January 12, 2007

Happy New Year 2007 - Ali B is Back!!

Hi Everyone,

I would firstly like to thank everyone who has e-mailed me and blogged me with comments to say that they miss me and have been concerned. I really really really appreciate everyone's love, thoughts, kindness and friendship. I am so sorry you had to worry about me, I never forgot my blog or you and just knew you would be there for me for as long as it took for me to get back to you. Let me explain my absence because I need to tell you about it .....

As you can imagine, after losing my DH in May, Christmas and the Holiday Season was bound to be difficult and sad for me and also not forgetting the family and our friends. It was far harder than I could ever have imagined it would be, if I am honest with you. I started to feel very down about the impending holiday season around November (hence the rather large gap in the Blog) and lost all motivation to stitch or blog, as I felt I would not be able to be honest on-line about how difficult it was becoming for me, and it was not easy for me to admit that at the time. Also, when everyone around me was feeling happy, it sort of made me more blue because I wanted to be happy too, but my heart has been aching without my DH. I know you will understand that .....

Dearest San I would like to thank you through the lines of this blog for the amazing friendship we have - you were there for me when I needed you most, and we had a wonderful time together just before you left for Lille for the Christmas holidays. I have been thinking of you all the time and have been hoping you were enjoying time with DBF and the family. I loved your gifties, you spoiled me and I hope you liked the small treasures I made.

I am now feeling very positive in the New Year with all the wonderful challenges ahead, Margaret I will be e-mailing you today and we need to organise our first 'virtual' SAL for the Margaret Sherry Project - thank you for keeping in touch so wonderfully over the holidays with your supportive e-mails - it meant so much to me.

Isabelle, you are just a treasure, a warm hearted girl and loving friend and thank you for caring so much for me - I care back!

Nela, no se como puedo agradecerte los mensajes tan lindos y tiernos en mi grabador de telefono para la Navidad y el ano nuevo, te envio un abrazo muy muy fuerte - I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful sweet messages you left me on my answerphone for Christmas and the New Year - please accept a (((big hug))) that I am sending you now.

Thank you, RosieKiwi, for sending me the lovely Christmas Ornies magazine, its wonderful and I will definitely be fully motivated in the coming year to make loads of great danglies for the Christmas Tree for 2007! Don't forget my offer of any little gifties through 2007 and beyond, I will be delighted to oblige :-)

To everyone, you are just the BEST, the finest gang of friends I could wish for, and I am so happy to be back on-line again. My DH, Michael, knew I ran this blog and loved the fact that I am so keen on my Crafting. He will be smiling up on his cloud at the way you have stood by me over the past 6 difficult months and is wishing you all well. I will be posting a few photos for you in the coming days, so bear with me as I get back into the swing. I will be dropping on by to your blogs little by little and will leave you some messages of love of my own, so Watch Your Blog :-))))

With warm and fondest wishes
All the very best for 2007 - let's make it the best XS/Crafting year ever!!!

Your friend always,
Alison ("Ali-B") xxxxx

18 comments:

Isabelle said...

Oh Ali - thank you, thank you so much for posting. You were in my thoughts over Christmas, I imagined how incredibly hard it must be for you... ((((hugs)))) I am relieved to see you are back and ready to start a new year positively. Lots of love from a sunny Paris! Well it was all cloudy this morning, but literally as I was reading your blog the sun came through! :)

Isabelle said...

Oh, I just got your message :) you were writing on my blog just as I was writing on yours :) (((Ali)))

Lili said...

Hi Ali!
Like Isabelle, I am so delighted to see you back. I have kept checking, and taking some news from San. So I want you to know that, even if you hadn't left a comment on my blog today, I would have found your post tonight.
I can imagine how painful things have been for you, and my thoughts have always been with you. They will be throughout this year too, and if I don't think I can honestly wish you a happy new year, I want to wish you a lot of happy moments for 2007. If you add up all these, that could be a definition of happiness?
Lots of love my friend.

Von said...

Ali, what a dear heart you are, it's so good to see you back again and that in the New Year your sunny disposition has once again emerged. Lots of hugs and best wishes for a wonderful 2007. :)

BlissxStitches said...

"Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!" I wish for you love, happiness & laughter in 2007. It's good to see you back.

Katrina said...

Hi Ali, thanks for the post at my blog, my thoughts are with you and please know that I'm sending you some kiwi sunshine your way, lol.

Take care, and I'll be back to visit soon.

Katrina in NZ

Name: Vicki said...

I'm really glad you are back. I have read your blog for a long time, and in November, I finally set up a blog of my own. I hope you will drop by mine. I know exactly what you were going through during the holidays. Two years ago this March my 18-year-old son died in an auto accident. Then 10 months later my father died due to injuries from a fall.He went into the hospital 1 day after Christmas 2005. The last 2 Christmases have been tough. I will remember you in my prayers!

Nelapx said...

ayyy yo me senti triste... queria deseartelo mis mejores deseos en persona, y te cuneto. no estaba seguro si era tu telefono... por que el mensaje de la contetadora tiene una dulce voz.. y yo no entendia nada de lo que decia... la primera vez me quede... en blanco.. no sabia que decir.. solo dije feliz navidad es nela... el año nuevo fue igual llame justo a la 12 o 1 am... y cuando oigo de nuevo quede ayyy ayyy... bueno solo creo dije feliz año... pero que la intecion era conversar un ratito contigo... pero me imagino estbas en casa de tus padres... te he extrañado... entiendo que te ausentaras... pero por lo menos escribe para decir que te sinetes tristes... asi puedo saber que existes..
ayyy cuanto desearia poder yo darte un gran abrazo en persona....
ahora me debes 2 abrazos... por que la semana pasada fue mi cumpleaños...
jajajjaja
bueno un gran beso... y no te pierdasssssss... por favor...
por que en vez de hacer los 12 dias no hacen tu y margaret los horoscopos, asi si me uno con ganassss es que son gatos...
aun me debes como quedo el cuarto... quiero ver como quedo la remodelacion...

June said...

Ali, I was so glad to read your blog today, you were very much missed. You have had a very tough time and we all feel for you and hope that this year will bring you much happiness. I look forward to seeing what you stitch in 2007 and glad that you have such a good friend as San.

MadebyMe said...

I'm glad you come back. We miss you and your postages a LOT!!!!
Please keep smiling! Sweet kisses from Portugal ****

Mayté said...

Ali, i'm late but I want to wish you a very productive 2007. I was thinking on you along the holidays but I was out the town.

I'm glad to see you postin again :)

Stitch or no stitch said...

Dear Alison, it is so wonderful to have you back posting. You are one of my first stops each morning and I always look forward to your latest news. Of course I fully understand why you didn't feel up to blogging during this very difficult first Christmas without your beloved Mike and my thoughts were often with you.
My hope & prayer for you is a Happy 2007.
{{{Hugs}}}, Margaret

Carto said...

Hello my sweet!

I have been thinking of you lots over the last few months. I wasn't sure if leaving a message would make you feel better or even worse, so I decided against it. I hope that hasn't upset you. I wasn't looking forward to Christmas and New Year either, but I got through it thanks to the love of my family and friends - I didn't fair too bad - I'm still here and looking forward instead of dwelling on things. I can't even compare my situation to yours, as I think mine pales into insignificance, but you've been in my thoughts and prayers. Welcome back to the fold my lovely - we've missed you! xxx :)

Aysezhu said...

I'm glad to see you here again. I whish the New Year come plenty of wonderful moments.

Gemma

Anonymous said...

Great to read that you are back! Ann.

Stitch said...

Hi Ali! I'm so glad to see you back online! You were in my thoughts and prayers during the holidays! :) I do hope that they were alright for you though I do understand how hard it must have been with hubby not being there. :( *BIG HUGS* I've missed you!!

Have a great day!

X Stitch X

Isabelle said...

Hi Ali... Just wanted to send you hugs and smiles!! :)

Lili said...

Hi Ali!
Like Isabelle: just wanted to say I think of you...
Hugs!