The year Two Thousand and Twelve for the most part is over. The earth is still here, the utilities are still on, the government is still functioning (though barely) and I still have a job. I’m so glad this year is over.
It has been a rough year all around the world. Any issues I have are pale in comparison to those still out of work, those facing death and destruction every day. We had friends who battle with cancer and other serious illness. Many in the country have lost their homes to nature or the bank, and those mourning the senseless death of a husband, wife, a child in grade school or a movie. I must admit I feel very guilty and selfish at times when I lament my troubles in the light of these events, but still I say I’m glad to look back at 2012 as a bad memory fighting hard to forget it.
My new reality for 2013; we are tightening up the belt quite a bit. I’ve not done the best with managing my resources and the loss of income due to my not producing much this year and my home situation hit us hard. But despite the big adjustment we much do, I am still going forward with ventures I put off in 2012. Cat toy line still in development, but I am going forward. I didn’t do much of any fiber commissions in 2012, but as you know CCn’Y is going back to being a fiber driven blog again and I am still going forward with the naked kidz being primarily on Naked and Hungry blog. Working hard for those sponsor dollars and if you live in the Washington DC area you will see the naked kidz out more in the community. We are working with what we have and we are still going forward
We are looking to move to different digs as soon as we can find a suitable place. Trying to stay in my present neighborhood, but that may not be feasible. I’m working hard to get a new position and promotion to help that effort. Anyplace we end up will be made better by sticking together.
A better diet and more exercise go without saying.
The new reality for the Kidz; I have three cats, all with specific dietary needs. No longer can I buy my cat food as one type fits all. Moshe Moshi has allergies that present as IBS in his system. Jake is toothless and needs more and better nutrition to maintain healthy weight and not further damage his gums. Maus has Kidney Disease. We almost lost our little angel to it, but she fought to stay with me and her brothers. Along with medication, diet and fluids we can still have her with us with much hope for years to come. I’ll be looking for some creative ways to budget for their food and medication, but their being here with me makes the struggle worth the effort. I’ll be writing about food budget and how I’m managing their condition on their blog.
We know we are going to BlogPaws in Virginia in May. We are working on going to BarkWorld in Hot-Lanta in August (Pretty sure we will). BlogHer is in Chicago which is not a problem, but it came too close in between the other two so we will skip it and try for 2014. If we get the cat toys and fiber productions up and going we may try for Crafty Bastards in 2013. We are certain we will have the Etsy store up and running just in time for December holiday fun.
You get to a pint in your life where you get tired of talking about the possibilities. We’ve been on a downward spiral that slowly spun in 2011 and just hurled out of control in 2012. One can only operate on words for so long before you begin to doubt yourself and the belief that you can follow through with what you say needs to happen. I find myself at that point now, not that the events didn’t hamper my progress, but rather seeing this as a pattern too often repeated in other areas of my life. Success is not an accident and failure is not always a bad thing. I just don’t want to be one of those people who allows fear to defeat their dreams. Sink or swim I’m going forward.
We thank all of our readers, friends and visitors who have continued to come back to the site to find out what’s happening here at Coffee, Cats n’ Yarn. We look forward to sharing more of our life with you in 2013. We wish you all a happy and healthy and successful 2013.