Daily Reflections From My Window

January 17, 2021 Sunday

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“Never trust people who smile constantly. They’re either selling something or not very bright.” Laurell K. Hamilton

I didn’t know who Laurell K. Hamilton was so I looked her up because I liked the quote, and discovered that she wrote “Anita Blake:Vampire Hunter” and another series. Neither rung a bell, but I still like the quote.

Lately, I’ve had a serious case of RBF-AKA Resting Bitch Face. I just feel like I’m not smiling much. These masks don’t help either. The other day I had to get something so I stopped at Dollar General because it’s closest and I smiled at people as we passed. They couldn’t tell that I was smiling with the mask on and most just turned away with their eyes down. There was a little girl in one aisle smiling and laughing and so happy that it was refreshing so I smiled at her and her family. I hope they could tell it was a smile!

The rest of the day I tried to smile. That didn’t last long.

We are definitely back to winter. This was at the beginning of the day and the snow picked up the longer I was out there. It does brighten things up and make amazing natural artscape.

If you ever ask me for yarn, more often than not, I’ll have to send pictures of my current selections, which are always changing. My friend Jamie asked out if the blue what I had and of course, through her description of what colors she was interested in, had to make a trip to the BottleWorks because that was where I had left what I thought she was looking for and I was right. I’m so glad that I made the trip. They have amazing things, by so many local artists and I had time to look around and pick up a gift for a special person. I especially loved these lamps made from the blueprints from the Bethlehem Steel Plant. Know anyone involved in the Steel business?

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Here’s what Jamie decided on-the worsted multi. It’s alpaca and just a hint of nylon, hand dyed by me.

This is getting long, but I have to circle back to the quote. Last night Jack and Madison invited us for dinner. Their sweet friend Lilly (on the left in the picture) is visiting. She and Madison talk about coffee like wine lovers talk about wine-the nuances of the bean, the process. Madison loves the process and Lilly likes the art of holding the cup as well as the process. They are simpatico in those regards. It was fun to hear. Madison got a new espresso maker and was experimenting with steaming different types of milks. Here Madison made me a chai with steamed macadamia nut milk (or maybe it was cashew?). She’s an artist with the sprinkle of cinnamon. See the face? It tasted wonderful too!

After dinner, Lilly brought “Boggle” for us to play. Sort of like Scrabble, but the cubes are enclosed in a case and the dealer shakes them up, they settle into individual spaces and the dealer lifts the lid. We all have papers and pencils and with the time on the timer, write down as many words that we can find with adjacent letters. They just have to touch in order. It was so much fun and I haven’t laughed like that in ages! We love board games and we need to play them more! So it hit me. I was smiling!

My advice to you? Whenever possible, play a board game with friends. You’ll laugh, you’ll smile, you’ll have fun!

Here’s a look at the weather yesterday afternoon on our way home from our walk in Westmont (yes, we drive to walk!).

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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!