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For the Love of Red

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It is no secret that my favorite color is red !   Today my sweet husband came home with red carnations for me, because I have a cold.  I set the coffee table with my red dishes and enjoyed some Irish soda bread and chamomile tea while enjoying the beauty of the flowers.  Red berries outside by the front porch. Red shawl and barn bonnet just waiting for the first snow.

The Beauty of Life

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This morning as I sat in the chair by the window, knitting, with candle flame flickering and wood stove popping and snapping, I thought about this quote, by Tasha Tudor,
“Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!”                                How true those words are.  There are hard things in the world around us and yet, we wake each morning to see the clouds float above us in story book shapes, and hear birds sing to us in songs that gladden our hearts.  For me, I had a wonderful weekend with all my family beside me, hearing childhood laughter, the sound of happy running feet down our long hallways and squeals of delight.  There was laughter around our table and thoughts on all that we are thankful for.  There were pies to be eaten and mounds of mashed potatoes…

Are We Thinking Less ?

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Modern life seems to be all about "Doing".   Social media has played a part in this, since we post about all the things we do or about what someone else thought for us.  We take on peoples thoughts without much thinking ourselves many times.  "Oh that's good". Or, perhaps we see something and the thought comes into our head, "wow, that should tell them what I think" but does it really say what we think ?  We seem to be bombarded with other peoples thinking.  The commentaries after the news, the shows that are all commentary, and social media is loaded with tid bits of commentary about every subject matter there is.   Its wonderful to be informed and I love that aspect of how fast news travels and how small the world can seem in relation to world events, but its easy to loose our own thinking time and just instantly hit the "like" tab and take on someone elses thoughts on a subject, without giving the old gray matter much work at all.  One th…
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The room is scented by a mix of cinnamon and the homey smell of a fire burning in the stove.  There is a chill in the air each morning now and I love it.   Each morning I am up long before the sun to work on Christmas gifts for the family.  There is knitting and sewing going on each day.  There is doll making and candle dipping in between.  How I love this time of the year.  Holiday preparations are on my mind as I sit by the window sipping chamomile tea.  A little break from the busy-ness of the day.   There are baskets with projects in all the corners of the living room and some spilling out from the corners as they find their way closer to my chair and the light from the window.    This simple, somewhat old fashioned life we live, gives me a sense of contentment that is deep and full of joy.  Life is good.

Life is Good

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Things have been busy around here lately, well, actually its almost always busy around here because I like to stay busy.  But, perhaps this time of the year, that busy-ness gets upped it a notch or two with thoughts of Christmas around the corner.  I like to make as many presents as possible and this year, I am making about 90% of the gifts we are giving.  Which means, if I don't want some sort of mad rush towards the week of Christmas, my hands are busy from the first of October.  One major project is done and wrapped and I am on to the next, but in between, I decided to make a couple of quilts for me.  A small machine pieced quilt for the cradle, which all the grandchildren still climb into, the bigger ones squeezing in with laughter, and then a quiet contentment that often leads to an unplanned nap with bent knees.   The second quilt, just a simple pinwheel design, with fall colors.  That one may not be hand quilted until after Christmas !  
We have had a few cool mornings, not …