On God and Fruitcake

Do you think God has an opinion on fruitcake?  I started thinking about this on my walk today.  To be accurate I started thinking about Genesis 4.


  Cain and Abel

    Pleasing God

      First fruits

        Old fruit


Does God like fruitcake?  It’s a perfectly normal question.

For decades I have heard the story of Cain and Abel but never understood why God was so unhappy with Cain.  I am listening to the Bible in a Year podcast with Fr. Mike for the second year (yes, it’s that good) and it was his explanation of Genesis 4 that finally make things click.  Abel gave God his first fruits while Cain sort of gave God his sloppy seconds.  The re-gifted fruitcake.  No parent would stop loving their child over a fruitcake, but it would be a sad encounter for sure! And that led me to think about my daily offerings. What part of my day do I give to God? Most days it is the very first thing I do each day. I say most days. And this is ultimately the icing on the fruitcake. This is what I took away from that chapter in Genesis and the revelation on that walk. God deserves my best, but at the very least, my first.

Now, on to the knitting!

I had the joy of doing another test knit for Melinda of Yankee Knitter Designs. The Color Block Mitten is a flexible and modifiable pattern in a variety of sizes. The first set I knit according to the pattern. Size Large, I used Malabrigo Chunky – Dusty for the main color with Tutto Santa Fe Fine Merino DK – Black Gorge as the contrast. I loved the pattern and the outcome. The mittens were true to size but since I wear size Medium, I tossed them in the was for a spell and the felted beautifully! The fabric is dense and soft. These mittens keep my paws warm on the coldest days.

This is a great pattern because it is written for circular knitting using magic loop, or dpns and a version knit flat on straight needles. For my next pair, I used the same yarn, but rather than a color block design, I knit with both yarns held together. I also knit them flat using two 6″ dpns. Aren’t they cute? You can have a lot of fun with this pattern and the potential for modifications is endless. Oh, I forgot to mention, these knit up in a day!

Our Holidays were quiet and peaceful; just the way I like them. The break from school always comes at a good time. Razz was hoping one of these gifts was for him.

I am making progress on Shawlography with only one set of clues to go. I know, better late than never.

Take a gander at this beautiful necklace. It was a gift from a very thoughtful server at our favorite restaurant. We bonded one evening over insects. These are the wings from a Brood X Cicada. Have you ever???

We had our first snow day last Friday. There is something really fun about having a snow day on a Friday and this school secretary secretly did a happy fanny dance. OK, so maybe not so secretly.

That’s all I have for the first post of the year. No resolutions, no ‘word of the year’, just a whole lot ‘o nuthin!

Saint of the Day: Saint Gregory of Nyssa. St. Gregory the Bishop of Nyssa. He was a very smart fella who fought the Arian Heresy (a really big deal). He is the patron saint of musicians, singers, students, and teachers.

“Peace is defined as harmony among those who are divided. When, therefore, we end the civil war within our nature and cultivate peace within ourselves, we become at peace.”
––St. Gregory of Nyssa

36 Replies to “On God and Fruitcake”

  1. Love the fruitcake cartoon! I end my day with a talk with God but perhaps I should start my day with Him, too.

    Your mittens look thick and warm. I’m working on a pair of fairisle mittens for my walking buddy as her hands are always cold. She has some issues with wool so I hope the 20% wool in the Wool-Ease will be fine. One mitten finished, one to go.

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    1. I walk for about an hour at lunch, even when the temps are in the single digits (or lower) and these mittens keep my hands so warm. I may never go back to ‘regular’ mittens again (at least for walking). Razz is such a good boy. He loves resting his head on everything. I wonder if other dogs do the same thing.

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  2. Love those Mittens… all of them.. and fruitcake… Hi Regina,,,,,,,, Wow…. I know… its got to be six months since I was here.. I know I was away from my blog around five months…
    So happy I was when I saw your logo and comment pop into my notifications Regina… How are You?
    Looks like you have also kept busy busy with your hands…
    Love the necklace too… how thoughtful…

    We had a little snow about three weeks ago, but mostly rain here in the UK… though the last two days have been super sunny even if temps have been below freezing….. Its been nice to see blue sky… As we went for around two weeks of rain mist and low heavy cloud.. that was very depressing ..

    Sending you and yours well wishes… I am still not yet back into the swing of things in WP as my crafts are calling me more and more.. But it was so good to see you and I thank you for your visit..
    Love and Hugs
    Sue ❤

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    1. I always enjoy hearing from you. We are doing well. Our holidays were nice and quiet; spent with family. We are expecting a storm Sunday-Monday. We are off from work Monday anyway, so it can snow away!! I have been busy, but the pace isn’t an unhealthy one. I wake up early and go to bed tired! What happens in between is all good.
      Love to you as well.

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