A tell in poker is a change in a player's behavior or demeanor that is claimed by some to give clues to that player's assessment of their hand (in our case a clue to our state of mind).
It's also a type of archaeological mound created by human occupation and abandonment of a geographical site over many centuries.
Our house is kind of both kinds of tells.
The fact that our plant boxes on our porch have stood for at a year and a half, without any plants in them, and our yard was kind of a mess, is our "Tell". It tells you that we were so involved in getting Michael healthy that we had no time for the yard or a lot of other things for that matter. On the other hand it could also tell you that we have been so busy with work that we had no time for the yard.
The last two years were both things.
When we WERE home I had quite a few big commissions I needed to do. One for Sound Bank and a very large triptych for the Convention Center. Both took me several months to finish, as well as the usual special order pottery pieces and a house portrait or two.
So I appropriately spent Earth Day weeding, trimming and planting, the last time I remember doing this was in June of 2013. The past two years really changed our lives and focus. Now that that is behind us maybe we can now get back to some kind of normal.
The other kind of tell, the archaeological mound kind, will come in the future. Not all our pottery pieces turn out and many of them end up in our flower beds for future owners to scratch their heads over!