my last post, I told of a young friend who has traveled to India to make a difference in the lives of a group of oppressed women. She wrote in her blog that twenty sewing machines ($65) each were needed for her students so that they would have a way to make an income, my spirit was moved to help. $65 means a real difference for an Indian woman, and I happily offered to provide one. Moreover, I asked my Circle sisters if we could use Circle funds to provide another. And I blogged about it.
Friends, my Circle sisters and my blog readers responded in spades. Within twenty-four hours I had received promises of more than two dozen sewing machines -- enough to cover my friend's students and to begin an inventory for the next class. I was astonished, though I shouldn't have been. Circle sisters and blog readers can be overwhelmingly generous. On behalf of my young friend, thank you so much. If you are one who promised a sewing machine and have not received the details on how to do this, please email me.
In other news, I finished my job at The Little Church on Thursday. We left that afternoon for three days and nights at our favorite decompression spot: Cape May, New Jersey. We relaxed, ate, enjoyed the company of two pair of old friends, walked, read, napped, shopped; Joe brought along his easel and watercolors and painted for quite a while. I am about three items from being totally finished with my Christmas shopping, and finished an entire novel that was pretty good but not great. It was a perfect time of transition.
Before we went away, I worked on my SSCS gift and it needs only another hour of work and it will be ready to pop in the mail. Then I can get back to the R5 which has been waiting patiently on the wall. Christmas is a time that I like to make aprons, and I can think of two possible recipients this year, so I just might start one this week. Tomorrow I have a play date with a girlfriend, and then on Tuesday I start my new job.
Life is very, very good these days.