Saturday, December 29, 2012


It's almost the new year and I want to start writing about my life, my family and my hobbies. I have tried blogging before and didn't stick to it very well. Maybe I can change that; a new year's resolution, if you will. My name is Jennifer but you can call me Thistle; a lot of people do.

It's four days after Christmas and I'm sitting in my sunny family room, facing windows which give an eastern view. I can see the Sandia Peak from here. I'm lucky, and thankful. I have a wonderful husband, lovely children and a comfortable home. I got some fun things for Christmas but I already had everything I wanted.

I try to be optimistic. I try to look on the bright side whenever possible. I try not to complain. I think I have a lot to look forward to.

Homemaking is very important to me, mothering even more so. I like to craft, especially crocheting and sewing. There are always multiple projects swirling through my brain and I need to get them out. I dream of colorful yarn and cloth and needles and pins. I read cookbooks like they are novels.

I live in a pueblo-style house in an urban subdivision. Think stucco, vigas and xeriscaping. It's important to me to have flowers in my house. I love old things and new things that try to look like old things.

I have a boy and a girl, ages seven and four, respectively. They are loud, messy and inquisitive. They are perfectly mine. They are the Little Bear (LB) and the Girl Bear (GB).

I am married to a really terrific person. He is the Bear and he is my heart.

There is so much more to tell you. I will probably start with things I am making. I have always made things, starting when I was a little girl, but in the past year I have found salvation, self-respect, courage and confidence in making things and it has changed my life.


  1. Hi Jennifer! Where have I been? I clicked on your latest post and realized I had missed ALL your posts over the last three weeks. How did that happen? At any rate, in the process of getting caught up on your news I decided to go back to your first post for this blog and was horrified to see no comments! The last I typed to you three weeks ago I encouraged you to continue expressing your artistry. I love blogging as an art form, and I appreciate some of the blogs that represent businesses as well. I enjoy your creativity as you write, photograph, craft, homemake and post your way through life. Blessings on you and yours :)
    Gracie xx

  2. I just read this for the first time. It's so lovely, so very YOU! It's been a pleasure getting to know you this year, my blogging friend. One day we'll meet up! x


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