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While searching on yahoo for knitting patterns, I came across this website 

There is so much to look at. I can’t wait to find an easy pattern to start out with. Enjoy!!!!! There are 3,262 free patterns on this site.


While at my favorite grocery store yesterday, I saw a sign that said…..Only for today fresh Perdue Oven Stuffer Roaster…..only 97 cents a pound. I knew that I was going to buy one right then and there. Next to the Perdue Oven Stuffer Roasters were the whole frying chickens that I normally buy at 99 cents a pound. I can’t wait to make my 7 lb roaster. I think I’ll make it next week when my youngest son is with me again. Thanksgiving will not be the same without him. All my sons love chicken. Especially my youngest son. He loves the simple seasoning I use of Lawry’s seasoning salt. Now I am thinking of what to make with the leftovers. I can imagine a lot of people who do not like turkey will be eating ham or Perdue Oven Stuffer roasters for the holiday.

No matter where I am at on Thanksgiving I will sit down and give thanks for what I have. While most families will be gathered together, I will be separated from my youngest son. My thoughts will be of him next Thursday. I will count my blessings as I sit with my parents and the rest of my family. My father will more than likely ask each of us to say what we are thankful for. I will say I am blessed to be alive. The list can go on and on. I am blessed to have loving and caring parents who brought me to the United States in 1969 for a better life. Right now I would have to say that my life is not what I dreamed it would be. Am I a failure? No….I am blessed to be alive. God has a purpose for me. I have a job to do. Slowly I am becoming aware of my life’s purpose. Each day opens like a page in a book. I never know what to expect. This year has been a difficult one for me. I expect next year to be better. I need to say grace and blessings each day that I come to the dinner table. Each day is a blessing to me. I need to remind myself that I am truly blessed.

Lord thank you for blessing me with the life that I have today. Let me be a blessing to others who should come my way. Help me to give of myself without expecting anything in return. As I gather each day at your table of plenty, help me to be thankful for what I am about to receive. Help me to share the abundance that I may receive. It is only through giving that I may receive your greatest blessings. Amen

Three years ago a housekeeper at the hospital I worked at made me a scarf. I love the way it keeps me warm and it’s interesting functional use. I can use it as an arm warmer, hood, and scarf at the same time. The best way for me to describe the scarf is that it is a knitted scarf with sleeves. The scarf part is extra long so that I can wrap it around my neck twice and pull up the excess over my head as a hood. I should have asked her for the pattern but I think it was a pattern that she made up after she saw something similar on tv. Needless to say for the past year or so I have been on a quest to find a similar pattern. I found a pattern last night that I might be able to convert to the sweater scarf idea. I need to shorten the arm length until it reaches the elbow and expand the shrug part by more than double. It’s a beautiful pattern. The instructions are at the bottom of the page.

This will be an interesting project for me to do because I am a beginner knitter. I might have to take the pattern with me to a local knitting group that meets at a library by me.

I received an email from a group moderator to a craft group that I belong to but do not participate in. She was asking for a donation of $5.00 through paypal or snail mail to help in her need for a $5,000.00 emergency. Every year around the holidays I donate cash to some sort of charity. I feel blessed that I am alive. Maybe I can cash in the loose change at the end of the month and see how much I have to send to this individual. I may even send her a few prayers that I have accumulated over the years. If receiving money could be that simple……It sounds like a pyramid scam. Who knows I guess I’ll have to take the risk and bless a needy person.

One of the most difficult things to do in life is to deal with the loss of a loved one. Especially during the holiday time. It should be a time of happiness when families gather together and celebrate their blessings. For most individuals this is their time for reconnecting with loved ones they haven’t seen in awhile. For others this time brings great sadness because their loved one may not be with them any longer. No matter what the circumstance….Holidays are a time for memories. Reliving the past and making new ones. Sometimes thinking about the past may bring sad memories. But now is the time to make new ones. Live in the moment. Today is all you have. Each day brings us closer to a new reality….Some day we will all die. Some sooner than others. Make each moment count. Share your blessings with those you love and those who are less fortunate. Slowly you will heal from the grief that you may feel. It takes time. As always never be afraid to seek professional help for medications that you may need. Counsellors can help you deal with the emotions that you are feelings. The first step is realizing that you can not do it alone.

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