Apologies, lovely blogohood friends...a concatenation of events has kept me offline for about 10 days now. Despite the best of intentions and missing you all (and your lovely, encouraging remarks and emails), I simply ran out of energy! Yes, the relentlessly creative "me" was vanquished by simple work and weather! I put in a week of solid 12 hour workdays (AND 10 hours on Sunday PLUS a qualified friend's assistance for the full stint on Sunday!!! - all of it unpaid!...see, Tracey? You DO have company in your underpaid and overworked workaday world! *G*). Just at the point the avalanche of work was cleared away, the weather just HAD to chime in!!! We went straight from wet, overcast and cool (my favourite weather - I know, I know, but SOMEONE has to like it! *G*) to humidity and heat high enough to stop me in my tracks. I'd leave the office at the end of the day and, upon exiting, it was exactly like walking into a wall of HOT. Crazy, Dominican Republic-type hot! Humid, fish could walk down the street hot! Forget about eggs frying on the sidewalk, I'm talking eggs poaching in their shells hot!....Oh. I guess you know what I mean by now... Anyhow, I don't function well in that kind of heat. I generally meet up with some beady buddies on Tuesday nights for some fellowship and fun and it was so hot we even cut that lovely "therapy" session short - not everyone could stay but two of us walked over to the local Dairy Queen for ice cream afterward and I STILL got home early. Fortunately, today is finally less humid and I've actually gotten myself together and picked up pen and paper. Don't get me wrong - I love the fact that Southern Ontario gets four clear, distinct seasons and I love the differences one from the next. I'm not exactly complaining, I just don't function well in extreme heat and/or humidity. Is anyone else like that? It's like it gums up the brains (or melts 'em!) and eating, drinking, moving, you name it, is just too much effort, even something as essential as breathing and art (which, to my thinking, are about equally necessary to sustain life!). So here is my somewhat sticky, but finally functional, tile - I missed you!