January means a fresh start, a new year.
While many set resolutions we stop to reflect on what we have and how grateful we are.
As we change our pug calendar to a new year and month, we think how it feels that time goes by so very fast.
(a calendar we bought with the help of blogging friends)
The one project to do, that was planned for the new year, was to take all the items from the "Pug Shelves" and place them into a book.
As we start in on the project we stop and consider what it is we have in front of us.....
Tokens of friendship from a community of bloggers.
People we have never met in person but have created friendships with.
Grateful - for us, we are grateful for these friends and what they mean to us.
As we place each item into the book we pause to reflect how each person we came to know and how they have changed our lives.
Then we stop at one in particular.
Just minutes before completing the book we received devastating news.
Our friend Stubby passed away today.
We have never met face to face but we had created a long distance friendship.
He and Michele inspired us to create The Green Stubby reports in his honour.
We are deeply saddened by the news. No one can live forever.... we all know that but when the time comes it is still so very shocking and sad.
In our time of blogging we have experienced several losses.
All friends made through our blog community.
Many who have a token in our book.
As we complete the book we close the cover.
We contemplate for a while of the people we have met. How they have touched our lives.
Grateful for our friendships and for new ones yet to be made.