This week has been the worst. I usually set aside any stitching when this time of year hits, as I’m more partial to staring blankly at the TV in the afternoons.

Instead of dwelling on the shorter days and the cold, I decided to add something that would make me happy to look at.

I adopted Cici last June. I had been talking about getting another dog, so while on vacation in North Carolina, I found her picture on a rescue’s website. I picked her up the day after I got home.

She’ll be six next month.