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Fall Litter - Leaf and Nuts

Daily Practice



The days and nights are blending into a seamless surrealism. I'm in a single-focus tunnel, but there is light at the end of it. Mike was placed in his own room last night, still on the IV, and with a reduction of pain meds. He's not as chipper as he was when he was totally pain free, and the soreness of the past week's events and surgery are being felt. He was able to get up and move arouund, walk the halls and such, but no fluids until today. He's lost some weight, and with the return of pain, he'll have less rest. I understand the two days following surgery can be the most uncomfortable, so I'm hoping the worst will be over by tonight. Still, being in his own room allows more company- for Mike a salve and distraction.


I picked up some 'litter' from the grounds and a few nuts from home - a leaf, hickory nut, pecan, chestnuts. Their earthiness and bright leaf colors grounding me as I painted them. Mike's girlfriend and I will alternate stays so both of us will be able to get a few chores run and a bit more rest.


Thank you for your encouragement, prayers and words of wisdom. I"m taking a preventative daily dose of Airborne, and relaxing with paint and views of your work and words -- all exceedingly helpful and encouraging. Bless you and thank you.

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Taken on October 28, 2009