Happy holidays and happy snow days! I hope the east coast appreciated the slightly-late White Christmas I wished for and delivered this past weekend.
Oh and yes, so—guess what? I opened an Etsy shop in December and neglected to mention it here until after Christmas. Oh bother. If you’re a Facebook friend or follower, you already knew. But here’s the skinny:
Items sold in my store may not only make your eyes and ears happy, but they also benefit some one or some dog in need. Right now I’m selling “Sing Me to Sleep” signed prints and CD bundles for The Valerie Fund, “Owl Dream” prints for Tri-State Bird Rescue, and water bottles and pet portraits for my beagle, Maggie. Over the past few years, Maggie developed secondary glaucoma in her right eye which has damaged her cornea and causes her constant pain and discomfort, varying in intensity from day to day. The only way to stop this fluctuating inflammation permanently is to remove the eye. There are two options here—to stitch the lid closed, or to insert a false eye. As difficult as it is for me to imagine Maggie in a never-ending wink, the first is my chosen path, as it’s less expensive but 100% effective. Unfortunately, this is an unexpected expense that will over-deplete my recession-red resources.
If you love dogs, love beagles, love me or love Maggie, please consider purchasing a bottle or portrait to help Maggie receive the care and relief she needs. My girl has not been herself since this year-long optical journey began.
Maggie will be posting her ocular progress on her newly revived blog (coming very soon). If you were a reader of “Me, Maggie” back in the day (circa 2004 – 2006), you can dust off her bookmark. She’s definitely ready to give out more puppy licks.
Happy New Year. Let’s make it a good one.