My thanks to everyone for the condolences and support. It helps a lot.
Last week I just had to go out and do an actual 8 x 10 painting of the trees in bloom when I found a little free time. I had the morning off from caring for my FIL so I headed over to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, and asked the workmen where there were dark pink trees in bloom. This was the perfect spot.
I am down to the last 2 days of sketches for my "fake" journal. Here is the link to today's entry.