Tuesday, April 15, 2008

They were tears of joy

It's hard to surprise a control freak like me. When it comes to knowing what's coming next, I'm pretty on top of things. But every once in a while something totally sideswipes me, and I love it.

I came home yesterday and expected nothing in my mail box but the usual bills and catalogs. I was surprised to find something larger, something sort of mushy. Had I ordered something I forgot about? After all, it happens around here.

But no. It wasn't anything I ordered or expected. But it was something I really wanted. As in really wanted.




Goddamned if it wasn't one of the pin cushiones from Lisagh's blog give-away I had lusted after, enough to shamelessly enter her contest four times.









Her note revealed her motivation.










Her generosity warms my heart and causes me to pause a moment to think about this amazing thing we bloggers have going here. How I rush back from a weekend away from internet access to find out if someone's had her baby, how someone's doing on her chemo. course, how somone's sick cat or kid is doing, or how someone's handling a relationship that's crapped out on her. Or just to find out what someone has cooked, sewed, knitted, or bought. Most of these women I've never laid eyes on, but I care about them enormously in ways I never could have predicted when I embarked on what I thought was just a way to record a few things going on in my life.

And the love goes on. Trish (who had never won anything before) was the person who won the pin cushion giveaway square and fair, and so she had to host her own giveaway, which I won (picture posted when my prize arrives—I can't wait!!). So now I have host my own giveaway. I have a little shopping to do. Since the pin cushion comes with a promise on my part to sign up for a sewing class, some day I'll be able to host a giveaway featuring aprons, pillows, and other clever crafts, but for now I'm going to stick with what I know: bounty from my garden, recipes, and cocktail equipment. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Sophie was delighted with the pin cushion as well, which she thinks can serve another purpose later this summer when this guy shows up at our house later this summer on his excellent tour.\
A sweet place for Monkey to rest his head, particularly when he is missing his mommy.


















To keep current on Monkey's travels this summer, check his his very own blog. And look at his mommy ON THE RADIO. She's kicking this blog thing to a whole new level. It's going to be quite a summer.

Thanks, Leesie!!

13 comments:

lisagh said...

You are such a gem, Cindy. Thank you so much for the way you so beautifully expressed how I feel about all of us as well. I'm very touched.

Maria said...

That pincushion is so pretty and springy and preppy it makes me smile; Sophie's use for it is pure genius!

I do the same thing - check my Google Reader that is, after several days of no internet or just a weekend. Getting to know everyone is a lot of fun and also very rewarding.

kristenspina said...

What a lovely post! And I'm so happy you have a pin cushion now...I can't wait to see what you create when you master that sewing class!!!

tulipmom said...

What a absolute doll that Lisagh is!

As for "this amazing thing we bloggers have going here" I know just how you feel. I felt so out of touch those 4 days I was in the hospital and am still way behind with what's going on in everyone's worlds. And yet, just knowing you're all out there checking in on me and continuing to share your own stories warms my heart.

jenmarie702 said...

I feel the exact same way. I love all the great gals on here!!!

Jen Yu said...

You crack me up, yet again. That pin cushion is gorgeous - but it's also enormous! How big are the pins that go in that cushion? They must be the size of knitting needles.

I'm apeshit without internet access. Most of my friends (blog friends included) don't live in the same town/state as I do - it's how I stay in touch with my peeps, yo.

KatieGirlBlue said...

Oh, how very, very sweet. I love that your girl found a creative and kind use for the pin cushion - what a kind soul.

Now, the more pressing question: are you going to take Monkey to the International Market, aka, "the place where I've been known to eat three dinners in one sitting?" I think it's in Oakland? I think it's near a Trader Joe's? I can't be sure, though, because everytime I'm i nthe Bay I'm usually so tired from climbing that I'm sleeping in the back of the van while Honey drives me about...

Jackie said...

Yeah Monkey Love! Can't wait.

jilly said...

It is a crazy world we live in, isn't it? The way that we find one another and can be all connected in ways that one would never predict? I love skiing through life vicariously through you! And I dream of one day growing citrus in my own yard, taking in a deep breath and smelling those lovely scents! Thanks for having us along!

Trish said...

I'm so glad Leesie sent you that! What a wonderful surprise! And I feel the same way about "checking in" with people. It's amazing how connected you feel with people that you've never officially "met".

BTW, I'm sending your package out tomorrow morning!

Belle in Bloom said...

That is amazing. I love my bloggy friends. :)

MMM said...

THAT was a great post! You made me smile today. Can't wait to hear about your sewing. I might just be inspired to find a class myself.

suburban prep said...

You put a smile to my face.