It's Zwedde Grischtdaag! Second Christmas! At age seven, Second Christmas was the most exciting day in the world for Mary. And even better, the whole family was taking the buggy to visit Aunt Susie! Mary pushed the quilt aside and grabbed her heavy robe off of the bedpost.
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The sun was already rising, and she would have to hurry to get breakfast before they loaded up the buggy. As Mary stepped into the hallway, Esther dashed past, tying her apron as she jogged for the stairs. Hurry up and get dressed! We don't have much time. Mary nodded. The hall was dim in the light of the flickering lantern that hung from a hook on the wall between Mary's parents room at the front of the house and the stairs.
Above, through the skylight, the sky had taken on a faint milky glow, dotted with snow flurries which blew over the window glass and clung to the edges of the pane in clumps of grayish white. Mary dashed for the bathroom with Stumpy at her heels. She had taken a full bath the day before Christmas proper, so she quickly washed in the sink, ran the wide-toothed comb awkwardly through her light brown hair and twisted it into a bun, which she pinned in place.
A halo of frost limned the windows. She peered through the wispy oval of clear glass onto sleeping fields. Stumpy, uninterested in the fields, stood up on his two hind legs while balancing on the edge of the sink with his one front paw.
His left front leg was missing. Instead, he grabbed at the brush with his teeth and threw it onto the floor with a clatter. Mary wrested the brush from his jaws. Stumpy gave a playful growl, and soon they were involved in a human versus dog game of tug-of-war. Eventually, Mary managed to wrest the brush away from him, and with a laugh, plopped down onto the bathmat.
Suddenly, a loud series of bangs sounded at the bathroom door. Someone, one of her brothers by the sound of his voice, pulled. This action might not be possible to undo. So it became easier for me to forgive than to hate. But as the days lapsed into months and years, the pain increased, the humiliation continued, and my forgiveness became harder and harder to muster.
Now, as I lay on my bed, curled up on my side, my face red and burning with the salt from my tears, I searched for understanding. I yearned for the empathy I found so readily in my childhood.
Now, my only solace was the quiet of my bedroom, the protection of my isolation, and the company of my whittled, wooden toys. They were lined up on the ledge of my window, each small enough to fit in my own hand; a bear, a deer, a wolf, a giraffe, a horse, a cow, an elephant with its trunk pointing down and another with its trunk raised.
In recent decades, Lancaster County became a destination for people seeking Amish-made quilts as tangible goods that reflect consumer tastes for modern art and contemporary home fashions and that also appeal to a nostalgia for the perceived simplicity of a rural past. They look at various technologies and how that would connect them. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. The pastel shades on white linen create a fresh, modern feel to this mini sampler. Webster says it is a tiny scrap or remainder of food. Stitch count - 84 x This design is starring John, Abigail and their two of six children Nabby and John Quincy dressed for the autumn season. Sampler also includes the 3rd stanza of American the Beautiful.
I imagined them coming to life, stepping up to me and offering me love and companionship. I pictured the little elephants stroking my arm with their trunks, the bear nuzzling my wrist. And this way, Uncle Barnabas would always have a way of punishing me, of hurting me even beyond the insults and the beatings. He gave me whittling so he could always have something to take away from me. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join. Save For Later. Create a List. Read on the Scribd mobile app Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.
In response to this question, Mr. Treskillard offers a challenge: I want you to raise the standard. I just started, I said. And the angrier they were, the harder I wound up working. And there were always more chores to do. Thank you again, dear sister, for your assistance. But of course, we were really family.
Look at thos busy little witches on house-keeping duty. Design is stitched on 32 count linen over 2 threads, using DMC.
Stitch count - 51 X Pattern for a springy, easter-filled design! Stitch count - 78 X A sampler pattern that commemorates the death of one of the world's best-loved writers, Jane Austen. The dates give the years of Jane's birth and death. Jane did not much enjoy needlework, so a selection of typical motifs along with her childhood home, The Rectory, are worked upon this sampler. Design is worked on 14 count linen over two threads.
Chart calls for DMC flosses. Pattern for a small design inspired by motifs and lettering of the classic Dutch antique samplers. The pastel shades on white linen create a fresh, modern feel to this mini sampler. The sampler also includes an alphabet for personalizing.
Pattern for a mini sampler full of motifs we all love to stitch! Four little dacshunds in patchwork coats within a traditional style border for a small project that is fast and fun to stitches. Bones included! Stitch count - 94 x Worked in DMC flosses. Pattern for a sweet little sampler featuring a house and a country lady.
The design is surrounded with a pretty village garden. Chart for a sweet Swiss couple surrounded by motifs to bring all the best of the summertime in Switzerland together. Mountains and forest, goats and cows, bells, flowers, flags and hearts are all there beside a chalet and the village church, with trains going past. If you look hard you will even find some Swiss cheese. A wonderful sampler for those who have Swiss heritage! Pattern for the Gnomes-lovers! Pattern includes instructions for sewing box, pincushion, needle book and scissor bag. Designs are worked in DMC flosses on 32 count linen over 2 threads.