Daily Reflections From My Window

February 8, 2021 Monday


“For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.”

Charlotte Bronte’.

Another glorious day is ahead! I didn’t mean to leave you hanging yesterday but the day got away from me and before I knew it, was over.

We had, not just one, but TWO blooms! It said it was time. The nice thing is that Amaryllis bulbs usually bloom for a long time so we can enjoy it. It’s been on our kitchen counter forever and Jay just noticed it this morning. He just noticed the orchid I got for Madison the other day (and forgot to give to her yesterday) this morning too. Sometimes, we’re just in our own bubbles, or he’s used to seeing random plants everywhere.

The Amaryllis and the orchid are side by side on the counter.

Saturday we watched the grand dog Connor while Jack and Madison had a recording appointment in Pgh. I always tell Jack to make sure to wear him out! He is an energetic puppy at only 7 months old. Thank goodness he did and he brings a special collar and “perimeter” so that he has a portable electric fence. I think there is a beep or vibration when he gets near it. I like when he doesn’t have to be on a leash, but then we took him for a walk too. We went into Westmont to further wear him out (and us!).

Walking with purple on in honor of John Rizzi and pancreatic cancer. Connor has a purple bandana and Jay was thinking purple!

Here we are on our way home. Connor doesn’t look too tired yet. It took a few more walks at home to tire this pooch out!

Here he is on my lap later on. He likes my alpaca blanket too. The kids weren’t late. I think they collected him at about 10 PM. He went right to sleep. He’s really like a kid. He plays really hard and then just conks out. He’s a really nice dog!

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I can’t even remember what I did yesterday. Jay went snowshoeing with a friend in the morning and I found a church to attend online. We didn’t have a service online (or in person) at our church, so I found St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Boynton Beach Florida. It was so nice to see people attending in person-socially distanced and with masks, but receiving communion together, and singing! The sermon was wonderful. Here’s a link. The message was pretty much “Suck it up sister and get to work!” What I needed to hear.


I got to work putting my studio in order. There’s still a lot to do, but I am off to a good start. Then Jack and Madison came over and we’ve had a coat hanging here that she bought at a garage sale that needs alteration so we finally pinned it. Can’t wait to tackle that! It will be beautiful and there is a story.

Then we had dinner at our favorite Jim & Jimmy’s and then home to watch the SuperBowl. I don’t watch football much and Jay doesn’t watch it at all, but it does mark time. I don’t remember seeing so many local ads before. The Toyota ad with the swimmer was my all time favorite. Wow, just wow! The halftime show? After reading that the artist offered to put in $7million of his own money to do it (because of cutbacks due to Covid) and because all of the A list performers backed out, I felt differently. Oh and that he was the first formerly homeless Super Bowl performer. I guess I should watch it again. Now I don’t know how true this is. I read it on FB.

So yesterday the alpacas LOVED the sun. They will be treated again today!

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And of course Hammy. The sun makes everyone feel better-me included!

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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!