Look my Christmas cactus actually bloomed in December!!
Winter Solstice was what yesterday and already Winter is making its presence felt here in the Pacific Northwest. It looks like me might have a white Christmas this year. When I went to put the chickens to bed there was a very big wind blowing in some very cold air! We are supposed to get snow starting sometime on Friday. Which means I have a day to prep for maybe being snowed in for a bit. I was going to spend the holiday with my son and daughter-in-law but we’ll see.
Anyway …there are worse things than a quiet white Christmas during another pandemic surge. I hope everyone is staying safe during this time.
I had an unexpected surprise last week. My youngest ( the one in medical school) came to visit along with her fiance Nicole. I have not them in 3 years because of the whole medical school thing and the pandemic. I was such a joy! My heart is so very happy. They leave for DC at the crack of dawn tomorrow. Of course it’s just never long enough but am so very grateful that I got to replenish my system with all that is my youngest!
Luckily there were two kittens! Sophie took a shine to Fiona and Nicole to Felix.
So lots of kitten snuggles were had! Fiona is the by far the cuddliest cat I have ever had.
So it’s back to all the things I need to get done in the next few weeks. Because of this visit and a few other glitches there will be a bit of a delay in the last shipment of RSC. I am in the middle of dyeing it and was expecting more yarn which was delayed and will not be here until next week. Also the stitch markers were delayed so… . If I have learned anything the past two years it’s that you can certainly make a plan but right now there is a good chance you will have to adjust. Honestly I was surprised about the yarn since I have not had huge delays in the last few months. I will say that I am also a little concerned about the weather here next week. We’ll keep out fingers crossed that the power stays on.I am going to go ahead and send the dyer’s notes Friday so you will have those.
I am going to go ahead and put the 2022 up for sale since I am getting a fair amount of requests which honestly is quite lovely. Thank you for believing in me!!
I am also sending out the last of the Silk School notes and the Spinning Club along with the Targhee Info I promised for all of you that supported out Targhee Love program! I have dyed so very many skeins of Targhee Worsted. it’s a good thing I love this yarn. Haha
This week we lost a stunning human being. Bell Hooks left this earthly realm. It is a great loss!! I learned so much of what I know about community and love from Bell Hooks. She was that rare combination of a brilliant mind, enlightened soul and a grand open heart which she shared with all of us. She will be missed greatly. I am so very grateful. Thank you Bell! Rest in peace and love!
A few of my favorite Bell Hook quotes:
“The moment we choose love, we begin to move towards freedom,to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.”
“But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”
“But love is really more of an interactive process. It’s about what we do not just what we feel. It’s a verb not a noun.”
“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that she who we are and how we live in the world.”
Okay I could truly go on forever so will stop here.
I hope all of you have a peaceful loving holiday weekend. I know it can be a hard time. If you are feeling alone please do reach out. We truly are all in this together !!
Much love from me and my furry and feathered friends!!