It's difficult to watch the news these days. My heart goes out to everyone in San Bernardino, along with prayers.
August 24, 1861
"August 24, 1861 - I should have been cheerful in my solitude had it not been for my irrepressible anxiety about public affairs. I made, and quilted on my lap, the prettiest little crib quilt you ever saw. . . I sent it to my dear friend Mrs S., in honor of her first granddaughter. It was really a relief to my mind to be doing something for an innocent little baby in these dreadful times."
I love this quote on page 34 of my book The Civil War Sewing Circle. Hard to believe it was not written today. I don't know anyone who is not feeling anxious these days. Yes, so many years later, these are still dreadful times. Thank goodness for quilting - it does help keep one focused and calm at times.
I don't feel much like Christmas shopping anymore. We're getting our Christmas tree tomorrow and I will decorate it this weekend. put up the lights to help dispel some of the darkness and find joy and hope as we begin to celebrate the season.
Happy holidays to all of you.