All of today's Reasons seem to deal with warmth in one way or another. This is quite unintentional, yet not surprising, for our temps have been in the teens and low twenties all week long. (That's -5 to -10 for you Celsius folks. I think I'll stick with Herr Fahrenheit - the weather doesn't sound so cold his way.) A very good excuse for thinking cheerful thoughts that will warm our hearts, if not our hands. So here we go with 3 Reasons to be Cheerful:
1. Abundant hot water. This is something I think about every winter, as I love hot showers and baths. I am so grateful to have plenty of water and the means of easily heating it, especially when I consider that so many around the world lack both water and warmth.
2. Speaking of hot water, here is something that makes me VERY cheerful:
|Tea and scones on a chilly afternoon|
Earth hath not anything to show more fair.
3. And the best (I think) has been saved for last: a pattern I designed has been published. Back in October, I was invited by a small publishing house (InknBeans Press) to donate an original pattern for a very special book they were planning, the profits of which would go to support homeless people via the Los Angeles Mission. The book came out this week, and here's the cover:
|"Keeping America Warm"|
This is the pattern I contributed:
|Laurel Leaf Scarf|
Keeping America Warm is currently available in e-book form, and the print copies should be out shortly. Again, all profits from the book will go to support the Los Angeles Mission.
I am so glad to have been invited to help such a very good cause.
That wraps up (ha! scarf pun) our Cheerfulness for this week. Don't forget to hop over to Planet Penny's for more warmth and good cheer, and feel free to leave a Cheerful comment below.
Here's wishing you a wonderful rest-of-the week.
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