Daily Reflections From My Window

March 3, 2021 Wednesday


“One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time.”

Madeleine L’Engle

I had something entirely different to reflect upon today and then I watched the video that my friend John’s daughter Margo made in honor of friends and family reaching our walking goal in support of his battle with pancreatic cancer. I am sure 🙏🏻 that he is winning.


We’re taught in this culture that we need to be self aware, that we need to know ourselves, stand up for ourselves. Seems to be in direct contrast with the concept of humility. There are so many great quotes about humility and I had to narrow it down to the one above by Madeleine L’Engle. That quote so defines my friend John. I’ve never known him to be a “me me, look at me” person. He is extremely successful as an architect and builder and you would never ever know that if you had to learn it from him. He quietly goes about his work and even now, while in the battle for his life, quietly pokes around supervising projects that make the lives of his family more comfortable and beautiful. He’s a great guy and if I could only use one word to describe him, it would be “Humble”. He and Edyce are a wonderful match.

This hits home too, because my grandfather on my mom’s side died from pancreatic cancer. It’s a sneaky one but thank goodness that medicine has made advancements since then. I think I was 14 or 15 when my beloved Pappy passed away. One day he was here and then he wasn’t. It was fast. Thanks to God, I’ve learned of people living wonderful lives for many, many, many years beyond their bleak diagnosis. I know John will be one of them. I just know it. Pancreatic cancer is one of the least funded and studied of all of the cancers. Let’s change that!

Look at this glorious day we have ahead of us. Full of possibilities, but you know that I have to reflect on yesterday. We watched Connor the grand dog while Jack and Mad went into Pgh to work on her recording. She says that it is coming along nicely snd is very pleased with the work that the engineer is doing.

Connor is a wonderful dog with such a gentle temperament. He loves to be outside for sure but helped me clean and organize my studio like any dog needs to know how to do if they are in my care!

Just look at this sky!

We’ve got a situation here. Genesis, our sweet girl has something going on with her eye. I called our vet, Dan Zawisza, and we decided to remove the hay from the feeders and feed in a container not directly on the ground. I think they like it and I hope it is as simple as that she was getting poked by hay. Ouch, it looks like it hurts. I’ve been using warm compresses and pink eye spray but he is sending special meds for her. He’s a great vet and Jay loves to tease him snd call him “Vetinary” like they do in “All Creatures Great and Small”, the original series.

I think they like the new set up! What took me so long? Maybe the wet and the snow? It’s supposed to be dry all week-and warm. Maybe today we’ll get that poop moved. Yesterday it was frozen solid to the ground. Might have softened up over night? Maybe?

Hula hooping was the perfect break in my day. Here’s why I love it! It’s so much fun and feels so good! Dawn took this video for me last night. She Zooms too if you want to give it a try.

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I missed my Bible Study last night (again). Tuesday’s are tough and then the kids came to pick up Connor and stayed for dinner. I love them and wanted to spend time with them. Madison was showing us part of her project. She is one smart girl. Way beyond my scope of knowledge. I should have taken a picture. She was building a song using a special music coding software. I can’t even explain it because I don’t fully understand. She’s got big things ahead!

I’ll stick to trying to perfect my dryer ball process!

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!

You can still support John and the fight for medical research here. Thank you!