Daily Reflections From My Window

February 16, 2021 Fat Tuesday

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“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”

Epictetus

I am grateful that we have power this morning. And heat. Our driveway looks a bit icy and we still have a ton of snow, but I think it’s supposed to get up to the mid 30s today and hopefully the salt we put on the drive will melt everything.

The poor trees. They are weighted down with ice and snow. Last night at about 11 pm, Jay went out to check out the situation and said that everything was crusty.

He brought in a piece of the crust. It was very slippery so I stayed in. I’ll be out today though with the alpacas, as usual. I just heard on the news that we have a brief opportunity to take care of sidewalks and driveways before the next wave comes. It’s flurrying here now.

I’m grateful that we aren’t in Texas right now. Did you know that they get 25% of their power from wind turbines? The turbines are frozen. They have drones trying to defrost them. That’s part of the reason people are freezing. It really affects their power grid. It’s happening in other places in the world too. Like Germany-they are freezing too-places with solar panels are covered with snow and the panels can’t work. I passed a house around here the other day and it was covered with snow. I don’t think the panels on the roof could work. I always wondered why windmills in Holland became a thing of the past.

Seems like you need a combination of power sources. Our oil heat is working great.

The alpacas look no worse for the wear today, but I’ll really check them when I go out. Sometimes the cold wet weather is awful and chills them to the bone. They do prefer to be outside. Go figure.

Yesterday I had to have some bloodwork done and I’m so glad that I got it done then and didn’t wait until today. Not sure I’m able to get out today.

I spent the day prepping fiber for a “My Local Wool” sample box. I’ll show you when I finish. Then I contacted a mill to arrange shipment of my fiber. I have got to get it out of here and haven’t had a chance to skirt it all. It’s a dusty job and I ran out of oomph when the weather was good. They said they would try to skirt it. This is a first for me to have not skirted the fiber but I think if I just get it in the pipeline it will help. I also caught up on “The Crown”. Poor Princess Margaret. She got a bum deal. Seemed like the Queen tried to do the right thing.

Oh my gosh! I just heard that there was a tornado in North Carolina. Almost sounds like the plagues are going on. How many more do we have to go?

Yesterday Jay was talking to his friend Marcus. He was Jay’s Best Man. He’s a judge in Virginia. Jay asked if he wore a mask in court because he is so far away from everyone and he said that yes, he did, even though he was more than 6 feet away. Then they started talking about plague masks. It got me thinking that I use (and sell) Young Living Essential Oils and their signature oil is “Thieves”. The legend is that thieves during the plague doused their masks in a combination of oils and robbed homes of those who had died of the disease. The thieves didn’t get the plague because the oils protected them. “Thieves” is a combination of those oils. Maybe I’ll start spritzing our masks with Thieves when we go out. Can’t hurt.

So we’ve got to get out and deal with the surfaces before the temps drop. I’ll be adding some straw to the barn.

It’s Fat Tuesday and we’d normally be having a pancake supper at church. Not this year. Maybe I’ll make pancakes for dinner.

Not sure that hula hooping in person will happen tonight but I will Zoom if that’s an option. Our Bible study will be meeting too by Zoom. This Beatitude (in my view) is a tough on. The author of out book translates it to mean that those who demand righteousness understand “dependence and obligation, loss and memory, power and responsibility”. Righteousness is related to justice and justice and mercy go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. Makes my head spin. I’m grateful that I have smart ladies to discuss it with later.

In the meantime, 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!