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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gifts of Gifts

Waking up early, as I have for the past 50 yrs. of my life,
yesterday was no different.
My day started as usual, blindly tripping through the house to the bathroom, do my duty, brush my teeth, pull my hair back, wash my face, and head for the kitchen to start breakfast for Bill.
Pack his lunchbox, have coffee with him and off he goes to the mill, only this time, I take him in, needing the truck to get canning supplies.

Another cup of coffee, a call from my son, a usual one, as he drives back to the Dakota's for work, he always calls on that road trip as we catch up on our week.
The phone call is interrupted by an incoming call for me that I take.

This is where my fun day began.
It's been a long time since anything unexpected has happened to me so I was so thrilled with the outcome of the day.

The call was from an a gal who knew I loved plants, particularly, perennials. Not only that, but Primroses, registered primroses, with the Primrose Society. She did not know their names, nor the gentleman she acquired them from, but she wanted me to have some.
Thanks K. What a wonderful surprise. She did not just give me one, but 3 grocery bags full of them. There were also a couple of house plants. I tried to explain that I have no luck with them but she insisted that I at least try a Prayer Plant and a Shrimp Plant.
I will need the prayer plant, as it may be what gets me over the top with these new-to-me, plants.
Of course, I did NOT say " thank you," or they will not grow.
Instead, I was so glad I had taken her Black Cherry JellyJam and Zuchinni Relish.

( Don't forget to click on each photo for an enlarged view.)
Upon arriving home, while grabbing a bite of lunch, the phone rings.
B next door, wanted to know if I had seen the bag of Yellow Transparent Apples on the deck~~~I had not but WOW, so nice of her.
And what's on the table, but a sample of Apple Cake and a stack of recipes to check out. Thanks B. You are so sweet to us.
Finally, after lunch, the walk to the mailbox had another great surprise.
Inside the box was a squishy, large manila envelope with the return address of a very dear friend on the WI/MI border.
On opening the envelope, I pull out a sweetly wrapped in tissue and yarn, yet, another wonderful surprise.
The card was an explanation and a homemade bookmark with a special meaning and growth of the Monarch Butterfly. But~~~inside the tissue, was~~~not one, but two~~
Two, yes, 2 pair of N's fan-tabulous, warm fleece-lined woolen mittens.
She makes these out of old woolen fabric and sweaters.
What an ingenious way to reuse, recycle, go green.
You go N. These are unbelievable. Even Bill slid his hand into one, approving of her handiwork.

I LOVE how she made them, unmatched, but yet so practical and cute.
Here is the top view of their charm.
N sells these on http://www.bonanza.com/booths/StoneSoup

Please do check her booth out. You will not be disappointed.
I am already working on my Christmas list.
After a short visit to the farm to see Mom and home again for a Breakfast for Supper meal of French Toast topped with dear Bill's homemade Maple Syrup, eggs and sausage, we played our usual card game of Golf.
On glancing occasionally, out the window to see if the deer were out yet, what did we see?
The deer were way beyond the North Garden~do you see them?!~~~
bedded down for the evening in the cool grass.
Keeping an eye on me, with ears perked, they didn't seem to have a care in the world. Awww, the life of a deer.
I'm so grateful for the day I had. It was so fun to have ' surprises ' happen. Life is so good, not only full of material gifts, but gifts from God, like all the nature so close around me, my family and true friends.
I am truly blessed.

As I thought of all my blessings this morning, I remembered this verse,
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High.
Psalm 92:1

Count your blessings, for we have so many every single day.



TexWisGirl said...

a day full of bounty and beauty. love it.

Cher' Shots said...

and a 'GRRRReat' day was had by Dar! Cool mitts and plants. Do share! and in response to your question - yes they are yellow transparent apples and no they were not off my tree. Yes CF does have a 'Harvest Festival' but its really not a big deal.
'love & hugs from afar'

Jill said...

What a magical day for you!

The White Farmhouse said...

Wow, I may start getting up early if that is what happens! Sounds like an awesome day! A great end of the day too.

imac said...

What an exciting day.

madcobug said...

You did have a great day. Helen

jack69 said...

Great entry as usual, you know how to recount an exciting day. I love the mis-matched mittens. I have never heard of that. But I do love Breakfast in the evening.

What a great day in the North Woods. Love it.

Sending more love from down here,
jack & Sherry
Love to Bill and hope his eye is holding it's own.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Dar, Looks like you had a fabulous day... Lots of LOVE from everyone around you.. Thanks for sharing your wonderful day!!!!

Fred Alton said...

Dar, this blog warmed my heart in a special way. Always love reading about what's going on with you and Bill but this was very touching indeed. God is good to give us friends with generous hearts and to satisfy our spirits in unexpected goodness like this. It's time for me to say, "Bless your heart!"

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

I so happy for you. Thank you for sharing such fun. Glad it was an exceptional day.