lest it not be forgotten that before, during, and after the darkness there is light. friends have a way of sharing themselves which brightens the heart in the best manner. sarah with her floral hats and tea wallets, autumn with her homemade edwardian chapeaus (not shown, sorry) and her visit from washington, lauri with her never ending supply of newly knitted projects, and gifts from the land of sonoma county, friend b, whose personal touches and attention to detail are unmatched. the last is my own tiny trinket gift to the children of friend b. they all fill me up and keep me afloat, these friends, each in her own way. i am bursting with thanks.