Monday, January 7, 2008

Happy First Anniversary, Blog, and Happy St. Distaff Day!

This is the day I created my blog one year ago. I was still grieving the loss of my father and I was looking for something to do on long winter evenings to keep me busy and not brooding.

As it turned out, my blog has kept me quite busy all year. I've learned many new things as I search for information on the topics I want to talk about. I've found a way to stay connected with friends and family, and to capture the random wanderings of my mind. It's been fun, though-provoking, and even action-inspiring. Writing about my mother's Christmas traditions made me long to do them again, and I resurrected several things I had stopped doing over the year, and I found new pleasure in the old ways.

To all of you who stop by regularly, thank you. I am glad you find something here of interest and I enjoy reading your comments very much.

And...

Who would have guessed it? Certainly not I--this is the first I've heard of it. But in England, this day, the day after Epiphany or Twelfth Night, was the day women were expected to return to their distaff--their spinning. The distaff pre-dates the spinning wheel. For a whole LOT of information about this date, visit the Book of Days.

Unfortunately, in today's world most of us returned to work right after Christmas, took a little break at New Year's and then went right back to it.
Woman spinning with distaff
picture from Wikipedia

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