Guess I’ll join the bandwagon and herald the arrival of Spring along with all the other folk who got to enjoy totally unpredicted 70+ degree weather here in Michigan, in March! Normally, at this time of year here in the Great Lakes State, we can expect lots of rain, possibly snow, and perhaps tornados…but SUMMER weather early? Not very likely. What, you ask, did I do to enjoy this ‘windfall’? Went out walking with my youngest son; that’s two days in a row for the now ‘exercising grammie’! I used to walk regularly, just for my health and to keep the blood glucose levels low but sort of fell into a pattern of “I don’t really feel like it”; time to change all that…the weather is gorgeous! Last evening while driving to our tax man’s house, I had the windows down in the car, no jacket, actual sandals on my feet, light-weight clothing…it was really nice. While driving along with the wind blowing through my hair I could hear the sounds of birds AND, in one area…peepers! Frog Songs! I certainly didn’t think they’d be here THIS early! I love that sound; that, and crickets in summer. Yesterday was, as I told my youngest son, the kind of day where I, as a child, would find a large hill and lie down in the grass gazing at the blue-blue sky and watching the clouds go by…now THAT’s glorious! When is the last time you can say you did that!? It’s getting on time that this grammie takes her own words to heart and just ENJOYS LIFE!!!
I have a new project! While sitting in the office of my middle son’s Scoliosis doctor and knitting, the doctor’s assistant asked me what I was working on. I’ve been knitting these 7 inch squares for the Habitat for Humanity afghans a fellow blogger puts together for families receiving Hab. for Hum. houses, in New York. The doctor’s assistant told me she had ‘just the project’ for me: making small afghans for children in Sierra Leon and Ghana. It seems that this doctor and many of his friends make a trip to these countries once a year to do free gratis surgeries on needy children there. Last year a lady who works in their office brought in a small afghan she’d knitted and didn’t have an actual purpose for. They took said afghan with them on this trip and gave it to a very needy young girl there: it became her only possession and she clutched it, constantly, to her and carried it everywhere. It became her only sense of security. The doctor’s assistant must have sensed that I’m a real softie when it comes to ‘good causes’ because she gave me the information on this expedition. I asked her, rather tentatively : “IF I were to make an afghan, where would I take/send it?” She said: “Oh, you could just bring it here to me! We’d be very grateful to take it!” Well, I’m sure you know the rest of that story…guess who’s decided that this is my next “great cause”. Since I’d already made about 16 of the seven-inch knitted squares I decided that I’d see just how big they would be if laid out on the floor. It looks like about 20 of them, 4 to a row, would make a small ‘one small child’ afghan’. Being a person who loves ‘great causes’, I’m off and running (or knitting, to be more exact), excited to see just what this first effort will look like, finished. (NOW is when I really wish I knew how to put photos on this blog site!) I realize that this is a small project, but one that I can look forward to completing. I’m anxiously looking forward to this Friday, as I’ve been invited to join a Ladie’s Knit Night with a newly-made friend. She told me about this group of 7-8 ladies who get together once a month to knit, chat, and enjoy each other’s company. What an opportunity! I would LOVE to go! To explain here: I’m one of those ‘odd ducks’ who don’t knit the ‘normal/usual’ way…my mom taught me to knit and she was left-handed, hence I had to learn to knit by standing in front of her. Many years later, I’ve discovered that my method is called either: the “German Method”, “Continental” or “European” method. In this new group I’ll be joining, I guess there’s one other lady who knits this way…I’m excited! I’ve never met anyone else who does this and I’m very eager to ask her several questions about how she does certain stitches using this method. Believe me, it isn’t easy trying to adapt patterns to this method…it’s down-right difficult! Since I’m only doing 7 ” squares, learning new patterns is very exciting and, having the propect of someone else who knows my method, is making me down-right giddy! (it doesn’t take much!)
Anyway, dear friends, that’s what’s going on around here these days. We’re watching the world around us burst into bloom, looking and listening with ‘new eyes and ears’ at what God has set in front of us to enjoy. Enjoy your Spring days!