Monday, January 08, 2007

Dear Friends,

What a whirlwind holiday it has been for us. First of all, our computer crashed, thus setting us back in our work and causing us to lose a few files. Ugh! What a nuissance! Never happened to us before. Back up all your files, folks. We keep excellent hard copy files, so we really didn't lose anything but our own time. That's a blessing.

Because of the interruption, we are late with our January newsletter. Please forgive. The good news is that you will have the January 2007 newsletter very soon, hopefully in the next week. Thanks for your patience.

Hope you all had a jolly Christmas and Channukah. Despite the computer problem, we had a great time with friends and family. Christmas Eve is the big event in our household. We get together in a large group, sing and carry on and eat a lot. The kids open gifts from family members on Christmas Eve, and Santa comes when the kids go to sleep.

Dear old Santa leaves even more gifts from Mom and Dad. Wouldn't it be great to be a kid again? I'll never forgive my friend Gail Morris for telling me there is no Santa Claus. Didn't have any affect on me. I'm a grown up who believes in Santa.

We spent a quiet Christmas day with our New Hampshire nieces. We stayed in our nightgowns, ate comfort food and made glittery ornaments. We have a collection of beads, rhinestones, ribbons, feathers, cords, sequins, appliques. You name it, we have it, and we get very creative together every year. My nieces are extraordinarily prolific and inventive. I recommend ornament making parties with friends and family. Everybody just loves it.

We have big plans for Shopsicle this year. We'll probably have some spin off websites and some other surprises. So stay tuned.

Karen and I wish you all a healthy and prosperous new year.

Meanwhile my best to all of you, As ever, Joan


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