Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A gift from Kathy B, knitted squirrel and azalea's


This gorgeous vest arrived in my mailbox yesterday afternoon.  When I came home from working a 12 hour day, and of course tending to Little Buddy, this is what I saw.  The very lovely and talented Kathy B, made this vest and sent it all the way here from Chicago, for my Little Buddy.  Isn't it amazing?  Kathy made this a while back and was waiting for the perfect little person to come along and claim it.


I think the perfect little one has arrived!  As soon as she heard about Little Buddy, Kathy sent me a message about a little something she had just for him.  She sent it right before going on her wonderful trip to the Keys.  I am so thankful for your kindness and generosity Kathy.  You are the best!  How did you know that Little Buddy was going to come along and need just the perfect vest for cool Fall evenings?  Thank you from the bottom of my heart, his too!


Little Buddy is keeping me very busy, and a huge influx of special need babies just popped onto my caseload.  I  have been doing baby evaluations and then writing them up like a mad therapist.  I love working with babies, and although it is going to be a bit crazy, and very tiring for me for the next few weeks, I feel I have to take them on.  Reading blogs is not even a consideration until I get all of this work done, so if you have something you do not wish me to miss, you had better email me and let me know to pay you a visit, otherwise I am tuning out for a bit.

I found this knitted squirrel at Home Goods.  Do you have one of those by you?  I fell in love with it and had to buy it.  I was going there for some storage baskets and came out with a squirrel!  This is called a Kenana Knitted Critter, home spun, and hand knitted by rural women from Kenya. 


Inside the tag it tells you a bit more about this project and even has the name of the lovely woman who knit this adorable squirrel up, Milicent.  There is a web site to contact if you are interested in learning more about the project and see more of what is available, Kenana Knitter Critter.
 

 He is pretty adorable isn't he?


Spring is almost here, my azalea's are in bloom, a sure sign that Spring is on the way.  Today  was a short sleeve day, although I am not done with jeans yet. 


I wonder if I will have a few hours to work on my garden soon?  The garden needs a lot of trimming and replanting.  Little Buddy is not all that patient to sit around while I am busy outside.  Nap time is pretty short, so I will have to make a deal with my husband for some time this weekend to get started.  It is usually a several week job for me, with Little Buddy around, it might take a lot longer.  I think I just added more to my already hectic schedule.  How about work, catch up with blogs, then I can work in the garden?  Sounds like a plan to me.  Hope you are all well, I miss you.

33 comments:

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Sweet Meredith, Boy, you are busy and it doesn't seem like it will let up soon. (work wise) Hope "little Buddy" is adjusting well, as well as all of you. What a beautiful vest for your LB. There really are so many kind people is this world! I will miss you too but you need time now and we will all be right here when you return. HAPPY gardening, azaleas are lovely.
xoRobin

Teresa Kasner said...

Hello my lovely friend! My goodness.. you are as busy as a bee! Remember to take time for you and stop and smell the spring flowers. I hope you show us a photo of LB with the vest on... how nice of Kathy B!! I have a new recipe in the oven.. lemon garlic chicken. Hugs!! Teresa :-)

Betsy said...

Hi Meredith,
You are so busy my friend. What a wonderfully hectic life you have. Helping all of those little babies to have a better life. Do you ever think of how much good you're doing in the world by helping those little ones? I count myself lucky to have you as a friend. Of course we understand if you have to take a break from blog reading for awhile. I also look forward to seeing your little guy with that beautiful vest on. What a sweet thing to do.
Blessings,
Betsy

Mrs. Micawber said...

Such a perfect little vest for a special little boy.

Hang in there and be sure to take some breaks when you can! We will all be here waiting whenever you have a minute to pop in for a visit. :)

Joy said...

How thoughtful and kind of Kathy B to send that gorgeous vest for the gorgeous Little Buddy!
I love that squirrel's tail, it's so gorgeous and would be great for a little one to 'pull around'! Your azaleas are wonderful Meredith, and I do hope you can manage some time in your garden soon.
I think we would all be prepared to acknowledge the extra workload you have now, at home and work, and reason that we can't honestly expect you to keep up with blogs as often as before, and I will certainly miss you my friend, but needs must, and surely we'll all still be here for you when you do have time to catch up!
In the meantime, take good care of yourself and big hugs for you, little Buddy and Max!
Joy xo

Gracie Saylor said...

Love you, Meredith :) Please be as good to you as you are to everyone else. Kathy's vest for Little Buddy is precious; and your flowers are so pretty. We have been doing a little garden tidying too. Hugs to Max, your family and flock xx

Jennifer said...

I love Home Goods and can't get enough of that store. :) The vest is beautiful and was a very thoughtful gift. Take care and don't work too hard. The blogs can wait for you. :)

Babajeza said...

The squirrel is lovely. I once bought a hand made sweater from South America which had a tag with the name of the woman who knitted it.

Take a rest sometimes! ;-) The garden can wait. Family, Buddy and work (and you) come first.

Kris said...

Oh my, you do have your hands full, don't you! But it will all come together into a nice comfortable routine.
Love the squirrel! Better check my Home Goods.
Much love your way...
Kris

Little Welsh House said...

What a gorgeous gift :) I bet he looks just adorable in it. And the squirrel is a really cute find. I am really glad you are finding time in your hectic schedule to enjoy the flowers, which are just beautiful. My allotment is in a very sorry state too if it makes you feel any better - the good thing about gardens is they will give something back whenever you have time to get going. Thanks for sharing your lovely pics :) xxx

linda said...

You have to prioritise Meredith, we will always be here, just pop in when you can. That is a lovely thoughtful gift from Kathy just the thing for little buddy, the little squirrel is very cute and your flowers are beautiful. Remember to take time out for yourself and try not to overdo it! hugs to you xxx

CJ said...

Gosh, you are busy. But in a good way I think. Gardens and things always have to take a back seat when there's a little person around. Lots of things do in fact! But that's not a bad thing. Hope the rest of your week is good. CJ xx

Jo said...

Just adorable Mere, I love the squirrel. Jo x

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh the azalea's are lovely...I always loved them so much when they'd bloom in FL.

Awww that was so kind of Kathy B to make something so adorable and then gift it to Little Buddy. You'll have to take his picture when he wears it, it's gonna be so cute on him.

Wishing you a most wonderful day Sweet friend. ((hugs))

kathyinozarks said...

friends here on blogland are just so special-Love the too cute squirrel and the flowers are so pretty-hugs take care of yourself with all the extra work-hugs Kathy

andamento said...

Hello! Just catching up on blog reading (uni course keeping me busy again) - such happy news about your wee boy, so exciting for you all. Wishing you all the best and looking forward to reading about your escapades together. Anne x

Toni said...

Aw, love the vest and the squirrel. What fun!

Deb said...

sounds like a day filled with wonderful busy ness & plans !
your little man will look adorable in his new vest & the squirrel is so cute.

Amy at love made my home said...

Take care of yourself and your nearest and dearest and all will be well I am sure. The vest is such a lovely and kind gift and will be much loved as I am sure that little squirrel will be too! I hope that you find some time for relaxation and a spot of gardening soon. xx

Clare said...

Such a lovely little vest for Buddy and the Squirrel is fabulous, remember to try and find a little time for you, fresh air and garden sound perfect.
Clare x

Dee said...

The tail on that squirrel is just too adorable.

Remember --- garden will wait ... Little Buddy is growing fast. Don't miss a moment!

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

What a very sweet vest and a very thoughtful and kind gift for Buddie.. A very neat squirrel.. I am sure it will be loved. Hugs Judy

Rose Red said...

I love a vest on a little boy, what a lovely gift.

The squirrel is indeed very cute, I can see why you couldn't resist him!

Emma Pearce said...

The squirrel is so cute and I love the colours in the vest. Sorry to hear about your work load becoming so large. I hope you are well and I am sending lots of cyber love to you and your family xxxxx

Sarah Sweethearts said...

What a sweet gift!

elns said...

Kathy is just too fantastic, just like you! Good luck with the caseload, I know you'll get through it with more ease than most. It's your way Mere. hehe.

I like your squirrel and the cause but really, nothing beats your lamb. The lamb is my favorite. sorry.

forgetmenots blue said...

Look at the vivid colour of those flowers such a lovely sight. Your squirrel is lovely x

Lisa N. said...

That is such a cute knitted squirrel! the flowers are lovely :) I hope you ended up having time to garden!
Take care,
Lisa

Heldasland said...

What a lovely gift for your little buddy. Crafters are just so kind. I think it should be a requirement that all government officials should crochet or knit. I believe world poverty and hunger would come to an end haha.
Have a lovely weekend

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Make sure that you get some time to breathe in there...

It always works out in the end, and you are doing so much good work with everyone. The garden will magically fix itself one day...well maybe not, but you can dream right?

Jen

moonstruckcreations said...

What a thoughtful gift, little buddy will look super wearing that vest! And the squirrel is so adorable.

Sending you and your wonderful family much love, Helenxx

Susanne said...

Indeed, life for you is now so full it is over flowing with duties. How on earth do you find time to do all that you do? That sweater vest was such a nice surprising gift for your little man. What a great blogger friend to send it to you for him. The squirrel is adorable. I believe that there isn't one thing that can't be knitted or crocheted by talented people. I don't blame you for buying it. You sound a bit like me, go shopping for one thing and end up buying something else.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Liz said...

What a sweet gift for Little Buddy. Blogging friends really are the best. That's why I love Ravelry swaps so much. Receiving gifts from fellow crocheters/knitters are so special. You are a busy woman. I know what you mean about blog reading. I try to catch up on Sundays...obviously hahaha. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't.
By the way, your photos are fabulous.
Much love,
Liz