Hello to you all. Yes, Pony Express was a wonderful experience, and the two little ponies Diamonds and Rosè are loved and adored and flourishing at Villa Rosa!
It has been a wonderful year, and I have relished sharing incredible moments like these with you.
I have been pulled in all directions as of late--and that coupled with our sudden loss of little Daddio--my mind has been elsewhere. Unfortunately I haven't yet seen the last two episodes, which I will get to as soon as I have a moment!
I have never felt the need to justify how I spend my time, but I see on Twitter there has been some mention of Housewives using this platform purely for financial gain. Well that is not true. I know for sure many of us give time and money to things we support and believe in.
This year I have been awarded The Ally Award by Equality California, the greatest organization for LGBT advocacy and public education, because I have been so vociferous in my support.
I have hosted and financed events for the Friend Movement (anti-bullying), hosted events for GLAAD of which I often speak on their behalf, fed the homeless each week, sometimes personally, but always have my restaurant cook and deliver food every week (so this year that would be 52 times), hosted an event for The Hero Dog awards, which celebrated the bravest dogs in America, dogs that have achieved incredible things and enriched lives.
I marched with Giggy for his charity NAAF, as we draw attention to children with alopecia, which is a devastating disease for those afflicted. I supported The Trevor project, which is a crucial service as it provides a hotline for suicidal youngsters.
I have walked and campaigned and cut the ribbon on the AIDS march to garner attention for the 37 million living with HIV.
We have personally brought awareness by marching, making placards, producing a public service announcement to draw attention to the barbaric torture of poor dogs in YULIN. I have been fortunate enough to be honored by the British consulate for services to charity. I have hosted dinners for homeless youths at Covenant house and created a clothing drive.
Today we will receive three dogs from Yulin that have been brought from China to draw attention, and tomorrow I am working with Project Angel Food.
Aahh and there is also that little thing called my business, which employs 230 people and is open 16 hours a day...
So being on reality show has afforded me many opportunities in different arenas but, be sure, not just to line our pockets, but to use our voices and resources to create a better society.
As we celebrate this time of year, I send you all love and good health, remembering to be thankful to those who dedicate their lives as they defend our countries, and hopefully next year we will have peace, which is my greatest wish at these turbulent times.
I will close off as I wish you all happy holidays. I will be cooking for my family as some arrive from England today and loving every minute of it.
Until next week...As always...Love Lisa.