Wandering And Being Thankful

Yes, I have made you stare at the last post for far too long. For those who are curious, the answer was “yes”.

Let’s say I’ve had a very busy fall! My Mom came to visit for October, a treat since she doesn’t get back here that often. We hopped in my VW and took a week-long road trip to the Boston area to visit with a friend in Newburyport and my niece, who attends BU. We hit the peak of the leaf color, ate lobster and checked out a few yarns shops (big surprise there)! One of my favorite parts of the Northeastern part of the US is the little hidden treasures.

Hidden Alley Art in Newburyport, MA
Hidden Alley Art in Newburyport, MA

The drive to and from was occasioned by a stop at Niagara Falls. I can’t believe that as many times as I’ve lived in Michigan, I have never been. We remedied it by taking a good look from both sides – awesome!

Niagara Falls from the Canadian side
Niagara Falls from the Canadian side, the horseshoe end.

Hubby and I then vended the Winter Wonders Show in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in November. It was a great show and a great time was had by all. My (finished) Dragon Paws were very well received and made me feel quite clever, indeed  ;o)

I updated the free knitting pattern, “My Man’s Scarf” if you are looking for a great unisex scarf to knit for a loved one.

But now, here in the US, it is Thanksgiving week and preparations are in high gear for a day of cooking and feasting! We Yanks usually reflect on the things we are grateful for during this time and I have to say, my list is very long! But, in a very timely fashion, I came across this paragraph in a favorite book and thought it appropriate to share. From Sir Terry Pratchett’s Disc World novel, “Thief Of Time”.

“The first words read by seekers of enlightenment in the secret, gong-banging, yeti-haunted, valleys near the hub of the world are read when they look into the Life of Wen the Eternally Surprised.

The first question they ask is: ‘Why was he eternally surprised?’

And they are told: ‘Wen considered the nature of time and understood that the universe is, instant by instant, re-created anew. Therefore, he understood, there is, in truth, no Past, only a memory of the Past. Blink our eyes, and the world you see next did not exist when you closed them. Therefore, he said, the only appropriate state of mind is surprise. The only appropriate state of heart is joy. The sky you see now, you have never seen before. The perfect moment is now. Be glad of it.”

If you have never read any of the Disc World books, you should. TP has a way of putting things in perspective. They are also fall-down hilarious.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Deb H

Wandering And Being Thankful

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