Where would we be if it wasn't for friends? I have received some lovely things in the post lately. A wonderful parcel just arrived from dear Pina (http://milk-and-berries.blogspot.com/) which has winged its way all the way from Slovenia to the other side of the world. She sent me a lovely notebook (how did you know I love making lists, Pina?), some gorgeous-looking chocolate which will be very happily devoured as I work my way through season 3 of 30 Rock, a beautiful crocheted snowflake which is already hanging in my window, connecting me with my European friends as they make their way through winter while the sun beats down on us here, and one of her so, so delicate paper creations (I am yet to hang it - I want to find just the right spot for it). And not only all this, but also beautiful stamps on the envelope. Thank you Pina. A hug to you.
And my blogging buddy in England, Helena (http://sketchandcolour.blogspot.com/), also very kindly sent me a gorgeous handmade Christmas card, despite the fact that she has been full time caring for her Mum. Thank you so much for thinking of me when you have so much going on in your life, Helena.
I am a big fan of 'alone time'. From childhood, I have always been incredibly content in my own company. But as E.M. Forster said in Howards End - "only connect" - and it's in heartwarming connections like these, that new dimensions to life are added.