BANG ! Everything happened at the same time ! All within a few weeks ! I drove to Montreal for a nice illustration assignment with a publishing house and when I returned to my car, someone had broken the window and stolen my very-well-hidden-under-a-blanket laptop ... In the same week, my dad who got operated for an hernia had complications that caused massive bleeding and left him in intensive care at the hospital for a few days ... Two days later we had mortality in the family and had to fly abroad to offer support and take care of certain personal matters. We were gone for 9 days ... When I got back home, I did not feel right at all. My ear was ringing, I felt dizzy and had trouble walking straight. Turned out I had a labyrinthite (not sure the spelling is right), an infection of the inner ear that makes you feel totally unstable and shaky. The doctor ordered complete rest for a week and to tell you the truth I couldn't have done much any way, I felt like if I had ridden for hours one of those spinning rides at the amusement park after having drank an entire bottle of Extra-Strength caughing syrup mixed with a few good shots of tequila. I just felt awful ! BUT ... Everything has an ending, even a strike of bad luck. I feel much better now and am back to normal or almost. Got myself a brand new laptop (once again), thank God I was well insured. Dad is doing great and his operation is healing very well. The publishing house just called today to let me know my art was chosen among 10 other illustrators' for a big serie of scholar books, so today was my first day back at work in my studio. I have been gardening like crazy, trying to find a place of the tons of plants I grew from seeds in my half-way house (that is how we call my semi-greenhouse). I am also completely redoing the garden with new raised beds and pathways. Ulysse has a spot of his own in the vegetable patch and he is also growing a miniature corn field that he will take care of, like a real farmer, with his own tools he bought with his own money. Every night, after supper, I walk the dogs while he skates his way down the mountain under the sunset du-jour. The frogs and toads are doing their amphibian thing in the pond, I so enjoy their sounds and their presence! The lilacs are blooming with a vigor we haven't seen in years, so are the apple, pear and plum trees. The ferns are so green ! And the bleeding-hearts ! The light in the morning is so beautiful ! This is such a perfect spring ! And I am so happy to be back chatting with you, dear friends! And to all who have been inquiring about it, YES! I will have new paintings for sale soon! YOUPPI ! I AM BACK ! I AM BACK !