It has been a while since I had this tea cosy piece out (from Victoria Sampler.) I put it away in frustration last year. It had a lot of fancy stitches, some of which I needed to practice for a while first, like the bullion stitch to make sure that I had it down. Even so, some of the stitches had not turned out to my satisfaction. I am notoriously hard on myself. I think I am ready to make peace with my tea cosy and finish it. Then I can put it together to keep my teapot warm.
It has been kind of a tense week and weekend and I have had trouble sleeping. My dear friend continues on in hospice care. His family is diligent in posting daily on his Caring Bridge website with updates. What has stuck with me all week, is that he keeps asking if he is going on a trip (and if he can drive.) He is still teaching us all lessons of faith and dignity all of the way. He and his family are also teaching great lessons of love. It breaks my heart that he has to suffer so, but at the same time there has been great beauty in the outpouring of love for such a great man.
As a result, I am reminded how fragile everything in life is. Life and health are held in a delicate balance. The entire ocean's ecosystems can change with the decline of one small, seemingly insignificant species. Relationships can change for better or worse with each conversation. And everything can change in the blink of an eye.
And so I walk in gratitude. I am grateful for those things that make this life wonderful. Family, friends, my dog, gardens, beaches, good books and cross stitching. Peace, joy, laughter and love. For this is the day that the good Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.