To all of you who have persevered and have continued to check in, I thank you. And, my sincerest apologies to ALL of my readers for my long absence. The last 9 months have been some of the worst of my life and writing has been emotionally impossible for me. Some of you know I lost my mother in August and, as if that were not enough, her house was immersed in soot from a collapsed chimney in September. I have been dealing with so many things, including the economic impact on my business and trying to keep a roof over my head. But it is time for me to try and emerge, return to life and to my business and to generate the creativity that is Bridal Affairs. I appreciate my readers and I look forward to springing into action as the snow melts and the flowers emerge from the earth.