In it was another pair of cozy, colorful, washable wool socks I had bought from the mother of a woman whose blog I love to read every day. The blog is called From My Mental Library and brings me many nice memories because in the early 1970s when I was first married my husband and I lived in Stuttgart and he worked at the University there in the Institute for Space and Airflight Construction. Really, he took this job so that we could live in Europe – which I had never seen – and we could travel to Hungary whenever we had enough free time. Paul wanted to show me the world in which he had grown up, and let me meet the relatives he had there. It was an amazing time, to be so young and traveling with the man I loved more than anyone on earth and seeing a world – actually several worlds – that I’d never encountered even in pictures. It was glorious!
A city we often visited was nearby Ludwigsburg. In the spring they had a wonderful festival of tulips and spring flowers. The palace was beautiful. There was a porcelain factory, a Museum, actually, beside it which began operation in the 1700s and which fascinated me greatly, especially the collection of figurines which represented all the typical working people of the time when the factory began, butcher’s and baker’s and candlestick makers and flower sellers and really probably a few hundred different artisans are shown in the clothes they wore for their jobs. Beautiful work.
At first I was most interested in Meike’s pictures of Ludwigsburg and its surroundings, but soon became interested in everything she chose to write about. Her blog is http://librarianwithsecrets.blogspot.com/.
Occasionally her mother would write a guest post and then a little later she opened an Etsy shop – that’s etsy.com. I think most of you will be familiar with this website which sells all manner of handwork and vintage items. Meike’s mother sells lovely socks and hats, mostly in that patterned computer generated yarn. I have now bought three pair (and some small hats for Em and her daughters) and use them mostly as slipper socks when I am at home. They are cheerful to look at and keep my feet cozy and warm.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/gigunelsasocks?ref=seller_info is the url for her shop.
So today my latest socks arrived, but I was surprised to find a little gift in the package, an Advent calendar with cut out designs on two sides. I just got the mail on my way to my daughter’s to babysit Stephen so we set up the little calendar and put the votive candle inside so the designs would show up well. Isn’t it lovely! I was so surprised and happy to receive this.
I’ve also bought myself and both of my daughters the Jacquie Lawson online Advent calendar. I belong to (or subscribe to?) her online e-card service and that may be necessary to have this calendar. It begins Saturday and continues until Christmas. We’ve always had Advent calendars and enjoyed using them.
BTW, WordPress insisted on making the first paragraph blue with underlining, and I was unable to change it. My apologies for my unskillfulness.