2016 has been a hard year to love. It started out beautifully with trips to the States to visit family and then a lovely jaunt to Paris to spend time with my niece. The rainy winter finally gave way to a warm, sunshiny summer. After that, though, it's been pretty much downhill. World events and national politics along with the loss of so many creative, talented celebrities and friends have conspired to make me feel as if I'm limping to the finish line. The world needs a big hug and my arms are just too short to help out. I'm not sorry to see 2016 draw to a close. I have high hopes for 2017!