We are expecting snow today ... I look forward to it eagerly. Meanwhile, I will enjoy my parent's snow and pretend it is out in our yard and covering our pretty barn. I still can't get over the fact that I have barn.
I also have a new favorite spot. I have spoken of it before, but now it is truly my own personal little retreat here in the farm house. The sitting area in front of our fireplace. We made it so cozy and inviting for the holidays, now the look and feel of it lingers and it has become my refuge for having a cup of tea and an apple in the morning when I get up. Or, when I just want a quiet moment looking through a book or the paper, or just to sit a listen to a bit of music.
My sister-in-law her husband gave us a very large antique wooden box/basket for Christmas that was stuffed with all kinds of goodies including three scrumptious smelling pillar candles and a very handsome wooden candle pillow. I light the candle and sit there having tea and looking out the window at the trees in the yard and the corn field out beyond, often lit up golden in the morning or afternoon sun.
I think it is important for a lady to have a little personal retreat; a space she creates with the aesthetics that bring her comfort and charm. Sometimes you need to live in your home for a while to work out where your retreat is ... and I am happy to have found mine.
You see here a photo of the first Gracious Parcels blanket, complete. It is warm and friendly and glows with friendship and kinship endowed within its fibers. I believe all of the readers of I Live on a Farm are present in this blanket, no matter whether you were able to send a square or not. There are so many ways people contribute to the motion, and I believe you all have in your own ways. So, I thank you deeply.
Wednesday night I will present the completed blanket to the Habitat board, and shortly after they will present it to the woman who will be receiving it.
I have also included a shot of the scarf I am knitting for my son to match the hat I knit and gave him at Christmas. When it is complete I will share the pattern with you.
I am off now to continue working for my clients. I wish you well this cold January day.