Although I'm having a spectacular (and warm!) time, yesterday I received some news that cast some gloom over our time here. My grandmother, who had been suffering from increasingly poor health over the last few weeks, passed away surrounded by my family on Sunday. I'm trying to enjoy the remainder of my trip, letting it fortify me for what will surely be a difficult Christmas season and following week as we deal with services and burial. Death is never easy, even when it's not unexpected, but I am glad she is no longer in pain, and know she was ready to be reunited with my grandfather. I will miss her quirky sense of humor, and her insistence on referring to my dachshunds as those "ugly little dogs". She was one of a kind.
Although I haven't been commenting, I am still following along and keeping current on everyone's blogs, and enjoying reading about everything from small victories at schooling shows to entertaining Christmas lists. I expect content here will be somewhat sparse through the end of the year, but hopefully 2017 will bring a fresh start.