roses in the snow

I'm taking a break --- remember?

Plunging myself into a whirlwind of pre-Christmas obligations -- not having time to get any type of thready/yarny things done.

Uh. huh.

That worked....

....until I saw Teresa's fabulous video tutorial for her crocheted Christmas ornament.

So, pushing aside the pile of Christmas cards that need to be addressed; the cookie dough that needs to be mixed; the online ordering of Christmas presents that  m.u.s.t. get done; the menu planning for Christmas eve....I went and hunted for hooks I had hidden & thread I intentionally put out of reach.

And made a roses in the snow ornament.

*thread is size 10 DMC Cebelia
*the hook is my # 7
*and I changed Teresa's flower to the flower from motif #114 from this book:

The tiny green leaves I crocheted from here:

Hmmm.  I think I will give this ornament to Ruth.  She is a special 91 yr. old lady ( and I do mean, lady!) that I have the pleasure of taking care of a few days a week. 

I have learned so much from her! 

Some days I wonder, 'Exactly who is taking care of whom?'

She has taught me that being strong is more admirable than being whiney.  
She has taught me to say thank you even in the smallest of incidences.
She has taught me that when you fall down, you stand back up.
She has taught me that obligations are opportunities.
She has taught me that if you are still drawing breath  -- you still have plenty of things to do.

"This is Christmas:
not the tinsel,
not the giving and receiving,
not even the carols,
but the humble heart
that receives anew
the wondrous gift,
the Christ."
-- Frank McKibben

Merry Christmas, everyone!


quietness of mind

Bless us Lord, this Christmas with quietness of mind. Teach us to be patient and always to be kind."
--Helen Steiner Rice

....a bit of a holiday break.
I'll be back soon.