Monday, February 19, 2018

Time to Celebrate??

Note: The Crafty Lady is 
Closed for Family Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 

Did you celebrate Family Day in Lacombe? With family? How will you be  celebrating?

Last week I learned Chinese New Year is celebrated for two full weeks! It is a time of family, friends, food and celebration!

Canadians tend to be just a little less flamboyant in our celebrations. Would it be possible to encourage Canadians to be more outgoing and showy in public? In the depths of winter - our outdoor activities are often more sedate. Lots of fun, and lots of food - despite (or in spite of)  the weather.

Family is the focus of most celebrations and we all have memories of that incredible food we ate at one or more celebrations.

For some of us in the Christian traditions - some of us are marking Lent. We were raised to "give up" or "fast from" something during Lent, chocolate, sugar and fat were some of the items. For a couple of years, we were encouraged to donate a dime (10 cents) daily for a cause. If memory serves correctly, many of these causes now would be considered racially inappropriate. We all know fasting from anything specific is not a long-term positive lifestyle.

Last year someone shared what I thought was a much more constructive list of things to "give up" for Lent. I would like to pass the list along as "food for thought".

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God (or any form of higher power you believe in)
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with jou
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen

Not an easy task list. I know I will not be able to live up to these suggestions, but we all need goals and even more we need hope. Human nature is such that we need to be respected and complimented, a touch of luxury does not hurt - especially when it is cold outside.

This week's 75% off sale yarn may be just the touch of luxury you are hoping for. From Diamond's Luxury Collection, The Crafty Lady is featuring one of my personal favourites . . .

Baby Alpaca Aran

Spun in Peru 
100% Baby Alpaca
50 gm/93 m 

Reg. Price $13.00
Sale $3.25

Come in and feel a touch of luxury - so you too can work with a beautiful yarn

Posted by Anne, who loves to work with luxury yarns

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