I love this invasive ground cover, whatever it's called. (I'm not huge on finding out real names of things unless they're in need of something. I enjoy them just as well whether they have a proper name or not.) Phillip and I spent a bit of time in the garden together this afternoon, and he enjoyed examining these, too.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the well wishes. I am so glad that I decided to share with everyone right away. For me, just knowing that people care and have lived through this is very helpful. The best thing is learning that so many other people I know have gone and are going through the same misery. That sounds terrible - of course I'm not happy in their sadness, but it is comforting to know that you're not alone. So thank you.
I did manage to take this picture (and some other pretty ones, too) today, and make eight batches of soap. So I'm learning that productivity in misery is my thing, too, and that a few tears (or a lot, really) don't ruin a batch of soap. I felt like Keri Russell in Waitress, making her pies, only for me it was soap. There may me more batches coming.