Gifting, Giving, and Growing

My friend Mary is such a sweetheart.  She's such a thoughtful person.  I don't recall a time when she hasn't brought me something back from any of her recent travels.  After Easter vacation, she brought me a pashmina shawl from New York.  Then on yesterday, she brought me a small basket of fresh goodies from her garden.  What a surprise!

Basil, new potatoes, snow peas, yellow squash, zucchini, and a few eggs from her chickens.  Everything was picked or laid on yesterday.  How cool!

This month I decided to participate in a small Ravelry swap.  It is for a Magic Ball.  I had never heard of such, but a magic ball is a skein of yarn wound into a ball with little presents hidden throughout.  The recipient has to knit or crochet to get the presents.  When I went to the capital city last weekend I fell in love with this chunky baby alpaca yarn.  My partner requested chunky, alpaca, or bamboo yarn.  Two out of three ain't bad, right?  She is also into scrapbooking, stamping, Hello Kitty, to name a few.  So within this ball is a deck of Hello Kitty cards, a couple of stamps, some scrapbooking ribbons, and a few add-ons (like these butterflies).  Instead of making her something, I enclosed one of my photography note cards (she's also into photography).  I hope she likes this magic ball and has fun knitting it down.  I'll be sure to show you mine when I receive it.  I heard it was in the mail.  This Magic Ball goes in the mail today.

After work yesterday, I went to my hair appointment at the African Braid Shop.  I had the edges of my hair retwisted so that they will be fresh for the wedding.  The stylist was so surprised that my hair had grown so much.  I really needed to take them all out and start over, but the style is supposed to last 3 months and I intend to get my money's worth.  lol  Plus I want to be extension free for a while so I can explore new products on my hair that can't be used with these extension twists.  Anyhoo, while in the shop, I finished up one of the hats for the kids.

This is the last of that Caron's Simply Soft black yarn.  :-)

Finally, this morning, I went outside to check out my herb garden and I could see that it enjoyed last night's rain.  Much of the cilantro, dill, and parsley had burned up, but pieces of them are hanging on for dear life.  What is thriving is the basil and the rosemary.  And the marigolds are doing a good job keeping the mosquitoes away!

Happy Saturday,


  1. What a cute idea with the Magic Ball! That is awesome! Never would have thought that up in a million years.

    I haven't planted herbs yet. There is one lemon basil that I planted years ago and just let it go. It's huge now and the blooms are gorgeous!

    Here's to a great weekend Libby!

  2. What a great friend you have!
    Love the Magic Ball idea, super cute.
    Your garden seems to be doing great, that's so neat!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. I really like the idea of the Magic Ball! it is double the fun! working with yarn AND getting surprises??? how cool is that?

    I would love to see photos of your hair right now! my hair can never hold braids. Five minutes after I've braided, wisps of hair start sticking out every which way!

    Your basil is gorgeous!!!! I can almost smell it from here!

  4. What a great idea for a swap! How fun! I can't wait to see what you get in return. Have a great weekend =D

  5. hey there Libs! left you an award in my blog! :D go pick it up! :D


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