We have such a beautiful morning with sunshine and warmer temps in the forecast ~ much different from the past few days. I know that those of you in the NE or Midwest must think we're crazy here in Texas but 4-7" of snow is unique to us! I do know that with all the adverse weather we've been experiencing the past couple of weeks I could never live where there's tons of snow or constant rain. We have sleet and ice a lot and IMHO, it's much worse for a rookie like me and makes driving hazardous. I don't know of anyone that isn't anxious for Spring!
I do apologize for not visiting you as much as I'd like lately, nor have I been posting much of anything that's interesting. Please know that I also realize that you visit blogs for DIY's, home tours, recipes, reno's, new ideas and how-to's, etc. and not for a "Debbie Downer" post. But...like the title of this post, I'm just keeping it real! The holidays brought joy but also depression. I would not wish this on anyone! Losing Abby has been profound and, as many know, such a loss is not easy and it's not something you "just get over". Some folks seem to think that time heals all wounds ~ well, I disagree! Time brings a new normal, with more smiles than tears and less ranting at God. Yes, I've done that a lot! He understands though. :) He has the Master Plan and we don't. I know we'll see her again one day but that doesn't change the missing her. We've done a lot of things to honor her memory and that will continue. I think that's probably one of the most comforting feelings ~ to do things she would love and to perform RAOK's. Helping others and bringing joy to their lives is very rewarding and also something she would do. She lived life full on in her almost 16 years and would want us to do the same.
Bottom line, just wanted to be honest about what's been going on and now it's time to move forward again! I can't tell you how many times we've done this and we'll continue to do so. I do have a few projects that I just haven't had any interest in but I want to finish them. I want to be ready and available to be outside when the temps allow, to take long walks with Forrester again, plant some flowers for the balcony and enjoy a glass of wine or 3 out there! When the heat returns, an icy cold beer in a frosted mug hits the spot too! I'm not an alcoholic but I do enjoy a cocktail now and then. :)
IF you managed to read all of this, thank you! I look forward to being more involved and upbeat and visiting you more. I really hope that you'll come back to see me too!