My life changed dramatically and forever when I lost TJ.

I welcome you to follow along as I adjust to my "new normal".

It is not all puppies and ice cream but it is my life....real and honest.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas 2009 aka My First Christmas In 16 Years Without TJ

TJ and I quit exchanging Christmas presents years ago so my Christmas morning started out quite normal....with the dogs opening their Christmas presents.

I then went to a friend's home for a wonderful prime rib Christmas dinner. The food was great but the conversation among friends was even better.
Even my friend's dog, Tank, found the treats to be almost irresistible. He is a very well behaved guy so he managed to restrain himself.
Poor little Skeeter, unlike Tank, has to be picked up to get a sneak peek at the fantastic food. I really think he is asking for just a little bite in this picture.

All in all it was a great day and really made me feel blessed to have such wonderful and caring friends. Another "first" behind me and without much struggle at all. Having said that though, I really missed TJ on Christmas and all day long I had memories of the times we spent Christmas down at "The Shack" or "Love Shack" as TJ preferred to call it. Those were the most special of times and really the best times I had at Christmas ever and I don't think another Christmas could hold a candle to waking up in the shack with TJ by my side ready to spend an entire day together.....just him and I....and how we so loved each other's company.

Merry Christmas TJ !


  1. Sandy, I'm in the Big Smoke for a week - with broadband, so can open your blog. It just doesn't happen at home most of the time, rural dial ups give a new meaning to s..l..o..w and it usually times out. Glad to hear you had a good Christmas and are doing so fine.

  2. Sandy, I'm so happy you had a nice Christmas with friends. Nothing will replace what you and TJ had but at least the memories bring comfort.

    Love the photo of your dogs opening their gifts. So cute.

    Have a happy new year.

  3. Sandy I've left a comment on my blog regarding Ron's Road To Recovery. There is an issue with blogspot because I too am not getting the updates but I know there are updates.

    Come by and have a read.

  4. Sandy...great to have wonderful friends who are there for you during difficult times. You are very blessed indeed.
    Love the song today about "Friends"'s so very true.
    Wonderful pictures of your dogs as well...take care now!

  5. hey I liked your blog. It was interesting to read :) well done xx


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