I had a whole post written up about the death of my uncle the night before last, but I'm trying to make my journal more of a lighthearted place, so I think simply mentioning it is enough. He was the last remaining link to the people who raised me, and now that he's gone, my brother and sister and I occupy the positions of elders in my family. It's unfathomable, and the rest of my life to the visible horizon feels different already.

In other news - well, not news, since my flist is far ahead of me on this front, but [livejournal.com profile] lokifan's Love Meme is busy spreading joy and providing a chance to comment with fondness and admiration to friends and vaguely familiar names you know only from this one memorable fic or that beloved piece of art. I was very touched by the sweet words people left for me, considering I've been an unproductive member of fandom for a couple of years now (something I hope to change with [livejournal.com profile] hoggywartyxmas, because by God, I really like the fic I'm writing, and I want to do it justice for my recipient's sake <3). Go over there and scatter some love if you haven't already, or add your own name. Don't be shy. I'm a little behind on paying compliments, but I'll get there.

Lastly, I'd like to point you to a marvelous short comic on deviantArt, although I suppose I ought to warn the unwary that Snape/Dumbledore is one of my favorite pairings, and you'll get an eyeful by clicking the link. It's beautifully drawn, amusing and poignant by turns, with a sprinkling of winter and a dusting of romance. And I urge you to read the artist's tongue-in-cheek description of what the heck led to this unconsummated kiss.

A cringeworthy event by lifeofapottedplant. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

From: [identity profile] cranky--crocus.livejournal.com

I am sending you much love and as many hugs as you might want for the now-and-future. I'm sorry for your loss.

Damn, that is one hell of a beautiful comic!

From: [identity profile] perverse-idyll.livejournal.com

Hello, dear one. I'm trying to catch up a bit, and I see I never replied to your kind words. Thank you, and I would be happy to have a mutual hug-fest, and to store up for a future when hugs are in short supply.

I hope our body is cooperating and on the path to feeling stronger. And may the dark days of winter stay out of your bones - or may there at least always be a hearthfire somewhere nearby to splash gold light about and make the darkness beautiful.

From: [identity profile] cranky--crocus.livejournal.com

I am always trying to catch up a bit. Easier now I've finally finished Hoggywarty (loved the writing but with my body so bad it sure was harder than it's ever been).

The body isn't feeling so strong but today Intry physical therapy again, just at home with a friend as I still can't find a therapist. Not sure how it's going to go with the back pains. Trying to keep a hearthfire burning in me so I'm never far from it--and now I have those lovely words to stoke it.

Tonight's the Solstice so if I'm still able I'll be up all night to bring in the dawn. Then on to longer days. Relieved I can still find my love of winter through the pain.


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