December 13, 2009
Good morning – it is a cold, dreary day here in Northern California. It has been raining non stop for the last 24 hours and is supposed to continue through this evening. At some point today, Kip and I are heading into town to do some Christmas shopping – with only 12 more days until Christmas, my back is against the wall!
I had hoped to have Kristin Lavransdatter completed by now, but my reading really slowed down this week and I am still 30 pages from finishing book 2 (The Wife). At this rate, this may be the only book I finish this month!
For those of you who follow my blog, you may have noticed me scaling back on certain things and dropping some perpetual challenges. My life lately has been filled with personal challenges…I am trying to keep my reading as stress-free as possible. I feel a strong need to streamline my commitments for 2010, especially since I am planning a big, year-long 2010 project which I will reveal sometime this week. It has been in the works for several months now and I am really excited about it. I hope you’ll check back later this week to learn all the details.
I have some sad news to share with you. Argus, our ten-year-old Golden Retriever is quite ill. He has really never been the same since Caribou died last January (they were absolutely inseparable), but we had noticed he was dropping a lot of weight, drinking tons of water, vomiting, and in general not himself this past week. We are still running some tests and consulting with the vet…but it is very likely that Argus has advanced cancer. This morning he would not eat his breakfast…which is a huge red flag for a Golden Retriever who likes nothing better than to eat. As you can imagine, this is a huge blow to us. Kip and I are feeling really sad and a bit helpless as to what we can do to keep him comfortable. I will keep you posted as I learn more about his condition.
My wish for all of you this holiday season is the love of family and friends, good health, and of course, great books. What are YOUR plans for today?