Yesterday was just like all the other days…way too busy and yet not over the top (yet). Our eldest daughter lives two miles from us and works about an hour away. I always go down and check on her wood fire to make sure everything is still toasty warm. We do this because she lives alone and we would hate for her to have frozen pipes. That has happened before, which requires Terry to go down and help her thaw them.
We have a new mailman…a really nice kid. He is still learning the route that we live on (it’s a big’un 75 miles) so he sometimes doesn’t have our mail to us until late in the day. (I feel really sorry for him — he said he is getting better, it just takes so much time to sort the mail before he can get started in the day.
Anyway, I stopped at the mailbox on this trip down…no mail. Next trip down around five the mail was there having come sometime between noon and five. Inside was a box addressed to me!
Back home I opened it up to find that FarSide had sent to Terry and I and each grandchild a hand-carved ornament for our trees!
These whimsical ornaments were from the huge branch that fell last summer from our Cottonwood tree.
I have followed FarSide’s blog for several years and knew that she and husband loved to do wood carvings. They particularly liked to use Cottonwood bark. I gathered a box and shipped it off to her to see if she could use it. She could. Wonderful!
I did not expect to have a craving from the wood, I just wanted her to have some of the bark. Gradually over-time I forgot about the wood, knowing that, if and when, it was carved it would be blogged about with pictures for all to see.
The gift was a total surprise!!! Just plain delightful! Terry and I commented how creative they are to be able to ‘see’ what the wood is saying. I’m afraid I only see firewood, mulch, wood chips…ack! I’m not able to see what stone or marble or wood really is projecting.
Thank you so much, Connie! They are just perfect!
Your farm friend,