I can't believe that it's been over a year since I posted on this blog. You know how they say time flies when you're having fun?...well it also flies when life isn't how you want it to go at all. This past year has produced some real lows for me. We lost both of our beloved Labrador Retrievers...Cooper last July and Betty in March of this year. I battled with my parents for months and finally got them moved to AZ and settled in when my Mother suddenly passed away on May 6th...6 weeks after moving and one week before Mother's Day. Now my "Pops" is a constant daily challenge for me. Not to say that there haven't been some good/great times over the last year. First, we had another Grandson (no girls for us). Nolan was born on October 7th (my Brother's birthday) and he is such a good baby-see his pic on the right. Secondly, I retired. Last November was it for me and even though I spent most of the next few months getting my folks moved I've got to tell ya just how much I like my new "status". Lots of people told me that my A-type personality would miss the corporate world in a big way. I was so ready...I don't miss it at all. Also with the loss of Cooper last summer we decided to get 2 new Labrador Retriever pups (what were we thinking????) to coincide with my retirement. We knew last fall that Betty (she turned 12 last December) wouldn't be with us much longer so what's 3 dogs for a year or so? Bronko and Lucy are litter-mates and they keep us hoppin'. Bronko is huge (just what Bill said he wanted) and will probably settle in around 90 lbs. Lucy is all girl (will be smaller at around 65-70 lbs.) but she is the total instigator. My BFF has nicknamed her "The Perp". You can see their pics over on the right side also (promise some updated ones soon as their 1st birthday is just a week away).
AND just so you don't think I haven't been making any cards I thought I'd post what I have been working on. This is a total blessing for me. My Mother really pushed me to try this and I can only say that I am so sad she is not here to see. So, here are a few cards...no descriptions or recipes - just pics with the surprise at the end. Since it's been so long, I feel like a kid on the first day of school. I hope you like what you see.
And you can see them all here.
I hope Mom is looking down on me and smiling.