“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength”Mahatma Gandhi
I’m still trying to figure out my post format. Yesterday I tried a different style and I realized later in the day that it looked like a mess on desktop. Now I’m back to simple and basic and for me that works best.
Yesterday we had a surprise visit from a relative. Lisa Ayres, Jay’s second cousin, was visiting her mom in Pgh and saw signs on her way in for Johnstown. She called Jay and made plans to stop by on her way back home. We haven’t seen her in at least 20 years. At least I haven’t! She is the wife of a minister and mother of one son, Matt, a college student in Colorado. at some point it seems, everyone feels the call to go to the mountains and she and her husband are planning to make the move. An avid birdwatcher, she shared with us an app that Cornell developed and despite Jay’s desire to be “off the grid”, I think he downloaded it-it needs your location to give you accurate information.
She’s had an amazingly interesting life. She worked in hospitality in Austria, assisted the sightless to ski and so many other things I can’t remember right now. She’s digging into her ancestry and Jay is just the person to help her with that. They share a great grandfather and he enjoyed showing her family pictures and paintings that were common to their blood. Covid is doing interesting things-like making people “come home” as Lisa called it. She and her husband are heading home to be near family too. Her husband’s mother is out west and established a wonderful life before her town became so trendy. As Lisa said, they still need people in the church and volunteers to make things happen. She also dropped a little tidbit when I was telling her about Macaroni Kid. Her sister in law is an American Girl History Mystery writer. American Girl was just one of our Meet Up sponsors this year. Anyway, check out books written by Katherine Ayres. There are quite a few for many ages, but her focus does seem to be history. What a wonderful connection!
Too soon, it was time to say goodbye and we sent her off with a treat bag of yarn and soap. Darn! I forgot to give her honey. I guess we’ll have to go visit her.
After Lisa left I got news that we didn’t want to hear. My best friends are going to be facing the biggest challenge of their lives. I don’t want to say too much now. Please keep them in your prayers. God only gives you what you can handle, right? I had a hard time feeling inspired this morning but knew I had to find something for them in case they read this. They can’t talk right now but I want them to know how much we love them and how we are praying.
Then I got a text that I was late once again for a chiropractor appointment. Dave Berkebile, bless him, gives me so much grace with that. He saw me as soon as I got there.
After my appointment I stopped at my favorite shop, the Zebra Stand. It’s a variety of all sorts of things that were once sold at Costco. The last time I was there I got a lot of things for our Boo Baskets. I had forgotten to take a case of water that I purchased and paid for. When I walked in, the owner said that he had been holding it for me and just didn’t know how to reach me. He had my name but I guess no phone books exist for local numbers anymore. As he said, they won’t hold things you’ve paid for and forgotten at Walmart! And he’s right! I wasn’t going to say anything about it because I had forgotten. What a nice guy. I like to do business with him.
Jay and I watched first episode of the “Queen’s Gambit” last night. We can only do one at a time. It’s intense.
We got our flu shots yesterday at Rite Aid (we tried Westmont Rexall but you have to be over 65). I made a comment to Jay how they had a certain natural product that he liked sometimes at night and by the time we got home, there was an email about another brand. Think your phone isn’t listening?
Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!