly say that THAT definitely got my mind off Winston! Omg...what a fiasco. In my opinion, the idea of a debate is to show the American voters what their 'plans' are from the moderators questions...NOT mudslinging. That's for campaigning!! I was shaking my head in disbelief. I'm like NYC's Gulliani..."Trump...don't participate in any more debates". Then, there is the pending divorce of the Pitt/Jolie marriage? Hmmmm, really not surprising to me. I call it Hollyweird. Thirdly, the fatal boating accident of Marlins' pitcher - wow...all I can say is, life is so fragile. And, I'm still learning to realize this more lately. I hafta be truthful and admit I do so often take it for granted, and I shouldn't. With my nature, it takes a blow to make me stop and think...y'know? One more thing...A judge decided to change the law for statute of limitations on the Cosby rape case?!! I am pleased to read this, but question the motive. I can't help but think maybe a payoff? I'm all for justice but for some reason I can't help but wonder. What gives with the American Justice System? Yet, on the other hand, I'm still liking the idea that Mr. Cosby will be judged on the so many allegations of raping so many women. With this state law change the truth will come out from the 'closet' so to speak.
4- I love reading the mystery books written by Dan Brown. And yesterday I read that next fall there will be another Robert Langdon tale of intrigue, religion, symbology by Dan Brown. The three books I discuss here today are:
ORIGIN by Dan Brown [release date Sept 2017]
- " 'Origin' thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them," Doubleday writes.
- This book, tho by critics' acclaims to be an exceptional read, I'm finding it mighty slow. The author gets a bit sidetracked many many times in regaling the story of Jim Tanner's 1930's work on research of the near/or extinct bird, the Ivory Billed Woodpecker. For instance, Mr. Bales takes pages and pages to tell us readers about the Model A Ford and its history. I say, 'who cares'? Just get on with the Tanner hunt for the elusive bird!!! Yet, Jim Tanner DOES find and records his research [also the first one to actually band an Ivory Billed Woodpecker]...those parts can increase the adrenaline. But all in all, it's a dry book! Even for an avid birder like me. I must admit I'm not finished with the book. It continues to create interest; ever so dull at times throughout the chapters. The finding of a Ivory Billed family of three and spending weeks with them in a bird blind could and probably would be thrilling as it is, but again...the author should stick to the story telling/sharing of his information that Mr. Tanner's wife deemed it all should be a published work and aided Mr. Bales with the saga...she died at the age of 96 knowing that her husband's work is being retold for birding/ornithological history.
- One section deals with the revelation of perhaps cannibalistic Ivory Billed Woodpeckers with what they find in an abandoned nest...could it be possible that this has a lot to do with the birds' demise? I guess so. It really brings out a lot of 'what if's'? I know for a fact that the tribe of Native Americans in my area of Texas were cannibals, and they no longer exist, so perhaps it could be true with these birds? We'll never know.
ART INSPIRATION AND COUNTER CULTURE
"The Day of the Dead"
I have had this book for a while now, and just now have been thumbing through it. I bought it mostly for the 'art' of it. Still, the history and the culture world wide within the sections are intriguing, I will at least read parts of it before I shelf it in our library. While skimming the pages, I had my cellphone nearby and took a few photos...
- Amazon: The beautiful rituals, the sugar skulls, the costumes and the festivities have grown into a massive counter culture across the western world. Art, movies, cartoons and literature have been consumed by the brilliant power of the Day of the Dead, tendered here in this lively new book...
- In one area, [page 86-88 in the hard cover version] the words "laughing matters". I stopped to read this before moving on. I thought it may shine some lighter sense of the past week. It did help: "Naturally there will be laughter on such occasions [deaths and funerals]. Levity and humor are essential human coping mechanisms." Day of the Dead is not about this; the departed are remembered affectionately...it's not the dead that are being laughed at: It's the living recounting the good memory.
5- When all this happened with Winston, I was in the middle of getting my Halloween decorations unpacked. It's a slow process this year...I just can't get in the mood much. Oh, I'll still do it to keep my mind occupied, but I just don't have my heart in it for now. Maybe that'll change with more time. In the meantime, I've decided to just put out a few witches and combine Halloween decor with Day of the Dead this year. I'll see what comes forth in my lackadaisical efforts. I just don't like where I'm at at this point. I MUST SNAP OUT OF IT!! In lieu of this past week, I will not be handing out any trick or treats this year.