Wednesday, November 30, 2011


After seven sunny days in Colorado over Thanksgiving, we arrived home Tuesday night to cold rain and a suspiciously nippy house. The cat, rather than being happy to see us, looked pissed. The furnace was out. It was too late to find anyone to come fix it. We bundled up in sweaters and socks and threw extra blankets on the bed, and spent an uncomfortable night trying to sleep with a desperate feline between us, determined to draw whatever warmth we had out of us.

Did I mention that I was in the midst of a snotty, head-achey cold, and had been traveling since early in the day by car, bus, plane, and taxi, hacking, coughing, and burning through three travel packets of tissues, much to my fellow travelers' delight?

At 2:00 a.m., afraid to roll over for fear of having to warm up a new spot in the bed, I thought, "Hats! Why didn't we wear hats?!"

This morning, after securing an emergency appointment with only the second HVAC company I tried, I read this:

Warm Trees, Cold People

And realized: I have not one thing to complain about. And I have a request for all you knitters and knit bombers out there: clothe people this winter, not trees. Make hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters, blankets, and give them to those without heat. Not a knitter myself, I will procure those items by other means, and get them to people in need.



  1. What a different picture and an important reminder. I'd seen photos of these "warm trees" from other folks on Facebook and admired how beautiful the tree scarves were. Well, they're not so beautiful when you compare warm tress to cold people. I'm also not a knitter but you've got a deal...I'll be donating some hats, too.

  2. And that is why you are one of my best friends and one of my greatest inspirations

  3. Thank you Jennie. It's all relative, isn't it?

    I'm reading Victor Frankl on the concentration camps of WWII. I have much to be thankful for, and yes, I will share the warmth with to those in need. It's a great time to think about my community. Thanks for the reminder.