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August 24, 2006



I'm so sorry that the wonderful excitement of today is and will always be overshadowed by losing your dear friend. I know that pain, and I know how hard it is to go through.

But, to be upbeat...CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm not at all surprised that your name would be on the list of some of the best in the digi scrapping world! Enjoy the wonderful opportunity that's been given to you!


Awwww Pattie - I'm so sad to hear your news and definitely know that pain of losing a kitty family member. It's such a big empty spot that they leave....you will definitely be in my thoughts.

I'm soooo incredibly excited for you though and this new adventure you're part of. Big congratulations...it's so well deserved :)

Take care...

Amy T

Oh I'm so sorry too, I know exactly how you feel and have my Sophie cat that is much more devoted to me than any other dog we have. Big hugs my friend.

I have to tell you that I squealed like a school girl when I saw your name on the list! :)


oh pattie - i'm crying my eyes out. it hurts to get so close to an animal and lose them. i'm sorry.....

congrats on the upside.


Pattie, I'm so sorry for your loss, but so happy for your gain. What an emotional day. Been thinking about you all day, relishing all the memories, cherishing all your encouragement. This magazine thing couldn't have happened to a nicer person in our community. But, um...middle-aged? How long do you intend to live anyway? ;D (you know I jest!)


Oh Pattie, I am so sorry for your loss. You are so lucky to have such a caring husband. On a happier note, congrats to you! What an exciting adventure you are about to embark on.


Pattie - I'm so sorry!!!! I feel for you!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been there...even called in to take bereavement leave from work when it happened. (I figured, they are an important member of the family, right? and you need your greiving time).

You are an amazing scrapper, designer, friend... someone I admire so much and I know they put you on so that I and many others will buy this magazine! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! You truly are one of the best.


Oh I'm so sorry about your loss.. With every leaf that turns, something new comes from it.. and this is your journey with SS! It is going to be one we will all embrace... are you feeling like me, a lost sheep! LOL!! Talk soon!


Ok, so you made me cry, Pattie ... so sad for you! And at the same time, I am jumping up and down, saying 'YAY! for Pattie!' Congratulations, my friend!!! :)

Lori G

Oh, Pattie... I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. I'm sitting here in tears reading... the loss of a pet is such a difficult thing. I'll keep you in my thoughts. What an emotional rollercoaster this day must have been for you... I was having one just reading your post! I was laughing at your description of getting the e-mail... so how many times did you have to read it before you started to believe it LOL? CONGRATS to you.. it's well deserved! Can't wait to see the new magazine!


Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss, 15 years is long time to build a close relationship and then to lose the poor fellow.

On the other hand, congratulations! You totally deserve it and as I told Ronalyn, I'm totally jealous, lol! I cannot wait to see what this new fantastic team comes up with!

Chin up!


Pattie, I am BEYOND thrilled for you!! You deserve every bit of that recognition and I can't wait to see what you and the other ladies come up with. I know it will be awesome!

I'm also so sorry to hear about the loss of your kitty, but as long as there is a scrapbook page or 2 about him, he'll never be forgotten. :)


I am crying like a baby right now over poor little Tyrone. :( Awww.... I'm so sorry! I know how important pets can be to a person!!!

Of course, congrats again on the SS gig. ;)


Congrats on SS, Pattie! I can't imagine a digiscrapper or friend more worthy of this honor!!

So sorry about your kitty too. :(


"Tough stuff this...and I guess it always comes down to this: "Is it better to have loved and lost? Or never to have loved at all?" I think I'm going with the former."

I so agree with you on this. To be loved by a pet so much is so special. Your loss is so similar to my own. Substitute she for he and Emily for Tyrone and 19 yrs for 15 yrs. I am not sure if my tears are for you or for me. Even with other pets in the home, I was the chosen person for this kitten. How special that was! Everything I did for 19 yrs, she was there. I am thinking that you and I are the lucky people to have experienced this devotion from a kitten rather than people who never know this love. You really do not expect this to happen, but then it seems to be just once in a lifetime connection. I was not going to have any more, but then a stray kitten came into my yard and needed a home so much. This kitten although nice, belongs to herself. Thanks for sharing your pain and I hope you get some small measure of comfort by me saying "I know how tough this is."


Congratulations on your wonderful news, Pattie! They have picked a kickin team!

And I soooo understand your pain tonight. My litty also of 15 years had to take that last ride a year agao also. It is so hard to say goodbye, but he gave you all he had and you had some wonderful wonderful years with him. Hugs, My Friend.


pattie, I am so happy for you with Simple--it's YOUR time!
and, at the same time, I'm so sad to hear about losing your companion. I know, firsthand, how hard that is, as I lost my dog Pinky of 12-1/2 years just a couple of months before I met Randy. She had outlasted my first husband and was my constant companion--I know how hard that is. My thoughts are with you my friend!!


oh my GOODNESS, Pattie :(:( I have chills and am bawling like a baby...I can't tell you how sad I am for you about sweet little Tyrone! I can only imagine how difficult it was to see him like that...and to know what had to come next :( HUGE HUGS! What a wonderful gift and blessing to have him for 15 years!

And...OF COURSE...huge, huge, huge congrats on the SS team! You soooo deserve it and I was thrilled to see your name on that list! One of the truly sweetest people I've ever met in digi!!! You rock and I'm so excited to get to work together!!! Thank you for the sweetness, too! You are an inspiration!


Oh I'm so sorry about your cat Pattie! That is so sad. I know how much pets are part of the family. But I have to say too how thrilled I am for you!!! You'd be one of those people on my list - for all the nice comments you left when I first started scrapping - and all the inspiration you give! :) You're amazing Pattie!

Dale Anne

CONGRATULATIONS on the Creative Team position!!!

Sorry to hear, Patti, about Tyrone - losing a pet is never easy, as they are part of our family.
I leave you with this poem that I read every so often thinking of my "Brittany" (a black cocker spaniel)that I had to put down in Sept. 2001.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Martha (Krash)

Oh Pattie...I'm so sorry for your loss. I have cats have always had them and they do become family.

CONGRATS though on SS!!!!! I'm thrilled that I can be on a team with you!! You know how much I *heart* your pages and YOU:) Thanks for being there and for being such an inspiration to sooo many! Especially ME!! I think you've picked me up too many times to count:)


Pattie, that's wonderful about SS. You're a great one for that position. They are honored to have you! and second, {{hugs}} to you on the loss of your kitty. I have felt the same grief more than once. It's definitely the loss of a family member. again, {hugs}.

Jean Hanson

{{{{Hugs}}}} I'm so sorry about your loss of Tyrone. I'm a cat-lover and have had to make that decision a few times. It's never easy and you miss them so much but it sounds like it was time. Maybe there will be a new buddy in your future.

And congrats on SSS!!!!

P.S. I love your new Speed Bytes. I will be posting some of my layouts to DST soon!


Awe, Pattie, I'm so sorry about your kitty!! :( Hugs to you my friend!


Pattie, congrats on your amazing news! You are among a very talented bunch and I have every confidence that you will sit right up among them! And I'm so sorry about your cat...I just a couple of weeks ago lost my beloved Siberian Husky, Oreo...she got sick real fast, and I took her in and she was full of cancer. It was such a shock, and it happened so fast that it didn't even really hit me until a couple days after we had her put down. I miss her terribly, she was like a child to me. She had a more "aloof" personality, like a cat, she was really unique. I miss her every day, and I find her toys or her rabies tag, or a leash and I cry all over again. My thoughts are with you on this one.

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