Monday, July 7, 2014

Big News!

Well, it's been a while since I've posted anything other than when Rosie crossed over the Rainbow Bridge (which I still cry about when I think about her).  But I do have an excuse for why I've been absent for so very long.  BTW, thanks to all my followers for not abandoning me during this process.  See, Dave and I are moving to Colorado!  Yep, after 20 years of living in the Phoenix area, we are moving to Denver.  Why?  Well Lockheed-Martin, Dave's employer, has decided to close a number of plants across the country and consolidate them into either the Denver area or Valley Forge, PA.  The program Dave is on is moving to Denver (Littleton if you want to be more specific).  We actually have been in a state of flux since October when we didn't know where or even who was moving.  We only found out in February that he was being offered a transfer.  It was either that or a layoff so guess which one we chose.  So we've sold our home here in Glendale and bought a home up in Highlands Ranch and are actually going to be moving in about 2 weeks.
I guess the hardest things will be leaving friends I've known for years.  Having worked in 3 different LNS's, I've made a lot of friends with much the same interests as myself.   Some of the ladies have been my friends for almost 20 years.  I know I'll make new friends there (and I am looking forward to that), but I will miss my old ones dearly.

It's also been hard reducing my stash.  We are moving from a 4 bedroom house to a 3 bedroom home with an unfinished basement.  So for the past few months, I've been digging deep and culling the herd and getting rid of boxes of stash, mostly charts and magazines.  But I've also donated a number of framed pieces I've done because there is just no room for them.  So I've kept some of my favorites and donated the rest and boy, was that ever hard.  My stomach actually was tied in knots just going through the process.  People have told me I will feel good about reducing the stuff in my house but so far it's not happening.

Well, I plan on being better about keeping this blog up to date but for now I'd better go and try to find some more stuff to cull.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Saying Good-Bye

It's so hard to say good bye to a good friend.  Some days it seems impossible.  I know I haven't blogged in a while (okay, months) but a lot is happening in our lives (more about that in another post) and there hasn't been time.  But I hope that changes in the near future and I can get back to blogging about my life.  But I did want to say good bye to my beautiful Rosie.  She went over the rainbow bridge on Feb 25, 2014 after a very short but devastating illness.  She was fine on Friday and starting showing symptoms on Saturday.  By Tuesday night she had to be helped over the bridge.  It turns out she had AIHA, an auto immune disorder that destroyed her red blood cells.  It's a very aggressive and ugly disease.  She fought to the end but it was too much for her.

Rosie had a rough start in life.  She was dumped in the Grand Canyon when she was 2 months old (I'm still convinced she was raised by wolves) and taken to a rescue organization in Flagstaff.  They thought she would have a better chance of adoption if she was in Phoenix so she was fostered there in a home with 17 other dogs.  By the time we adopted her, she had some pretty bad habits (like chewing everything in her reach and not being housebroken).  During that first  year, I almost gave up on her several times but was convinced by my family to keep trying with her.  After a while, she finally realized she was home and became just the best dog.  She never did warm up to too many people but she sure loved her family (and that included her fellow furbabies).

I still look for her in her favorite sleeping places.  I still call her for dinner.  I still want to hug her good night.  But I know she's waiting for us and someday I'll see her again.  So for now I'll just say I'll see you again, sweet Rosie.