Monday, July 20, 2015

Zick Zacking along, a gift and some wishes to return to my trip................

 

My Zick Zack Scarf/Shawl is not zooming along as fast as I would like.  I actually did not knit for over a week after returning home from our short trip.  So much work to do and things to catch up on at home left me with no time to knit.  But this past weekend I was able to get moving on it.  I needed to lighten my heavy heart so I watched Bridget Jones Diary, and Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason to make me smile while I knit away on this project.  Give me a little Colin Firth any day to lighten my mood, he is my all time celebrity crush. If he were to walk up to my door and ask me to go away with him, I am going, I am just saying, I am leaving every thing and every body and I am going with him.  I am making this Zick Zack for my friend Sue who just lost her husband, our dear friend.  It was a tough weekend with the celebration service for his life on Saturday, my husband had to speak at it, he did a wonderful job.  I think she might like an actual hug to pull around herself in her sadder moments.  That is why I am trying to get this done as fast as I can, which is actually turning out to be not very fast at all.  




Upon returning home from the service and the gathering afterward, I found this amazing surprise in my mailbox.  From my darling and wonderful friend Tammy.  How did she know I would need a little surprise from a dear friend right at that very moment?  Tammy you are just the best.  Thinking of me and knowing the exact time I might need a special something in the mail to pick up my spirits.  A thousand thank yous are being sent your way for always being so positive, uplifting and seeing so much beauty in life.  You are an inspiration to me every day and I thank you for your amazing gift.  The dream catcher is already up in my studio/office just waiting to catch my dreams, and the wonderful book is ready to write them all down in.  Tammy your are such a special person, I am so glad we are friends.




Talk about an inspiration, this little guy inspires me every day.  We rode in a van in Wisconsin and he loved it.  So now we have to play, "van" almost every day.  I wasn't getting much done with all the playtime so I made up a van for him to drive his friends around.  Doesn't he still look so little when his glasses are off and he has his footie pj's on?  He is now officially on the weight and growth chart.  He is hovering between the 3-5% for both but we are finally on it in both areas so that is what is most important!








 I am missing the wonderful time we had in Wisconsin to just be with Little Buddy.  I thought I would show you how we don't always look so perfect.  Oh yes we have lots of fun, but I have wrinkles and a saggy neck, and he squints, but it doesn't matter because I simply adore this little boy of mine.  He makes me laugh and smile every single day.  I am so blessed he has entered my life and is a part of my family.

  
While in Wisconsin he ate every meal in a high chair made by his Great, Great Grandfather on my MIL's side of the family.  This is the same man who made that amazing wooden and marble table I have shown before on my blog.  I think it is so special that Little Buddy now has a history with this precious chair.  It once also converted to a stroller, but now only has two of the original wheels.  My husbands Father once was cleaning out the garage and put this by the curb for the garbage man to pick up,  My MIL was not at home at the time and her best friend, and next door neighbor, saw it and rescued it, thank goodness for that!  Not sure my FIL was allowed to clean out the garage again after that episode. 


I will leave you with a messy face smile to lighten your day.  Hope you have a wonderful week.

41 comments:

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

I absolutely love the colours in your zick zack wrap, a lovely thoughtful gift. Buddy is simply the cutest, I love the van set up with his friends, he looks like he's concentrating hard on his driving xx

Jennifer said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend, Meredith. You've suffered so many losses recently and I'm very sorry. The scarf is beautiful, I love the way the colors are pooling in the zig-zag pattern. I'm so glad Little Buddy enjoyed riding in the van and you're a great mom to recreate the experience at home for him. He looks like he's having a blast. :)

Gracie Saylor said...

The colorful shawl is so beautiful, Meredith, and she will appreciate the hugs it gives her. I am certain! You are very clever to help LB create his van and I love seeing all the photos of you with him...I see not one flaw in either of you :) The near abandoning of the high chair [GASP!] story and it's rescue by a kind neighbor left me smiling. Tammy is indeed kind and generous and we are blessed to have our blog friendships with her. Thanks for contributing to the beginning of a wonderful week which I hope you have too! xx

Chris said...

Oh Meredith!! Look at the Zick Zack!! It's so beautiful and I love the colours. Have I started mine? No but... No. I think you look beautiful so no more talk about wrinkles and necks. Your pictures are lovely and you can see the love and happiness you and your little boy share. Such a thoughtful gift from your friend Tammy. I love Little Buddy's van and his special passengers!! And yup , Colin Firth is pretty dishy so is Aidan Turner ( Poldark) sigh!!

kathy b said...

You and your Lil Buddy look so beautiful on those Wisconsin rocks. How blessed your lives are now that they are forever entwined. I still marvel at your adopting him.
Driving the van play time is hysterical. I LOVE it.
Glad Tammy made your return great.
The gift for your grieving pal is too nice for words.
How did Max do while your were away? Im sure he is happy to see you home again.

Lynne said...

Great pictures of you guys out by the lake. I can almost feel the breeze. L.B. looks like he means business driving his toys around in his "van" :)

Mrs. Micawber said...

What a lovely post, Mere, full of happy and sad and pretty and funny things. I knew those gifts were from Tammy even before you said her name - they just have Tammy written all over them.

The Zick Zack is a beautiful, thoughtful gift for your grieving friend.

So glad you had a good time with LB in Wisconsin. It's pretty nice here.

P.S. You should see my saggy neck. It's hardly a neck at all - more of a chin that has collapsed chestwards. I hate it and am looking forward to one day being old enough that it won't matter any more. :D

WildflowerWool said...

The Zick Zack is beautiful. What a thoughtful gift for your friend.

Betsy said...

Dear sweet Meredith. I hope this is a wonderful week for you. You've had a lot of heartache in the last year and you deserve the happiness that I see on your face when you're playing with LB. Your zick sack scarf is gorgeous and I know your friend will love it and will feel your love wrapping around her each time she uses it. Your package from Tammy is wonderful too and we are also blessed to have her in our lives just as you are. I'm thinking of you each and every day dear Meredith. Please know that I'm praying for you and for your friend. I'm honored to count you as my friend. Blessings, Betsy

Ali said...

Lovely post, the Lake pictures are wonderful and the 'van' driving brings back many memories of when my own were that age lol the fun they had with cardboard boxes. The imagination of children always amazes me. The colours in the zick zack scarf are lovely and Iam sure your friend will appreciate the gift. Iam with Chris on Aidan Turner 💕 your welcome to Colin Firth though ;0) x

Janet said...

The scarf is beautiful, a wonderful gift for your friend. And good to see you receive a gift as well.

Stins said...

Those pictures show a lot of fun and nice things! The wrap is so gorgeous and pretty...
And little buddy in his van is soooo cute!
You look so good together. Happy moments :-), i am so glad for you. Love from Mirjam.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

I'm certainly all smiles after this post! Love that little boy and his preciousness! Gorgeous photos of the two of you, you should frame a couple of them for sure! So happy you had a great time. I love your zick zacking, love the yarn! Your friend will love the shawl and be wrapped in your comforting heart of gold! Take care my friend, xoRobin

Helen said...

I'm with you on Colin Firth as a mood improver. My go to food for the soul is the Pride and prejudice series with him as Mr Darcy :) Bridget Jones too of course! Lovely pics of you and Little Buddy in a beautiful setting. Hope you're doing ok xo

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Your friend will love and be comforted by the Zick Zac you are making for her, Meredith. Beautiful colors! Tammy is a doll... and always so uplifting. We are blessed to know her. Love. love. love. the photos of you and Little Buddy. =) blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Elizabeth said...

That is a beautiful scarf! So glad that you and Buddy have each other!

Claudia said...

So sweet of Tammy to send you that gift! She's a dear person.

Oh, little Buddy, I'm going to see you soon. Get ready to be covered in smooches from your Aunt Claudia!

xo
Claudia

Beth P said...

Thank you for the smiles! :D

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

Buddy looks like he is having a huge amount of fun ferrying passengers around in his play van. What a lovely sweet gesture to make your friend a scarf, lovely design & colours too x

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It's good to have a joyful distraction in Little Buddy to keep you going! Love the wrap and I know you friend will treasure it. Big hugs to you.

Linda

Valentina Olden Patterns said...

Aw, look at that happy boy! : )
I love the ZickZack scarf, btw, is it difficult to knit? I tried the crochet Chevron stitch and it was good fun...

Chris K in Wisconsin said...

Well, first and foremost, "perfect" is WAY over-rated. You both look happy on those rocks in front of the lake, and THAT is what is important.
The scarf is wonderful and she will love it, I'm sure. Using it for a hug is so comforting to think about.
The "van" is just grand. The things they remember.... or make such an impression... we just never know!!
And I am sure I am partial, but love little Buddy in his Bucky shirt!!!!!!! On, Wisconsin!! :-)

Teresa Kasner said...

I absolutely LOVE the zick zack shawl! The colors are aMAYzing! I totally loved seeing you and your boy enjoying the water and rocks.. I just think you are such a natural beauty.. I love seeing your photos.. and of course Little Buddy always makes me happy. Good job on his growth! We're in Pryor OK meeting Dayle's brother in an hour. Then off to the Lake of the Ozarks tomorrow! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Margaret said...

Don't forget Mama Mia if you want a little Colin escape 😊

Dee said...

Little Buddy DOES look so much younger without the glasses. Maybe I should try that. LOL

The pictures of you two ate so precious! I am glad someone rescued that chair. What an heirloom! Looks like it is Little Buddy approved!

Grammy Braxton said...

Nothing, absolutely nothing, brightens my day and my heart like that face and that smile of Little Buddy. He is such an adorable little man. Love the colours in your shawl. Your friend will feel the love in each stitch each time she wraps it around herself. Sending you tons of love and hugs.
Sharon

Caffeine Girl said...

Oh, Mere, you are so beautiful inside and out! And both of those aspects are so clear in the lovely pictures of you and LB!
My friend here in California teaches preschool special education, and she loves your photos of LB. A number of years ago, she took in a student for two years as a foster parent, and that little boy is now a man going to college! You two remind me of each other.
That shawl is so lovely and the perfect gift for your friend. Wrapping such love around her shoulders will be a real comfort.

Karen said...

The zick zack wrap is beautiful, I'm sure your friend will feel wrapped in love. The photos of LB playing in his 'van' are adorable. It makes me miss the days when my children played like that.

kathyinozarks said...

I really love your zig zag allot and I know your friend will love it too and will comfort her.
Lovely post Meredith, and Tammy is just the best friend ever
Hugs Kathy

Jo said...

I think that scarf if amazing. Keep going. It is always nice to catch up on your family news. Jo x

Sandy said...

Your knitting is beautiful Meredith! Your friend will love it. Loved the photos with your little Buddy. I think you are lovely wish I looked like you and of course Buddy is so cute. He looks so happy. You are a good Mommy. Give me Colin any day too. The man is gorgeous!

elns said...

The colors are working up really lovely in that pattern. It's very fun, just like you and LB. I'm sweet on Colin Firth as well. hehe. Have a wonderful week, Mere.

Toni said...

I see no squints, saggy neck, or wrinkles. I see two very happy people who are lucky to have found each other. :)

Anne Schueler said...

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. It is always to hard to see loved ones go. I am sure his wife will find great comfort in the shawl you are making.

Take care
Anne
Crochet Between Worlds

Annie Cholewa said...

He looks small, but also mighty happy there, and yay for the 3-5% :o)

Amy at love made my home said...

Beautiful scarf for your friend, she will treasure it I am sure. Wonderful pictures too of you and Buddy! I love the story of the high chair too. xx

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linda said...

Sagginess and wrinkles mean nothing Meredith we all have them or will get them one but I have to say I think you look pretty good and so does Little Buddy such great photo's of the two of you together. Your friend is going to be so happy to receive that wrap it's beautiful the colours are amazing the way they go together you are so kind and thoughtful and so is Tammy how lovely to receive such a lovely gift on your return. :) xx

handmade by amalia said...

I adore Colin Firth, absolutely the perfect Mr. Darcy. Big sigh.
Amalia
xo

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Wonderful photos of you and your Buddy on the lake shore in Wisconsin!!!

ellen said...

It has been such a difficult time for all of you. Going through some hard times here as well...however, as always that little guy always lifts our hearts. I do love the photos of you and him being so loving and happy.
Your scarf is just beautiful.
Do let us forget the shagginess and wrinkles, because if it were a contest, you know that I would win for certain.
Sending love, E.