Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hugs from afar

It's easy to stay busy with life, responding to the urgent things that come along.
I used to be much better at writing notes or sending cards, keeping in touch,
but life seems to have changed a bit, and not entirely for the better.
So when I saw how friends cared for me after my knee surgery, 
it was a reminder to do better.
There is something so special about getting a card or package in the 
mail … especially when you're not feeling well. It's like a hug from afar.

My cousin sent me this amazing card she made. Wow, I looked and looked at it, and looked 
at it again, admiring her handiwork, being grateful for her words of encouragement.  
Even though there are no cats in my house, I loved it! 
I even heard from some blogging friends, sending a book or a card 
and cups of tea. I am so touched to be encouraged in this way.
 May I never forget this gentle lesson.


  1. Those sweet acts of kindness are never forgotten. And what a clever and beautiful card!

  2. What a lovely piece of art...this adorable card! You are so right...and email or even an ecard is really great but nothing compares to the real thing sent by snail mail! :) A great reminder, indeed!

  3. I receive more mail from my blogging friends than any of my local friends.

    I love your card and I have to look more at the stamp she used with the glasses and limited edition. It looks cute.

  4. Nice card, and so thoughtful of people to send you gifts!

    I need to be better about it myself. Thanks for the reminder!


  5. My, your cousin is an accomplished card maker. I love the window effect that is pretty on both sides.
    It just goes to show you how much you are thought of Dotsie.
    I just received a tin of Murchie's Christmas tea that I ordered on-line - it is so good - chocolate orange flavoured. :-)
    Be well.

  6. Such a lovely card to receive in the mail. I have a friend who has one of the scrap book cutters and she makes the most incredible cards! Hope you are doing well. Hug from Texas.

  7. There's nothing quite like the trip to the mailbox and finding a note from someone. Your card is so pretty...such a talented hand made it. Hope this comment finds you feeling better.

  8. Your cousin's card she made you is absolutely stunning. I shared cards I made earlier today too.

    Must be the colder weather, staying inside much more now.

    How ARE you by the way? I pray you are healing up well, dear lady? ♥

    Hugs and prayers.

  9. Dotsie, your post is timely. One of my half-sisters starts chemotherapy in two weeks for breast cancer and I was wanting to send her a card every week, but since this will be an 18-month ordeal it seemed prohibitive, if only in trying to find a card I liked! I will use this as an encouragement to make my own card. Your cousin's is quite something to aspire to, but it'll be my inspiration, so I'm feeling confident! I hope your knee is mending and strengthening and that you are no longer in pain.

  10. I would like to be better at communicating via real mail with people, too. I know how much I enjoy receiving a card or note via post. That's a lovely card.

  11. Oh, there is nothing like being the recipient of such "hugs" to remind you that those things matter!

  12. It makes you feel special when someone thinks about you and cares enough to write. What a pretty card and what thoughtful family and friends. I could do better....! I hope you are healing and feeling better each day. Hugs, Diane

  13. Podso,
    "Mr. Ed" has felt the same way about receiving cards during his rehab at home.
    In my 'thank you' to our Church Family I wrote, "Each and every card has brought a smile to his face."
    Prayers continue on your behalf for healing in your knee.
    P.S. Thank you for all the messages and prayers on our behalf via FB.

  14. That is a pretty card! In this day and age of sending a message quickly on Facebook it's lovely to receive a thoughtful card in the mail.

  15. Happy mail is some of the best healing there is.

  16. Oh, you know the lesson, darlin'....time for you to be on the receiving end. :)

  17. Yes, the lost art of handwritten notes. My aunts are twins and still write to each other all the time -- one in North Carolina, one in Michigan. They send newspaper or magazine clippings, a new tea or recipe, pictures, anything small that will fit in the envelope. I think that is very special. The card your cousin made is lovely. Wishing you all the best, Tammy

  18. Hello Podso. That is truly a wonderful handmade card. I also looked and looked at the photos you shared here. So clever and fun, and of course a lovely gift to cheer you as you recover. I hope the recovery process is going well? Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving.

  19. Oh her card is lovely and the thought behind it more so. Hope that you are feeling better. Happy Thanksgiving my sweet friend!

  20. What a wonderful encouragement to keep doing this. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth the time investment, but to know that it truly is uplifting to the recipient is reason to keep on! Glad you are continuing to heal.


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