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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I just finished a pair of soap “socks” in fibranatura organic cotton, which are being gifted and mailed off tomorrow. :-)

My reading pile this week is topped by Julia Cameron’s creative memoir, floor sample. Julia Cameron has been an long-time inspiration in my life, to which the stacks of journals (where I write my “daily pages”) easily attest. Over the years, her words have coaxed me to return to writing, to explore creative interests, and to believe in myself always. For these reasons, I’m really looking to spending some time with this book this week.

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snow day

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Snow Day

BY BILLY COLLINS

Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,
its white flag waving over everything,
the landscape vanished,
not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness,
and beyond these windows
the government buildings smothered,
schools and libraries buried, the post office lost
under the noiseless drift,
the paths of trains softly blocked,
the world fallen under this falling.
In a while, I will put on some boots
and step out like someone walking in water,
and the dog will porpoise through the drifts,
and I will shake a laden branch
sending a cold shower down on us both.
But for now I am a willing prisoner in this house,
a sympathizer with the anarchic cause of snow.
I will make a pot of tea
and listen to the plastic radio on the counter,
as glad as anyone to hear the news
that the Kiddie Corner School is closed,
the Ding-Dong School, closed.
the All Aboard Children’s School, closed,
the Hi-Ho Nursery School, closed,
along with—some will be delighted to hear—
the Toadstool School, the Little School,
Little Sparrows Nursery School,
Little Stars Pre-School, Peas-and-Carrots Day School
the Tom Thumb Child Center, all closed,
and—clap your hands—the Peanuts Play School.
So this is where the children hide all day,
These are the nests where they letter and draw,
where they put on their bright miniature jackets,
all darting and climbing and sliding,
all but the few girls whispering by the fence.
And now I am listening hard
in the grandiose silence of the snow,
trying to hear what those three girls are plotting,
what riot is afoot,
which small queen is about to be brought down.

gratitude sunday

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gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness

On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:

  • The love and companionship of all of our animal buddies — not just the attention-demanding puppy. :-) And it’s nice to see the older two bonding more than ever
  • A really delightful afternoon with one of my dear friends
  • Finding some hyacinth bulbs for forcing — that little bit of spring in the heart of winter is a welcome new tradition
  • The fact that James has a sensible employer, who has called off his scheduled trip to New Hampshire tomorrow (due to the forecasted blizzard) — a huge relief to us both!

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  • Spending another fun afternoon with my mother, helping her to sort through old photos and books — including some forgotten favorites of my own :-)
  • Waking up to eight inches of fluffy white stuff on Saturday morning — I apologize to those who have no fondness for snow, but I just love it
  • Watching the bird feeders while waiting for the kettle to boil — in this weather, this is repeated frequently throughout the day :-)
  • Fresh-baked cookies (almost) just out of the oven

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  • Finally getting around to making senfkraut (mustard sauerkraut) — another item crossed off my “to do” list, yay! Can’t wait until it’s ready :-) And so happy that the cabbages are storing so well — our cellar seems to be a perfect environment for them
  • Lots of knitting time this week, which always makes me a happy girl :-)
  • Eating custard from my grandmother’s cups — a favorite from my childhood
  • A warm fire in the morning
  • A package from one of my favorite Etsy sellers (thanks to my brother for the gift card!)

 

perhaps if he baked pies….

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I am always interested in reading about our world’s oldest people and the reasons they often speculate contribute to their longevity. My own grandmother came close to marking her centennial, but alas fell a couple years short. She did often say keeping active and walking a lot was critical. She also always had her hands busy, with crochet work and other crafts. And her mind was sharpened by word puzzles, baseball stats, and lively conversation.

So yesterday I came across an article about Scotland’s oldest woman, the 109-year-old Jessie Gallen. She reckons she has lived well for so long is down to her active lifestyle, a daily bowl of porridge, and the fact that she never married. In fact, on the subject of men, she says, “My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth.” And although there may be days when I could be found in agreement, I can’t help but wonder if she’d change her mind if the man baked pies. After I went to bed last night (early, as I’m a morning person), my husband took to the kitchen and baked up pumpkin and blackberry pies, which I found this morning. AND freshly made custard in the fridge as a bonus. So, Ms. Jessie, methinks there are some men worth keeping around. :-)

yarn along

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I just finished another pair of reversible boot cuffs in light and raspberry pink cashmere/merino wool. I think boot cuffs are a fun new(ish) accessory that can help pull a look together — and to have essentially two pair in little more time than one is an added bonus. :-)

My reading pile this week is topped by Kari Chapin‘s second book, “Grow Your Handmade Business,” a follow-up to her original “The Handmade Marketplace.” I found her first book helpful and inspiring when setting up my Etsy shop and navigating my first craft show. I’m hoping to find her later work just as useful as I too work to grown our handmade business. Anyone have any suggestions of similar titles to recommend? If so, please leave details in the comments!

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