Today I am back to the blog hoping to post work I created in the last six months in 2012 as well as posting a few snapshots from the CHA show in January!
But before that, I've also decided to share with you a bit about my absence from blogging for several months.
In June last year I had to switch my focus to my Dad who had his 86th birthday in May. If you met my Dad, you'd fall in love with him. He always has a joke to tell, a good word to say, and something from his past that always reminds me of how important the simpler things are in life.
At 86 he still golfs at least once a week and when the golf courses close, he takes up bowling. His rescue dog - Fergie is never far behind him. She's an elderly toothless Bichon he adopted shortly after my Mom passed away. If I can't reach my Dad on the phone normally it's because he is out for a walk with Fergie. And you can set your watch to their schedule of walks that occur three times a day.
Unfortunately, Dad has had to weather several years of financial stresses because he lent a large sum of money to a family member who had not been able to repay him. So Dad and I worked together over the summer and fall and things are finally back to where he does not have to be anxious about his finances and I can relax knowing he is OK.
Here's a photo of my Dad and my daughter Hayley opening presents at my daughter Hayley's home at Christmas this year. He looks almost as though he's the present in the box! What a dear sweet man and a true gift!
Christmas 2012 - Dad and Hayley at Hayley's