Prayers, please…


I swore I’d never use my blogs to raise money…but that was then…and this is now. My beloved son-in-law was in a tragic accident last weekend.

The picture is of Roy and Sophie, his just-turned-one-year-old granddaughter.

We ask for your positive thoughts and prayers for his recovery. Thank you.

Roy Carpenter Fund http://www.gofundme.com/n62fvk?pc=14_tw_up via @gofundme

Cloud Choir


In the true spirit of this season, these folks came together to participate in an event that lifted them all as one huge hug…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLhUS_QjcZY

Zach must have been a very special young man. He was a ray of light that has been shared by the millions of people who have watched this video. His life was full …but far too short. This video collage was made with love by the people who loved him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zxXAtmmLLc

These videos touched and moved me. December is a hard month for me because I lost my son to suicide in 2008, just before Christmas.  His life was too short…like Zach’s. The difference between the two of them is vast. Zach wanted to live and couldn’t…my son didn’t want to live at all. Watching these celebrations of life was especially meaningful to me. Uplifting and inspirational . Heart-warming. An everyday epiphany that brightened my day and instantly became one of     …My Favorite Things.

I’m busy working on last-minute Christmas gifts. Am I the only one who waits until Thanksgiving to suddenly realize I have only 20-some days to finish all the stuff I started in July?? [me, looking sheepish]

I may not make it back again until after the first of the year. Can you believe it’s nearly 2014?  Gosh…when I was a teenager I couldn’t even imagine living to the end of the century, let alone 14 years into it! ;o)

My wish for you all is that your holidays are bright and full of joy. That you are filled with the Spirit of the Season and the peace and grace that surrounds us all.

Merry Christmas…God bless you…every one.

At Long Last!


My introduction to 2 Bags Full was about this time last year.  I saw something on an Etsy shop that led me to Vicki Boster and her incredible Nests. It was love at first sight…instant delight! I would’ve spent hours wending my way through the archives, but I was finishing the last of the classes I needed to graduate in December, so I bookmarked the site with the intention of returning to it as soon as I had time. Here I am, a year later~~and four days past my umpty-dozenth goal date~~posting what was actually my first Favorite Thing…the one that inspired the new look, new focus, and new name for the old SuzySomething Thinks Out Loud.  I’m embarrassed to admit that it’s taken me so long!

No more waiting!  Vicki’s exquisite creations and fantastic photography need no further introduction.

This is the nest that began it all...

This is the nest that began it all…

As  I was admiring Vicki’s nests, ooo-ing and ahhh-ing my way through her delightful blog, a short detour  led me to these snowflake-soft, delectable confections…

Vicki made this exquisite sweater and hat for an extra-special grandchild who  arrived just in time for Christmas.
Vicki made this precious sweater and hat for a very special grandchild who arrived just in time for Christmas.

This year, Vicki dedicated her blog, and a special-edition nest, to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.

Each tiny nest carries a BIG message...worldwide.

Each tiny nest carries a BIG message…worldwide.

The Heart of the Nest

The Heart of the Nest

Vicki has received pink scarves from nearly every continent~~from Australia to South Africa ~~more scarves than she ever imagined when she set this landslide project into motion.

The pink scarf that I made is one of the very few knitting projects I completed this year. Knitting it was  a zen experience for me.  I was determined to infuse every stitch with hope and love for the woman who would receive it~~75,000+ stitches bearing a message of caring for someone I will never know. The woman who is not a stranger because  I grew close to her as I knitted.  It made the knitting a joy and has touched my soul as well as my heart. It was my honor to  participate in the Pink Scarf Project

Vicki's Nest for 2013

Vicki’s Harvest Nest for 2013

2013 Harvest Nest

2013 Harvest Nest

Another example of Vicki's expertise in creating beautiful pictures...of beautiful things.

Another example of Vicki’s expertise in creating beautiful pictures…of beautiful things.

Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know Vicki as a fellow blogger~~and as a friend. She’s amazing…spreading her love  in great enthusiastic bursts that span the globe. I’m certain that any day now she’ll  be up for sainthood!  Vicki is a practicing neo-natal nurse; she travels to exotic places–and writes wonderful travelogues so us stay-at-homers can vicariously share her adventures; she plans her blogs and photo excursions; she creates these amazing little nests~~aaand she makes unique, cuddly-cozy wraps that she dispenses to the very fortunate friends and soon-to-be friends she cares about ~~ and still has some for her Etsy shop…

Look for more of Vicki's wraps at ther Etsy shop Le Nid (the nest)

Look for more of Vicki’s wraps at her Etsy shop Le Nid (the nest)

…aaand a dozen other things that only an extra-special uber-person can fit into a full and busy life.

Artist at work

Artist at work

It’s the time of year for gratitude and counting one’s blessings ~~ I am blessed to share Vicki’s  wonderful nests with you, and I am grateful that she consented to be the first of  My Favorite Things (and has been very patient while waiting for me to actually publish this post.)

Vicki’s blog http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com, is a treasure-trove that will delight fellow fiberophiles [read Yarn Hoarders Lovers]  I invite you to take a moment to visit her blog. WARNING–you’d probably better plan on a lot more than a moment. Vicki’s posts are habit-forming…and good for the creative soul in all of us.

Vicki Boster is, delightfully, one of… My Favorite Things.

 

[all photos are the work and property of Vicki Boster, http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com ]

Dum Dum Da Dum ~~Update #1


I’m busy doing “research” for my daughter’s virtual wedding. . . .finding so many wonderful things I want to share with you, Dear Reader.   At the moment, I’m temporarily overwhelmed because I’d like to have them all, but even a virtual wedding has to have limits.  (drat!)

Oh dear, a thought just passed through my mind — maybe I’ll have to plan more than one! :))

See you soon!

Tranquil & Thoughtful Day


Even though I don’t work outside my home I look forward to the weekend. Sunday is a special day.  I usually spend it quietly, working on the sweater I am knitting or reading a book in my Kindle. Today, however, I will be working on the final paper I have due tomorrow by midnight…if I don’t get it turned in, I’ll turn into a pumpkin, get a C for the class, and lower my grade point average.  I hate it that I am such a procrastinator and have decided (remember….I don’t make resolutions anymore) that this year I am going to improve….a lot. It’s about time, I’ve managed to get through a little over three years of college, hanging by the seat of my pants! Probably not by coincidence, the paper is about procrastination and all the things I’ve learned from this class.  whoo hoo….I know, it’ll be good for me.

Today’s thought is about Baby Joseph, a newborn miracle who is gong through a tough arrival into the world.  He was born yesterday by C-section, weighed nearly 10 pounds and you would have thought he”d be a beautiful, healthy boy.  Unfortunately, soon after he was born, they hurried Baby Joseph to the NICU because he was having difficulty breathing.  Doctors think his lungs may not have been ready for him to be born.  Today we know that he is recovering, but still in the NICU.  If you believe in a Higher Power, we ask that you say a quick prayer for Baby Joseph and his family.  I know his family would really appreciate it and so would I.