To the wonderful people who have been on board with me (and the WHOSIEPIE) over the years, I am very, very grateful for you!!! I have been so fortunate in this lifetime and am overwhelmed by the amazing people that I am surrounded by, consistently. I wish everyone a peaceful and safe Thanksgiving. And am sending extra love to you people that are far...
And Bri - Happy Thanky-king, my little stick figure pilgrim carved on the back of the wooden furniture - wish you could be here. Send pictures of your new cat.
Thank you SOOOOO much!
You are such a dreamfriend.
You are so kind and generous.
They are perfect.
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