I want to give a HUGE thank-you to everyone who helped. I came very close to the amount I needed to remodel Mitzi's Room. What once looked like this:
After a little work, while the cats took very little interest,
and our grandchildren.....
...figured out what went where,
it was beginning to take some shape.
And thank-you to Nancy at Feline Snoozers for the many conversations that we had to get this right and for their very quick turn around in getting this built to what we wanted, as well as getting it shipped out in a timely manner.
I am the kind of person who likes to donate items needed rather than cash. I will donate cash sometimes if I trust the cause. In this day and age, you have to be so careful, since there are many out there who take advantage of the good will offered by others. One of the many things I like about donating to CNYSPCA is that they will actually share items needed on Facebook. That way I know what I am giving is needed and won't just go into storage.
The holidays are usually a tough time for me that I just push through. The commercialism is one reason I hate it, but probably my number one reason is that my Mom died 28 years ago 13 days before Christmas. It was sudden and she was only 53. The tree was decorated, the presents were wrapped and my first born son was only six months old. He was also her first grandchild. Our Dad had also passed away young, so it was down to my two siblings and me. It is now just my sister and me. For some of us, the holidays are not always filled with joy and excitement. I do take time out to share in the joy and fun for my grandchildren, as I did for my own children when they were growing up. I guess you could say that I make the most of a time I could do without.
Today, I ask that you remember those who might not find these times quite as joyous as others. One way I am hoping to make this time different is to encourage my own family to help those in need whether it be people or animals. Like anything that is new, there is a little controversy surrounding my request to do things differently.
There are a few exceptions to making crazy purchases with money that we don't have (if they choose to do it this way) and that is that buying or making handmade is totally okay and encouraged.
What do you do to make your holidays special? Has that changed over the years? I would love to hear what kinds of traditions you have.
And, as always, thank-you for supporting artists who create handmade with handmade,