But first and foremost, thank you to my friends, Larry and Sandy Bychowski. Larry served in Vietnam. He had to eject from 500 ft in a Mowhawk helicopter and he still can’t walk without pain. He paints and he fishes to find solace from those horrific days. Sandy has suffered along with him every step of the way.
Above is his painting, currently on display with his other paintings at the Algonquin Library near Chicago. It depicts Native Americans in service to our country during the Vietnam War. The Mountain the Eagle and the Flag are a common theme in Native American images. It is just like Larry to thank others in his work. He amazes me. He goes on. He thanks other Vets. He honors other Vets. He makes our country proud. Thank You Larry and all Veterans.
I’d like to answer some questions that came up in the comments this week.
Nancy gave me tips for placing button holes on my button band on the vest. You measure the band, north to south, and divide by the number of buttons. Then you place a stitch marker clip at each point where you want the buttonhole to be. Voila!
Regina, who does not have a blog, but is a dear friend from Glenview, asked where the pear tree was found. The pear tree is on the left hand side of the driveway as you first enter the drive. It is actually buried in among two other trees that have wound themselves together. So, Regina, I can’t see it out the kitchen window, but I can see it right off the driveway. It is not in the woods on the right as you drive in. We need to encourage Regina to blog. You would all love her. She knits almost exclusively for charity.
Finally, what is a cookie walk? Well it is this marvelous thing where you go to a holiday faire or church and pay a small fee, like 7 dollars. They give you plastic gloves and a bakery box and you walk (get it cookie walk) down an aisle filled with tables of cookies. You fill the box with homemade cookies.
As I am an expert cookie walker, let me give you some tips:
*Go early for the best selection
*Don’t be chatting with everyone, this is serious business. It is not a cookie talk, it is a cookie walk.
*If someone is holding up the line, they are a newbie, be patient with them. For a minute.
*This is not for the gluten free, dairy free, sugar free or seriously diet restricted or allergy restricted folks. Oh thank God I was not plagued with food allergies. I just decided that’s what I am thankful for This Thanksgiving.
*Don’t mix peppermint cookies with powdered sugar cookies .
*Take them home and freeze them till Christmas our your Holiday party. Wrap the whole box in aluminum foil a few times. It works.
*Shame yourself if you unwrap the foil more than twice in a week to grab a needed cookie. Otherwise congratulate yourself.
*Finally, when you go to put them on a plate or tier for guests, admit you got them all at a cookie walk. There is no Judging. Share the joy and the ease of it all!