ladies (and gentlemen if you are out there) i honestly cannot thank you enough for the immense amount of support you have given me over the past few days after the loss of my very best friend in the whole wide.
if you knew mallard, you would never be able to say he was "just a dog" as he was SO much more. as i said, he was my best friend. he knew all my darkest secrets and loved me the same. he always was up for a good snuggle and cry if i needed one. he walked me down the aisle to marry the man of my dreams and was there when i brought both of my babies home. i have never known a more loyal friend and i miss the ever-living mess out of him so much already. i could literally post thousands of photos and tell you a ton of stories, but, a/ i am not quite ready for that and b/ you would probably be bored to tears. :)
it is so hard, and while each day gets a little easier to face, my house is so quiet without him. you know the moment an animal comes into your life that at some point you will have to face that dreaded day, but it never makes it easier. i am just so thankful that i was blessed with 11.5 amazing years with him.
but above all, thank you ladies. i have been blown away by the generosity, support, sincerity and loving kindness that you all have shown me over the last few days. through the emails, comments, sweet words of wisdom, sharing your loss and grief, etc. i have been just amazed. my dad has always told me that animal people are good people, and i stand firm by that belief.
my sweet lucille (the goose) misses him so as well. it is hard on her since her best friend is gone too. but have no fear, i have given her so many hugs, kisses, snuggles (she is not a snuggler as brownie was), etc that i might actually be getting on her nerves. :)
i just opened shop back up and i thank you for allowing me to take a few days of rest. i have a lot of catching up to do, and will do so as i can, so bear with me. i had intended on making this blog post last week, but as you can see, things took a sort of different turn.
it is now summertime and my kiddos are out of school. i am so very fortunate to be able to stay home with them day in day out (whether or not i feel the need to poke my eyeballs out by 9:30 am) and one of the things i love so much about the great sewing community out there is that we are all mostly mommas. and so we all understand that kiddos come first, sewing comes next, and then maybe laundry. hehe. but i work a little slower in the summer just because both of my hooligans are here all day. i enjoy being able to hang out with them. what this means to you is that i am not as quick to get back to you with emails and questions and such and i don't spend much time on facebook so i don't see tags and things of that sort. i think we all enjoy a bit of relaxed living in the summertime, i think that may be why it is one of my fave times of year!
we are leaving for the beach this saturday and i may/may not shut down shop for the week while we are gone. thankfully, etsy's downloads keep my shop running smoothly, but i don't always check emails and such when i am on vacay. i enjoy going unplugged, remember first and foremost i am a shady lady. ;) so, i may and may not, still haven't decided...but if so, it will just be a week! i only wish i could stay at the beach all summer. talk about not getting anything done!
thanks for listening and again thanks for being there. now, try not to get too jealous of our crazy-awesome water pressure here and don't forget to hug those labradors for me! oh, and try to pretend you don't see my 6 year old squeezed into an 18 month bathing suit. she refuses to let it go. oy.
happy summer to my awesome geese!