Monday Journal – 40 Pages in 40 Days

In less then a month I turn 40.  Still unsure how I feel about the whole thing, but regardless, it’s happening :)  So, in honour of this I thought I would do 40 pages in 40 days in my art journal and maybe share some lessons I have learned along the way.  I started off pretty good but unfortunately my mother ended up in the hospital and I had to take an unexpected trip to New Brunswick to take care of things.

Bathurst - 40 pages in 40 days

It is a beautiful place but it was a pretty stressful and heartbreaking trip as I had to convince my mom it was time to go into a home.  She has been fighting this for years as she feels she is too young but her body is not.  I had to try and tidy up her life as much as I could in a week as she was in the hospital and was not going home again.  How do you pack up and downsize an entire apartment to just one room in just a week?  You can’t, it is impossible.  Thank god my mom has a close friend who is going to take care of what I couldn’t get to.  This week I have really been thinking about how our generation is the first of the sandwich generation that will likely have young kids and aging parents to look after.  Quite the burden to bear.  I have also realized that no matter how old you are, you still sometimes wish there was a parent around to just step in and take care of things.

Today, my Atlantic Ocean piece.

The Atlantic

I am going to be doubling up on postings leading up to my birthday to make up for the missed days.  I am also hoping to set up an art day over the long weekend in September so all of my students and friends can come and help me catch up and get their art on.  I shall keep you posted.

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