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Friday’s Five

Tonight I saw a lady wearing a blood donor hoodie. I said “Thanks a lot” and we had a sweet conversation. Someone like her saved my life one day, decades ago. It felt so good to say thank you…and if you are a blood donor: thank you. I’ll always cherish every day…bad or not. Another chance.

We get a bonus day tomorrow, friends! What are you going to do with it? Leap Year Day gets a place on the list tonight. I plan to sleep without an alarm clock. Little blessings!

Grandchildren picking jonquils. Double sunshine moments.

And sunshine…we’ve had a couple days of that miracle drug. It really is amazing how our beautiful sun can heal so much in us. 🌞

An author’s words to me in conversation tonight: “Writing is really so much craft. We have to practice it.” Thanks Jerry Mitchell. Noted.

So many moments of encouragement and motivation and inspiration this week. Interestingly, a lot of it came from folks I’ll likely never see again. Never underestimate the power of your light. Like the sun, we need it. And you. Keep shining.


Friday’s Five

A day at home. Even though I retired almost a year ago, days like this are rare. I plugged in the tree lights, smiled at the boxes of decorations still waiting, and turned up the Christmas music.
It rained most of the day.
I had projects to finish for different jobs. I did that and in between ran loads of laundry and knitted a new scarf order for a customer.
The day flew by, but December days have a way of doing that.
I’m in my favorite red chair, wrapped up in a new quilted blanket I bought “from my mom”. Every year since she died, I buy something that would give her joy to give to me.
I hung blue lights this year. First time for that, but Sam loved them, and I wanted his spirit near. I’ve learned to act on my ideas. Those blue lights give me a lot of joy. Sweet memories.
Five good things from this busy week of the last month of the year.
Find the joy in simplicity. It’s there…

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Friday’s Five

Five of the many good things from this past week:

My daughter’s message that she’s coming home to visit. This time next week, she’ll be here…

Letters my students wrote to Kimberly Willis Holt…and her offer to Skype with those writers soon…

The clerk named Bill in Hobby Lobby who talked to me about crazy quilt patterns and wrote down a multiplication story for my students…

Jodie’s gift of framed poetry and stories remembered…

Last Saturday’s mail delivery of fibers and bright yarns…

There’s always room for more good. Dear readers, if you’d like to list your own blessings, feel free.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique


I struggled with this challenge. I look for the unique every day…am drawn to it in people, places, objects.

Looked through dozens of pictures and decided this baby quilt would work.
I abandoned most rules for this one. It didn’t matter if the seams matched well or not.
I just wanted something vibrant and
joyful. And a little unexpected.