Thursday, 9 February 2012

Simple pleasures

My husband is an early riser and just before he leaves for work, he wakes me with a kiss and a hot cup of coffee. This gives me fifteen minutes to drink my coffee in bed, to wake up and collect my thoughts in peace before I have to get up, get my kids up and start the daily routine. My husband's gesture and these 15 minutes are precious to me and make me so happy. I actually find myself looking forward to them before I go to bed! Neither of us remembers why he started doing this, but I certainly don't want him to stop!

People who know me know that I am a very positive person. My life has had it's ups and downs, easier than many certainly, harder than others, perhaps, but finding joy in simple things has always helped me stay positive. There is a male cardinal eating red berries in the hedge outside my window this morning. The red of the bird and the berries is striking against the snow.

Since I have joined the Internet world, I have many other simple pleasures. I have met extraordinary people and I look forward each day to logging on and finding out what is new in their lives, what thoughts or achievements they have to share.

I have recently met an extraordinary young woman named Taylor Lynn. She has a blog called Perfectly Sensible Nonsense. In the first post that I read she describes how she feels compelled to change the world, to make a difference. Do you remember that feeling at 16 or 17? The intense desire to say, "This has to stop!" ? Teenagers have an unparalleled ability to see injustice around them. They are different from adults for two reasons. They experience the sadness and frustration of injustice for the first time while we, as adults, have been aware of it for so long and, they are unfettered by adult logic. Whereas it is easier for us to  enumerate all the reasons why "nothing can be done to change the world," they believe fearlessly that they can.

With all of the social problems around her, Taylor Lynn rightly wondered where and how to start. She made a fantastic choice, helping girls and women feel beautiful without make-up, not a small task! Good for you, Taylor Lynn! You can read about it and encourage her here!

Taylor Lynn still says that she hopes to make a difference some day. I have assured her that she already has. If you have read about knit-a-square and the KasCare Foundation, you know that the smallest gesture,  not can, but does make a difference! Your response to my Knit-a-Squillion challenge has been overwhelming! I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to see us all making a difference!

Today, I want to thank four more people who have added the Knit-a-Squillion button to their blogs. Please visit their blogs. They are all lovely and inspiring!

Valerie at Everyday Inspired
Isobel at Coldham Cuddlies Calling
Taylor Lynn at Perfectly Sensible Nonsense
Melinda at Inspiration Earth who also blogged about the challenge and has crocheted some beautiful squares with her daughters, one of whom is Taylor Lynn!


I also want to thank all the wonderful people who have joined us to knit, crochet or otherwise spread the word. You are all  making a difference!

Sonya, Norway
Simone, USA
Mariette, South Wales
Sarah, Texas
Belinda, Texas
Stephanie, Georgia
Donna, California
Carolyn, New Hampshire
Shelly, Ontario
Lynne, Hawaii
Jordan, Ontario
Sharon, Florida
Karen, Colorado
Casey, California
Lisa, Tennessee
Rebecca, Ontario
Samantha, Ontario
Tiana, Illinois
Jessica, South Carolina
Candy, New York
Dayle, British Colombia
Amanda, Georgia
Elaina, USA
Sarah, Belgium
Tami, Texas
Kristal, USA
Lynette, Illinois
Julia, California
Cathy, Quebec
Sophie, Quebec
Geneviève, Quebec
Marie-Eve, Quebec

Isn't this incredible?! I think that 500 mark by June, is very do-able, don't you? There is another very, very simple way that you and your friends can help. I just received the the new KAS newsletter, KasNEWS. The KAS Facebook page has 3,016 fans they would love to reach 4,000. So please,  head over there and LIKE!

Maybe these aren't simple pleasures after all, but they certainly help brighten my day! What simple pleasures do you cherish in your day?


Additionsstyle said...

What a wonderful husband! That sounds like the perfect way to start your day.

I have enjoyed Taylor Lynn's blog for over a year now, and she is a very passionate teenager. I am sure her new project will be wonderful.

Everyday Inspired

Laurie Fortier said...

You bet, Valerie and that's after 23 years!!

I really find it encouraging to see teens like Taylor Lynn. I am sure she will succeed!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

What a sweet husband! I am happy to have my husband give the dog his first walk of the day while I stay in bed.

I am checking out the blogs you mention.

Sonya Kanelstrand said...

Yes, it IS incredible! But incredible people find incredible causes to fight for and attract even more incredible people to join the cause! Aren't we all a bunch of happily excited souls, lucky to have found each other! I, personally, am the luckiest because I got to connect with you on a very intricate level and am proud to call you friend now. I am inspired by your positivity and bravery, by the good you have to give to the world!

I am also so thrilled to see how many people are knitting with us! Your 500 squares benchmark will be reached much sooner!

And yes, Taylor Lynn, is a treasure!

Isobel said...

Thanks for stopping by again Laurie - and for mentioning my grabbing action on your KAS button. Am going to direct my crafting daughter to the site, because she's a great one for crocheting squares, and she's just started knitting them too!

Keep up the great squillion chase!

Laurie Fortier said...

That's fantastic Isobel!! Thank you so much for all your wonderful help in spreading the word!

Laurie Fortier said...

My dear Sonya, our friendship is an exemple of the magical connections that can be made through the Internet. You and our friendship are precious to me!!

Melinda said...

The simple things really do make a huge difference, don't they? And what a wonderful way to wake up to a new day, I imagine those 15 minutes are precious. Thanks for mentioning Taylor's blog, she works quite hard on it. Her dream is to become a writer and blogging has been such a terrific outlet for her (and me!) Thanks too for the mention, it was my pleasure to help spread the word. Once I'm done here I'll get started on my next square... :)

Laurie Fortier said...

Thanks so much for all your support Melinda! Taylor Lynn is going to go far, no question!!

Taylor Lynn said...

Aw, thank you so much, Laurie!! You're too sweet!! <3 I'm always struck, again and again, by how amazing people in the blogosphere are. If only everyone in real life was so sweet and encouraging, the world would be a much better place!

Thank you once again - I'm sending a hug! <3

Laurie Fortier said...

You deserve it Taylor Lynn! I totally agree with you. At least we have our virtual world!

Splendid Little Stars said...

How wonderful of your husband!
Seeing the cardinal is a lovely blessing.
I will check into your knitting challenge.

Laurie Fortier said...

That would be wonderful Margaret! Thanks so much and please, tell your friends!

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