The holidays have passed, and with them the hectic end-of-year schedules of house visits, holiday parties, traffic jams on all the roads around my quiet little dead-end street, and frantic shopping. A combination of events - the usual holiday preparations and family stuff, as well as having to rotate shifts at work and a few small household emergencies - kept me mostly away from blogging during December.
Things are starting to unwind a little now and there's finally some time to get back at the keyboard for a few hours every day. Hooray! I've got quite a backlog of stuff to post (photos and article ideas have been piling up all month - even though I haven't been posting, I've never stopped gathering material) so I hope you can get back into the habit of checking in now and again.
Special thanks to Michele at Life, Lightly Salted for taking the time from her own busy holiday rush to drop a line to see if everything was OK. [tips hat towards the Jersey shore]