I have so enjoyed this time. Being here with my family in the forest, in the trees, walking along the beach, has been so amazing. Given that the pandemic epicenter is currently in Los Angeles, I have extended my visit here a second time. I haven’t been with my parents this long since I was a child. I love them so much and am helping out as best I can. When you live in the woods and have animals, the critters bring the outside inside, so cleaning always seems to be an issue. But- what is a bigger priority, is to go hiking on the mountain, exploring wonderfully mossy, verdant trails, rainy streams, discovering new paths and getting lost and not being worried about it.
My mother introduced to one of the neighbors below us and he looked at me and said, “This is a wonderful place for healing. It’s a good place to examine your life and reevaluate things.” And I thought…how does he know about me needing to be healed? (Which of course I do). So I’ve been using this time as a precious gift- soaking in the forest bathing and thankful that I can be away from the oppressive situation in the States. And… probably an overshare, but as this blog is more like a diary than anything and I’m not exactly overrun with readers (lol), I shall indulge my one reader and indulge you in knowing that I’m slowly tapering off anti-depressants, which I’ve been on for about twenty years or so now. It’s a good thing- so far so good. Let’s see how this goes. No more pills. The world can be a sad place and I tend towards the melancholic- but let’s see if I can channel it towards a creative endeavor.