Everything is gonna be alright, everything is gonna be alright…*

Today, as I’m still thinking about Japan, I’m also thinking about the individual humans who are living through this tragedy, disaster, experience. Are they frightened? I’m sure of it. Are they tired? Certainly. How are they coping with the emotion, the fear, the lack of warmth, food and comfort? I personally don’t know how I’d survive. I count my blessings, my good fortunes, my own comforts and am grateful to my bones.

And, while sadness, fear and anxiety are no doubt the primary feelings that most of the survivors are experiencing, I think that it is important to remember that, eventually, everything is going to be alright. It will never be the same. But it can be alright.

“Good friends we have, oh, good friends we’ve lost
Along the way
In this great future,
You can’t forget your past
So dry your tears, I say
No woman no cry, no woman no cry
Little darling, don’t she’d no tears, no woman no cry”*

*from Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry

As a way of counting my many, many good fortunes, and in appreciation for the love and life that surrounds me, I thought I’d update you on the state of our Family Bath. J.J. is very nearly finished with the tile work, with only a few pieces left to install. Grout and caulking come next, and then sealer after that. I still have plenty of painting work on the cabinet to finish up before I can call the plumber back in to install the toilet, sink and shower trim pieces, so the space won’t be complete for a few weeks yet. However, the bulk of the skilled labor part, the main waiting-for-someone-else-to-finish part is almost over. Which is so nice. I’m hoping to muster up some energy and enthusiasm for this ongoing project so I can finish strong. Maybe if my yard didn’t look like the area surrounding the fuselage at the end of the movie Alive I’d feel more motivated. Maybe I’m just having an off week. Either way, soon, very soon, we’ll get to return to the pretty stuff, and soon thereafter we’ll actually get to use the space. You know, as a bathroom and not a storage room for expensive plumbing parts.

Some pictures that will not make you cry. I could use a dry minute. Enjoy! xoxo