Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Photo-a-Day - July 2012 - Day 17: My Addictions

Photo-a-Day - July 2012 - Day 17: My Addictions
This was such an easy prompt.

1.  It's amazing to think that when I made the decision to return to crochet after 20+ years of doing needlepoint, I owned not a skein of yarn and really couldn't afford to buy much.  Yet, to paraphrase Blanche Dubois in "A Streetcar Named Desire", I have been greatly blessed by the kindness of strangers.  Between those de-stashing on Craigslist for very little money, fellow stitchers I've met through Ravelry and Facebook and kind, generous friends, I now have 10 bins, one box and 5 under-bed storage flats filled with wonderful yarn. 

Within months of restarting my crocheting, I realized there was really nothing I needed for myself and started crocheting for charities.  It was the best and most fulfilling decision I've ever made.  Some of it is selfish as it keeps me mindful that no matter how hard times may be for me, there are millions of others for whom life is much more difficult.  Yet I also hope I am giving just a little bit of warmth and comfort to others as well.

2.  I didn't discover Doctor Who until a couple years ago.  I was working on finishing an afghan and not in the mood for the usual assortment of annoying New Year's Eve programming. However, I discovered that the SciFi channel--before they changed their logo to the irritatingly incorrect usage "SyFy"--was running an all-day marathon of Doctor Who and thought I'd give it a try.  They started with the Chris Eccleston episodes and I was hooked.  Yes, I am now a Whovian.

3.  I now only allow myself one Coke per day, but I love the sound when you pop the can, hear that fizz and take that first wonderful taste.  Friends know that my epitaph should read "Classic Coke, in the can, no ice".  Yes, things do go better when Coke.

4.  Reading; it's something I can't remember not ever doing.  I have a Kindle and I love audiobooks but being surrounded by, holding, smelling, and reading a print book is a magical experience.  I believe it is essential to who I am.  Through my mystery readers' group and my reviews, I am also part of a wonderful community of fellow readers, many of whom have become friends.  Reading opens the world as nothing else can do.  Books truly are magic.

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