It’s the time of the year when giving takes center stage.  But … receiving can also be magical, especially when you know that someone put a bit of themselves into a gift for you.  I am honored to have received several lovely gifts from Jone Rush MacCulloch through our Poetry Friday exchange.  Please allow me to share with you some of the beauty that Jone sent my way.

First, I love the gorgeous photo on Jone’s card.  Her note was so thoughtful and kind!

Despite claiming that wrapping is not her jam, Jone added lots of festive touches to her gifts!

Many delights awaited under that beautiful wrapping job!

A mini gnome – in tribute to my Gnome post several months ago, but this gnome came bearing brown-butter-cardamom-pecan chocolate!  Yum!

A 2024 Calendar featuring Jone’s artwork, haiku, and photography.  Truly inspirational!

A beautiful forest-scene collage with stunning pines atop a page from her grandmother’s journal!  I simply adore this.

A river photo with that cool hagstone in the middle, taken at Wildwood Recreation Area, and a golden shovel poem overlaid (the end words form a line from my gnome poem!).  Note: this is also a magnet.

          The river calls ~ water poppling ~ while
 sunlit creases dance between trees.  Walking
                along the path, I feel the apricity on
       my back as psithurism clams my heart.  A
    chittering of juncos flit about the woodland.
                                    Dream time on the trail.

© jone rush macculloch

Oh, to see a chittering of juncos!

Lastly, Jone shared with me a book of poetry by her friend Paulann Peterson, a former Oregon Poet Laureate.  Paulann’s poem “Lake” reminded me of the many lakes I love!

I am presently sick with COVID (somehow, I managed to avoid it for four years and was getting overconfident, I guess!).  Jone’s gifts have helped me pass the time with lovely poetry and peaceful thoughts.

Thank you so much for your kindness, Jone!  XOXO 

I feel honored to have you as my new friend!

Jone is also our gracious Poetry Friday host this week.  Please visit her at Jone Rush MacCulloch for more Poetry Friday gifts!


  • Tracey, I'm so sorry to hear you are sick. I hope you are feeling better soon. Thank you for sharing the beautiful gifts from Jone. I agree, they are truly inspirational! xo
  • Tracey, what a lovely post with all the details of your lovely gifts from Jone. So beautiful. What a lovely gift when you were sick. My Covid story is similar to yours--we avoided it for years until September and then got sick. I hope yours is over very soon, and that your Christmas is full of health and joy. 
  • Wow--what treasures Jone shared with you! So sorry to hear that you have Covid, and hope you are on the mend soon. The spouse and I have avoided it so far, but I probably am being overconfident, too!
  • Oh, Dang it! I had my first case of Covid least 3 years out from the pandemic, science has given us a fighting chance. No better time than this to receive Jone's joyful gifts. She is such an artist in so many ways including gift-giving. The gnome is so cute! Jone's photography is always something I enjoy and find something new in everytime I look and then look closer. I'm sorry you are sick and I hope you get better soon. Hugs from too far away to catch the yuck!
  • Oh, Tracey, I am sorry that Covid caught you. I hope these days right before Christmas find you better and better! Jone's gifts certainly are lovely 'get-well' gifts, each one something to love and enjoy. Thanks for taking time to share their beauty. 
  • I'm so sorry that you have Covid! I hope it will pass quickly for you. ❤️ Truly inspirational gifts from Jone! 
  • Wow, such wonderful and creative gifts –art and poems from Jone, I hope all lift your spirits and make you feel a bit better! I love that watery postcard scene at the top, wouldn't mind diving into it… Sending healing thoughts your way.
  • Thank you for such a wonderful post. I'm so glad that you enjoyed them. I loved putting it together for you. Gifting is one of my favorite things to do. I hope you are feeling better.
  • Get well soon. Covid is definitely going around. Jone's gift is fabulous! She is such an artist with so many talents! You are lucky indeed! 

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