I happened to see a lovely little movie, “Maudie”, once we got home from our short Sacramento evacuation, the only hotel room we could find! Maud Lewis was an artist who lived in Nova Scotia, never venturing more than 60 miles from her tiny home.
She never had an art lesson but definitely knew how to communicate her joy-filled heart thru her wonderful paintings. I found such encouragement and joy in this gem of a movie. Please find it, it will uplift you and leave you filled with gratitude for life, no matter the circumstances.
Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows
Maud Lewis Artworks
Sonoma County Wildfire Update
Living in Sonoma County has ups and downs with wildfire. Thousands of acres have, or are burning. We evacuated one night because I needed to sleep with my eyes shut, not awaiting a fire coming over our hills. An evacuation warning had been issued the day before.
It has been a nightmare for many hundreds. My mother’s home is a block from an entire neighborhood of hundreds of homes, all lost to fire. My mother and brother barely got out alive between the fires and the cars trying to get out on one street. It was at least two days before I heard from them due to downed cell towers.
I have developed a renewed appreciation for my home and land. The birds are returning, mama deer appeared last night tho her sons seem to have left, and there is an occasional glimpse of white clouds and blue skies above the smoke.
I have not lost loved ones, my dogs and rescue kitty are fine. I worry about Bella because she is big and prefers living outdoors despite the bad air quality. She and Sophie Beagle spent a few days at “Fit and Furry”, their “second home” away from home. Luckily we had groomed her prior to this disaster so if need be, she could come inside to escape the smoke. Sophie is now 12 pounds over her sleekest beagle body. Once the air finally clears, walkies are in order for them both. Not that they won’t adore a walkie.