The story can not go on without Ahti,
Aunt Katri was so happy to see her brother's boy again, she laughed and cried at the same time...oh, it's going to be a very Happy New Year!
Just like I introduced to you Aunt Katri the Gnome here is Ahti the Gnome! On the left is my father, he is 82 yrs old. I know, he doesn't look 82 at all! He has been and continues to be a huge positive force in my life. When my father was 26 years old he had a horrific back injury which left him in need of surgery. They opted for spinal fusion which went horribly wrong. He has had chronic pain ever since, some days have been so bad he has troubles walking, yet he's never taken a day off work. He has and continues to be one of the hardest working men I've ever seen! About 23 years ago he started having pretty bad heart problems, and a few years ago was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Pretty heavy duty stuff right! You would think the man would complain just a little, but I can honestly tell you he does not! I've never heard him say, "I can't do it", no matter what he finds a way. And he laughs a lot, he tells some of the weirdest jokes, he sings, picks my mother flowers, and will drop everything to bring a bumble bee a drop of water if he sees one in distress, lol I kid you not. On my personal facebook I often post his pictures and say little fun things about him but I have never told his story and why I admire him so but today felt like a good day to tell it. There's so much more I could say but I will leave it there. And now let me introduce you to Ahti, the Finnish Gnome. He's 82 years old and is a kind, gentle and funny Gnome who will have a wonderful life in the forest!
So now we have Ahti, Aunt Katri, Gnomey who is Katri's son, and the Gnome lady in the green mushroom dress remains unnamed! I will have to give her a name. She might end up being a distant relative or Gnomey's wife, I haven't decided yet. Oh and Pearl the Snail, we can't forget her...
The story has really just begun! So many adventures coming this year, I'm so excited. Don't forget to join me on facebook. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy 2016 everyone!