Hello, my friends, and Happy New Year! If you have visited my facebook page, then you know that this Christmas was bittersweet for me. In the days leading up to Christmas, my beloved cat, Jujubee, became quite ill. We discovered that she had cancer and was in pain, so we made the very difficult decision to put her to sleep. We were able to have a vet come to our home so that she could go as comfortably as possible and surrounded by her crew. Jonathan held her in his lap while I wrapped my arms around her, looking into her eyes the whole time. I guess this heartbreak is a small price to pay to have these angels share their lives and their boundless love with us.
This is Jujubee as I like to remember our Chubz, lounging in the sun, four paws up. Jujubee loved hanging out with us on the sofa, was always ready to bat at our fingers under the covers, and was the sweetest cat. She stayed with me through several different phases of my life, and when I worked late night shifts not so long ago, she’d always be waiting for me on the windowsill as I dragged my feet to my front door. That always made me happy. I will miss her dearly. Keeping track of developments in the lives of loved ones near and far, it seems that 2013 involved heartbreaking loss for an unusually large number of folks. If this was the case for you, may 2014 be a time of new beginnings. I am definitely ready. My girl’s death came on Christmas Eve, and in retrospect, having to host 25+ on Christmas Day was a good thing. It got us moving, at the very least. And even though we were/are mourning, there was much merriment and celebration at our home on Christmas Day, and I think everyone had a great time.
I’ve been offline for a stint because shortly after Christmas, I flew to Florida to visit my family. The days were jam packed with activity. Cooking for large groups regularly was quite an experience haha! The best part of this visit was that I got to spend quality time with my niece and nephews and get to know them so much better. I discovered that my niece, Camilla, loves so many of the same things that I do. We had a ball crocheting, baking cookies, jogging, shopping, watching movies, dancing.
There is so much more to tell you, but I must finish laundry before I drive to Anaheim tomorrow morning for the Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show! I am simultaneously tired and excited as I just got back home last night and haven’t had a chance to get my bearings. Such is life. But I am looking forward to learning loads and loads of new things, meeting friends I have only known virtually, and getting inspired. I promise I will share updates and pix of the festivities on instagram and my facebook page, so if you want to follow along, please hook up with me there over the next several days! There may be some celebrity sightings lol.
For the time being, I know some of you have been waiting for a new video. I have a simple one for you and I hope you enjoy it.