Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Thankful Day

I’m like millions of other American’s today – both terribly thank“ful” as well as “full”.

Yes. I’m thankful for being blessed today – and every day – with a wonderful family. A wonderful son, great sister, brother-in-law, nephew, niece, dog-child and cat-nephew: my immediate and grand family. I would have hand-pick them all myself if given the chance. Luckily, God took care of that for me.

I’m thankful for all my extended family, friends and new friends that I’ve yet to meet.  I’m thankful for my home,  job and new creative online venture. I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to be thankful.

Earlier today, I was thankful for turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole and lefse! Tomorrow I’ll be thankful for leftovers…

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Behinder I Get

What’s that saying….the faster I go, the behinder I get? Is behinder even a word or do I have the whole thing wrong?

I may be confused about the saying – but not what it means! It seems I keep spinning my wheels but don’t get as far as I want to with my wool. I know. There’s only 12 hours in a day. (Well, at least that’s what it feels like.)

But, I did manage to get three scarves and a new pillow (that I just started and finished tonight) on Etsy. I love the purple blanket used in the pillow.

Have I mentioned that I love purple?

I either read or heard someone say that if a person passes by a beautiful field of entirely purple flowers and doesn’t bother to look, it pisses God off. I think that must be right.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Feeling A Bit Nostalgic

The dark, brisk colder evenings of late fall/early winter make me want to stay cuddled inside where I’m warm, cozy and protected. That nestling good feeling can at the same time make me feel lonely and a bit nostalgic.

And, as the holiday season quickly approaches, I remember that I am especially grateful for my wonderful family here on earth, but I miss my parents (who have both passed over) tremendously. I guess I’m missing them quite deeply tonight. So I’m taking this opportunity to post this great photo of my mom, dad, sister and I just a few short years ago in 1965! We are properly and respectfully dressed for Sunday church services. (I'm the little one!)

Blessings for great holidays with family and friends…

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Knit One, Chat Two

Today we started what we think is the “official” day of our Every-Second-Saturday-Of-The-Month-Knitting-Gathering. We met promptly (ok, I wasn’t prompt but only missed it by about 10 minutes) at 9:30 am at a local yarn/coffee/bookstore.

This morning gathered six of us. We all either brought our own beverage or purchased a hot cup of something from the shop while enjoying their cozy fireplace, couches and rocking chairs. One generous knitter even brought just baked gingersnap/gingerbread bread. Yum – a perfect addition to a fresh November morning.

Several of the knitters have been enjoying the craft for many years. One knitter is a little newer to the art – having started her knitting adventure with a lovingly made dishcloth for her husband last Christmas. She playfully described her dishcloth journey which started her in the knitting world and reported that somehow her finished dishcloth ended up with a slightly distorted shape. Luckily, we all are very aware that a free-form shape works just as well as one with a mathematically correct outer parameter. Thank goodness!

The same member of our group was even able to complete a scarf project this morning that was started last winter (it's around her neck in the photo to the right)! Whoo Hoo! We all love a happily completed project.

After two swift hours of drinking, eating, chatting, shopping, laughing and, oh ya, knitting, we said goodbye for the day. A morning well spent.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Undeniable Blessings

Just got back from a great weekend with family. We visited my son and niece at college. What fun – and to top it off, it was gorgeous weather! 60’s and sunny. My that’s nice - especially during the first weekend of November in Wisconsin.

I headed out by myself, later Friday night for the five hour drive. The road was pretty much mine – and I kept it at an even 70 on the interstate while I privately bopped to the music on the radio. :-)

My son and his girlfriend have two young cats. Meet Leo. She has six digits on her front paws and is so friendly and loving.

Also meet Lucy. She is so cute and sweet – and has such small, dainty features.

They love being sisters and it’s so fun to watch them play (or some might call it "wrestle") together.

A blessing of a weekend with a blessing of a family. I’m a lucky gal.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Getting What You Wish For

I've been anixous and hoping that maybe I would start getting some nice orders from my Etsy shop. This past weekend, I got an order for 25 of my retractable tape measures. It's a great thing! A nice $200 order - and right before Christmas. How sweet! Now, now challenge will be figuring out when I'll find some free time to make them and get them happily delivered on time.

Luckily, I have 13 already made (which I determined was an extremely lucky number!). WaaLaa -  1/2 of the order is magically complete!

I also spent time this weekend with some fun friends that are ready to "(wo)man a booth" and are going to sell some of my wool items along with additional items from other fiber and paint artists at an upcoming conference.  When asked "Can you get some items ready?", my immediate response was "Sure, I'll see what I can do."

Excited? You bet.
Anxious? You bet.
Nervous? You bet.
Overwhelmed? You bet.
Crazy? You bet.
Thrilled and energized? You bet.

Never give up on good wishes...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Too Tired to Type

Yup. I'm back from a trip to White Plains, New York.

The travel involved a time change from CST to PST and, of course, back again.

Saturday night involved Halloween and daylight savings time.

That all makes for goofy tricks (with maybe just a few treats) on my body.

So, I'm feeling too tired to type.

I hope to see you tomorrow night.