))) -- I'm so very happy for you. Moving forward can be difficult, and you can only do so when *you're* ready, but the rewards are wonderful, particularly once you get to the point where you can *embrace* forward. I'm cheering for you.
I'm no longer surprised by the kindness of this community, but I will always be touched and humbled by it. Thank you all for the condolences and support -- you're really amazing.
Also, my own board etiquette apologies for throwing a huge wet blanket over yesterday's SOTD thread. I was just going to post about Tam Dao, and the next thing I knew, there was my sad novella. You make it so easy to share life's triumphs and heartbreaks.
, you're right about the hat full of black and white balls. The last 8 weeks were very nearly equal parts wonderful events and trying/heartbreaking ones. I think the fact they were all squeezed into such a short span of time has done me in a bit, but I know I'm going to be just fine. Autumn has a way of revealing something beautiful or magical nearly every time I turn a corner. The sky and sunlight seem so bright and pure, and I love the transition to my autumn fragrances. I even engaged in some retail therapy last night and bought some decants and a few samples -- all spices, woods, and ambers. I'm already smiling.
So, today, I'm still in a scent that I find comforting, but it also smells like autumn to me -- like the sweet and toasty smell of kettle-corn at a Saturday afternoon football game (not that it smells *like* kettle-corn, it's just got that same sweet/toasty vibe) -- Parfumerie Generale's Aomassai
Here is a photo of Dugan, taken about 10 days ago. Attachment 16885
Mike, I do hope you feel better. Thinking up something fun and unexpected for you and your hubby tonight might at least help distract you from the pain and bother.