Thanksgiving ’16

I’m thankful:

to have enjoyed a rather ordinary day instead of the normal Thanksgiving hustle and bustle of cleaning the house, preparing rolls and pies  a turkey and all the trimmings. We’d decided that the Thanksgiving potluck after church Sunday followed by another delicious Thanksgiving dinner at the community dinner last night where 461 were served an abundance of food –  for which Ed helped to peel 150 pounds of potatoes,  was sufficient and we didn’t need to stuff ourselves with another big meal.

for a husband who is constant, steadfast, intelligent, hardworking, kind, supportive, giving, a man of integrity, and a kindred spirit in many ways.
I am so deeply grateful for Ed!

for tonight’s simple soup and bread supper with a ramekin of pumpkin pie filling for dessert.

that we didn’t need to travel anywhere on this very blustery, pouring-down-hard, rainy day.

for peace and quiet. Ed’s not into sports so we don’t subscribe to any channels. When it rains hard our tv doesn’t pick up reception. We started to watch a movie but after a bit we both realized that we’d rather read.

for time to spin on the great wheel today as well as finishing up the last portion of another braid of alpaca/silk roving, getting it skeined, bathed and now it’s hanging to dry. This 4 ounce skein has approximately 562 yards. Finally closing in to having enough alpaca spun to weave material.

for more leisure time to ply some more of the turtles of walking yarn destined to be knit into a sweater, once enough yardage has been spun.

These turtles were all spun during morning walks (spell corrector changed morning to boring, ha!)


Two turtles were wound into a plying ball to facilitate the plying with my wheel.

A second bobbin is needed to finish plying the giant ball.

for so many good books to read! Currently reading Madeleine L’Engle’s “Bright Evening Star”, Timothy Keller’s “Hidden Christmas” and David Brainerd’s journal from 1740’s. Normally there’s also a fiction book in the reading stack one was finished a few days ago. I’ve been wanting to reread some of Elizabeth Goudge’s books which means a trip to the public library.

for relatively good health, especially when I consider how many people struggle with their body every single day.

for a year of growth, challenges, and new experiences which are leading me into a deeper relationship with God.

most of all for the love of Jesus Christ, the solid rock of the foundation of my being.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And if you don’t live in the States, that you had a wonderful day anyway!


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.

3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving ’16”

    1. She’s right at the top of my all time favorite author lists, as is Elizabeth Goudge. Two brilliant writers who adeptly explored human characters, relationships and growth.

  1. I love that you have such a beautiful list of things to be thankful for! And such beautiful yarn, too. I’m looking forward to seeing the alpaca-silk cloth you will weave, and the sweater you plan to knit. The idea of a whole sweater knit from your morning walk yarn is extremely inspiring, by the way!

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