Suffering

Today marks the anniversary of my cousin’s death.

My husband and I count the years since a cancer diagnosis.

We feel hope when an estranged family member reaches out.

Each situation upon initial occurance causes suffering. The despair over a tragic death. The immediate rush to fear when we heard the C word. The questions and guilt and self doubt over the causes of a break in relationship.

Looking back, it took a while for me to recognize God’s compassion in my suffering. It’s as though I was in a deep dark well. Hands out feeling around for direction. Eventually I looked up and there it was. The light or voice or Spirit of God comforting me, guiding me. He was there from the beginning, I just didn’t hear Him.

My lesson, I am never alone in suffering. God is always there to hear my call. Let me imitate Him when I see suffering around me. Let me listen and comfort.

Babica Hen

Portland’s nickname is the City of Roses. I think it could also be the City of Unique Breakfast Restaurants.

Babica Hen is the newest place in Lake Grove and my current favorite place for breakfast after church on Sunday.  First time there, I had the shredded smoked pork benedict with black beans, white cheddar, green chili hollandaise served over cornbread. Second time, I had a waffle with maple syrup.

Yesterday was our third time, and the place was slammed! Open little over six weeks, the local newspaper featured Babica Hen just last week. The weather cooperated and customers waited in the outside seating area or inside where the coffee bar was open with pots of “pump your own” coffee and trays of just baked mini peanut butter cookies.  My breakfast choice this time? A three egg scramble with black forest ham, white cheddar cheese, mushrooms and onions. Potatoes, toast with homemade jam and a ramekin of fruit on the side. Yum, yum, yum.

http://www.babicahencafe.com

Christmas 2013

Hand knit Christmas stockings: 4 color choices (forest green, traditional green, forest floor green, burgundy) with band of trees

Hand knit Christmas stockings: 4 color choices (forest green, traditional green, forest floor green, burgundy) with band of trees

Hand knit Christmas stockings: forest green with 5 band patterns (trees, chevron stripe, plain band, geometric squares, holly)

Hand knit Christmas stockings: forest green with 5 band patterns (trees, chevron stripe, plain band, geometric squares, holly)

I am working on my new line of Christmas stockings for 2013. That sounds so pretentious. “New lines” are for Pantone color trends or Coach’s spring line of purses or Nike’s cross trainer shoes.

I opened LoopsAndLines on Etsy in August 2011.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/LoopsAndLines

I wasn’t thinking “lines,” just happily knitting. My olive and poppy red cotton stockings and my sock monkey style stockings were the big sellers. For Christmas 2012, my focus was building inventory, so I let color or style inspire me. It was the year of knitting ADD. My striped jester stockings and my sock monkey stockings were best sellers.

So I am trying to control my knitting ADD. Using stats from past best sellers, I am developing my new line for Christmas 2013. Lots of color choices for customers: traditional Christmas green, forest green, burgundy, or a rich green called forest floor. Lots of style choices too: knitted bands with a chevron stripe, a strip of holly, a strip of trees, a wide band of interlocking squares, or a band left open for personalizing.

How’s that for someone who earned a C- in Economics 101?

Off to work on inventory . . .

Lisa T

Lisa T

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