Happy New Year!

Wednesday Dec 31, 2008

Today is the last day of 2008, and it’s a very cold crisp day.  I know this because I just slipped out in my pjs and coat to pick up the recycle that fell off the snow bank onto the road!  What a mess… I hope they come by to pick it up soon.  Blue boxes really should have lids.

Anyway, lots of snow fell during the night, and it’s a winter wonderland out there once again.  Yesterday it looked more like March.  The sidewalks were bare & grass showing through.  Snow looks nice… but I’ve already had enough of it.  Sadly there’s about 3.5 more months of it… hopefully less.

Thinking back on the year I’ve got a lot to be grateful for.  For my health, I only recall being sick once.  I rarely think about my health, but this year both my Dad and Sister were being treated for cancer which was a reminder for me.  On that note, both Dad and Kathy are on their way to recovery… another thing I’m truly grateful for.  And though it seemed a little patchy in places, I mostly had a lot of work to keep me busy & paying bills.  And the work I was given was different and interesting for me too.  I learned quite a bit from it.  I need to update my design website with this new stuff.  About 95% of the work I did this year was graphic design work.  I only illustrated a handful of cards this year and my biggest project was another children’s book for Pemmican Publications.  {I hope that 2009 brings more illustration work my way… maybe 75% illustration work & 25% design work.  I really enjoy doing both.}

2008 marked my 40th year that was celebrated in June.  My little brother got married that same day… so it was quite an occasion for the family.  On the Sunday following, Michael & the kids gave me a surprise birthday party the day with a bunch of close friends.  That was wonderful.  Some of them I hadn’t seen in YEARS!!!!

I got to visit again with Mitch in California, and that was a fun week.  He and I finally published our picture book project, “Michael and the Purple Cows” book with lulu.com.  That was quite the process, and it has got me thinking about “Maude and the Glasses” again.  Maybe I’ll publish “Maude and the Glasses” through lulu.com this year.

Yes, 2008 wasn’t a bad year… I’m excited to see what unfolds for me in 2009.

I wish everyone all the best in 2009.  May all your hopes and dreams come true.

Lots of love,


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