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A lovely trip – yet sad news

After the wedding, we left the kids and made it through a large part of Northern California and then into Southern Oregon. Our amazing and lovely trip ended on a very sad note for me. We drove to Medford, parked the car and took a plane 4 days ago to Seattle. Yesterday my father passed away with me laying close next to him on his bed and my step mom holding his hand on his other side. Cancer is a terrible, terrible and degrading illness! I have nothing else to share today. My creative juices are a bit blunted right now.

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So glad to have such a great illustration team

I’ve observed that the relationship between the translator, Aija and me has definitely blossomed and we’re very much a team. It is incredible to be working with such great gals! I even mentioned to Aija the possibility of meeting her one day, when I’m in Europe, however Aija keeps her business relationships strictly business, so “no-go” at this point. But that’s okay – this has still been a tremendous experience.

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The creative juices are flowing

Yay – the bells are going off, we’re back in touch again! I’m just not used to people losing touch with me like that. But all is well – Aija explained to me that she doesn’t start on projects until she’s 100% ready, and prior to starting, she prays daily and gives herself space until she has the full vision of how to start – and then the ideas just flow out of her from start to end. This is totally understandable. I’m giving her the space that’s needed to accomplish this. In the meantime, I’m taking this opportunity to do some research on more recipes for the future two cookbooks. My husband and I are planning a Northern California road trip too.

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