Deep breath

My father passed away peacefully early Monday morning. I am grateful I could be with him in his final days.

To customers waiting on orders, I thank you for your patience.

To customers waiting for new items to be stocked, I hope to fulfill your desires soon!

In the meantime, please understand that I am working with my family to put together a memorial service, run a business, help my kids with their homework, and arrange my first birthday party since high school.

I will be 37 on Saturday… and honestly never expected twenty years ago that things would have gone the way they did. Never planned to be a single parent, never planned to lose both parents so soon, never knew I’d find so many amazing and wonderful friends as I have in the past year, but life is full of curve balls. Some are better than others of course, and I’ll take them all as they come.

I love autumn and I love apples. Yesterday I stood up in the branches of the apple tree in our yard and picked a few little greenies for a gluten-free apple crumble. There’s nothing like being surrounded by ripening fruit, green leaves, thieving squirrels, and late summer breezes. I wish the same joy for you today. Find a little peace in your surroundings, and savor it. You’ll be glad you did.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa says:

    Beautiful. You sound just fine.

  2. Andrea says:

    You’re beautiful, Carol. Thank you for sharing such refreshing sentiment.

  3. Karen says:

    Carol…my best wishes to you for a “better” year ahead.

  4. So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. My condolences to you. May your birthday tomorrow be joyous. (psst.. we’re bday twins!)

  5. Zaius Nation says:

    Happy birthday, Carol Ziogas! I like apple crumble too. ;o)

  6. Katie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss but I am glad that it was peaceful.

    I hope you have a pleasant birthday and my thoughts are with you.

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