First of all, let me wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day! The heart-shaped rock, above, is one my son serendipitously found on our beach the eve of his wedding two summers ago . . . May such serendipity point you in the direction of love today. . . .
Now for Friday's Five Things:
1. Duchesse posted last week on what to do when her beloved cashmere sweaters began to wear out, how to stave off replacement, or where to find the sales if replacement became imperative.
Here's what I did with a cashmere sweater I bought at Banana Republic a few years ago but haven't been wearing at all because the pilling just got too, too, too! I'd bought it at a crazy sale price and got a fair bit of wear out of it, so I was ready to send it on to a charity shop. But I've been thinking about knitting myself up some arm-warmers to wear under my coat sleeves when my sweater has bracelet sleeves that leave my forearms chilled. And I suddenly realized I could save myself the cost of yarn as well as a few hours AND end up with the scrumptiousness of cashmere in a use that pilling didn't detract from.
Yes, I wielded my scissors! Chopped the sleeves off at a distance that would reach my elbows (I've been using the short-sleeved cashmere T as an extra layer on cold-weather runs).
I even snipped a little opening for my thumb to slip through . . .
3. A warning that my snow pants might be too late for this year. . . . I noticed that my crocuses are pushing their way up through the leaf mulch . . . . uh-oh. . . But it's impossible to feel much concern when spotting the season's first crocus blooms. . . .
4. I debated, for my fourth item, whether to offer you one of this week's What I Wore shots, or give you another sunrise. Not much debate, because Morning's Outfit of the Day outclassed me by whole boxes of crayons. . .
5. You love reading? You love Scotch? Or perhaps you just like a commercial that touches the emotions. . . Have I got a treat for you. If you haven't seen this lovely tribute to literacy, to learning something new in later life, then go, now, and watch this video. Less than three minutes long, and well worth those minutes. Then come back here and tell me what you think. Or comment on something else before you go. Or tell me what you've been reading lately. . . .
And if the commercial inspires you to read and you're looking around for something worthwhile, you might do worse than read Laurie King's The Bones of Paris, a mystery set in Hemingway's Paris between the wars, with an amusing perspective on Man Ray and other artists of that day. Of the lighter books I read in 2013, I'd highly recommend it for entertaining light reading, especially if you're a Parisophile as I am. . .
Oops, that was a 6th thing, wasn't it?
Oh well. . . .