Good gracious, I have so many thoughts buzzing about in my head! I have got to get them down here while they are still fresh in my mind.
Before anything, I finally had a chance to speak to Miss Taite about the scarf and gloves I wanted knitted. She said they'd take a few days to get done. She must be incredibly fast at knitting! Grams would probably admire her a great deal for that. I will be so happy to have a scarf and a pair of gloves that don't have holes or terrible snags in them!
I've met so many wonderful people in the Prancing Pony lately. I suppose the cold weather and Yuletide has more people coming into town than usual. Of course, I finally got to properly meet the elf that often sits by the door of the Pony, Miss Cesistya. The first elf that I've ever properly met! She really is a kind and generous sort of person. I often see her helping out some person or another with various things. And I've found that she is a very learned person; always reading or studying something and seems to be skilled at a multitude of things. But, I suppose, when one has all the time in the world, that is more time to perfect and learn different crafts. That is one thing I might envy a little about elvish folk! I too have many things I want to learn and do but I feel like I have such a limited amount of time to do everything. But, it can't be helped; I shall do the very best I can and appreciate each day as it comes.
Miss Cesistya suggested that I go to further westwards towards the Sea to see the lands there. Even offered to write to her aunt to see if I might stay with her while I'm there. I'll have to figure out if I want to go there before I go northwards from the Shire in the spring or afterwards. I only hope that Floid and Dewitt will still be at that big lake I heard all about. Once Floid finds a place he really likes he sticks around there for awhile before moving on.
I'm getting off track again!
I've also had the pleasure of meeting yet another one of the elvish folk! That's two in one week! This one is named Helthuliel. My word! Is she ever tall! She's a bit different from Miss Cesistya somehow but, other than her height, I can't quite put a finger on what it is. Maybe its the way she smiles? She looks like she gets brighter when she smiles genuinely, if that makes any sense at all. It could be that it's just the way she is. Elves are elves but each one is their own person, I've found, just like the rest of us that live and breathe from one land to the next.
There was a dwarf, who I now know is Mister Byrge, that had come to Miss Taite's Yule gathering but acted in such an odd manner and left so suddenly. Well, he's been hanging around the Pony more often and I daresay that, though he still seems to be a nervous sort of fellow and speaks few words, he has been getting a little more comfortable being around other people. And for him, I'm sure that's quite an accomplishment and a feat of bravery. He gave Miss Helthuliel and I the most delicious looking pancake -- at least it looked like a pancake to me -- and even wished us a Happy Yule! I'll have to think of something nice to do for or give to him to show my appreciation properly before Yuletide is over completely.
And, lastly, I've had the great fortune of meeting a pair of rather interesting cousins in the Pony as well. A lad and a lass named Andri and Solveij from the Vales of Anduin. Both of them are delightfully tall and outgoing folk! Perhaps they might not know the ins and outs of what my Grams used to call "proper social comportment" -- and I'm glad I remember how to spell that! -- but they seem to be honest and good-natured folk. At the end of the day, that's what counts, right? Mister Andri in particular seems to be a rather merry and boisterous fellow who speaks to everyone pleasantly whether he knows them or not. Miss Solveij seems a little more reserved than her cousin at times but she is also a lass who seems very strong and speaks plain what's on her mind -- even if her cousin has a tendency to pop up out of nowhere when she does!
As one can see, I appear to have made myself a great many friends and acquaintances so far this winter and, indeed, many in one week altogether! That's more than I ever would have thought. Truly, this is almost the best winter I've ever had in my entire life!
The only thing that would make it better is if Grams were still around to share it with me. I truly do miss her more at this time of the year. I know being out on the road all the time brings me a lot of joy but I sort of miss having a place with someone I can call family to return to. But there's no use looking back and wishing things to be as they were. I've got to look forward and live out my days in such a way that I won't have regrets at the end of them all. I promised her after all.