Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy Endings: The Cowl Winner and a Glad Pup

This past Friday I announced that I would be giving away a cowl that I crocheted myself to one fabulous reader.  I asked everyone to weigh in with their opinion on which photo showed off the cowl best for my Etsy store, Shots 'n' Knots.  You all gave very useful feedback, but the winner (as picked via Random.org) is . . .

Congrats, Bhakti!  Please email me at kitchencourage (at) yahoo (dot) com with your shipping information.  Bhakti is a fellow hoopdancer and blogger, and her preferred cowl photo was this one:
 According to the rest of your votes, this shot as well as the two following are the favorites:
Thank you so much for the feedback, everyone! 

Also, in case you were wondering after my previous post, Herbert's family came and picked him up yesterday evening.  He was so excited to see them, and they seemed quite relieved that he was safe.  I love a happy ending!

To be honest, I didn't think Herbert's story would end well.  All I could think was that his family had abandoned him, and that he was doomed to be put to sleep after lingering, unwanted, at Animal Control.  Worst of all, he wouldn't see it coming.  Unlike humans, I thought, the poor dog had no way to expect that soon we would give him up to a lonely cage in noisy Animal Control.

That got me thinking about whether we (people) actually know what's coming around the corner.  And the only answer I could come up with was no, we don't.  We might think we do -- after all, that's why we make plans, because we think we know what's coming tomorrow, next week, and next year -- but when all is said and done, the only thing we really know for sure is what's happening right now.  So really, I'm not all that different from Herbert.  And somehow, for me, that precariousness of life is both terrifying and comforting.  What about you?


  1. Congrats to Bhakti! That cowl is really lovely!

  2. Love the cowl - so cute!I am learning to be more comforted and less terrified by the things I can't see ahead of me. I can admit that in the past, I've been an overplanner and often focused more on the end result rather than the moments that make up the journey. And more times than not, the universe won the battle and led me down a completely different, unknown path.Not knowing can be frightening if you let it. I'm trying not to let it anymore.

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