I’ve been off for two weeks now. God, I love being off! A chance to unwind and relax, to live without the stress and distraction of work. Greens and purples in the garden to greet the new season. The dog gets a nylon bone from her basket and I make her howl. It takes forever to get dark and then it gets light again before 5. I get my hair cut for the first time since February on Saturday. I grew lamb chops just like an American president! We have two teenaged girls now and all of us are going a bit nuts. It’s not age as much as it is attitude. I medicate with wine and age fast like the dog, whitening around the jaws. I try to appreciate poetry but don’t like needing things explained to me. Life shouldn’t be so hard, nor should art!