Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Cheerful Au Revoir... February (almost)... the worst of winter (I may be kidding myself on this one, but the geese are back and it feels as though we may for ONCE get an early spring)...

...and to Planet Penny's Reasons to Be Cheerful, which has brightened our wintry weeks and months, and, after today, is retiring for a time.

Here some things that brightened my week:

1. I won a giveaway! Liz (aka Astri) at Apple Blossom Dreams recently celebrated her blog's first anniversary by holding a generous giveaway. (Happy Blogiversary, Liz!) Among the prizes was a dozen Berlinerkranser - butter cookies baked by Liz from her father's recipe. Mine was the lucky name drawn to receive these buttery delights.

Liz's box arrived today - a rather larger box than I was expecting. I opened it up and saw:

A lovely note sitting atop lots of bubble wrap...

...which was covering two containers...

...filled with delicious berlinerkranser -
some dipped in pearl sugar...

...some dotted with cheerful
sprinkles of colour.

And when I pulled up the rest of the bubble wrap, I saw:

See's Candies (Molasses Chips and Bordeaux -
my favourites), AND 2 skeins of beautiful
Lavender Topaz sock yarn.

What a haul! (Liz said the extra goodies were included in case the cookies broke in transit, and the yarn was for cushioning.)

A very thoughtful gift that made me feel very cheerful.

2. Another reason for cheer: the lengthening days. It's no longer dark at 5 o'clock! Spring is surely on its way - a very gladdening thought.

3. My geranium likes the longer days too. It's sporting a huge cluster of fuschia-coloured blossom that brightens up the entire dining room.

I believe my very first Cheerful post featured this same geranium bursting into bloom last autumn, so it seems a fitting end to our season of appreciation.

What's chirking you up this week? Leave a happy comment below, or write a post of your own to share the joy. For more valedictory Cheer, head over to Planet Penny.

A Cheerful weekend to you all.

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  1. Wow, such a wonderful package to have arrived in the mail!!! Everything in the box is fantastic!!! Those candies from See's are both my #1 and #1 faves, btw!! :)

    The sun is making me cheerful lately! It's so pretty and pleasant outside these days that I've taken to crocheting out by the pool! :) I also have an amaryllis in bloom that is just gorgeous in my house!! And, last but not least...rehearsals for our theater are underway, set design is confirmed and my dad and I will be building some fun things very soon!!

  2. Her box arrived fast. Congrats on winning Astri's lovely giveaway. I would have gone for the cookies myself if I lived in the States. :) Walking yesterday brought me cheer. It's rather cloudy out there today. Wishing you a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend. Tammy

  3. Lovely giveaway goodies, if only everything in life was cushioned in lovely yarn! The biscuits look yummy.

    The geranium is indeed very cheery, what a lovely colour.

  4. Oh my goodness. what a fabulous prize. I've never heard of berlinerkranser but they look delicious, and very pretty. Thank you so much for joining in with Reasons to be Cheerful over the months, it's been fun! x

  5. I'm certainly made cheerful, at the looks of this wonderful package!! Wow, what a haul, as the saying goes. Joy... Joy... Joy... And Fun...

    What's not to be cheerful about, with all that Joy and Fun, hu?

    "One of the secrets of a happy life is
    continuous small treats."
    ~Iris Murdock

  6. That was such a wonderful package, I'm smiling from ear to ear! And what a great way of packing the cookies! I'll have to keep that in mind next time I send something to someone who appreciates such packaging!!! Thanks for brightening my day every week with this fun project!

  7. Yum, always fun to receive a surprise package. It was 84 here yesterday, set a record, will be almost that hot again, then a storm comes through tonight and then winter returns. I itch to really get out in the garden, but other than cleaning up debris and weeds I know better.

  8. The pleasures of the giveaway ... I never know if I'm made more cheerful by hosting one, as I am at the moment, or by winning one!

    You realise that this post has everything don't you Sue - sweet treats, yarn and flowers - no wonder you're cheerful!

  9. Weren't you the lucky one?

  10. What a lovely treat! I hope you are enjoying the cookies with your tea.

  11. The Goatmother says you are killing her with those lovely cookie pictures! Weight Watchers, Weight Watchers, stay focused, Goatmother!!!!! We are feeling 'springy' but now they are saying snow on Sunday. I sincerely hope they are quite WRONG! As Faith said, I, too, shall remain cheerful even though Penny's link-up is ending! I love your geranium, by the way, but I don't think, considering how they smell, that they would taste very good at all.

  12. Aww, what a loving care package.

  13. Hello Sue. What a sweet post - it made me cheerful! :-)

    Thank you for posting about the give-a-way. You are such a gracious receiver and your followers so kind with their comments.

    I love, love, LOVE geraniums and the pic is "display-in-the-home" worthy. I will show it to our germanium "Lucille" and it will be love at first sight for her too.

    Have a lovely week!

    P.S. I'm liking the socks idea.


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