Daily Reflections From My Window

February 13, 2021 Saturday

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

John F. Kennedy.

I’m still thinking about our Bible study and the Beatitudes. I may have visited them a few years ago after a trip to Malta. I have always loved the Beatitudes but focused on the relevance to the Knights of St. John, but think when we were in Malta, I did something on the actual Beatitudes. I just can’t find it! Here’s from 2018, which I think was an update not the original.

Our Bible study really delves into the meanings of these verses. This one is interpreted as meaning that if you were blessed enough to be able to mourn, you were blessed enough to love. I love it.

I think we’re getting a break from snow removal for a few days! I decided this year that if I want our whole driveway to be clear, I will do it! I get my walk in and Jay really doesn’t like to do it. My dad always had us out shoveling at the first snowflake and I kind of inherited that obsession. It has been a challenge when Jay says he wants to do it and then doesn’t really want to. He didn’t grow up shoveling. Their driveway was gravel and I think that you just go on that. My dad liked straight lines-no sloppy shoveling for us. We have the equipment so there is no excuse and now I have the time-and a wonderful neighbor who visits with his snow removal equipment. Thanks Keith Leckey! He makes sure that our mailbox is clear so that we can get our mail. He says, “It’s what neighbors do!”

Then he came up the drive and helped clear it with me and had a nice chat with Jay. As long as you’re dressed for it, it’s pleasant.

So Keith-you make a difference in our lives and we are grateful!

Next up to thank? Our good friends Amy and Penn. We’ve known them for as long as we’ve lived here. Our minister, Fr. Martin, introduced us. He thought that since we were the same age, we’re going to the same church, and both new to the area, that we would be good friends. We’ve been through a lot together and their oldest son and Jack are the same age. They were friends, but very different. Their son Sam, is a few years younger and we love to remind him how he would crawl under the pews to sit on my lap in church. Still makes me smile! They invited us for dinner last night and discovered that it was Jay’s birthday so of course we celebrate! Amy had said, “Come over for a simple supper, nothing fancy.” In true Amy style, she made anything but simple. Asian shrimp bowls with roasted veggies, brown rice, more roasted asparagus and homemade broth, topped with fresh avocado, cilantro, toasted sesame seeds, roasted sesame oil and soy sauce. Oh! And homemade garlic bread. She never goes halfway. She made a delicious orange flan and served it with Graeter’s coconut chocolate chip and wild cherry chocolate chip ice cream for dessert. Sooo good! Of course Jay’s was served in a heart shaped ramekin. Detail is her wheel house. It’s always a treat to spend time with them. Jay and Penn swapped facial hair jokes and stories and we got caught up on what’s going on with their boys. That was nice. It was a beautiful evening and Amy and Penn, thank you for your friendship all of these years!

Today Jay went with his buddies to his weekly cross country skiing and lunch. I’m glad he does it, especially now. It’s good to have a routine with other people, be outside and get exercise. I’m grateful for these friends. They keep him healthy.

As for me? I have fiber to deal with, livestock to tend and lots to do. I hope you saw the post about socks coming my way. When they arrive, I’ll post more. In case you missed it, the artist sent me this sneak peak!

Yes, they are made by her expert hands from our own hand dyed fiber. I can’t wait to see them! I’ve watched her posts as they progressed. She’s a wonderful teacher and craftsman. Her name is Denise Williams and she has a wonderful way of explaining things. I was mesmerized by her posts and asked if we could work together. We have a combined logo. I’ll show you soon. Thank you Denise! God introduced us I think.

For now, 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!

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