Blessed by Friends

First, the spindles are almost all ready for Black Sheep. The new spinning dvd was delivered Sunday evening by the film-maker/editor. Overall he did a beautiful job and we’re quite pleased with it. I spent yesterday making copies to include in the book. There are several people who’ve pre-ordered/pre-paid and I’ll get those out early next week.

Team Jenkins Turkish Spindlers 2012 for the Tour de Fleece (at Ravelry) is coming together. Two people came up with two great designs, first Spindledreams using my spindle picture, then Michelle of Boulderneigh (who isa graphic artist) used our logo to make one and Spindledreams jumped on board, without any need for competition, instead she embraced Michelle’s work with gusto and put the finishing touch of the black borderon the design. It makes me smile and my heart sing to see two people who don’t know each other being supportive of each other and collaborating with good cheer for a common goal.

It’s not officially be recognized by the Team mod , and the other Team members, but isn’t it a great logo?

The last rays of sunshine are slanting across the treetops and the distant ridge.


My eyelids indicate it’s bedtime. It’s been a very good day!

Twice in the past four days we’ve been blessed by visits from friends harkening back to younger days. Saturday a college / camp friend and her husband stopped by on their way from California to Montana. Temperance had lived a couple doors down the hall in my dorm, then we both worked at a summer camp in the Cascade Foothills where Ed also signed up for the summer. I was the assistant wrangler, Temperance a counselor, Ed the crew leader. Funny thing is, Ed took her out to see Star Wars before he took me. He ended up seeing it three times that summer of ’77 – the final time he took me. 🙂

We kept in touch for a few years, then lost track of her and her husband.  Then five years ago Ed and I both started thinking about them. A lot. We  tracked them down by looking her up via her last name, stumbled across a brothers who gave us her contact info. Amazingly, (it had to be God’s timing) they had just returned to California after living a number of years in Europe. We were soon in touch once again. And, the connection brought another new friend into my life: the wife of elder brother is also an avid knitter and spinner with whom I had the great pleasure of hanging out at Black Sheep four years ago. Waving to GrannyLinda!  I still haven’t done anything with those silk cocoons we bought together.

Around the lunch table on Saturday time fell away as we caught up with each other and discussed how God has sustained and remained faithful, even through some painful events. People of the heart. They’re headed back to Europe for a visit but this time, with the internet we’ll be able to stay in touch. And perhaps sometime we’ll be able to spend a long lazy day with the guys casting their flies onto a river. (I completely spaced on getting a picture.)

The friends who came today have had a presence in our lives since early in our marriage. They live in another state and spend part of the year working in S America (where the husband was raised) so we don’t see each other very often any more. When we both lived in Portland Serenity was a wonderful support and mentor when the kids were small as well as my running partner. Daily we’d meet early in the morning to run up and around Mt Tabor and through different neighborhoods. We share memories of running on the same Hood to Coast Relay Team in ’85, praying and studying the Bible together. A kindred spirit friend.

What a relaxing afternoon we had! We feel so blessed to have wonderful friends of the heart with whom we can pick up long dormant threads hardly miss a beat. I wish we’d had more time together – it seems we barely scratched the surface of where our lives and thoughts have lead over the years apart. Aurora brought delicious homemade soup with her, along with a salad, and Violet. Serenity was one of the first friends to stop in when Aurora was born all those years ago.

Serenity and Violet aka SweetPea

At 3 months Violet is keen on trying to make speech. She intently watches our mouths and tries to make sounds. Saying “hi” to her she works hard to activate those vocal chords and mouth to imitate us. A couple times it sounded very close to “hi”. (claims the doting grammie)

Bedtime for this sleepyhead – tomorrow will be a very full day pushing through the last of the organizing and rounding up of everything we need for a busy weekend.


Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

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