1. One year ago today, we sat in our family doctor's office and heard news that no one every wants to get: my husband had kidney cancer. This past year has been incredibly rough on so many levels and we're not out of the woods yet. In less than 2 months, we'll celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary and I am just so grateful that this man that I love so much is alive and fighting for his health.
2. My blog turned NINE (!) at the beginning of the month and I'm just getting around to mentioning it now. Yes, I started blogging in the dark ages of the internet. This post is number 1548. Go me! I am humbled that people are still interested in reading about my art, my life and the random stuff that rattles around in my head. I will have to plan something great for next year when my blog turns 10!
3. I sent Peter Grande and the good people of MV-1 Canada some event photos and a thank you card for being such generous corporate sponsors for the inaugural NMO walk/run. This week they sent me a thank you card for my thank you card. This is the epitome of what it means to be Canadian. Funnily enough, I've had this happen before-Canadian sportscaster Brian Williams has twice sent me thank you cards for my thank you cards. Its charming and sweet and it makes my heart smile when this happens. I've hung MV-1 Canada's card on my inspiration board where I will see their kind words every day.
4. My friend Deryn Mentock, who is a stunningly talented artisan has published her first book, The Jewelry Maker's Design Book: An Alchemy of Objects. I am so incredibly proud of her. Years ago, when we were starting out in the mixed media art world, we formed an artists' circle made up of good friends who supported one another as we built our art careers. It's so fantastic to see her having success and to know how hard she's worked and how far she's come. I couldn't be happier for her. Congratulations Deryn!