Monday, May 15, 2017

Sunday Visitors...

We were blessed by a visit from The Little Men & Co. on Sunday to celebrate Mother's Day and Pop Pop's birthday (a bit belated).  The day was absolutely perfect for a picnic!  I called this my generational table setting... quilt from my maternal great grandmother, dishes from my mom and chargers from my daughter.  The heavenly scents of gardenias floated all around.

But, the best part of the day was seeing this one...

And, this one... There may have been a dessert overload.  LOL!

A Battleship War...

And Goosebumps for an afternoon movie... (love these beanbag chairs I found at Walmart for nap taking movie watching)  LOL!

It's been years since I've had any of my peeps for Mother's Day.  It was a wonderful gift having thse loves with us.  I am most grateful.  I also loved my phone calls, texts and cards.  I am blessed indeed.

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Schultertuch / Dreieckstuch

This is the third one of the  Schultertuch / Dreieckstuch shawls I've made.  There are only a handful of patterns I will do more than once and  I'm already working on the fourth.

Some of that has to do with the fact it's easy to memorize, so absolutely meditative, rhythmic work.  Some has to do with the finished object.  I love it.

It has been perfect for these past couple of weeks when my mind has been so easily distracted.  Details of pattern and yarn are here:

Schultertuch / Dreieckstuch 

While this is the pattern I have used, it originally had an English translation.  The translation has been removed.  Seems there was a big hoopla about who the designer was.  That said,  the shawl is the same as the Virus Shawl if you would like to try it. 

I've also started two other projects this week along with the fourth one of these!  Hubby's surgery having imposed a quieter lifestyle for the moment has my needles and hooks busy!  LOL!

"It is always in season for old men to learn." ~ Aeschylus

Wishing you all a very blessed week ~ tanna

Saturday, May 6, 2017

For our friend...

What do you do for a friend whose loss has been so great?  This friend unexpectedly lost her beloved husband last October to a fierce and brief illness.  He was the picture of health, the life of the party... the last person on earth you ever thought something like this would happen to.

His birthday was this week...

Many hands created pieces to become a big expression of love and encouragement for our friend.  A spot of joy.  A reminder that she is not alone... though I can only imagine it still feels that way sometimes.

May God bless and keep you, dear lady.  May He lift you when you are in the depths.  May you feel hope and joy and peace.  May He give you strength in your journey.  May you feel His presence and know you are not alone.  blessings ~ tanna

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Grateful Heart...

I really can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for the prayers, care and well wishes we received.  We are blessed beyond measure.

Evan had complete relief of the severe pain in his leg on waking from surgery.  The numb areas will take time to improve, but the horrible pain is gone.  We are infinitely grateful.

As for myself, I am in awe of the power of prayer.  While some might pass the miracle of Evan's pain relief off as the skill of the surgeon (and that certainly plays no small part), my own relief from fear and worry can have no other explanation than God's hand.  And, it was the prayers of others that brought that peace for me.  I could. not. even. ask. it for myself.  At one point last week, the fear was so strong it almost took my breath.  

Twenty-five years in the operating room has left me with a few haunting memories of "routine" procedures that should have gone perfectly well... but, they didn't.  They were few and far between... but, my memory has always been good...  And, my grief for those patients has never waned.  Sometimes, life just isn't fair.

However, the day of Evan's surgery... I was at perfect peaceThank you to all who prayed.  For both of us.

I'll leave you with this quote for today...

And, gratitude beyond expression...

blessings ~ tanna

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Morning Walks and Yarn Therapy

Our lives have been turned a bit upside down lately.  So many good friends and loved ones with serious issues.  My own Beloved suffering greatly with back issues.  Life is just hard sometimes.  Early morning walks/prayer time become essential for me.

So does a little yarn therapy:  Openwork wrap by Lion Brand

Yarn is:  Shawl in a Ball by Lion Brand also.  Most appropriately the colorway is Healing Teal.

I have always surrounded myself with strong women friends.  I've been so blessed by their strength.  Today, it seems we are all having that strength challenged... we are having brought home how powerless we really are... how much we really need the peace that surpasses all understanding...

I'm not mentioning by name, but there are several who need prayers, including My Beloved and myself.  He is scheduled for back surgery next Monday.  God knows all of the needs of the many.  The thing I have most treasured about blogging is the power and willingness of prayer for one another.  Thank you in advance for your much treasured prayers.

blessings ~ tanna


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