Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fear Less

So many things have happened since my last post.   Lots of surprises -- Good things, frightening things, ordinary things, all jumbled together.
On the happy and totally unexpected side, I received this lovely surprise bracelet gift from my friend Kim's Snug Harbor Bay etsy shop -- is there anything better than a surprise gift in the mail?!   Hardly anything, for sure.  I mentioned the "pig" bracelet I bought from Kim a couple of posts ago, and I've given more than one of her custom bracelets as gifts.    This is not a great photo -- I am not a great one-handed photographer -- but it says "find peace, find happiness, find yourself,'  words that I'm holding especially close these last few days.   Sweet Kim.  Bloggy friends are the best.
In another mail surprise, I won a whole set of the Windham "First Blush" fat quarters and a matching assortment of aurifil thread from the First Blush blog hop -- before it's even released in the shops!      Whoo hoo!   New projects!!
On the more ordinary side, I have actually gotten most of my sewing projects finished and am ready to begin on a new pile!   So many projects that I don't even have photos of most of them!    I am well on my way to making at least one sewn gift for everyone on my close-family list.    I just need to keep the momentum going.

And I've had the opportunity to spend some good quality ordinary time, including time outdoors (my favorite kind) with people I love.  Nothing ordinary about that.
On the frightening side, like so many of us, I woke up this week to evidence and a whole new mental image of how a good many of my acquaintances and neighbors apparently think, and it was sobering.   I have responded in my usual  fashion, hunkering down and taking comfort in my close friends and family, people I know to be loving and inclusive and rational.   Turning to the traditional comfort food cure, I have also enjoyed more than one Starbucks hot cocoa with almond milk this week and there is a good chance that I will indulge in a few more over the next, say, four years or so.     As I keep telling myself and my peeps, we will be okay, we just need to hold onto one another, breathe, and hang on.     Let's be the change we want to see.


Barbara said...

I agree...surprise packages in the mail are the best, and this one surely fits the times. My Starbucks comfort drink is a white chocolate peppermint mocha. Second time I've considered one in the past three days, and so it's probably time for a trip to Starbucks. Rational people can only do so!...and if you've done that, then you've done all you can do. Kindness comes next. The other day I saw a woman wearing Hijab in a store I almost never frequent. I was so tempted to run up and give her a hug, but I resisted. (Probably would have scared the daylights out of her.) But it occurred to me that many feel vulnerable right now, and many feel it more than I do. Kindness is good medicine for the giver and the receiver.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Special friends deserve special gifts - so glad you liked it. xo