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Potential

Happy Old Year’s Day! Happy blue moon!

It is so delightful that after a couple of cold and icy days, the sun is out and the skies are clear. Yesterday I harvested about 3 pounds of greens. (The husband and tot may have overplanted just a smidge.) I love to end the old year and greet the new by enjoying the potential that is a garden.

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Walk

Our subdivision includes a little preserve with some nice trails through it.  The tot and I like to head out for a walk there sometimes to pretend we don’t live in the middle of the suburbs.  You can still hear the traffic, but you can also hear the birds.  You can see the houses, but you can also see the deer.

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Thank goodness for small blessings.

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And yes, we saw the deer. The tot made all kinds of crazy noises at them and they just looked at her as if to say, “Whatever, kid, we’re just gonna eat this grass. Do what you gotta do.” They are fairly accustomed to people is what I’m saying.

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Seasonal

Midwinter in this part of the world…

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Grapefruit season and playing outside. Gotta love it. These are my best shots for the week. So much chaos fun has been going on around here, but what I love the most is the little moments we share.

In other news, it has been two days two days since I knit. My back has been hurting really kind of a lot and I suspect some kind of knitting injury. And I think I’m doing some kind of lanolin detox. But of course I’ve said I’ll make one more pair of armwarmers, so that’ll have to happen. Soon. Next week.

Hope everyone had lovely holidays and safe travels.

bsm

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Peace

May your days be blessed, and may the magic of the season bring you peace in whatever form you need.

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This afternoon I was consumed with a burning need to make a bunch of holiday ornaments. I really didn’t have time for that, though, so I ran around taking pictures of what I already had up. And making a couple of finger knit garlands, but that hardly counts.

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I love that everything we have out is either something passed down to me from family, something I acquired during travels, something I bought from fair trade sources, or something we made from stuff I happened to have sitting around. The tot even did a good bit of finger knitting, with some assistance. And it definitely makes me feel better about the little wrapping paper-related falling down in Ikea the other day. Oh well. If wrapping paper is my indulgence, I’m doing pretty well.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and happy winter to all!

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Happy Solstice!

A bit late, but what can you do.  We arrived back home on Monday to find that the buds on our Christmas/Solstice tree had burst open just in time to welcome the return of the sun.  Over night even more opened, filling our home with a delicious scent.

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The tot is so very pleased, sitting down to smell the blossoms every time she walks past and freaking out if the dog walks too near it. We’re going to do some decorating of the outdoor trees this week, giving the chickadees and wrens a little something to enjoy. (I’ve got the pumpkin seeds I saved from our Jack-O-Lanterns set aside for this very purpose.) But until we get around to that, we’re just enjoying our citrusy reminder of the sun.

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Wrapped up

This weekend we headed back to my childhood home to celebrate Christmas as well as my niece’s baptism. Perfect timing – she got the shawl for Christmas and was wrapped in it the next day for her baptism.

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I often kind of feel like I’m cheating with knitted presents. So much of what I do is functional and attractive but not exactly a challenge. It seems a bit of a fraud, somehow, for people to think it’s so amazing and wonderful, this knitting thing. I mean, I love it, and I love making things for people, and I think there’s something very special about labouring to create something for someone else. But it ain’t exactly rocket surgery, ya’ll.

But this shawl was really something. I mean, it took forever. And it was not easy. The nupps weren’t really a problem once I got the tension worked out. But the whole thing was honestly just pretty hard.

People were saying things like, “This is an heirloom.” My grandmother, a knitter of many decades, declared it, and I quote, “fabulous.” A friend of mine who must be in her seventies and who learned to knit as a wee lass in Scotland told my husband that she would never have been able to make it. The minister, also a knitter, was pretty bowled over too. And you know? This time I did not argue one little bit about how amazing a thing this is.

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