Looking back over the last 12 months, a couple of things stand out. First of all, we were really busy, but in a good way. All of the effort and stress that went into trying to keep a garden and property looking nice for a September wedding during one of the driest and hottest summers ever proved to be worth every sweaty minute when the day turned out perfectly. It’s not very often one can honestly say “I wouldn’t change a thing!” Rob and Steph are happily nesting in their home in Guelph and although in a perfect world we would see them a little more often, my heart is happy knowing they are doing well and all is progressing as it should in that department.
The latter part of the year was, of course, all about the gallery, which I have already described at length. Since the success of the opening day I wish I could report that business has been brisk, but under the heading of honesty, it has actually been pretty quiet. In my head I know we shouldn’t really be surprised, it takes some time to become known, but there is always a little part of one that hopes things will be different. Not to be discouraged however, we have our work cut out for us in the new year to promote and prepare for the summer season which will be upon us before we know it. There has been quite a bit of interest from other artists who are looking for display space so we should have no trouble finding “guests” to keep a variety of products flowing through our doors and keep things fresh.
On a more personal note the end of 2012 compared to the end of 2011 are worlds apart. So much “bad stuff” happened in 2011 that we couldn’t wait to see the end of it. We came into 2012 filled with angst and uncertainty of how our lives were going to move forward. Over the course of the year we’ve made some hard thought out decisions, set some long term goals and found a welcome sense of peace. I can now think about all of the good times I shared with my animals without always slipping back into the dark place that can only remember those last horrible days. John and I are looking forward to 2013 with positive thoughts and a feeling of contentment that we have never really known before. There are still plenty of challenges ahead but we are here together, working towards a future we both want and all things considered, that is a pretty good place to be.
So, to everyone that we have met up to now and to all those we have yet to meet, we hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and we wish you the Happiest of New Years and only good things in 2013.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to drop by and visit us at Two Horse Gallery! : )