I put it aside to motivate me. Knowing that I had a surprise to open after I went through the bills and junk mail - and as this is an election year, there was a LOT of junk mail. Once I got to the bottom of the stack, I was able to open this mysterious package.
What a wonderful surprise - a GORGEOUS hat from Gisella of the Corner View "family":
Look at the wonderful colors and patterns!
I was going to take photograph of me wearing it, but as I am having a bad hair day (or should I say BIG hair day thanks to the humidity), I enlisted some of the neighbor girls to model it:
Aleshia - who wanted to keep it and pouted when I said no!
Also included were some pebbles from the shores in her corner of the world:
Aren't they lovely? I keep picking them up and rubbing them. They are smooth and soothing and make me feel connected to Italy - getting me even more excited about my trip there next year!
Thank you so much Gisella!