After reaching 59F on Friday afternoon the clouds moved in and the temperatures dropped like a rock. By 10:00pm it was snowing and 30F. Winter has returned. This picture was not taken in black and white, but full color, and as you can see, Saturday was very gray. The longest night of the year is later this week and it is a good time to count blessings and assess the year. It was a year full of fibery goodness, fiber friends galore and more, I feel very blessed indeed.
This is the time of year for traditions and over the years Smith and I have made a few of our own. Each year we watch "It's a Wonderful Life", a movie that forever brings tears of joy to our eyes. As Clarence says in the movie:
Each mans life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole.
The message is that each one of us, even though we live lives without fame or fortune, has a great impact just by the way we choose to live. Not only does your life impact the people closest to you, you can change the coarse of lives around the world and Blogland provides easy and positive ways for us to accomplish great good.
Sunday evening we enjoyed another of our favorite traditions by attending the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. It was very cold and snowing, but we braved the weather, as any well dressed knitters family can (hand knit socks, gloves, hats and scarves made it bearable). The ice Meanorah looked like cut crystal and a festive atmostphere filled the air. Rabbi Zipple told the crowd that the only way to bring back the light was to perform a mitzvah, a random act of kindness, a giving of oneself to others.
The message of the season is one of giving, but the meaning is often skewed into an act of consumption. Giving is a mitzvah not only to others, but to oneself.
Stephanie has set the goal for Knitters Without Borders to double the funds raised for Doctors Without Borders and Wendy is continuing her drive for Heifer International. Both organizations touch many lives and help the people of the world, who have so much less than any one of us, to help themselves attain a better life. A donation of any denomination can add up to an enormous amount of support Give until it feels good and you will reap the rewards of a life well lived.
Saturday's snow storm was a bust, but Sunday morning revealed a winter wonderland with snow continuing throughout the day. We'd thought about breakfast in the canyon, but dismissed the idea as the roads would surely be treacherous. It will make our trip to Silver Fork on Christmas that much more festive.