Resolutions or No?

This little gift (sent at Christmas from my friend Joanne) spoke to me today when I picked it up to put it away. Some days it’s a challenge but I’ll put it on the shelf near my sink so I can be reminded.

Daily!

If there’s one resolution to make, I will make this one.

Do you make resolutions? I used to make a list. you know, the usual – read more books, exercise, get organized….

The Quotable Matches Resting on a Christmas Hat
I finished just yesterday. Disciplined myself to learn Norwegian Knit and Purl technique and except for the last decreases with purl 2 together, I accomplished this personal challenge.
Jawbreaker colorway of Knittinbro Bulky yarn

Quotable Cards makes the matches, mugs, cards, calendars and ornaments.

Arne and Carlos videos for Norwegian knitting technique

Bringing Joy

A little handmade gift is especially appreciated by someone who makes handmade gifts. You know what they put into it! ❤️

Thank you dear Pam, a fellow sock knitter.
Thank you dear Tookie. Your beaded ball and mitten are great additions to the garland.
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And sometimes you get totally surprised by a generous spirit, thank you dear Carrie,who created and sent an Advent box, opening a new little package of yarn each day . Just look at the colors! –

And Maine surprises-chocolate lobsters, Moose Poop and maple syrup.

I’m going to knit a Simple Stripes sweater, a fingering weight pattern.

A Sweet Gift

Honey. Harvested by Cougar Canyon Apiary in Malott WA. Extracted with no heat.

A wonderfully sweet gift from my brother David and his wife Carolee. Thank you

I believe toast in the morning will be on the menu so I can sample this golden treat.

How do you use honey?

Surprise Gift in the Mail

A box of sweet Georgia peaches was delivered on my front porch. Thank you Kristin and Rick.

What a happy and unexpected (and juicy) surprise. The jewels of a summer harvest at Pearson Farm in Georgia arrived in Pittsburgh. Perfection! The scent as the box was opened was wonderful and the taste even better. Delicious!

Shipped from Pearson Farm.

Threadbare Replacement

My recent post showing a threadbare linen dish towel, prompted my friend Joanne to unearth an identical Lupin printed towel she had tucked away in her stash. Approximately 15 years after her having given me the original! What a surprise to open the mail yesterday and find it folded in tissue paper, new with a tag. Thank you Joanne.

The threadbare towel

Ewe Mail

Today’s mail brought the delivery of a package. Always fun to receive an unexpected gift. If you squeeze the body, you can hear the sheep bleating. You know how I love puppets. He’ll be a great addition to video calls with the grandchildren. Thanks JB for the ewe mail.

An Angel of Friendship Delivered on a Sunday

Sunday morning I was sipping coffee and knitting a sock and Steve said, “there’s a package for you.”

A surprise delivery.

I opened it up and there was an unexpected gift of a Willow Tree Angel of Friendship with a lovely message. ❤️ I have her where I can see her when I’m “working” in my former dining room, now transformed into a workshop space.

Thank you, Carrie.
A friend and fellow knitter I “met” through the Woolly Thistle Knitting Buddy Program during the Pandemic.

Georgia Peach in Evening Light

Perfect ripeness

An unexpected surprise delivered to my house. A box arrived containing a baker’s dozen of Georgia peaches from dear friends. Thank you Kristin and Rick. They not only do they look gorgeous but are the sweetest, juiciest peaches, ever. Laura had just told me on the phone, they were getting a box of peaches delivered to their Columbus Ohio home this Saturday. And then these arrived for me. ❤️

A real spirit lifter arrived in Pittsburgh PA
Shipped from Pearson Farm in Fort Valley Georgia
Peach Still Life
The first one, devoured.
Breakfast the next morning in morning light. Rice Chex and peach slices.

Freshly Ground Pepper

This French pepper mill was a 1974 wedding gift from my sister’s friend, Janet. It works perfectly. I added a variety of peppercorns my friend Joanne sent to me.

Freshly ground pepper, yes or no?

If yes, on what?

I mixed up several types of pepper this time.