Day 671: Elaborate

Yesterday, I chose the title of today’s post, for lots of reasons.  And, yes, I shall elaborate.

I saw some elaborate Halloween displays in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA:


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I’m not going elaborate, this morning, about thoughts I have when I see these displays this time of the year, including:

  • our relationship to death,
  • dealing with fear, and
  • the seasonal effects on people’s moods.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about today.  I knew it wouldn’t be too elaborate, because I’m going to an all-day, Sunday “retreat” with other board members of a group psychotherapy professional organization.

I thought I might include a picture of Gianni


who is studying psychology in school and who helped me pick out gifts and costume materials for a 1980’s Dance Birthday Party Michael and I attended last night.

I thought I might write about

  • sleep,
  • self-care,
  • losing and/or gaining time
  • love,
  • and other things I associate with the word “elaborate.”

When I logged onto the computer this morning (after a night when we all gained an hour, in these parts), I found a Facebook message from the son-in-law of an old friend, Alexa (whom I met in Children’s Hospital when we were both kids, and who appeared briefly in blog posts here and here). I don’t think Alexa’s son-in law, Mark, will mind my including his message here (based on what I’m seeing on Facebook):

Hello Ann

I’ve only just seen your post on Alexa Robinsons timeline.

Unfortunately Alexa lost her battle with lung cancer on 24th October. As I’m sure you’ll understand It has hit the family hard.

I hope you raise a glass and think of the good times.

Thank you

(Alexa’s son in law)

Nothing elaborate. Just a few more photos (ending with one from yesterday):

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Peace to everyone and many thanks for your visit here today.

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22 thoughts on “Day 671: Elaborate

  1. Peace and love, Ann. You are an elaborate friend, we know.

    You need not elaborate more on the sadness of the message from Mark.

    Take care during your retreat today.

  2. Sad to find a comment like that…. sorry to hear it.
    Halloween seems to be so big in America, and they make much effort with the decorations. Just for the one day.

    • The trend towards decorations has greatly increased in my lifetime, Ute. It does seem like Halloween season, rather than just one day. Thank you for your visit and the condolences.

  3. So strange to see a skeleton walk two doggy skeletons Ann. I’m so sorry for your loss in regards to Alexa. HUGS.
    Diana xo

    • There’s a cat skeleton somewhere in there, too, Diana. Very elaborate. Thank you so much for the hugs and your thoughtfulness.

  4. ((Hugs))
    Words can’t elaborate more.
    Val xo

  5. So sorry about Alexa. It’s always so hard to get that sudden news.

  6. Condolences on the loss of your childhood friend, Ann.

  7. Sorry about the sad news.

  8. I’m sorry for the loss of your friend, and hope you had a good time at the retreat!

  9. Sorry for loss Ann. I’ve lost two high school friends in the last year. You and I are about the same age and losing friends now seems way too soon. My aunt passed away today as well but she was 88. Regardless a loss is never easy.

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  11. I am sorry for your loss .

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