Looking out my Back Door (apologies to Credence Clearwater)

It’s a great morning after yesterday’s storm. I was saying to folks on another forum how a day like yesterday gets my creative juices flowing , because it’s so peaceful here on a snow day – no traffic coming by, no noise other than the brook across the road and no interruptions. I played Christmas music (on the bagpipes no less) all day and quilted away on my most recent commission – a 19th century type green, red and mustard flying geese quilt based on one in a museum in Pennsylvania.

The view in the above picture is what I see when I look out my back door these days – my woodpile covered in snow, a view across the road into a small woodlot, and my old wooden door with a plain balsam fir wreath on it. The snow dusting it is decoration enough – I don’t need artificial glitter or kitschy ornaments.

I think this year, many of us will have a simpler, more frugal celebration. I for one will continue my tradition of a simple but tasty meal with special touches, simple gifts and an emphasis on reaching out to people with assistance through http://www.kiva.org/ an agency that accepts small investments of $25 and disburses the money to people who cannot access bank credit for their small businesses through microfinance agencies in the developing world. As it is repaid the money can be withdrawn, gifted to Kiva or re-invested. I have bought myself two loans this week, and will make purchases of gift cards soon for family and friends.

Wishing you a very safe and blessed holiday season and a secure and happy new year, and above all may peace come to the world.

I wish to thank all my customers who have supported me and my vision by making purchases this year – you have made this my best year yet!

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