Last weekend, my sister, Denise, and I spent hours chatting about her recent trip to Oregon and Canada. The "divas," as they've named themselves...because, don't we all need to be a bit of a diva?...spent 5 or 6 days visiting lavender farms, whale watching, shopping, and more. Each and every lady is a caretaker in some fashion, many of them for elderly parents. They're there to listen, to support, and to boost up each other. Until this past trip, they've mostly attended local events, but they decided to "fly" a bit, to see what there was to see. Each and every one has realized that our time here is limited, and life is to be lived. So, off they went!
My sister shot the above photo; I cropped it a bit and added text to it, and emailed it back to her. She fell in love with it and forwarded it to the rest of the divas. And, along a glass or two of wine on her back deck, we schemed and planned a dream for our "retirement." "What ifs" filled the night air as we plotted until midnight.
Most women I know reach out, support, and love each other. They help us get through those days and nights as we struggle with what to do for an elderly parent, waiting for the cancer test results, or figure out how to hold up a faltering child. They're our life lines.
Like many pages, I laid down its background weeks ago, pre beach vacation in June, and here it is, more than a month later, I'm collaging, tracing, and journaling. Denise shared with me many many photos and stories of whales she'd seen. And, whales, for one reason or another, have been popping up in my life. So, I decided to do a bit of research, and I learned some very cool things. (Click and read!) How appropriate! I am really hoping (family drama time!) for that "entering a period of peace." Don't you love those old chairs? I gleaned that image in Lk's swap at Art & Soul.
Inhale the lavender.
Reach out to someone.
Live life this weekend!