Memorial Day with friends and fiber.

You know the phrase, “all that glitters is not gold”?  Well, I like to turn it around and say, “all that is gold does not glitter”. By that I mean that some golden moments are quiet, subdued, and not showy. 

I spent a few golden hours on Memorial Day with two friends.  We gathered on a porch in the beautiful warm summery breeze with our hooking and knitting projects.  We listened to the calls of birds and watched the eagles and their fledglings across the road as we shared some fresh summer fruit, lemonade and cookies and talked.  I’ve known these two women since I moved here nine years ago and each one is a special friend.  I don’t think any of us had much progress on our respective projects, but what we did accomplish was much more valuable - enjoying nature and sharing stories.  Sometimes important things are barely noticed by observers, but to those involved they are treasures.

This past week was also spent preparing for a visit from our son, who lives in Oregon.  He’s here to help celebrate his dad’s milestone birthday.  Our daughter, son-in-law and my brother also came to celebrate.  I guess I would say that this celebration was also gold without the glitter.  Just a bit of family gathering to share some time together.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and much of it is pure gold- the quiet and serene kind.

A few loops were pulled by Deb.

A few loops were pulled by Deb.

Some sustenance and some "tutti frutti" dyed wool.  Learn how to dye this way in the upcoming June/July/August 2016 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine.

Some sustenance and some "tutti frutti" dyed wool.  Learn how to dye this way in the upcoming June/July/August 2016 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine.

Our poppies on display for Memorial Day.

Our poppies on display for Memorial Day.

I planted some annuals in Daniel Peifer's cemetery.  Then I burned white sage to honor the departed.

I planted some annuals in Daniel Peifer's cemetery.  Then I burned white sage to honor the departed.