My colleague the Tortoise Cat and I took on this caregiving gig and our patrons traveled to California's Central Valley on June 6. Then caregiving ramped up from full-time to health-crisis-mode just as we arrived.
Here we find ourselves in a favorite place with a bag of troubles...involving hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and out-of-network insurance claims...besides injuries, rehab and pain management. I've put freelance writing aside...almost.
But the Tortoise Cat expresses her delight over the house and yard. When the temperature rises above 100 F she chills out in deep sleep until Pacific Ocean breezes air condition the night naturally.
Before we left Wisconsin I cleared a kitchen drawer stuffed with old twisty-ties and rubber bands. I snapped a picture of that manageable mess before discarding it because the image seemed meaningful, though I hadn't yet grokked how.
So, for now I'll just let it symbolize a bag of troubles.