Daily Reflections From My Window

February 15, 2021 Monday, Washington’s Birthday AKA President’s Day

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“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”

Amy Collette.

I have to admit that I’ve lost my zip. My joy for what I do has left the building. I have fiber to deal with and I put it off and do other things. This week, I want to get it out of here and get it to where it needs to go to become other things. Do you ever find that when you fall behind on something, it’s like a roadblock and when you finally catch up, you get your motivation back? In the meantime though, the catching up is not fun. That’s where I am now. I’m grateful that I have the tools I need to complete the job. Today, I’m going to make some good progress.

Last night we watched “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and I prepped fiber for an order while we watched. It’s what I used to always do. Lately I’ve been feeling like I need to give everything my undivided attention but I think I’m a better multitasker. I’ll go back to doing that.

If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s worth the watch. It was a nice change. Lots to think about. What kind of movies do you like? I like uplifting, funny, movies that show the inherent good in people. Their gratitude for each other. I like that. The world is dark enough. I don’t need to watch that for entertainment. We’re also rewatching “The Crown”. I wonder what the royal family thinks or if they even watch it. I saw on the news that Meghan and Harry are expecting baby number 2 with baby showers being giving by the Hollywood who’s who. .

Yesterday I had to drop my hula hoops off at Dawn’s house. She’s modifying a few for me. I’m grateful for friends like her and her husband George! She does it all. I caught her in the middle of an upholstery project in her newly renovated (by her) kitchen.

She does good work! I know who to call. As I was watching her work and chatting with George, I looked over and saw Elwood and his cute little tail. I saw a heart! Appropriate for Valentine’s Day. That little stub of a tail was wagging away. He loves his people alright!

I think I’m starting to see things again-which is a good sign. Maybe I’m turning a corner. I’m seeing inspiration again. Like this shape on a post that was hit by thrown snow from the blower. I noticed it yesterday. Do YOU see what I see? I’m grateful that this gift is coming back. Boy have I missed it!

What do you see? I see an alpaca.

Here they are this morning. Not much movement yet. They’ll get moving soon. As will I. I have a few indoor things to do before I go out but I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend time with them every single day.

What did you do for Valentine’s Day? Make a special dinner? I’m starting to cook actual meals again and taking my time doing it. I made mustard, garlic, and black pepper rubbed steak with garlicky mashed potatoes and Calabrian seasoned Brussels sprouts. (Thanks for the recipe Dawn!). It was good-I think. I always have to ask Jay because I can’t taste or smell yet. He said it was excellent. . Thank goodness! I can’t believe that I didn’t take a picture. He got the steak from a market in Ligonier I think called the 1910 Market. Maybe I am getting my mojo back. I’m just redirecting.

Here’s the state of the state today. Just a new dusting of snow. I think it’s supposed to be rain tonight. That can’t be good. A little sun would be nice, but the snow does make things bright and for that I am grateful.

I have some reading to do for my Bible Study tomorrow. We’re still dissecting the Beatitudes. It’s interesting how the author of our study chose to only go over 4 and said once you get the meaning of those four, you get the meaning of the rest. A meek person, to the author “is a person with great authority but one who does not lord it over others. A meek person promotes servant leadership over despotism. The epitome of the meek king is Jesus”. As my dad would say, “put that in your pipe and smoke it”. Gives you a different view of the word “meek” which we associate with someone who is quiet, scared, or weak. I’ll have to go over this whole chapter again. I listen while I do my work, which I need to get to now.

I have to add a tribute to our late good friend Doug. He’s been on our minds lately. I was looking for a recipe and his service brochure fell out. Then we were talking to some friends and they brought him up. Then I changed the browser on my phone and this picture came up on the new browser. All on Valentine’s Day. The man who loved all. Jay’s friend for 35+ years and mine for as long as I’ve known Jay. We’re thinking about you, friend and we’re so very grateful for your friendship and MANY fun memories! (Yes, I was looking up the definition of “Queen’s Consort” which led to “consort”!

Stay warm and 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 and be grateful today.