As usual I’m joining with Emily of Nerd in the Brain (and others) for Three Things Thursday’. As she says…
*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*
This week, I’m concentrating on people, more specifically Katies, and variants thereof. In fact I originally met all of these three online, all three of them write blogs and I’m very happy to know all three of them…
First, Katie Shepherd.I first met Katie on Facebook when we were both studying for our Diplomas in Permaculture Design. She had set up a diploma FB group as a place to share ideas and generally discuss the subject of permaculture. When I joined the group (four and a half years ago) I hardly knew any of the members, but since then I’ve met many of them face-to-face, including Katie. These days the two of us chat online, email, see each other at events and make a special effort to get together. We share many interests, but especially a desire to ensure a better end to life for everyone. We’ve had many many discussions about “good death” and her insights as a palliative care nurse have given me a great deal to think about. Katie’s Creative Dying website is intended to support people – at any time of their life – to plan and design the death they would like. She also has a much more general permaculture website, including her blog, and not forgetting her Healing Agriculture website that features various inspirational farmers, growers and land managers. Katie is a wonderful, fun and supportive friend, and I’m so grateful that permaculture interests brought us together.
My second Katy is Katy the Night Owl – fellow crocheter and tea-drinker. We met via this blog and then discovered that we live just around the corner from each other… and when I say just round the corner, I mean no more than 200m away! Over the past few years we’ve discovered lots in common other than crochet, including a love good, locally produced food. Katie has just had something of a political awakening and this is reflected in many of the recent posts on her blog, but she’s still creating loads of lovely crocheted items. Katy is housebound and I don’t go and visit her nearly as often as I should, but it’s always a delight to call round for a chat… and a cuppa or two.
Third is Kate Chiconi – fabulous quilter, gardener and dedicated blogger (at Tall Tales from Chiconia). Kate and I met through Lonnie, who used to blog as The Belmont Rooster. He listed us each for a blog award and we, of course, went to look at each other’s sites and thus began our friendship. Although separated by thousands of miles, Kate and I have got to know each other via email and Skype as well as through the blogs. Because of the time difference we have to be a little bit organised to arrange our conversations, but we’ve managed to get it to work so far. I am completely in awe of Kate’s quilts (go and look at her blog – they are amazing) and it always makes me smile when I see that she’s embarking on a new project.
So, those are three people that I’m grateful for this week – what about you? Is there anyone making a difference in your life, making you happy? Is there anyone you know who is making the world a better place? Are there any other Kates or Katies who deserve a mention?