That was only one of the incredibly sweet things said to me this past week...thank you all so much for your support, surprise goodies in the mail, and the many good thoughts and prayers that have been heading my way...
I guess this blog post could also be entitled: "Entirely toooo much information" (that's your hint, turn back now!) As most of you know, I have MS and have kind of "taken a turn" in the last few years--the last few months have been incredibly difficult, trying to figure out different medications and realizing that I am not responding quite as well as I'd hoped to different treatments... Things were looking up--just a bit--only to come down with a hideous cold that moved to my chest and turned into a sinus infection...and I get intensely grouchy when there's anything wrong with me, aside from my usual diseases.
(If you steal this image, I shall wish warts and wrinkles upon you...general bad luck and crisis of every kind...unless you'd like to pick me up for licensing...then we'll just chat...)
But, I digress--I always do. Thank you, everyone...everything's shipped or shipping tomorrow--now I actually did get some shipping done, but thus far no one's actually received their shipments...I mean, surely someone has received the packages? Just not the folks that actually ordered stuff. So. That's what ya get when the shipping gal has a brain that looks like swiss cheese. Life is so unfair. I am actually quite partial to Havarti...!
You know, I watched Walk the Line the other night (for the second time) and was just incredibly heartened--I mean, who knew? You can pop pills, drink like a fish, not share chili fries with Elvis, smash a perfectly good guitar...all of that can happen to you (or you can plunge right into it!)...all of that life can storm around you and through you...and you can still end up "okay". You can ditch the pills, the booze, meet the love of your life (while married, of course...)--you can somehow make it through all of that and still be able to "make music"...no matter how big the storm is, when the wind finally dies down...you just notice it's blown away the dead leaves that were covering up the beauty of spring's first crocus. The storm took away nothing that was needed. (Unless, of course, the wind snatched yer breezies!)
And I guess I never knew that Johnny passed only 4 short months after June...(so if I pull a Heath Ledger--it was ALL prescribed! Joe, set your watch....). I watched that and just remembered so, so, much...all the grief, all the blessings--it really is a big cycle. And when the wheel comes "back around", it's just that much sweeter...that much finer.
The next few months will bring a lot of changes to our nest--and to the business. The Bears will have their very own digs--new etsy shoppe and new eBay id--as my husband and I begin to run that new business together...so far we've established that he is great at supervising and has a surprising amount of opinions regarding names, etc. (I hope he doesn't get beat up at work over this...) As far as the design resources and patterns--those will all be converted into pdf files and my paper patterns are being retired...so you'll all be able to re-sell them for exorbitant prices on eBay, simply because they are OOP (hmmmmmmmm....where's that snarky eBay id I had????).
I don't anticipate much difficulty during this business transition, as no one's buying poop-for-applesauce anyway (oh yeah, except all of you waiting on orders. SIGH!) Might I add that eBay taking away most of every one's feedback as of May 1st could be wonderful timing?! :) So please...go leave it now!! Anywho--we're finally to the point where we must actively make some changes to de-stress and manage things a bit better. And my ideas are slightly twacked, as you all probably know...there's that completely cheesy "Something Worth Leaving Behind" song--do you know it? Will you admit if you do?? :)
"Hey Monalisa, who was Leonardo?
Was he Andy Warhol?
Were you Marilyn Monroe
Hey Mozart, what kind of name is Amadeus
It's kinda like Elvis
You gotta die to be famous
I may not go down in history
I just want someone to remember me
I'll probably never hold a brush
that paints a masterpiece
Probably never find a pen
that writes a symphony
But if I will love then I will find
That I have touched another life
And that's something
Something worth leaving behind..."
Lee Ann Womack
Thank you all so much--you know I'll keep you posted on the new changes...the next issue of Create and Decorate will continue with Summer's Heart and Home~~and then! THEN...Autumn and Halloween! Yippeee!! :)
PS..."twacked", "snarky", "breezies", and "etsy" are not in spell-check...and I don't know if I will EVER learn how to spell "recieve". Even if it is "after 'c'"...