Another sound I like to wake up to is the one of birds. When the birds sing in the morning it's truly spring. But we are not there yet. However, yesterday I woke up to the cries of geese who were flying over our house - I love their "chatting". Another thing to be grateful for.
Talking about birds, I have been waiting for the Northern Flicker to come into my garden. I had seen her around our house, sitting on the telephone poles and lines. But so far she hadn't come into my garden. Yesterday was the day! I saw her sitting on the lawn (or what is left of it), busy ripping up the poor remains of that green patch. I was lucky to get one photo of her before she took off. They are very shy and seem to be able to look through windows!
I am grateful that my daughter still goes to German School in a town 30 miles away from here, every Saturday morning. She is determined to pass both exams - the German language diploma and the AP exam - that would make it possible for her to attend a German university right after high school if she wishes to do so (the regular high school graduation is not recognized at German universities). I am thankful that she is thinking and working on keeping as many options open for her as possible. While she is at school I usually spend the time in the public library, and there I found a very helpful book about selling on Etsy with some great ideas how I can improve my Etsy store. It was a very interesting read, I learned a lot. Now I need to put it into action!
Last week I finished knitting some socks for a good friend of mine who will be going through chemotherapy very soon. We met a few days ago, and she is always such an inspiration to me. She was so happy about the socks, and I promised her to knit another pair.
I'm glad that I "re-discovered" knitting. I learned it in elementary school, and I remember that horrible teacher we had. She was mean and very much "old school", convinced that the woman's place was in the house (this is the 60's we're talking about). While the boys in class learned woodworking (lucky them!) the girls learned needlework - embroidery (I still hate it), crochet (still can't do it) and knitting. That I actually liked after I "got" it. I found it relaxing and enjoyed the progress of my work. At that time we were knitting animals - the shape of a animal, then stitch it together and fill it with whatever. I had chosen a polar bear and was looking forward to my completed animal. However, I had to ask the teacher how to decrease stitches, and when I went to her she just screamed "this is way too loose" and ripped the entire thing off. After that my motivation was gone - for many many years. What a terrible teacher!
Perhaps you can understand that after this frustrating experience I am really grateful that I eventually started knitting again - with the help of wonderful friends who showed me how to do it.
So - what are you grateful for? How was your week? Please share in the comments if you like.
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