From Acorns To Oaks

The past few days haven’t been the best. I guess I have a lot to learn about true grief. Maybe I thought I could just cry my tears, wipe my eyes after a time, and then pack the sadness away in a box stored next to last year’s Christmas decorations. But grieving feels more like a process rather than a singular event; something that ebbs and floods, turning me over and over in the tide until the rough edges are smooth, only to dash me against the rocks and split me open to start the process all over again. Funny thing, sorrow. Whenever you are least expecting it, even when the sun is shining and life seems good, despair and melancholy will creep back in to twist your smile and dull your shine.

But here’s a little something that put a smile back in my day recently. A couple weeks ago my talented & super thoughtful bloggy friend Amy honored me with this sweet little award:


The Renee Award

The Renee Award

I think the award came from here originally, and is described with these words from one of the originators:  “….this is a brand new award, and I have the pleasure and honor of spreading the seed, watching it grow.  I hope it finds its way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns…..”
Thank you so very much Amy, for this wonderful award!  I certainly don’t feel as strong as an oak these days, nor as full of potential as its little seed, but you touched me nonetheless and I am forever grateful for that.  I know that it’s my job to now pass it on to some deserving people but honestly, I’m going to chicken out and not name anyone specific (except for giving it right back to Amy!).  That sounds like a cop out, but I see it this way: each of you who comes here to read, or comment, or even just glance at the pretty pictures, are all in some way like both the acorn and the oak to me, and thus each of you deserve this award in one way or another.  From some of you, I’ve received the seeds of true friendship which have grown strong over time and will hopefully remain true through many storms and winters ahead.  From others, I have received the seeds of inspiration which will encourage the branching out of new endeavors and the planting of new seeds in faraway places.  And some of you, like the oak, have been strong and wise, protective and sentinel, watching over the sleeping acorn that is my heart until the warmth and light can penetrate it once again.  Each piece is important and without it, without you, things just wouldn’t be the same.
So consider yourself awarded!  And pass it on if you feel so inspired.  Thank you so much again Amy, you really did make my day :)


Friday Fill-In #96 and a Big Thank You!


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Friday Fill-In #96
(get yours here)

1. My favorite food seasoning is garlic (does that count?).
2. R. Darling’s voice is music to my ears (yes, I know that’s sappy!).
3. Lucky is a good name for a pet.
4. The golden rule is something I take very seriously.
5. Many people don’t realize I’m extremely shy.
6. Halloween cupcakes to take to work was the last thing I bought at the store.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting!, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in and spending some much needed time with R. Darling and Sunday, I want to knit even more!


Happy Howl-o-ween bloggy peeps!!





I also wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to both Octopus Knits & Rubyringz for awarding me this lovely I Love Your Blog award.  Thank you ladies!!  You both completely made my day and I am touched and honored that you would think of me when giving out your awards :)  People like you, and the rest of you wonderful bloggy peeps who stop by to visit, are truly what keeps me in the blogging business and I am grateful for your blograderie every single day!  Thanks so much!!  Right back at ya ladies!  As I received this award a few weeks ago from Rubys N Purls (bloggy post here) I won’t be passing it on this time around.  Except to say, I love all my bloggy pals’ blogs and it would be just too hard to choose between the next four to pass it on to!  I know it’s a cop out, but it’s so true ;)  Thanks so much again ladies – I am truly honored!


It’s A Major Award!*

The talented and lovely Ms. Fond Of Snape has presented me with an award! OMG! Thank you so much! You totally made my day :) Again, in the space of just one week, I am speechless with undeservingness.




Here’s how it works:

Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about Blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times!

And now (in no particular order), it’s my turn to share the love……….

(this is really tough to keep to 10 by the way!  I’m inspired by and grateful to all my bloggy e-friends)

  1. R. Darling – My one and only who makes my day every day! (I know, so sticky sweet you’re getting a cavity, but so true :)
  2. Ms. Fond of Snape – So talented and wonderful, her blog always gives me something to think about and such beautiful pictures too!
  3. Robin of Yarn Crawl – It’s hard not to be inspired by a woman this productive and creative!
  4. Kasia – Her charming view on life and imaginative projects always keep me entertained!  Plus, she’s a lovely pen pal ;)
  5. Jenny – Her genuine sweetness, lovely colorwork, & adorable kitty photos (I have to live vicariously through them since kitties are not allowed in Chez Funkytown) always make me smile!
  6. Knitsabella – She’s so enthusiastic and sweet and it’s infectious :)
  7. Ms. Pursuit of Fiber – This girl knits a lot and seeing what she comes up with is always an inspiration!  I could learn a lot from her!
  8. Ms. Knittlesticks (also of Hazel Knits fame) – Though she hasn’t blogged much lately, she’s spunky, fun and talented and I love hearing what she’s up to!
  9. Ms. Rubys & Purls – Such a sweet gal and such lovely knits to share too!
  10. Laura –  Because she did something incredibly thoughtful and sweet for me last week and I never would have met her if it weren’t for Blogland!

* Cheap quote from one of my all-time favorite movies “A Christmas Story”; plus, it feels like a major award to me!