Do you ever feel like you have too much to do and not enough time? (Silly question. I’m sure most of us feel that way. Especially at this time of year.) Here’s a fun little app that might help. I put a link on my toolbar so that I can click it and check it out each day. I think the best part is crossing things off the list, but I may just be weird like that. Watch the 1 minute video to see how it works, then off you go. I like that I now have ONE To Do (TeuxDeux) list to work off of each day, instead of the little post-it notes that I continue to write for myself. Think of the money I’ll save in post-its. They may just go out of business.
I finished up another pair of fingerless mitts last week. I had Elf Donna model them (by giving Loopy a big hug) and then I wrapped them up and gave them to a good friend. She said that just that morning, she had seen them talking about fingerless mitts on Good Morning America, saying that it was “the” gift to give and get this year. (We are so WITH it, aren’t we?)
We got so many boxes in today that we could’ve built a fort. You know, if we were so inclined. Nothing too exciting. Just boxes of boxes from the post office. About 2000 of them today. But we DO have boxes of yarn on the way, too. Madelinetosh called today to say they were about to “inundate us with boxes”. Ditto with the String Theory gals and Hand Maiden, who has Mini Maiden enroute to us. So hopefully the next box delivery from the post office will bring fun yarn, and not just boxes of boxes. That was a rather disappointing (although necessary) delivery.
Can you believe that Christmas is next week? How did that happen? (I still have one knitted gift to finish up. More on that next week.) Just as an FYI, our in-person shopping hours will be different during the weeks of Christmas and New Years. We’ll be open WEDNESDAYS, 12/23 and 12/30, from 10 am – 1 pm. Closed Thursdays and Fridays, 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 and 1/1. We’ll be here answering phones and packing and shipping orders M/T/W of next week (Christmas Week) and M/T/W of the following week (New Years Week). Back to our regularly scheduled shopping and working hours the first full week in January.
It’s time! Time to share the lovely things that you’ve been doing this month to help others. Each December we run a few Random Acts of Kindness blog contests, to encourage you to keep your eyes open for ways that you can help others. I know that many of you are aware of this all year long (just because you’re nice like that.) For others, this is always a good reminder that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of extra time or money to help make someone’s day, and to be an encouragement to them. On Friday’s blog, I gave you links to the contest from last year, in case you wanted to read some of the comments for ideas.
What am I doing? This year, our church has been talking about encouraging people to give more, spend less, worship more, and love all. I like that idea. How do you give more, but spend less? Give your time. Give things that you no longer use. Give encouragement and support. Have you knit some of your gifts this year? Then you’ve given time to each of the people who will be getting those gifts. I’ve made several gifts this year, and hope to do that each year. I’m also going to go through the overabundance of scarves that College Girl and I have knit up, and we’ll be washing those up and taking them to a local homeless shelter. While we’re at it, we’ll go through our winter coat closet and see what else we can add to the pile. While I love cold weather, I don’t like to BE cold. I like to be all bundled up. There are plenty of people in all of our communities who don’t have the luxury of being bundled up, so hopefully a few warm items will help.
What random acts have you done to spread holiday cheer and encouragement? Leave it in the comments and we’ll do a random drawing for prizes that we’ll announce next week. (Do you do these things for the publicity and the drawings? No, of course not. But your comments help to give ideas to others, and the drawings make it a little more fun.) We’ll do a second Random Acts contest next Monday, and the last contest the Monday after that, so keep looking for ways to commit some acts be a blessing to others. Speaking of contests – have you joined our Facebook and Twitter pages? I put up one of our 24 Hour Quick Contests this morning, so it runs through tomorrow morning. Pop over and enter. The prize is a Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate!