We here in Holt, a small close suburb of Lansing, were without power for 4 days. I stuck it out under sweaters, socks, blankets and dogs for 3 of them.
Our Christmas was still dark for all but one aunt, so although her home was Christmas tree-less (she had planned to spend most of her holiday with US) she accepted us all (12 altogether in a 2 bedroom home) for gifts, dinner, and family time.
This entire ordeal has put many things in perspective for me, and I'm sure for a great many others. It really didn't matter to us if we had Christmas ON what people consider to BE Christmas. We managed to be able to do so, but more importantly - we were all together as a family. THAT was the important part. I know many families that are celebrating their holiday today - and some still waiting due to the ineptness of the power company. (again - I could rant all day). My mother in laws neighborhood is just one of many still cold, dark, and suffering from more than cold - but water back up, frozen pipes, radiator leakage, food spoilage and more.... we did what we could to help my MIL yesterday - but until the power returns, we won't know the extent of the 50+ year old steam heat (water based) furnace damage.
Through it all, though, there are many, many stories of survival. Of helpful neighbors. And strangers. A quote that I posted on Facebook the other day really says it all:
"Tough times never last, but tough people do." ~Robert H. Schuller
Along with all the ice, and about 3 inches of snow on top of it, came much, much beauty to behold as well. This is a photo taken by my niece, Rachel - www.racheldawnphotography.com of the trees in the back of the horse pasture at my brother in laws place... serene. quiet. beauty.
It's been a crazy end to a crazy mixed up year; but through it all - the beading continues - along with the plans. I have decided that until I come up with a BETTER plan - the Etsy shop will have to do for jewelry sales. So look for the announcement, and a new look to the shop (still using the name shescool on Etsy) sometime in January. I'm also hard at work on NEW gallery pieces for The Shiawassee Art Center in Owosso. Although they too were without power for a few days - the sales for the holiday season were great, I sold a few things, AND - most importantly - THEY LIKE ME! THEY REALLY REALLY LIKE ME! and have asked me to return again for another 3 month gig starting next weekend!
SO - here's sneak peek just for blog readers of a couple pieces heading their way:
I am SOOOOO looking forward to 2014. I have a feeling it's going to be a great one - it almost has to be! 2013 will be seriously EASY to top, and I for one am glad there are only 4 days left of it!
Have a wonderful rest of YOUR year, and see you again in '14!
Happy New Year!
And as always - Peaceful beading,