|The frog pond, on its way to becoming a meadow.|
I started this blog as a way to help me stay connected with the store when I wasn't there. I thought that customers would read it. As it turns out, only one customer ever mentioned it to me. Instead, something unexpected happened--I found you. You kept me company through my ups and downs, provided encouragement, support, and friendship. You, the people who comment here regularly, are all around the world--mostly from outside the U.S. (which is sort of interesting). You have entertained me with your own blogs and help me feel connected to a larger world than the one I inhabit. I started the store as a distraction from grief--and it was a lot of fun. The best thing that came from it is the people I met, and friends I made--in "real" life, and here. I tend to be reclusive, and don't make friends easily, so this was a real gift. I deeply appreciate all your kind words and good wishes when I wrote that I had spent my last days in the store (selling--there's still cleanup to do...).