As many of you know, my mother passed away peacefully this morning. She courageously fought a battle with cancer for more than 20 years, and while she lost the battle for her life, she won the hearts and spirits of many people along the way. She died a good death—at home, surrounded by family, with minimal intervention from doctors. But a death is a death all the same, and even after a good, long life well lived (she was 81), there is grieving to be done, and daughterly things that need to be attended to.
So I’m signing off for two weeks. I’m going to try to pull Christmas out of a hat for my kids. I’m going to gather my memories and cherish them while they are still fresh, and I am going to rest and prepare for a new year, which I hope and pray will be better than the last one…for all of us.
So, dear readers, I wish you a very happy holiday and a healthy and happy New Year. I’ll be back in 2010 with a fresh list of resolutions, more recipes, and the occasional tirade. I totally appreciate all your comments and your support, and look forward to starting a new year.
Until then, thank you!