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Tuesday, December 9, 2014





Hi everyone. Apologies for my recent low profile. This time of year is not my favorite, for a number of reasons. The past few weeks have been particularly intense and challenging, part of an ongoing stretch that has been the most intense period of my life. 

So much has happened, both good and not-so-good. On balance, it is definitely more on the positive side... but it's been an up and down ride. 

Truthfully, it's been a bit down the past few weeks. I prefer not to go into details, for personal reasons. I can say that I am proud of the progress as I have made in the past 6-7 weeks. That said... that kind of progress doesn't always come without heartache and pain.

I owe a heartfelt thank you to my fellow blogstress April, who was there for me, literally within moments, after a very traumatic experience. She came through in a major way. She understood exactly how I felt; she was able to help me put it in perspective. I will always be grateful to her for that. I love you, hon.

I plan to post again later this week in what I am fairly confident will be a more upbeat post. I have some news I have been wanting to share for some time, and this is the time to do so. I promise I'll try not to be so scarce as we move forward.

Finally, I want to thank Nadine, of Nadine's Spirit, who reached out to me today just to check in. That was a very kind gesture, and is what prompted me to post tonight, on an evening when I ordinarily would not have. Thank you.

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I posted a few recent pictures just to show that all hasn't been doom and gloom here. My makeup skills are slowly evolving - bearing in mind, of course, that there was, and is, ample room for improvement. :) Kidding aside, I keep working at them, even when I am feeling less than chipper. It's important to have a positive focus at those times, even if it's just practicing makeup.

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While the season is difficult, I still love Christmas music. Here are a few Christmas instrumentals to round things out.

Toronto's Bruce Cockburn:


Also from Toronto, Barenaked Ladies:


New Hampshire's Ed Gerhard, who has released two gorgeous acoustic guitar Christmas albums:



Hope you found these soothing...

7 comments:

Halle on December 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM said...

You had a few of us concerned it seems. Thanks for the update.

Calie on December 11, 2014 at 1:44 AM said...

Good to hear from you, Cass Girl! As with Halle, I too, have been worried about you.

Ruby Hizenberg on December 12, 2014 at 6:50 AM said...

Those pictures are of someone who is really finding herself. Hang in there, the ride often has a few bumps...

Abigale on December 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM said...

Hug time

Cassidy on December 14, 2014 at 4:38 PM said...

Thank you, all. :c)

Hugs,
Cass

LL Cool Joe on December 24, 2014 at 11:01 AM said...

Pretty in Pink!

Cassidy on December 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM said...

Thank you, Joey. :#)

Unfortunately, that sweatshirt is much too big for me now. My running has resulted in a wardrobe that in most cases hangs off of me. I'm holding off on replacing anything until I get to my target weight, which should be another couple of months. Fingers crossed that we have a decent winter for a change so I can continue my running...

Thank you again, Joey, and I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

Hugs,
Cass

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