Daily Reflections From My Window

March 6, 2021 Saturday

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“Sometimes God illuminates our intended path with a torch that we experience as passion.”

Eric Baldino

I woke up today at the exact time the sun rose. I like to be up a little before, settled in my soft seating (thanks Carm!) and watch. I may take several pictures as it appears. This time of year (ok-MOST times of the year!) it changes dramatically by the minute. This picture with the scripture embedded is our real view and I am so blessed and in awe that I get to see this each morning. It reminds me of the view we had from the dining room window of my little home on Raven Drive in Pgh growing up. That just “dawned” (get it? ) on me. Might be why I love it so much. I can’t imagine living anywhere without a view. Jay really had the vision to clear a few trees and gave me this amazing start to every single day. Thank you!

The alpacas are having their morning munch. I think they like the hay in the bin on the ground. Now to find another one.

This is Dovis above. She will be 15 years old on May 8. She is probably the healthiest, most carefree one in the herd. A little skittish, one friend says she reminds her of Lucille Ball in the candy factory episode. I definitely can see it. She’s a great mom and makes such nice babies. We SHOULD breed her one more time. The alpacas seem no worse for the wear minus one. I think they knew. They usually do.

This is what I’m up to. I’ve been struggling to make these fingerless mitts for a friend. She reminded me the other day that she asked me for them in October . I’m still not up to speed and this is probably the third pair that I’ve made and the only one worthy of gifting. The others are in various stages of disrepair with mistakes. I’m trying a new technique with the thumb hole. I knit 39 rows on my Addi Pro and then secure the top and bottom with a crocheted border. Then I stitch (with a sewing needle and thread) a closely back stitched buttonhole to secure the stitches. From there, I cut it like you would a bound buttonhole, then crochet around it to further secure it. Next I used a smaller circular knitting needle to pick up the crochet stitches and stitch rows for the thumb. One down and one thumb to go, but I think I like this technique a lot and who knows, maybe she’ll get these before March is over?

I did a little indoor gardening yesterday and watered my Garden Tower and moved things closer to the sunshine. You still need to weed indoor plants.The plant in the foreground has a few potato skins with eyes that I threw into this plant to compost and then they started to grow, so I added a cardboard collar around them and started to build it up. Not sure how it will work. I’ve never done potatoes before.

Lots of celery and herbs in the tower. I put in some strawberry tops with a little bit of the body to see what will happen. I try to buy organic produce and then if it grows, I know that I’m at least starting with organic. I think there is a beet plant here. Who knows what was being composted!

This is really getting me in the mood for spring! I want to add something called a Subpod to my garden this year. The garden tower is great and it has a composting tube in the center. I like that, and if you read this often, you know that I’m a little obsessed with composting and recycling. I read on the subpod blog yesterday about more things that can be composted, like human hair, natural cork items, the contents of our vacuum cleaners, 100% used cotton balls and a lot more. I already use cardboard for weed control and compost as much as I can. Zero garbage is my goal!

I think the sun has reignited my passion. I thought I was hearing dripping from melting sun on the roof but realized that it’s this little pig going to town snd telling me that the sun is out.

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I did a lot of running around yesterday and though I have one thing planned for today, my goal is to tend my livestock, finish these mitts and later we’ll meet up with Jack and Madison.

Oh, one thing I want to share. I went to Aldi yesterday and they were really well stocked. They had some frozen stuffed clams on the half shell in the “Aldi Finds” section. Jay loves clams so I got 2 packages-there are 9 clams per package. We had them with the leftover casserole and a nice spinach salad with beets. I still can’t taste so I asked Jay how they were. He said “Be glad you can’t taste, they’re all bread.” Disappointing and for the first time, we had some left. I don’t know how they will be reheated but that’s lunch and of course the shells will go into the garden. The moral of the story? Aldi has such great seafood, but skip the stuffed clams. Save your money.

Here’s a picture so that you can see how tempting they were.

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!