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New Passion - Livin' the Good Life

Oct. 10th, 2006

08:59 am - New Passion

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Well, I've discovered a new passion. Making bricks. I've been making "markers" out of cement for my favorite trees (naming them), and anything else that catches my fancy. I like the idea of personalizing the property with words and names that are unique to our family. Plus, I really enjoy working with the cement. It's so PHYSICAL, and the results are so LASTING. They say that bricks can hold up for hundreds of years! I made a marker for our poor dog, Tigger, who died a number of years ago. He was "Gabe's dog", and the whole "putting him down" thing was tramatic for us all. We buried him in the back yard. Problem is, I'm not sure of the exact spot...(Help, Gabe?) It will be meaningful for us to memorialize him and our other beloved animals that have passed in this way. (Gilmore disappeared for part of a day a few days ago, and I was starting to get nervous and sad about it. Luckily, he showed up, and I didn't have to go through that painful grieving process. It did make me remember that everything dies, and I would have to grieve for him eventually....sigh). Anyway, I'm really excited about this new hobby of mine, and I'm having fun dreaming up what to say on markers and how to decorate them. I can imagine, a hundred yearsfrom now, someone walking across our property and saying, "What a hoot! Whoever lived here was obsessed with naming things. Who the heck was 'Bulky'?" (Steve's much-loved cat who disappeared last year.) I like that.