The tulips D gave me for our anniversary coordinate with Christmas decor.
These beautiful doilies were crocheted by guild member Margot. I scored them in the annual Yankee swap, 'stealing' them from the same member from whom I stole a Teva Durham pattern book a couple years ago. This time I handed her the bagged gift I had brought, which had not yet been taken from the swap table, so didn't feel guilty as I knew she would be getting a good gift (400+ yards of green lace weight Fearless Fibers yarn- and she is a shawl knitter.)
Tragic and unbelievable news- my brother-in-law's great-nephew, only 23, was shot and killed by a co-worker 'friend' two weeks ago. He was someone we would see with his family on occasion at my sister's and BIL's on holidays. I can only imagine how his parents and younger brothers and the rest of his family are feeling about the loss, especially so near Christmas. As a member of Moms Demand Action and other gun violence prevention groups, I'm aware that gun deaths in the U.S., which has the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world, are off the charts compared with other developed countries. But, perhaps foolishly, I never thought that I would know someone who was murdered by a gun. It makes me want to focus all the more on reducing gun violence through background checks, child access prevention, lobbying for gun sense candidates, and survivor outreach initiatives.
To commemorate the 2 year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, Moms hosted 'No More Silence- Connect and Commit' gatherings. I attended two 'Care Card' events, where people gathered to create beautiful personalized cards with a message of support for survivors of gun violence, which includes those who have actually been injured, as well as family members and others affected by a shooting. It was heartwarming to see the love and compassion people put into making the cards.