This past couple of weeks, I've been quieter than normal, as I always am the first half of July. Yesterday was the anniversary of my sister's death, July 18, 1976. That date just sticks with me, I can picture my Dad answering the phone when my Mother called from the hospital, waking up my brother to tell him that Gina was gone, it's just like it happened yesterday. So every year when July rolls around and we get the hot & humid weather, I just brace myself for "that day" to come & be gone. Today I feel better about it, now it's behind me-until next year. After always admiring how Nina has often captured rain drops with her camera, showing reflections of the surroundings in those little drops, we finally got it-yay! Not raindrops, but from the heavy dew that we've been having in the mornings from the extreme humidity that's planted itself over the state. Funny how sometimes the drops look like little crystals, and the extreme close up of the foliage itself has been interesting. Like life, if you always settle for taking everything at face value and don't look closely, you'll never know what you may miss. So look around today, look closely, and tell me what you discovered, I'd love to hear about it. Our hollyhocks have never looked better this year, standing tall & proud. But somehow they managed to seed themselves all around the outside edge of a garden, so the middle is completely hidden. Another project to tackle next year and get it back under control. The hollyhock leaves get attacked each & every year by bugs that leave this leaf skeleton behind. But it's ok, I'll cut it off, save it, and someday it'll find it's way onto a collage. I love the colors & textures surrounding us this time of year, with some plants just hitting their prime and others leaving behine the texture of a spent flower head. Always gets the mind whirling for future art projects. Which remind me, there's a necklace partially finsihed that's calling my name! Enjoy the week end!