This New Day (Again)

This is a redrawn illustration from a September post made last year about this time. Then it was Hurricane Florence. Now it is Hurricane Dorian. (My chickens and I live on the Atlantic Coastal area of Virginia. Even a nor’easter can be rough for us with high winds and flooding.)

A few things have changed over the last year. The style of drawing is slightly different to help with clearer printing. There is also one less chicken.

But we are still huddling together. Even though we are unable to stop the storm as it heads in our direction, we have each other. We are watching over each other, and we know Love is watching over all of us.

We are still thinking about our readers who have already felt the worst of the storm. We are still thinking about our readers who are bracing for a more direct impact yet to come from the storm.

We are still hoping our actions reflect our gratitude for the gift of this and every new day.

Our prayers are for the peace and safety of all our readers and those they love…two-legged, four-legged, furred, or feathered.

John, Gracie, Bessie, Pearl, Amelia, and Emily

My Life With Gracie let me know with certainty what it means to be brought in safety to this new day (again).

Each post shares a glimpse into my journey as a writer and illustrator. Every “Like,” “Follow,” and “Comment” is truly appreciated!

17 thoughts on “My Life With Gracie…This New Day (Again)

    1. Thank you, Judi. You remind me that as I was writing this, I thought “Our problems here are so small compared to what is happening in other places.” It seemed not quite right to make a fuss over tragedy that only might happen here. But you are right. It is about gratitude. I woke up this morning. My chickens woke up this morning. We have what we need for this day. And I am grateful.


    1. Thanks, Ruth. We are bracing for whatever comes our way. Friday should be the worst of it for us here. My chickens and I are very close to the Elizabeth River, close to the James River and close to the Chesapeake Bay. Winds and flooding are our biggest worries. We are hoping to just lose a few loose feathers in the wind and get nice clean feet from the rain today. The worst of it should be tomorrow, and we will hunker down!

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      1. Ah. James River. My aunt used to live near there in Carrollton?. She is mow in an assisted living home in Sulfolk. My grandparents lived in Denbigh. Hunker down!! Stay dry!!


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