Fall Pumpkins Nightlight
by Designs by Christine
"Sally, come right in," I said as I opened the door at the sound of the bell. "How are you doing?" I asked.
"Positively great!" grinned Sally. "I'm always great when we get to look at all the things your Bbest friends are making!" she exclaimed.
"Well, you won't be disappointed," I replied. "Let's get some strawberry lemonade, pull our chairs up to the computer, and window shop away!" I said.
"Mmmmm," sighed Sally. "This is yummy. Makes me feel as if it is still summer," she said.
"I expect we will still have some hot days this fall," I replied. "But, let me show you something that's really 'hot'," I exclaimed. "Do you remember I said my cousin was coming up from Florida, and we were having a cousin get to gether at one of our cousin's houses?"
"Yes," said Sally. "Did he get here?" she asked.
"Oh, it was a wonderful time," I answered. "Our cousin made such delicious food. There were 8 of us, plus our two grandchildren that I'm taking care of during the day. Boy, did they have fun exploring a new place!!" I laughed. "But, one of the big surprises is that my cousin, Ted, brought us all a really special gift. He is a woodworker just like his Dad, by the way. Would you believe I still have a cutting board that my Uncle made for us as a wedding gift? It is 49 years old and counting!" I smiled.
"Tell me more about what Ted brought to each of you," continued Sally.
"I'll do better than," I said. "Let me show you."
"Aren't these just gorgeous?" I sighed. "And each one he brought was different. His wife gave us all a number, and put it in a bowl, and then my two little kiddies took turns drawing out a number. Guess who was first!" I giggled. "So, I picked my favorite. It is so beautiful, I can't begin to tell you. He is so talented, and how generous of him to give us each one of these fabulous cutting boards," I said.
"Well, what's that have to do with your Bbest friends?" asked Sally
"Well," I replied. "Nothing, really, except it made me want to see which ones make things out of wood," I said. "Look what I found!"
"Those are beautiful!" Sally said. "I love looking at what they make," she continued
"We will look at some more in a minute," I said, "But first I want to tell you about my ring. When my sister and I were in high school, we each went to the local jewelry store on the town square and bought a birthstone ring for each other, and we didn't know we were going to do it. Hers was a blue rectangle with small white stones (we liked to pretend they were diamonds, of course!) and mine was a purple stone, made exactly the same way. Well, I put my ring on when she gave it to me and have worn it ever since. It is about 52 years old now. And, my sister did the same, until one day when here children were small, her ring went missing. She looked everywhere but couldn't find it. So, I went back downtown and got her another one, identical to the first because those rings were really special to us."
"Go on," said Sally.
"Well, about a year later, she calls me up and says, 'Guess what?'" I said, "What?" She said, "You'll never guess where I found my ring.....in the clothespin bag!" said exclaimed.
"So because she had two rings, she gave one to her daughter," I continued. "And the years went by, and we still had our rings. Then a couple of weeks ago, I was working at the computer at my Mom's house, and my ring was slipping around and bothering me, so I took it off and laid it on the computer desk. At one point I remember moving it from one side of the desk to the other. I worked very late that night, probably another 14 hour day and was pretty tired when I left. About half way home I noticed I wasn't wearing it. So when I got home I called my Mom and asked her if she would look in the room she uses as an office. She did, even getting down on the floor with a flashlight and a magnet, to see if it had fallen under the desk."
"Isn't your Mom getting up there in years?" asked Sally.
"Oh, yes, she just celebrated her 92nd birthday. But since she had her hip replacement, she is doing very well again. She must be to go crawling around on the floor looking for my ring," I said
"Well, a week went by, and I was up there working again, and I looked everywhere and still couldn't find it. I was pretty said about the whole thing because the ring was very special to me. By then I had called my sister and told her how much I had enjoyed wearing that ring for 52 years, but that it was lost. She was sad for me, too."
"You are making me sad, too!" cried Sally.
"Oh, don't be," I said. "You will never believe what happened. There is a chair in our bedroom where I often lay my clothes when I take them off. One morning about a week later, I happened to look under the chair and saw something lying there! It was my ring! I guess I had put it in my jeans pocket instead of back on my finger, and it had fallen out when I used my chair as a closet! I was so excited I had to call my sister and my mom right away and let them both know I had found my ring."
"I am so happy for you, too," said Sally. "Sisters are special, and the gifts they give each other are often special, too, especially the rings you gave each other. I am so glad you found it!" she said excitedly.
"Well, guess what else," I said. "Finding my ring made me want to see which of my Boomer friends are into ringy things, too! Let's take a look!"
needle nabber ring made by
East Lansing, MI
a sterling wrapped jasper ring
Felted napkin ring
Native American key chains
"Breathtaking, as always," remarked Sally. "Let's look at some more," she said.
"Yes, let's," I answered. "And we did."
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink ;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.
The very deep did rot : O Christ !
That ever this should be !
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.
About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night ;
The water, like a witch's oils,
Burnt green, and blue and white.
And some in dreams assuréd were
Of the Spirit that plagued us so ;
Nine fathom deep he had followed us
From the land of mist and snow.
And every tongue, through utter drought,
Was withered at the root ;
We could not speak, no more than if
We had been choked with soot.
Ah ! well a-day ! what evil looks
Had I from old and young !
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.
These are words from the poem of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is a description of when the Ancient Mariner was stuck in the middle of the ocean where the only water available was salt water which was undrinkable and how the Albatross, first welcomed, is now viewed with fear of bad luck attributed to the Ancient Mariner by his shipmates. Well, you have to blame someone, don’t you?
Water does play such an important part in all our lives and that of animals and plants. In fact, it is a source of life. Water is something we should cherish, value, and respect; for without it, we would be no more.
But also, it is a source of emotion whether it is peace, turmoil, turbulence, fear, happiness or joy and soothing.
Perfect examples of this are portrayed by some of our very talented BBESTers.
‘I love living in the Northwest. I love the green. I love the rain. I love the trees and the hills and the great volcanic mountains!’ What else can I add?
Waves mousepads by Scottie Acres
Unable to reach the ocean then why not try this for ‘surfing’?
Dreaming of a vacation at the beach? Wish you could be there? Use this fabric covered mousepad to take you there, and, you won’t even get wet!
So pretty and delicate!
For nature’s drama, take a look at The Gorge by Yankee Girl, a print of a picture taken in the Watkins Glen State Park which is known as the Grand Canyon of the east. Towering cliffs and still water make for a very dramatic scene.
On reflection, please excuse the pun, the images I have chosen to demonstrate a) the effect of water on the soul and b) the extra-ordinary talent of this BBEST team do actually show a very calming effect that water can have upon us. There are many guises from the peaceful to the opposite extreme of turbulent. Whichever suits your mood there is an amazing pull to water which helps heal our inner moments.
Today I present our final tribute to our BBEST Leaders. This post is devoted to Joan, aka Sixsisters. I will use her given name and her etsy name interchangeably, as to me those two names are inseparable.
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