Painting in Joy and Pain ~ Maud Lewis + Update

Living in Sonoma County has had it’s ups and downs. We are doing OK given thousands of acres have, or are burning. We evacuated only one night mainly because I needed to sleep without my eyes open, awaiting fire coming over the hills.

photo sunset during fires
from sfgate-October 14, ’17

It has been a nightmare for so many thousands. As for me personally, as far as I know[full list of those who lost their lives has not been released] only one whom I knew died in their home due to fire. I know that list will grow as my childhood home is a house away from an entire neighborhood of hundreds of homes, all lost to the fires. My mother and brother barely got out alive. It was at least two days before I heard from them due to downed cell towers.[note/advice: keep important phone numbers somewhere BESIDES phone!]

I have never faced anything so earth-shaking before but have developed a renewed appreciation and love for my home and sacred lands. The birds are returning, mama deer appeared last night tho her sons seem to have flown the scene, and there is an occasional glimpse of white clouds and blue skies.

I have not lost any loved ones, my dogs and one little rescue kitty are doing ok. I worry constantly about my Bella because she is big and outdoors. With my allergies, I cannot have her inside. She is fine, spent a few days at “Fit and Furry”, their best second home and returned as rowdy as she gets. Luckily we had groomed her prior to this disaster so if need be, she can come inside somewhere in this big house. Sophie is now 12 pounds over her sleekest beagle body. 🙂 She’s the best anteater on the planet but once the air finally clears, walkies are in order for her. Not that she won’t adore a walkie.

farm dogs-Bella & Sophie
Bella + Sophie, first year

I happened to see this lovely little movie, “Maudie”, once we got home from our short sojourn in Sacramento, 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.


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7 thoughts on “Painting in Joy and Pain ~ Maud Lewis + Update

  1. Hello again, sweet Linda
    I’m very relieved you all made it safely through these tragic events. Knowing it’s all far
    from over my heart goes out to you with deep wishes you may be able to bring strength
    and comfort to those you meet in the coming days.
    We ran into stories about Maudie a few years ago and got to see
    some of her charming pictures. I’m glad she brrought you some

    1. Good evening, sweet Susan-
      Yes so far, we will survive, one way or the other. 🙂 Never fear. Thank you for your kind thoughts for us all, my dear. All will likely return to “normal” far faster than seems likely just now.

      I had thought you would be familiar with this lovely little lady. This movie I’m referring you to is lovely and i think you would enjoy it. So tonight, re the firestorms, things are more than 50% containment on all fires… i think, anyway, they WERE. We are expecting some showers by Thursday night, fingers crossed. That will be heaven!


    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thanks. Yes, it was a very stressful week tho tonight it seems things are finally coming to the end of it. Very scary… xxx and hope you are feeling better.

  2. So good to know you are okay, I wondered and held you in my heart and supplications.

    Tough times to seem to be bountiful right now. Well, I suppose always.
    I saw that delightful film a couple months .
    May the birds continue singing.

    1. Hi Joss,
      Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I surely needed it. Tonight there’s a huge blanket of fog rolling in so seems with luck, we are finally drawing to the end of the nightmare. One can hope tho so many humans and animals alike are truly deeply suffering. I did adore that little movie! xox

      1. We just never know what is around the corner of life. Glad things are settling down. Now begins the work of grief and rebuilding for so many.

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