All the good in the world

This morning we woke to  another tragedy. In all the news stories, however, the statistics are the same – one bad person and hundreds of good people.

Remember that when you are feeling depressed – when there were people in need, despite the danger, dozens and dozens of strangers did not run away, they turned up to help.

I suggest that the appropriate response to any terror attack like the one in Manchester last night is to be kind to as many people as you can. So, go out and smile at a stranger today, or buy someone a coffee, or make a donation to charity, or tell someone you care… let’s make the world a brighter place.

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share some love

Have a heart

Share the love!

Share the love!

Mr Snail and I don’t ‘do’ Valentine’s Day… as he said to me the other day ‘but I love you all year, I don’t need a special day to tell you’. Very sweet and very true – I don’t want hearts and flowers on 14 February, I want a partner who cares for me all the time.

So, we won’t be exchanging gifts specially for Valentines day – although Mr Snail sometimes brings me a little gift when he arrives back from his week working. Similarly, I am in the process of making him a gift, but I would be making it for him whatever the date. Just like resolutions, I don’t feel that showing love should be confined to a particular time of the year; and I don’t think that love should be measured on the gift scale.

So, let’s show our loved ones that we care for them every day of the year; AND let’s expand that to people we don’t know AND to the planet. If you want to do something special for Valentine’s day – do it for someone you wouldn’t normally think of. I like this idea:

… but let’s make every day ‘Generosity Day’!

A whole heap of friends

Hello, friendly snail!

Hello, friendly snail!

As it’s Valentine’s day, I thought that I would celebrate love… in particular all the love that is coming my way in the form of friendship squares. This morning I was particularly touched to receive a snail-themed square from my wonderful blogging friend  ‘Young at Fifty’ (Things I want to create before wrinkles overwhelm me). In the accompanying letter, she says that her square is “a small contribution to a sustained friendship” – how lovely is that? As this is a slightly larger square than most of the others, I am planning to add a wide border to it decorated with flowers that will mark its arrival on Valentines day (you may not be aware that I hate cut flowers… but I love crochet ones).

A whole heap of friendship squares (all with edges)

A whole heap of friendship squares (all with edges)

As for the others that have been arriving steadily, I have spent most evenings this week putting borders on them. So that I now have a whole load that need to be stitched into the blanket. Up until now, most of my sewing has been done whilst watching (well, mostly listening to) the 6 Nations Rugby on the TV, but there is no rugby this week, so I will have to find a film or two to (not) watch.

Once again, sincere thanks and much love to all of you who have contributed or who are planning to contribute… if you don’t see your square below, that’s because I haven’t edged all of those that have arrived yet.

All these are ready to be sown together

All these are ready to be sown together

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