Daily Reflections From My Window

February 17, 2021 Ash Wednesday

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

G. K. Chesterton

Look at this beautiful sunrise! This was at about 7 AM. I am so grateful to have this window of an incredible changing view every day. It has changed several times since I’ve been looking out this morning. I love the pink tinges.

Here it is at 7:45 AM:

Ever changing, our view. The snow arrived, just as Tony Martin, our weatherman said it would. I’ll be blowing snow today, checking livestock and mailing packages. I completed my fiber order and today will work on packaging up fiber for the mill. Just finishing this one project gave me a boost. Took longer than I thought. 2 pounds of alpaca roving are headed to sample boxes for “My Local Wool.” This is one part of it.

Despite it being around zero degrees and having food in the barn too, the alpacas are out this morning. They are hardy for sure.

The snow is insulating. That’s why their fiber is so warm. Nothing like a good alpaca hat or pair of socks or gloves. Yesterday Jay helped me with bringing up the heavy bags of feed and we both had our alpaca gear on. Makes such a difference.

This little sled makes an easy job of hauling things in the snow. It was a gift one year for Christmas from Jay-he knows what I need and finally figured out that it’s not perfume or jewelry. I use this every day that we have snow and it’s a dream.

This was yesterday. I imagine that they will look much the same today but maybe with a crusty layer of snow on top. It was around 20 yesterday and the ice was dripping and making icicles on everything. How can ice drip at 20*?

We took a walk down our driveway to check out the main road and to see if there were any broken limbs or perilous branched in need of trimming. Here’s what we found happening to the mountain laurel and trees. Lots of trees and bushes bowed by the weight of the ice and snow. When I said that they looked so sad, Jay said, “God knows how to take care of these things”. Right out of the Sermon on the Mount. If He takes care of the lilies of the fields, the birds of the air and the beleaguered mountain laurels bent by ice and snow, we need to trust that He will take care of us.

It was amazing just how bad the roads were yesterday. This is the main road by our house. Jay is getting the mail. Our mailbox is still standing despite the snow plow, though the door fell off. I wonder if the state is running out of salt, or road crews. Everyone seems to be run ragged lately. Despite the conditions, we ventured out. Here we are going down the back way. Grateful for our Subaru. It makes winter no big deal.

We needed a suet feeder for the birds. They seem like they’ve been avoiding the seed that they usually liked in the past.

It’s funny. If I just get out of the house and see people, my mood improves immediately. The cashier at the hardware store just wanted to chat, so we did. I’m grateful for chatty cashiers. I miss that.

The sun is coming out now! 8:15 AM.

Isn’t this beautiful? Some days, it changes constantly and I think this is one of them. I have to get on with my day. We have Ash Wednesday Church Service via FB live today. I told Jay that we’d have to apply ashes to each other this year. Can’t wait till our church resumes in person worship. It’s the beginning of Lent and already feels different. Last night we would have been at a pancake supper, but not this year. I miss my friends. Last night I couldn’t attend my Bible Study. I went to hooping and there was a nice group-I think 7 of us and a few on Zoom. With the roads, it took me longer to get home. Sorry ladies. I really wanted to be a part of that one too-we were exploring the Beatitudes further. Next up, the Extensions.

Here is a frozen branch from our walk. When I look at nature, I see where people get ideas for things like snow globes and fringe.

The icicles on these benches remind me of fringe-beaded fringe. Maybe I’m stretching it but I am grateful for my imagination (and that it seems to be coming back!).

Oh and thank goodness the dog that doesn’t wander has a coat now. This was yesterday morning.

One last picture of our amazing view. 8:30 AM (see how long it takes me to write this?).

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 and grateful day!

Can you see the glitter?

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