Things were going relatively well back in late August. We made our plans for the trip to my hometown to see my family, thanks in part to the money I'd raised from the prints. But due to the last-minute plans of adopting a new puppy from my brother, we realized we'd have to drive all that way instead of fly, but no big, my car is perfect for road trips.
Well, except that it broke down on us before we even had a chance to leave.
So we weren't just looking at some minor repairs, we're going to have to replace the entire engine. So much for the trip to see my family, right? While disappointed, I figured we'd use our saved money to repair the thing and save up again to make the trip early next year instead.
Then I received word that my cousin had terminal cancer.
I had no idea that this wonderful, generous lady been sick at all, let alone that she had already been sitting in a nursing home for several weeks. She was my mom's best friend growing up, and was even the reason my parents met. We dropped everything so we could get a rental car for a long Labor Day weekend. We drove straight through, something like 25 hours each way.
I saw what cancer did to both my parents back in the day and was afraid of what I might see, or even worse, that we might not make it in time. Thankfully she was fully coherent when we arrived, and we had a few nice visits sharing photos and talking about old times. Seeing so much life drained out of her was utterly heartbreaking though, and saying goodbye on our last visit was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done. She passed away a few days after we had to leave.
But I'm thankful I at least had the chance to say that goodbye, as I never got the chance with either of my parents. And I'm also thankful that I got to work out some issues with my brother as well as see my nieces and nephews, and that they all finally got to meet my husband. I wish there had been time to visit with some old friends or for it to even feel even remotely like the vacation I'd hoped for, but that's ok. There will be other trips.
Once we made it back here there was really no time to relax. I had a new puppy to potty train, and had to be a live-in babysitter at another house for a few weeks. I'm back at home for now, but am packing up to babysit yet again for the next few weeks, just like I'll be doing every month for the rest of the year.
The hard part is being away from home for so long. Then again when I am home I go completely stir-crazy, as we haven't been able to repair my car just yet. Needless to say I haven't had the time nor energy to do much drawing as of late.
But I can't complain. We'll probably be able to fix my car at the end of the month or so. The new puppy, while still a handful, is a little cutie. And my first anniversary with Rey is coming up. Considering everything, I think we're doing alright.
I just wish it would stop pouring.
~~~ I'm not bad, I just draw that way.