Monday, December 14, 2009

Wonderful Surprise

Today wasn’t a good day.  I don’t talk about it on my blog, but my Mother has vascular dementia and I deal with the fallout of that condition pretty much daily.  I only had 2 hours sleep last night and was feeling pretty sorry for myself today.

Then, the mailman arrived with a parcel from my friend Joan who lives in Alberta.  Whenever I think I’m cold, I think of her – it was minus 42° there this morning.  It really doesn’t matter if that’s Fahrenheit or Celsius – it’s FREEZING!

I ‘met’ Joan a few years ago on a Canadian Quilting Forum and through Facebook we have become good friends and regular correspondents.  She regularly beats the pants off me at Scrabble.

When I opened the box, the tears started.

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I knew she had been making these ornaments and I admired them.  I sympathized with her sore fingers sticking all the pins in but told her it would be worth it in the end.  I had no idea I was going to be one of the lucky recipients.  It is absolutely gorgeous and I feel so lucky.

When I dug a little deeper in the box, I discovered this:

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At first I thought it was yardage that had been folded in a very nifty manner.  I absolutely love the colours – pink, purple, green – does she know me or what!  It’s what I would refer to as happy fabric – just looking at it makes you smile.

It’s not yardage as I originally thought, but a wonderful fold up bag.

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It’s completely lined and folds into the front pocket.  I just love it!

Joan, you made my day and I treasure not only the gifts but our friendship.

4 comments:

Joan said...

Now you're going to make me cry! You are so welcome. As I said before it's a pleasure to give to people who appreciate handmade items. I'm glad it cheered you up and made an otherwise crappy day a little better.

Deb said...

What wonderful gifts from a very thoughtful friend.

Sorry about your Mom..it's tough, but how wonderful you are there for her.

Rian said...

Sorry to hear about your mom. That is so difficult to deal with. Give her a kiss from me. What a wonderful friend you have! Lucky you!

Jackie said...

The ornament is stunning! It looks complicated. Two special gifts from a special friend...and arriving when you need it most. Priceless!