The last couple of days have held so many gifts, and so many opportunities for giving.
There were no birthdays, no holidays, no fine print on the calendar at all. Maybe it’s just the promise of autumn (it will come, I know it will!), the idea that we will all soon be huddled closer, seeking warmth of both the literal and figurative sorts. Whatever the reasons, the season of giving has begun.
The first gift, was a complete surprise.
The Daddy brought home a new bike for me!
It’s a really sweet, retro funk cruiser, exactly what I would have chosen for myself. It also came equipped with a poshy little seat on the back for my wee one. The boys and I have gypsy caravaned all over the neighborhood, loving every minute. We’ve been like bees, speeding from one bit of lovliness to another.
Our neighborhood jaunts have brought lots more subtle, but equally surprising and delightful gifts.
The woods, are, when no one is looking, bringing their autumn attire out of storage:
And speaking of well-dressed, we have crossed paths with so many finely arrayed ladies and gentlemen:
We were even gifted an abandoned summer home, by some kindly absent wasps:
Now as if these weren’t all gifts enough, there were more, and a few opportunities to be the giver as well.
My dear friend, Denise, said that if I would bring some wine and some crafty supplies, she’d invite some new friends and make a night of it.
I saw this not only as a nice way to spend an evening, but also a great way to
pawn off share a few bags of Amish Friendship Bread starters. That’s a great way to make new friends, don’t you think? Strapping them with yet another thing to feed and keep alive?
So off I went with my bottle of red, my Ziplock bags of monster yeasty goo, and various stamps and papers for card making.
What I got in return was astounding.
Not one, not two, but three phenomenal new friends. One is a knitter who has promised to help me learn to make socks (YAY!). Another is a cute-as-a-button young Mama who was a professional photographer in her previous life. She was as tickled as I was to debate the merits of film vs. digital (YAY again!). The other is a gorgeous Mississippi gal, so full of southern charm and drawly humor that you just want to rest your face in your palms and gawk at her all night long. Add to that, the company of my sweet sister in law, who is an amazing mom, cook and friend, and you have a perfect evening.
I’m a little giddy to have such an abundant harvest of newfound friends!
Last, but not least, my passport arrived today! A REAL, HONEST TO GOODNESS PASSPORT!!!! There was much squealing and prancing about, I assure you. I’ve set right to work making a delicious little holder for it, along with my itinterary and what not. Who knew there would be a need for travel crafting!?!?! You can be sure that I will soon be giving you the run down on my adventures in travel document holder making 🙂
For now though, to celebrate, I will share with you the recipe for some scrumptious treats that one of my new friends brought last night. I have my eye on her… she might have secret motives to fatten us all up.
Brace yourselves, this one’s a doozy! It is the perfect thing for those of you who like a little salty with your sweet:
1 sleeve of Saltine crackers
2 sticks butter
1/4 c. sugar
12 oz. chocolate chips
1 package sliced almonds
Line cookie sheet (sides too) with foil. Place crackers side by side in the pan. Bring butter and sugar to a boil for 3 min. Pour the hot mixture over crackers and bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Sprinkle chips over top of crackers and spread when they begin to melt. Top with nuts and refrigerate until hard. Break into pieces.
I’m wishing you all the chance to give and receive so richly today!