"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is.
Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!"--Tasha Tudor



Monday, February 10, 2014

A look back

Hello Blog. I know I have not been here as of late. I hope you will forgive me as I try to ease my way back. I think losing my dear sweet Bailey over a year ago knocked the wind out of my blogging sails. She lived well past 16 years old, but was truly my heart dog. My model, my muse. My friend. Bailey Braveheart By The Sea, CGC, Herding Instinct Tested. Even though I feel her presence around me all the time, I miss her. It hit so hard I couldn't even do a post about her passing. But not to pay tribute to her here would be wrong, even though so much time has passed. So please raise a glass to the best dog any girl could ever have! Loyal and true, friend forever faithful, champion of my heart.

A more recent loss was my dear friend Barb. This hit me like a bullet to the heart. Barb lived her life in serious pain but you would never know it. She never complained. She was a lady. Truly a lady in every sense of the word. Beautiful inside and out. And funny! Oh my dear God, would we laugh for hours until our sides and faces hurt. She really 'got' me. She understood my silly sense of humor. She knew what I was feeling before the words even came out of my mouth. She loved everyone. And I miss her. A lot.

Barb loved Bailey. When she was visiting her in Cape Cod, Bailey would follow Barb around. Bailey knew Barb always had dog treats in her bag on her power chair. Even though Bailey was moving pretty slowly toward the end, she would still find the strength to get up and follow her around. Barb also loved reading my blog. She cracked me up because every time she needed to find it she would say "Tell me how to get there again?" Well now it is my turn, asking "Tell me how to get there, again." How do I pick up from where I left off and share the stuff that I love, my artwork, things that strike my fancy, when the gears have come to a slow grind? Barb would say "Oh Cathy, just do it!" So in her honor and in Bailey's honor I am going to start again. If anyone is still here to read, I am here to share. What is a blog anyway? For me, looking back on this blog it is like a personal diary. Except it is for the whole world to see. I love being able to share my love of Corgis, stuff I'm doing and my artwork with you and get your feedback. It means a lot to me. Life is precious. Life is short. Life should be lived as if someone left the gate open. This Corgi lifestyle is truly my bliss. And it really is a lifestyle because anyone with Corgis knows they are truly a huge presence in your life. I hope you will find some tidbits here that bring glimmers of joy and inspiration to your day too! I am going to start by uploading a bunch of photos from last Summer onward from my phone. No captions. Just a tiny glimpse of what I saw and did these past months while here on Seaside Heights in New Jersey and a few other things.Well, the things that my phone captured, anyway! Mostly happy, a few sad (fire on the boardwalk) Have a happy day, my lovelies! xo xo Love, Cat







































God bless and have a happy day!

8 comments:

Cathy said...

Good to see you back! I love hearing about your Corgis; I have two of my own.

Boodoggy said...

Thank you for coming back to us. It takes time for feelings of profound loss to evolve into a celebration of friendships past... two legged and four legged friends alike... Thank you for sharing these two friends with us. xoxo

Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

Thank you, Cathy! :)

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Cat I love your lightened hair! Very flattering. Love to see a post from you again too. It's been a long time, and you've had some hurts along the way. Corgi licks help...take care m'dear. Good seeing you back. Live life as if someone left the gate open is a fantastic way to think about life. I'm gonna give it a whirl.

Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

Thank you Boo & Mama! xxoo

Redwood Corgi said...

I'm so glad to see you back. I checked for updates monthly and smiled this past week. Can't wait to check out your easy store.

Corgi kisses from the Redwood Coast

Sylvia and Timmy

Redwood Corgi said...

I'm so glad to see you back. I checked for updates monthly and smiled this past week. Can't wait to check out your easy store.

Corgi kisses from the Redwood Coast

Sylvia and Timmy

Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

Thank you Sylvia & Timmy ! xxoo