PatternReview no longer fills my need to talk sewing. It is so large now and I am disenchanted with the censorship. I understand why, but miss the vital conversations which were so interesting. I stop in each day and spend perhaps 15 minutes now.
Facebook has some value to me as I can use it to quickly scan the major political headlines and check in with some private groups to see what others are doing with sewing, art or horses. I cut my time there by 75%.
My blog goes quiet from time to time, and this recent hiatus allowed me to reconnect with my writer's voice. For me, my blog is not about my accomplishments, but about my life. Sewing, art, horses, dogs, politics, cooking, friends, family, books and movies all add to the mix here.
Let me introduce a new member of my family:
Griffin (AKA Griff)
Griff is 1 year 2 months old and is from the Pima Co. Animal Shelter. He is probably boxer/pit bull-2 breeds known for being good family dogs and quite tenacious. I have had terriers for years so the obsessive tenacity (lizard!) is familiar. Griff is 50 lbs right now and I expect him to gain maybe 10 more as he fills out. He is super quiet:
and is very interested in people and people's stuff:
He is one of those special dogs who are sweet as pie, and love all people and other dogs. In that, he is a perfect match for big Nick, who is also sweet as pie.
Griff has helped Ross and I manage our sadness in losing little Nick. Little Nick was slowly giving up parts of his life and when he stopped wanting to walk, we knew it was time. He was with us for 14 years and is now resting without pain.