A very Happy Holiday to one and all!

After my recent rant on the downside of gift exchanges, I wanted to publicly announce my gratitude to Jill West, my Diabetes OC "Secret Santa" this year, who went all-out to make it special:




She blew me away with a full collection of "romantic evening" items, including crystal candlesticks, a set of glasses, a wine opener and purty sequined wine-bottle cover, and 2 romantic music CDs; a keepsake box with slots for family photos; plus a generous sampling of her homemade beaded jewelry and more!




Jill made the wine charms herself. I'm still not sure how she managed to safely ship all that glass.




"When Kacey (8 years old) was diagnosed, I had no way to vent my feelings and so I would sit up for hours at night and bead jewelry," Jill writes to me. "I decided that all the stuff I made would be sold and 100% of the profits would be given to JDRF for the Diabetes Sweeties team."







THANK YOU, JILL! Maintaing HOPE is so central to living with this blasted illness.




Everyone: Please visit Kacey West's JDRF fundraising site HERE; even though the walk is over, you can still donate any time.

Enjoy your time off, All.

See you all back here on Monday, for the announcement of our HOLIDAY SURVIVAL SWEEPSTAKES GRAND PRIZE WINNERS!

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