Hannah’s first pumpkin

Long before moving to Bloomington, I heard friends here talking about the students they hosted through Bloomington Worldwide Friendship (BWF). After my Fulbright semester in Vietnam, I knew that I wanted to take part in this organization because it would allow me to continue interacting with students from that region of the world.

As a BWF host, you do things to help your student feel welcome as she or he acclimates to life in the U.S.  A week ago, BWF held a picnic. It was a gorgeous autumn day, just perfect for playing Frisbee, racing with an egg on a spoon, and taking a boat ride on Lake Lemon.  Hannah and I wore big smiles as we took part in the festivities and piled our plates high with all kinds of good picnic potluck food.

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This past weekend we celebrated Hannah’s birthday with a small dinner party, a birthday cake accompanied by the singing of “Happy Birthday to You,” the making of a wish, and blowing out candles. After that, it was time for pumpkin carving. Hannah did a great job! You would never know this was her first effort, or that she loves kitties!

Hannah and KaseyIn other news, my application for a booth at the Bloomington Holiday Market has been accepted–yea! This means that I’m knitting up a storm so I will have a plentiful supply of handmade items ready for display and sale. One of my goals is to knit up the yarn I already have (my stash has gotten a bit out of control). The November 29 deadline is a great motivator!

Happy fall to all of you!

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About JP in B-town

JP grew up on a sheep farm in northwest Ohio. She learned to knit by the age of ten, and loves the smell of wool. She fell in love with reading, a habit she fed with weekly visits to a nearby Carnegie Public Library. Reading fed her desire to become a writer, and her dream of traveling the world. She resides in Bloomington, Indiana, where she continues to knit and write.
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