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a blessed, warm-cockled heart!

Posted on: September 8, 2008

Yesterday I went to the shopping centre, which to most of you might not seem like any special occasion. However I am fairly anti-leavethehouse most of the time, so it is often not me who does the shopping. As I was leaving an elderly man dropped his coins and I crouched down to pick them up (bones creaking!). When I handed him his coins I noticed that he was a man of the cloth. Which denomination of cloth I have absolutely no idea! He blessed my heart! I left the centre feeling somewhat uplifted!

And how am I blessed? Well, we had a lovely Father’s Day despite both our fathers being away. Mine is in Queensland (with Little Purl – lucky beggars!) and the Spunk’s Dad is in Munich. It is telling that our two youngest kids were so excited to be giving their Dad some presents that they were up at about 6am! He was very pleased with his spoils.

I am feeling particularly lucky today because I won a prize in the random draw of the Ravelympics, which is really exciting! A skein of sock yarn from Live2Knit. I have never used any of her yarn, but have often wanted to because it is so pretty. I think it might be just the thing to kick off some sock knitting again. It has been so very long since I have knitted socks. I have been on such a cardigan spree.

Speaking of cardigans, I am just casting on for the collar of the cardigan for the Spunk. Then all I have to do is sew it up(!). I will do that tomorrow in the daylight. Nothing better to do because I AM ON HOLIDAYS!!! Then, off to Knits Needles and Wool to get a zip put in and he will be able to wear it. We are holding our breath at the moment because he is this close to finishing his degree and then he will be teaching – and it looks like he will be with me at my school in the classroom next door! I dare not even think about it at this stage. It has been a long time coming, let me tell you. I have been chief breadwinner for nearly six years and I am very much looking forward to us both working for a decent wage. He has been an absolute trouper through this time, working at the pub up the road putting up with all sorts of rubbish and people asking for cups of chino and chicken in pyjamas, but that will all soon come to an end. Instead he will be putting up with all sorts of rubbish from teenagers! But at least he will be getting paid decent money for it and will be home at night! Hooray! Another blessing!!

We had another northern Ravelry meeting on Saturday, which was absolutely lovely. Before that Mother and I went into town and did a tiny spot of shopping. For some reason that I have forgotten, according to Mother it is my year to get presents, and she bought me a new handbag! Thanks Mum!

And earlier in the week we went to Hobart for Little Purl’s official presentation with the Premier regarding her prize. It was a lovely day; the Spunk drove us there and almost all the way back, we did another spot of (window) shopping, caught up with my uncle and watched a presentation by last year’s winners. We had a cup of coffee and a bite to eat and came home again. Lovely. What a proud mother I am! Any locals may have seen Purl in The Examiner or The Mercury.

While I am feeling blessed, I am sorry to say there are no photos of knitting this time around, because Purl has the camera. However, here are my two girls with their little cousin in pink the background and their brother most of the way down the hill playing together after their Grandad’s 70th birthday lunch out in the country. They spent ages rolling down a hill and walking back up it, then rolling down the hill and walking back up it, and . . . so on. To our horror, even Grandad had a turn! To see my fifteen year old giggling and laughing with her five year old sister warmed the cockles of my heart. So I guess I have a blessed heart with warm cockles.

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4 Responses to "a blessed, warm-cockled heart!"

Oh what a lovely post and such general happiness

I am still feeling the cardi love – sleeves on flair and then another cardi of some sort and some other cardis waiting in the wings!

Sounds as though you’re blessed all over.

May the blessings continue and may we all remember to count our blessings.

I’m glad you are blessed – you deserve it.

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