Thursday, November 29, 2007

Winter Wonderland Topic of the Week #4

What is the ideal setting for enjoying the perfect cup of coffee? Who would be there - or would you be alone? Inside or out? Morning or night? With food or just the steaming cup of joe?

Ideal setting.... well that depends. This time of year it's sitting is in my favorite chair in the living room, gazing at my Christmas tree! The coffee can be black or with a good shot of International Delight. If it's time for breakfast, a good muffin is great, but most of the time all I need is the coffee.

I do have one friend that comes over to knit with me, and we love to drink coffee, visit, and knit. When she's here, we often have a goodie with our coffee. One good piece of chocolate is all that's necessary--or maybe a biscotti.

Early summer is one of the most perfect times of the year to enjoy coffee outside. First thing in the morning is such a fun time. I just love to sit at my patio table with a cup of coffee and gaze at my surroundings: flowers, trees, birds, squirrels, etc. My dogs come out with me, and I love to watch them play and stretch out in the sun. Then, later in the afternoon when the sun has passed over the house and my patio is in the shade, it's time for round two!

Typing this reminds me to be thankful for these peaceful, quiet times. This week I've been drinking my coffee out of a styrofoam cup sitting beside my mom's hospital bed, and that is not cozy. I took her in Monday evening, and have been there every waking moment since then except for the time I'm at school. The good news is that the tests they've been running have been coming back negative, for which we are greatful. We've got a tough stretch in front of us trying to keep her safe until she is strong enough to get her knee replaced, but we'll just take it one day at a time. Please keep my sweet mom in your prayers.

Friday, November 23, 2007

It's Contest Time Again. And Again....

Stop by Chan's blog and enter her contest. She's giving you a chance to share about your favorite charity, and will be giving away fun stuff! And, tell her I sent you so I get an extra entry!!

And then, "Congratulations" to Jane, who is giving away some wonderful prizes to celebrate her 300th post. I haven't even made it to 100 yet! Be sure to stop by and check out all the fun stuff she shares on her blog!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Winter Wonderland Topic of the Week #3

This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving in the U.S., so let's all - American or not- share what it is we're thankful for. A wonderful thing to do any time of year, I thought it'd be a nice thing to share for this week with the group!Family: Mine is fairly small, so each member is a treasure. The love and support of family is a wonderful blessing in my life.
Friends: I have some of the most wonderful friends in the whole wide world! I don't know what I did to deserve them, but I sure am thankful that I have them!!
Home: It's warm and comfortable, and I love "coming home" here each day.
Music: Music is a huge part of my life, and it provides me with countless hours of enjoyment. I love to listen to music, but I play the piano, so I participate actively as well. I'm a member of the band that plays for two contemporary services at my church every Sunday, and it's something I just love to do. Great fun rockin' and rollin' with the others!!
My Woofers: I didn't even like dogs until my oldest son bribed me into letting him get one about 6-1/2 years ago. He promised not to get a crotch rocket cycle if I'd let him get a dog. For this mom, that was a no-brainer! Now we have two beasts, the boy child has moved out (and has another HUGE dog of his own), and the "original two" are mine. I adore them and spoil them rotten. And yes, he did keep his promise about the crotch rocket!!
Job: I'm fortunate to be able to teach in a small private school with a group of fantastic people. It's very different from what I'd been doing previously, and it's great!
My Hands: This may sound strange, but I'm thankful for all the things that I am able to do with my hands, and the amount of enjoyment I get from doing those things. My whole life I've been artsy in a number of different ways, and I can't imagine not being busy with my hands. From lettering to coloring, needlepoint to cross stitch, stamping to beading, crocheting to knitting, and playing the piano, my hands love doing all that and much more.
Faith: I'm blessed with a faith that I can count on no matter what life sends my way. I always have somewhere to go, and someone to turn to through all the ups and downs of life.
Little Things: Every day there are the "little things" that bring joy and make life interesting: Coffee with a friend, an unexpected conversation with a stranger, or a colorful tree on the way home from work. Or, an hour to sit and knit with a cup of strong coffee and a candle burning on a nearby table.
Have a Wonderful
Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

A "Thankful" Contest....

I just entered a fun contest that GNAT is having to celebrate her 100th post! Go check it out, enter, and be sure to tell her I sent you! She reminds us to stop and think about all that we have to be thankful for.

Winter Wonderland Topic of the Week #2

As the cold of winter approaches, do you change the projects you work on? Not intentionally, but warm, cozy things are more inviting to make when the weather is colder. There's something about having a wooly afghan resting in my lap that just doesn't work so well when the weather is hot. I'm just finishing a pair of felted slippers that I can hardly wait to wear, but I didn't think too much about having them a few weeks ago!! I'm also thinking of starting a wrap, and yes, maybe even a afghan, who knowsl!

Do you work on gifts for others or do you continue working on projects for yourself? Either, I guess. I usually plan ahead to make things for others, and not necessarily more at Christmas than other times of the year because of the time crunch during the holidays. This past year I've made quite a few birthday gifts for friends and family, which was fun. If my slippers turn out the way I'm hoping, I just might whip up a few more pairs for Christmas gifts because they're quick and easy, and IF they turn out like the picture, they'll be very cute, too!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

My Secret Pal Had A "Novel" Idea!!!

I received a package from my SP 11 spoiler this week, and what a fun package it was! I opened it to find great colors of yarn and yummy treats! (Missing from the pictures is the bag of tasty goodies she sent--they didn't make it till picture day!!!) Just look at all the loot!
I love felting with the Patons SWS, and she sent three skeins in the nice denimy blue, which I haven't tried yet so it was the perfect color choice! Then, four skeins of cotton, all in colors I'll enjoy. She must have been snooping around my blog, cause I know I've mentioned wanting to try the Sugar & Cream Stripes, but not being able to find it around here. Now I have a skein of that, too, and can't wait to try it. And look at the box of Oregon Chai. That is good stuff, and I'll enjoy every sip. Who knows, maybe I'll even share!Her note was on a postcard that gives me a "hint" as to where she lives, and if you look closely you can see a CD case peeking out from behind the postcard. It was cleverly hidden at the bottom of the package--- and what I fun idea! It's the first CD of three; a novel set in the "world of knitting"! Last night I had a friend over and we sat and sipped tea and knit as we listened to the story. We had such fun!! We didn't stop until we'd listened to the whole thing, and now I'm anxiously waiting for the second installment. And the third!!
Thank you SO much, Secret Pal!
I really appreciate all
the thoughtful gifts!!!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Time to Enter Another Contest!!

I was catching up with some blog news after being out of town for a few days, and found out that Cass is having a contest!! She's giving away some fun stuff to celebrate her 333rd post, so hop on over there, congratulate her, and check it out! And tell her I sent you so I get "extra credit"!!

Winter Wonderland Topic of the Week #1

When did you first start drinking coffee? What age were you? Was it about the caffeine, or do you love the taste and smell? Tell us how your passion began!
I didn't start drinking coffee until I was an adult. When my youngest son started kindergarten, I started substitute teaching. Others I worked with were always dragging around a mug and drinking coffee. I felt like I was missing out on something. There was a certain "romance", or "charm" to this coffee drinking thing. So, what choice did I have but to start carrying a mug in my briefcase so I could join in the fun! I really didn't like the taste of the coffee; it was more the "idea" of drinking it that appealed to me!

The next step was to go to a coffee shop, and there I discovered the mixed espresso drinks!! Oh ya... liked those!!! We have a shop in town that roasts its own beans, so the smell in there is beyond description. You don't even need to buy coffee... all you have to do is inhale! Pure Coffee Bliss!!

My coffee "habit" grew slowly over a number of years, going from something I enjoyed occasionally to the beverage I can't leave home without every morning when I head off to school.