So, before Christmas, I was looking around Etsy and I found a really cute pattern for an owl. Now, I really have a thing for owls right now; so I didn’t think anything of purchasing it.
See! How cute is that pattern! I can’t wait to make one for myself!
Well, today, I received an e-mail from Tina Whitmore explaining that the person I purchased the pattern from had actually stolen the pattern from her! Can you believe it!?! I offered to repurchase the pattern from her. She kindly said that all she wanted was for me to tell family and friends about her site. So, I’m doing that here.
If you like this pattern, please visit KnitWhits for your own copy.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….
Twelve yummy tea bags,
Eleven hours baking,
Ten cookie tins,
Nine family visits,
Eight gifty cards,
Seven books to read,
Six leafy buttons,
Five Harry Potters,
Four hand made gifts,
Three rubber duckies,
Two hand knit sweaters,
And a baby who saved us all.
I received this several months ago and was prompted to hold onto it. For a while, I read it every day. I had a serious case of the “Why mes.” Everything seem to be coming down on me at once. This article helped me through it.
Today, I was thrown right back into that feeling. I’ve been sick the past several days. Today, I finally felt like I could muddle through work , though I still feel like poo. Once I got to work, I received an e-mail that gave me a full on panic attack. Which, I haven’t had in several years. Since the e-mail is of a personal nature, and I’m not comfortable with all the Internets knowing everything about me, I will simply say that the person who sent the e-mail is being, and has been for a while, disrespectful to me. I can not cut this person out of my life (again, personal circumstances); but really don’t want to continue to be disrespected all the time.
After raging for a bit, I replied in what I thought was a neutral but firm e-mail that stated if the disrespect continued the situation would go down hill quick. Knowing this person, I have a feeling it will head that way soon. I just have to pray for this person to realize that there are other people in this world and read this article and hope it takes root in my heart.
He hurried down the concourse to catch an important connecting flight. As he arrived at the gate, he noticed that the door was closed and the airplane was just pulling away. Looking at his watch, he stepped up to the counter and said, “I don’t understand. The airplane is leaving eight minutes early. I really needed to be on that flight.”
The representative replied, “Yes, unfortunately the airplane left early, and I am sorry but we cannot call it back.” After making arrangements to be included on the next flight, the pastor sat down to wait. A little while later, the representative, who had been watching him closely, came over and asked, “Why are you so pleasant? I expected that you would get angry after what happened.”
The pastor explained, “I belong to God. He controls all things. If He wanted me on that airplane, He would have kept it here until it was originally scheduled to depart. I know that since He didn’t allow me to catch that flight, He must have something better for me, and for that I am grateful.” This pastor passed an important test to get more of God’s power:
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
How can we prepare to “pass the tests” that God gives us? One of the most important ways is to develop a thankful heart that recognizes and accepts His sovereignty in our lives.
There are at least four good reasons why we should give thanks for whatever God allows to happen in our lives. First of all, God is in control of all things. Nothing happens without His awareness and permission, not even the falling of one sparrow. Therefore, we can be sure that God is fully aware of everything that happens to us. (See Matthew 10:29–31.)
Second, if we love the Lord and are committed to doing His will, then we can be confident that what He allows to happen will be for our ultimate good. (See Romans 8:28.)
Third, one of the highest purposes for which God allows difficulties in our lives is to conform us to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we learn to respond as Christ would to whatever situations we face, we develop His characteristics, including patience, endurance, compassion, discernment, wisdom, humility, self-control, and many other important qualities. (See Hebrews 12:5–11 and Romans 8:29.)
Fourth, God wants to teach us His ways, which are higher than our ways, and His thoughts, which are higher than our thoughts. (See Isaiah 55:9.) By humbling ourselves and thanking God for whatever He allows us to experience, we will demonstrate meekness, which is strength under control. Scripture promises, “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way” (Psalm 25:9).
When we rejoice in tribulation, we gain patience, experience, hope, and love, which come by the power of the Holy Spirit. (See Romans 5:3–5.)
This pastor thanked God for allowing Him to miss his airplane, because he knew it was the right thing to do. However, he later had more reasons to be thankful when he learned that the airplane he missed had tragically crashed.
If we want to experience more of the power of the Holy Spirit, we must begin by fully surrendering ourselves to His control and exhibiting a grateful attitude for whatever He allows in our lives.
1. Good times: horseback riding, tickle fights on the couch, stories at bedtime, messes in the kitchen while baking treats, snorkling on the island.
2. My sanctuary is my home.
3. Sleigh bells ring incessantly at my house.
4. People had more respect for other people when I was little.
5. Once more, there are other people in this world beside you! Please learn some manners people!
6. When is this day going to end?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing up Christmas knitting project 2/5, tomorrow my plans include making Christmas candy and Sunday, I want to finish up Christmas sewing projects 1, 2, 3, & 4!
Most days at work, I can get my actual work knocked out before lunch. That leaves the remainder of the day to knit, read, balance my checkbook and pay bills. I admit that I often wish I had more work to do; however, I’m pretty content listening to my audiobooks and knitting. Now, in keeping whith my luck in the past few months, I am getting a little behind in my knitting/sewing projects. I’ve realized that Christmas knitting project #5 will not be the original new pattern I was hoping it would be. Instead, I will just finish up a project that has been put on hold since October.
That is fine. It’s okay. The real problem is that I’ve been counting on all the knitting time I usually have during the day. This week, I have only been able to knit at home after work, after I make dinner, after I clean up the house, after I get onto Boy Child for not doing homework in a timely fashion, after nagging Boy Child into the shower, after visiting with Hubby. Needless to say, this has been a very knitting light week, and I’m behind.
I am scheduled to finish KP #3 tomorrow. Technically, it is still possible if I do nothing today and tomorrow but knit. That, however, is not goinging to happen. I am looking at 4 huge stacks of papers that I need to go through, organize and file. Nope. There will be no knitting today. Sigh. I’m sure everything will be okay. Santa knits, right?
Taking a cue from Ms. Purl, here is a list of some stuff I like.
1. Giovanni Tree Triple Treat Shampoo and Conditioner. I love these! I have been trying to simplify and “green” my beauty products. I came across these after becoming dissatisfied with the longevity of my Aubry products. It is not too expensive, and it gives a great tingling sensation. My hair is fairly long; however, the conditioner does not weigh it down. I have also tried the leave-in conditioner, but I find the smell unpleasant.
2. Along with the natural product theme, I love my Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Complexion Soap. When my friend Suzanne first suggested it, I was doubtful; but she was totally right! This stuff is great. It smells a little odd at first, but it works. They also have this soap called something goddess. It is in a green box. They don’t have it on the website & the only place I can find it is Whole Foods, but it is one of the best smelling soaps I have ever used. Yum!
3. Novus Egyptian Mint Tea. I am one of those people who want to be a tea lover. I really do. However, I just can’t seem to make it a daily part of my life. Now, having said that, this is one I adore. I can even drink it without any kind of sweetener, which is saying something. My spa has it; and of course, no one around here has it – not even Whole Foods & they have everything.
4. Old Fashioned Creme Drops. Nuff said. Yummy!
5. Dr. Scholl’s Back Pain Inserts. These are the only inserts I have found that actually work. I suffered a back injury about eight years ago. It flairs up often if I am on my feet for too long. Knowing that I was not going to be able to wear my Birkenstock sandles once the temperatures started to dip, I was desperate to find something to make wearing close toed shoes bearable. I stuck these in my boots and was able to walk around Rhinebeck without effort. If you have back pain, you should try these.
1. Wait! Wait, don’t forget you knitting bag or you will have nothing to do while waiting in the parking lot of Toys-R-Us.
2. Slamming on my breaks followed at once by hitting the horn because yet another person was too busy talking on the cell phone to pay attention to driving is my daily norm.
3. The trouble is my mind is usually 3 thoughts ahead of my mouth.
4. It makes me happy that everyone that works with me is many miles away. (It is just me & the other assistant today! Yea!)
5. With a faint pop, the small bubble of hope bursts that Boy Child will be getting a cell phone for Christmas. (Sorry, baby! You know the rules. No driver’s license = no cell phone.)
6. Going to work is more often than not shadowy and ominous. (…but not today!)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing up the Chinese food & knitting, tomorrow my plans include cleaning the house & sewing Christmas gifts and Sunday, I want to go to church & make good headway on Christmas knitting!
I try to keep this blog light and fun. I like to share knitting and sewing projects with the Internets. I even throw in an amusing anecdote from time to time. Today, I feel the need to rant a little. Apparently, New York has voted against a bill legalizing same sex marriage. It is a hot topic and a big deal to a good many people. Now, being a Christian, I personally believe that marriage is a covenant between a man, a woman, and God.
However, having said that, I also think that people are entitled to their own beliefs. I do not think that everyone has to agree with me. I also know that we, as human beings, need to find a way to live together. It is a very difficult thing to have people with totally different view points try to agree on anything. I also don’t think that members of the gay community are any less than I am, just like I don’t think that people of different nationalities or races are any better or less than me.
The thing that really has me hot and bothered is the statement, “It is not fair to allow a majority to make the rules for a minority.” I ask all of you that believe that statement, “How should it be decided?” Seriously, how? Should the minority decide for the majority? Nope. Your whole argument is that one group should not make laws and rules for other people. So, what? Do we just let everyone do what they want? No? Well, how do we make rules then? Which ideas should be laws? There will always be someone who disagrees. They then become the minority. You just said that the majority should not make rules for the minority. So, how do we make rules, then, if there is always a minority?
Pedophiles think that what they are doing is okay. Gangs think it is okay to shoot/kill/maime members of other gangs. Many men believe that women are property and are subject to their husband’s ultimate authority. Should we let them do what they want? ‘Cause right now, in these situations, the majority has decided that the act of a minority is wrong; and their acts should be outlawed. Why is that any different from the majority of New York state deciding that same sex marriage should not be legal?
And before anyone points out that the same sex marriage issue is different, let me point out that I am not discussing the validity of one issue over another. I am discussing the argument that because a person is in the minority, they suddenly have the right to take offense that the majority disagrees with them. I assure you that if the vote had gone differently, and the bill had passed, these same people (pro same sex marriage) would not be making that statement. I also think that if the opposing group had said the majority should not make decisions for the minority, they would be criticized up and down as bigots.
Right or wrong. There will always be a majority and a minority on any issue. The truth of the matter is that unless we want to have a dictator running our country lives, the majority will always make rules for the minority. There is no other way to have any semblance of order. The key is to find a place where you are in the majority rather than the minority on issues you find most important. I, myself, could never live in California or Massachusetts. My personal beliefs would never allow me to live in such liberal states. I also don’t expect someone with very liberal leanings to be happy in the deep south. I think when you live in a community where people, in general, have the same beliefs, you will be happier.
That’s all I have to say about that.
As I mentioned yesterday, I stocked up on sewing patterns. I can’t wait to be done with Christmas crafting, so I can start on some new sewing projects:
7:30 am – get up and get ready for trip
9:00 am – travel to North Carolina & grandparent’s house. amazed at how well Boy Child travels.
3:30 pm – arrive & visit with family
6:00 pm – dinner – Yum!
8:00 pm – look at Black Friday ads
11:05 pm – Toys-R-Us opens at midnight & decide to go ahead & go to the store in Ashville, NC. leave Boy Child sleeping with Papa B, Nana, Aunt S & Uncle R. (lucky ducks!)
11:45 pm – reach Toys-R-Us and see a line of about 300 people. decide it is not worth it. drive to Toys-R-Us in Greenville, SC (@ 45 min away) thinking that by the time we arrive, there would be no line.
12:30 am – arrive @ Toys-R-Us in Greenville, SC & find a line of 600-700 people.
12:32 am – decide there is no way we are waiting in that line & go off to find the other stores on our list.
12:40 am – find Target. see people already lined up even though the store does not open until 5:00 am. astounded that people have set up tents in front of store. leave immediately.
12:50 am – go back to Toys-R-Us to check out the line. decide to wait in the car where it is warm. amazed by the orderly people who live in Greenville. ponder that there would be no way on Earth that this type of orderliness would happen in Birmingham. watch in fascination at both the store employees & customers.
3:00 am – make it inside store.
3:15 am – realize there is a second line to electronics, right where we need to be.
4:30 am – finally find & purchase Christmas gifts
4:50 am – arrive back @ Target. line is longer, but does not rival Toys-R-Us.
4:55 am – decided to go next door to Academy Sports first.
5:10 am – realize Academy does not have it all together in the staffing department. go back to Target.
5:15 am – get into store & find our gifts. debate whether we want to stand in the checkout line which extends all the way from the front of the store and winds around the back of the store. discover people working in jewelry. cut our check out waiting time by about 1 1/2 hours.
5:45 am – go back to Academy. realize they still don’t have it together.
5:50 am – decide to skip other stores on our list. exhaustion setting in.
6:00 am – grab breakfast before driving back.
6:30 am – head back to grandparent’s house.
7:30 am – fall into bed.
2:00 pm– wake up. get dressed. still sleepy.
3:00 pm – have lunch/dinner. more shopping. hit LYS & bought gorgeous lace yarn in autumn reds, greens and golds.
some time after that, visit with the family. watch a movie. go to bed late. (It’s all a little blurry.)
10:30 am – wake up.
11:15 am – have lunch. more shopping. pick up Hubby his present (he needed to try on first). have milk shakes.
3:00 pm – pack up stuff. drive to aunt’s house. visit with family. Boy Child goes fishing in the pond. have dinner with family. try to convince Boy Child the pork roast is really turkey. fail. aunt pulls out left over turkey for him to eat.
7:00 pm – roast marshmallows over a bon fire. Boy Child has more fun throwing things into fire that making s’mores.
8:00 pm – drive home.
12:00 am – arrive home. fall into bed asleep while Hubby unpacks car. (Sorry for sticking you with all the work, baby. You are a good man.)
9:00 am – wake up. put up & decorate Christmas tree. put up remaining decorations. impressed by Boy Child’s initiative in putting up decorations. clean house. do laundry. watch tv. go to Hancock Fabrics & pick up $1 patterns. go grocery shopping. have dinner. laugh & general merriment with Hubby & Boy Child.
9:00 pm – put Boy Child to bed
fall asleep some time, can’t really remember.
7:45 am – drop off Boy Child @ school. forget how awful it is to drive car pool in the rain.
8:30 am – reminded about the sheer amount of work that waits for me after a holiday. work like a fool.
12:30 pm – go to Panera Bread for Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. am calmed by the meal & time away from work.
1:30 pm – contemplate not going back to work. go back anyway. work some more.
4:45 pm – awsome friend (that’s you Suzanne) picks up a knitting book for me that is on sale @ her LYS. am cheered.
5:00 pm – leave work. think about going to the grocery store for forgotten items. decide I’m too tired. go home. laugh with Hubby. watch tv. finish Christmas knit on time. start another project. hope that the big project that’s almost finished but can’t travel with gets done soon. according to my schedule, it’s late.
11:00 pm – finally go to bed after all the caffeine that kept me awake all day has finally run its course.