Today marks the first anniversary of the sudden and unexpected death of my friend, Andee Carlsson.
I know that many of you read her blog, My Life in Chacala, and enjoyed her chronicle of day to day life in a tiny ocean side hamlet. To say that Andee was opinionated is to put it mildly. She never held back her feelings. If she liked something she let you know. If she disliked something she let you and the offender know in no uncertain terms.
Andee was instrumental in my forming the First Annual Bloggers Meeting last April. I was bemoaning the fact that there were so many interesting people out there blogging and I wished I could meet them. She basically told me to stop whining and get off my butt and do something about it then. So I did!
Her biggest legacy will probably be the assistance, guidance and work she did for the people of Chacala. She set up an Internet network for them to be able to advertise and rent out their extras rooms to tourists. She was so successful in helping them earn some much needed extra money that Chacala fairly exploded with people putting additions onto their homes!
I was devastated when I heard she died. I'm still devastated to this day. She had a profound effect on my life and I will never forget her. She enters my thoughts almost every day still.
Andee, I miss you very much and will never forget you.