Good Cheer

I’ve had some unexpected good cheer coming my way this week by gifts I’ve received and gifts I’ve given. Since Christmas is just days away I thought why not share some of the joy? Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday and he was the King of giving gifts early. Since I was going to work from home at my Mom’s house to hand out with her I decided to give her an early  gift – my Dad would want that. The sweater I’ve been working on for the last month was the perfect gift to give (full post on the finished object in the new year).
A sweater for mom
To say she was delighted was an understatement. It was the perfect thing to start what could be a sad day with something really good. She even wore it that day and it just solidified that I made the right choice by making her this sweater. Another gift that was opened yesterday was a tie I knit for my cousin.
Mark's birthday tie
He has been asking for a knit tie for ages and I whipped one up for his 50th birthday. He called me so excited and happy and promptly said he needed about 5 more in various colors. LOL Full post on that one in the new year as well).
A gift from Brian
And this week I was given an unexpected gift from a friend. A young man I used to work with who calls me his mentor does incredible wood work and he made me a pen. It’s one of the most beautiful pens I’ve ever owned and I have a small collection of pens I love and this one is right at the top of that love list. His note and words of kindness just made my week. It’s always amazing what just a simple thank you can do for someone.

This time of year is the greatest time of year and I’m so thankful for the wonderful friends and family I have in my life. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and I’ll see you next week!

Merry Christmas – Happy Hanukkah – Happy Kwanzaa – Happy Festivus

Advertisements

Thankfulness

This year has been a year – and it’s not over yet! I’m so thankful that I’ve survived what has probably been the hardest year of my life after losing my Dad. I’m still grieving but with each passing day I realize I am getting stronger and that’s a good thing because for a while I kept feeling like all the air kept getting sucked out of the room. And that feeling sucked. So with the holiday season upon us and this being the first Christmas without my Dad (and his birthday is near Christmas too) I want to focus on what I’m thankful for because that is what keeps me going on a daily basis.
Staring contest
My Dog, Cher
I’m sure that lots of people think I’m ridiculous about my dog. I am and I am totally okay with that. We adopted Cher two Thanksgivings ago and it was the best decision we ever made. She came into my life when I was struggling on a lot of levels. I think she was struggling too, she spent 3 years in 3 different shelters and just needed someone to love her. We were a perfect match and 3 months into her adoption I was happier, healthier (down 30 pounds) and was coming out of my fog and focusing on what was important. I didn’t think I could love a dog as much as I love a person but I do. And this dog gives me back so much more than I could’ve ever asked for, so for that I’m grateful.
20151011_130455
My family and friends
I love my family. I talk to my mom, one of my sisters, or a combination of all 3 every single day. My husband is just the kindest, sweetest man and I’m lucky to be married to such a wonderful guy. I’m surrounded by support and unconditional love. How could I not be thankful for these great people?

And my small circle of friends that are so amazing are my family too. The laughter, the daily silliness, the texts, emails and phone calls make life good and I am so grateful to feel so loved.
20150821_114318_001
And you, my knitting friends
I came back to blogging this summer and have been happily surprised by how big of an embrace I’ve received from the knitting community. The comments you leave here and on social media. The emails and direct messages…it feels good to have a place to share what I love with like minded people and this is just the beginning. Knitting is the thing that calms me and brings me such joy. I’m happy you are a part of what brings me joy too.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my US friends and I will be back next week! Thanks for reading my little corner of the internet.