Hi there everybody,
Occasionally the sun pops its shiny head through the clouds. It's a gentle reminder that its actually summer time. You'd never guess this, considering these cooler temperatures. At this time of the year, this weather evokes images of Christmas in the Northern hemisphere - log fires, elaborately adorned Christmas trees, Christmas lights and the joy of sharing time with family. I have always marvelled at the contagious mood which erupts from that first Christmas Carol pumped across the public address systems at the shopping centres.
"It's 'Jingle Bells' time!"
On Friday and Saturday, I handed out all my own carefully crafted advent calendars. (Afterall, it was the 1st December - only 25 days to Christmas!!!)
Robz, my 22 year old daughter, imbued with childlike enthusiasm, bopped up and down in excitement as she studied the carefully wrapped packages in front of her.
"I don't think I have the restraint to wait until tomorrow!" she said, all smiles!
What a wonderful time of the year this is!
Yesterday, however, I took full advantage of our cooler weather. I retrieved a fluffy blanket from the cupboard and settled down under it with my brand new 'Kindle' - a gift to myself Cosy!.
Anyone have a Kindle?
The other thing that has allowed me to experience the descending Christmas spirit was being party to the "Raffle draw" on Saturday. As I explained in my previous post - this was an effort to raise funds for my two nieces who are battling the debilitating effects of Juvenile arthritis. A condition like this brings enormous medical bills. It was a simple idea - to raffle off a small cot-blanket which I had crocheted some time ago. I put the idea out to the Facebook support group ...and it gathered unexpected momentum. On Saturday the ticket sellers met at the Weinerlein family's house, for the two young girls to make the draw.
We 'took tea to them' - wanting them to share in the excitement too.
I must say, I was totally overwhelmed when I realised the amount of money that had been collected for the family - a total of R4765. This was far beyond our expectations, but it appears that so many people were moved by their story. Not only did people buy tickets, but they also contributed, behind the scenes, to the girls' Trust Fund. It's only the second time in my life that I've put together a raffle hamper, but wow, was I touched at the generosity of people who care the plight of others. Here is a picture of the group which met on Saturday to draw the winning ticket.
This morning, I was so touched to receive a cyber-advent-calendar as a gift from 'Lisa' (Rottrover). It is a 'Jackie Lawson' advent calendar - and one of the most beautiful I have ever received!
The beautiful calendar is now securely installed on my laptop.
I am looking forward to opening up each little 'gift' between now and Christmas.
And yes, I will show restraint! :)
Thank you, Lisa for the gift and the thought! You made my day!
(Above: "Hey Mom, it's raining...what do we do now?)
(Above: "Okay, we get it, this weather is perfect for a game of rough and tumble, BOL!")
(Above: Robz' guinea pig, 'Scotch' receives his Christmas bath...together with a bunch of parsley.)
By the way, I am LOVING the intimacy of this new blog. I hope you are too.
Thank you for being my friends!