Missing a weaver

This is a complete rewrite. It started as a list of some current “follows,” but it should have been an acceptance. I just pushed the “publish” button for that new post, and this is the heart of what remained.

Just a few weeks ago I began reading posts from The White Haired Weaver. They were short posts about peg looms and her current weaving projects. She wrote about colors, yarns, looms, and getting organized for the winter. Between those posts, this unassuming Christian woman wrote about challenging trips in and out of the hospital. Her friend-followers wrote tender comments to uplift her and hold her in prayer.

I read her posts as if I were visiting a friendly grandmother who had invited me in for weaving and a game of Canasta every so often on a rainy afternoon. So when this morning my curiosity turned to concern about her recent absence, I went to the WP Reader. It said:

The authors have deleted this site.

Oh dear.

I have enjoyed the simplicity of The White Haired Weaver’s words describing her favorite thing to do. When she told me she doesn’t sell her work, but keeps it to use in her home, I imagined a house absolutely covered with colorful yarn seat covers, wall hangings, rugs, and table runners. Be who you are, do what you love.

If anyone knows what has happened to “The White Haired Weaver,” I would very much like to know. And, if I don’t hear anything, my thanks to her for those peaceful visits.


P.S. ~ I mostly grew up without a grandmother, and so did my son. We did have a precious elderly neighbor, though — a retired librarian, who would invite my four-year-old to come over once a week to pick up sticks with her in the yard, then go inside for a sugar cookie and a story. She died several years ago. I made her cookie recipe today.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of cinnamon, optional

Add to the butter-sugar mixture and mix thoroughly:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • any mix-ins you’d like: chopped nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, etc.

Drop by tablespoon onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake approximately 9 minutes at 350 degrees for a chewy cookie, a little longer for a crispy cookie.

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