Daily Reflections From My Window

December 26, 2020 Saturday First Day of Kwanzaa, Boxing Day


“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”

Andy Rooney

I agree with Andy Rooney on this one. It was a very quiet Christmas for us here. Just the two of us. No kiddos. No mess. No noise. NO noise. Jay and I haven’t even exchanged gifts yet. It gave me a chance to think. Just like verse 19 in the second chapter of Luke. What was Mary thinking?! Did she even know what just happened? Really? How could she? She just trusted God.

This whole thing has not affected Jay much. He really lives his, “I can’t worry about things I can’t control” mantra to the max. I wish I could. Maybe something really spectacular just happened this year and soon we will know?

There’s a little bird living in this bush. She comes and goes most mornings but I haven’t seen her this morning. I’d be hunkered down inside-it’s windy and cold! We’ll have to leave a little treat for her today.

Yikes! What does that say? 4 degrees? That doesn’t even account for the wind.

There is hay inside the barn, but they are built for this.

I walked around yesterday and took some pictures of how beautiful the snow makes everything. So clean and fresh and despite only being about 5*, I was dressed in my one piece orange jumpsuit and was just right.

I made a turkey breast for dinner and it was perfect for the two of us with mashed potatoes, gravy and a salad. No peas. That must be what threw me off. I need peas. It’s a Gregg thing. When Jack was a baby, I would feed him peas and he would throw up. I took him to the doctor and voice my concerns. The doctor suggested that he didn’t like peas. WHAT? That is not even possible?!?! Was there a recall of peas I didn’t know about? Was his digestive track ok? But not LIKING peas? Inconceivable! Turns out that Jack is not a pea eater. He just doesn’t like the taste. Who knew that with our genetics that was even possible. I’m still scratching my head 26 years later.

We had our Egg Nog Taste Off via Zoom and it just wasn’t the same. Skye found 11 varieties of eggnog and I found 4. NONE the same. She couldn’t find the hometown favorite (Schneider’s Dairy) in it’s home of Pitttsburgh, and I ironically found it at Big Lots in Jtown a week ago. No Giant Eagle here, either. I found these:

The almond nog was awful, but if you are lactose intolerant it might do. Our favorite was Schneider’s, though I think Vale Wood may have stepped up their game because it tasted better than I remember. Our vote for if you want a “little better taste without an angioplasty” Award was Aldi’s Promised Land EggNog. Jay started reading the saturated fat content during the competition and that did not go over well with the contestants. Might need to be a new category. Here’s our hostess with the mostest, Skye. She does a great job and they must have had crackers, because she was wearing her crown!

That’s a cute picture! Here are the rest.

A lotta thinking goes on at these taste offs. And this was a much smaller group. Janey is dressed for the occasion!

Others tried to join in and left after about 5 minutes. Zoom is just not as fun as being there.

Afterwards we called my brother, his wife snd my niece. So nice to talk to them. They live on the other side of the state and we haven’t seen them much lately. I forgot to take a picture.

We finished off the night with “The Yearling”. I remember reading it as a kid and probably saw the movie too. Gregory Peck is amazing and it really highlights how tough life was. Nothing was guaranteed. It slowly recounts how the boy becomes a man. I don’t want to give anything away, but I recommend it. .

So what’s up today? More shoveling and snow blowing. Animal care and a special sewing project.

It IS Wonderful Life, and though this year was much different, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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!