Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thank You

I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your outpouring of empathy and support over the post on Cole.  Reading all of your comments was so emotional as I was overwhelmed with your kindness.
It's been a very rough, painful week, but I'm slowly starting to feel better.

In spite of everything, I still managed to have a good time in Columbus with my friend Suzanne. I want to thank her for her understanding as I definitely wasn't at the top of my game socially, emotionally, or physically.  However, we still got in some fabulous shopping (is anyone surprised? ;) and I'll be sharing more of that in a future post.

Meanwhile, I want to give a HUGE thank you to 2 people.  First of all, to Kris from Junk Chic Cottage.
Kris and I started blogging around the same time, and as soon as we 'found' each other we had an immediate connection.  That connection has developed over the past year through daily emails, numerous texts and phone calls and even meeting in person this past June.  She has become a dear friend, so I texted her to tell her about Cole, and within days I received an incredible package from her to cheer me up!

How thoughtful is that!  I couldn't believe that she found a no. 3 basket!  Those of you who have followed me for awhile may have noticed that 3 is my favorite number!  She had the basket filled with goodies...a soothing CD, the latest edition of Shabbilicious Magazine (which is amazing, btw!), this adorable tin filled with greenery...

...which I placed inside of my chippy frame in the hallway...

...a couple of sweet little white pumpkins (the 2 on the trophies)...

...and a stack of postcards with fun pictures of wonderful 'junk'...

...of which I placed a few on my chicken wire window...

And back to that fun basket...

It has a new home on a little bench by our couch.  I simply added a couple of topiaries to it, and placed it next to a fun pumpkin I just got at one of the cutest shops, Georgie Emerson Vintage.

I just love everything-it really brightened my day receiving this package! So a big heartfelt thank you to Kris for being so incredibly thoughtful during this sad time!!

The second person I want to thank is my mom.  She is my closest friend and always knows just how to make me feel better when I'm down.  She came over one day to cheer me up, bearing my favorite gourmet salty caramels and these sweet little things she knew I would love...

Aren't these mugs and spoons the cutest??

I know that I can use them, but I love the way they look like this, so I think I'll keep them displayed for awhile.
I just wanted to share these thoughtful sweet surprises that were the little bright spots in my otherwise sad week.

Thank you also to my hubby for being by my side through all of the depressing details, to my dad  (he knows for what), to my local friends who consoled me, to Pam at Moments Like These who sent me a fun package of goodies for no reason (on the very day that I had to say goodbye to Cole-and she didn't even know)  and for all of you, my blogging friends!  I cherish  your comments and compassion!
On to brighter, happier things in my next post as I recap my Country Living adventure...until then, have a wonderful day! :)


  1. So much lovely thoughtfulness from friends and family!!
    Mary Alice

  2. What a sweet surprise from dear friends and family! Hope you are enjoying your weekend away.

  3. Such a sweet gift to lift your spirits. Your framed "junk" wall bucket is pretty ;-)

  4. How wonderful to have such great friends and family. Hang in there things will be better - time heals.
    Have a better week,.

  5. Lovely things. Love the basket and the trophies. Glad you liked your things I sent. It's fun sending gifts through the mail..

  6. such sweet friends! so good to see you sweet girls after way too long!! maybe CL Fair was at just the right time to provide you with a little pick-me-up!

  7. good to hear that you are on the mend.

  8. Ya just gotta love that Kris. I adore her and wish we lived closer. I think we would get in a lot of mean...have a really great time together. (along with you-if you promise to behave). Your Mom's gift is beautiful, too.

    If someone has never truly loved a pet they have no idea what it is like to lose one-the finality of that small sweet spirit not being part of your daily life anymore. I lost my Misty three years ago and I know (it is awful of me) I don't think I will ever have another kitty. I don't think I could go through that loss again. Have a wonderful night- xo Diana

  9. I am so sorry for your loss! I'm a new follower so I had to go back and read. Wow, its so encouraging to hear of all the love you received from fellow bloggers. I've met some really sweet ladies since I've started blogging. Hope you're feeling better.

  10. So sorry about your kitty - it's hard when thing happen so suddenly like that :(
    I can't wait to see what you purchased at the CL Fair!

  11. What a wonderful friend! I love what she sent you. Blog friends are so supportive. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  12. Our sweet Lord knows the what and when of our needs. Then He miraculously uses the right person to achieve his will. Bloggy friends are the best. I am so glad you are feeling better and I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Have a great week, Ginger

  13. What a sweet and thoughtful gift from your friend! So many lovely things in it too. Hugs, Pam

  14. Kris is certainly a very dear and thoughtful was meant to be when you found each other through the land of blogging....and how great is it to be able to call your mom your best friend...Thinking of you at this very sad time....

  15. Kris is the best. When I retired, she sent me a fantastic retirement basket out of the blue. You are so lucky that you got to meet up in person. I keep telling her that one day I will show up and then I will insist that I get to meet you also.

    Enjoy your treasures from Kris.

    I know from experience, that you will always miss Cole, so I hope each day gets easier for you.

  16. Hi Susan,
    Sorry I am late to my own thank you!!!! It has been a busy day. I am just getting to my computer. I felt so badly for you when you lost Cole so I knew this basket would help to take your mind off of losing Cole. I was excited to find the #3 basket too. I am just sorry you are having to grieve the loss of Cole so I am happy this treat brought you some smiles and hugs since I cannot be there in person. Your mom's spoons so cute. Your mom is the best. Love you girlfriend so happy you love your surprise.

  17. What great goodies from Kris and your mom! Aren't blogging sister's just the best! And of's are the best ever!!
    We thought about going to the Country Living Fair...I missed going last year too, but it is one of my favorite shows. Trying to decide if I want to go to the huge Flea Market here in town this coming weekend or go to a show that I want to check out to see if I want to do it next year.
    A few years ago...our Yorkie-Po got so sick and we had to let him go and it was such a hard thing to do. I still miss him as I know you will always miss Cole too. My heart breaks for you and I'm saying a prayer that each day gets a little easier for you.

  18. What a sweet friend to have like Kris! All your decor looks marvelous as usual, too. {The pumpkins in the trophies are my fave.} I meant to leave you a comment on the post about Cole, but I want you to know I was praying for you. I know someday you'll reunite, though this time is incredibly difficult. So sorry, girl.


  19. Don't friends just have such a wonderful way of blessing us when we need it? What sweet reminders that we are all in it together :) Glad you are doing well and got a little retail therapy in there too- xo

  20. the pumpkins in the trophies are so sweet, susan:) love the framed tin and your mom's goodies, too! have a great week!

  21. I am so glad that you are surrounded by caring family and friends! It makes a difference. Big hugs! Enjoyed the pictures, everything is lovely to look at. I always enjoy your pictures!


  22. Dear friends , your wonderful Mom & a trip to CL I hope that made you feel better !!!!
    Hugs !!!!

  23. Oh, my dear, I am so sorry....I have been off the blogsphere radar and I didn't know about Cole. She looked just like my Baby.

  24. How wonderfully thoughtful of Kris and your mom! Surprises are always nice and they are especially sweet when given from the heart when a friend is in need. Moms are true blessings and so are dear people like Kris. She really is such a caring person! I hope that the wonderful memories that you hold of Cole in your heart will brighten your days as time goes by. Take care. Hugs, Leena

  25. I am so sorry about your loss. Cole was most blessed to have had a loving and caring family.

    Blessings to you.


  26. Sorry for getting to this so late. What a very thoughtful thing Kris did, what a special friendship the two of you have, LUCKY, both of you. I am so very sorry about Cole. I know you must be having a hard time. I enjoy chatting with you and Kris so much. Hang in there and I will be thinking of you often!!!


  27. I'm so sorry about Cole. Know that just like Kris, you are loved by us all.
    Your post was just gorgeous, and filled with so many great ideas. I know how busy you are so I hope that helps.
    Big hugs,


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