Often someone asks about a post. Things that I’ve written about and left people wondering about. Today I’ll give you some updates.
Work on the dignity portraits for the Freedom 58 project is not going very well. (blog post 6/24/14 – Painting Progress) Every time I think I have a block of time to work, a crisis happens and I have to quit. But for those who have asked, here is the state they are currently in.
In the post Hope and a Future (11/1/14) I wrote about a new protocol being develop for Alzheimer’s patients that actually reversed the disease in most of the patients in the study. I decided it wouldn’t hurt to incorporate some of these things in my own life. My physician had already put me on a gluten and dairy free diet, so I added fasting 12 hours each night including 3 hours prior to bedtime. This doesn’t sound like much, but not eating 3 hours before bedtime has proved to be challenging. Still, I have persevered and the happy result is that I lost about 10 pounds in the process. I’ve also started learning French again (to exercise my brain) and bought an electric toothbrush to improve dental hygiene. While I rejoined a gym, my workouts are still rather spotty. There’s always room for improvement, right?
For those wondering about the poinsettia in the studio (And so it is Christmas 12/24/14), it continues to become more glorious. Here’s the latest photo.
In It Just Keeps Getting Better (3/21/15), the struggle of the nursing home that took our deposit and says they didn’t mislead us is still ongoing. We’ve learned that the facility has changed ownership, much of the staff has been replaced and are not feeling very hopeful. But we have been working to find another facility that is close by. We may have found one and it has been highly recommended. I’ve visited it several times and they don’t demand a holding fee. We’re working on the paperwork.
You saw the beginning of my rock garden bank on 4/17/15 in the post Anybody Got Some Rocks? Happily, someone did have some lovely rocks and I’ve completed that project. Happy to show you the results here.
Thank you for all your encouragement and kind words. I hope you enjoy the photos.
Recently, I joined a Facebook group called the Holy Disorder of the Dancing Monks. There will be some who will be dismayed by this fact, since it’s not what one might consider “orthodox.” Too bad, so sad. I joined it to remind myself the need of joy and beauty in my life.
This morning, someone in the group asked the question, “How will you add beauty to your day?” Since the weather is lovely, I knew the answer. After working out and visiting Mom, I was going to create a rock garden. I've been collecting rocks for some time now. Today was the day.
Once again, the theme ‘labor to enter into rest’ came to mind. Beauty gives my soul rest, but creating beauty is labor. Whether it’s dancing, painting, writing or gardening you have to put the work in for any sort of beauty to result. Oh my, did I labor. In hindsight, I shouldn't have gone to the gym this morning. It will be days before I will be able to move easily again.
But digging in the dirt feeds my soul, and the end result is good, albeit small. I have a lovely little corner garden. However, I want to do the entire bank because I’m sick of mowing the incline….and I've run out of rocks.
Donna Kemper put aside her art career to care for a mother she hadn't seen in over a decade. For seven years she followed her mother's journey into dementia, caring for her and putting forgiveness into action.