I had come home thinking, Now how do I get the rest of it (holiday/work stuff) done? What is the rest of it? I felt disorganized and the self doubt and the "woe is me" chatter started in the background. (pathetic, but true) and then I opened the mail.
I received not one but two lovely surprises from my Knitter friends for the holidays.
From Kathy B., a Shepard and sheep. Aww. So sweet. I love sheep as many knitters do. These two are still in my knitting corner though the boys think I should move them onto the tree. But it's like having a couple friends to knit with right now :)
The other sweet surprise was from Dee. One of her wonderful cross-stitch ornaments! It has joined some of my other favorites on the tree. Look at that Santa! I want to be good and do good just looking at him :) How can you bah humbug looking at that?
I was saying the other day that ornaments really help bring out the spirit in me. When The Kid and I open the decoration box and decide what we are going to put on (our tree gets smaller every year) there is a joy that comes over both of us.
I love that not only do I have some lovely new ornaments but more stories of friendship as well. I feel just ... happier. The holidays feel fun and not just doable. So thank you again, Kathy and Dee.
*My whole family is grateful.
*Because I'm not such a pinched up pain in their apostrophes now.