Hello to all! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to check out old blog posts while I was taking a break. I had actually planned to start blogging the beginning of December, but life just kept happening. I'll share about some of it in this post.
Just before I took my blogging break, my family and I had to make the extremely hard decision to put our cat, Rusty, down. He had a large inoperable tumor growing in his abdomen and he was not able to control his bodily functions. He was a member of our family for almost 15 years and it is still hard to think of him without shedding tears.
Rusty had been my writing companion, at times sitting on the desk or by my feet while I read emails, blog posts and worked on my writing. Sometimes he would also curl up with me on the couch or sit on the back of the couch when I would read books. RIP Rusty. You are missed.
I was a participant of NaNoWriMo 2012. It was my third year participating. I wrote a total of 17,150 words. I was not a winner, but I am totally okay with that. There is always next year.
I tried staying up on my blog reading while I was taking a break. I actually did quite well at first. I enjoyed visiting my blogging friends, learning about the books they were reading or writing, what books were being toured, or what was going on in my blogging friends lives.
I baked some peppermint sugar cookies and some peanut butter cookies, but they didn't last very long.
My family and I had talked about getting a dog in the spring of 2013. It would give us time to mourn the loss of our cat, get through the holidays, get through the winter months in which I like to stay indoors as much as possible and have the springtime to worry about potty training a new puppy.
Well, my husband started looking at animal rescue sites and found a cockier spaniel dog that we adopted on Saturday, December 8th. His name is Bentley and he is about 19+1/2 months old.
December 5th through the 7th was spent dog proofing the house, shampooing all of the carpets and finding a cage for Bentley to sleep in. Let's just say I was more than a bit stressed during those three days.
Since my husband had already met Bentley, that just meant that our son and I needed to meet him before we could bring him home. Bentley liked us, so he became a part of our family.
We are still in the adjustment period, which can last about 3 - 4 weeks. Last night was the first night that we weren't woken up by barking, so that was a blessing. We need to work on the leash issues, as he likes to pull instead of walk.
We've also decided not to put up a Christmas tree this year, since Bentley has enough adjustments to make with a new home and a new family.
Well, I think it's time to wrap up this blog post. This was just a small bit of what happened in my life while I took a break from blogging. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!