It's been far too long since I've posted here.
After my break from social media in December I was looking forward for sharing photos and stories from our wonderful Christmas on Vancouver Island.
And then our beloved cat, Spandy, became really ill and within a matter of days we had to make the difficult choice to let him go. We'd had him for seven years, since right after we started dating. He was with us when we first moved in together, when we got engaged, when we got married, when we moved up north. He was there for all the big events and for all the small ones. For every morning, every evening, for every smile and for every tear. He was always there. Even after almost a month, the pain is still very raw.
It just felt all month like we couldn't get our heads above water. A week after we let go of Spandy, a huge windstorm blew through all of North Eastern BC and approx. 20,000 homes lost power - and ours was one of them. We were without power or heat for over 48 hours, and because our place is so poorly insulated, it was cold enough to see our breath at night as we tried to sleep underneath 6 blankets. Thankfully the temperatures outside were quite mild for this time of year. I try not to think about what could have happened if they weren't.
Last week, shortly after two very stressful days of travelling and missing connections and airlines shuffling flights around, we received the sad news that Mike's Grandmother had passed away. She has been suffering from dementia for a while and had been in the hospital because it had gotten so severe. While we are relieved that she is no longer in pain, it is still hard that she is gone.
In the midst of all of this, we are trying to get through day by day, and I am trying to remember all of the exciting things that are happening in our lives right now.
- I'm teaching a Beginner DSLR photography class through our local college
- My mom and I started taking a pottery course.
- Mike is organizing a local ball hockey group
- We flew out to Manitoba to celebrate my Oma's 90th birthday and had a wonderful time there.
- We have each other, and our family and friends.
- Little Artemisia, the kitten we rescued last May, is a constant reason to smile.
January was a month filled with such heartbreak as well as so many happy things, that I feel as if my emotions are just worn out from all the up and down. I will try to post more things soon, but for a while it might be more photos and less words for a while.
I hope all of you are having an amazing 2014 and have wonderful things happening in your lives.