“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in
What does the scripture have to do with the quote from John Lubbock? I subscribe to a verse of the day newsletter and sometimes the verse is exactly what I need to hear, but most times, it just sends me looking for something else. This morning, the verse above, that I embedded in my morning photo, is that verse of the day that struck me. Our minister, and many others, says this before he delivers his sermon. Some days I just take for granted that some group of big thinkers put together The Book of Common Prayer by sitting in a very long meeting dreaming up solemn prayers and organizing the order of the many services. Then every once in a while it dawns on me that our BOCP is Scripture based and every bit is from our Lord. Wow. 🤯 just thought I’d share my ignorance once again!
It repeats in life too. I had 3 amazing ladies visit yesterday. Phyllis brought 2 friends to meet the alpacas. During Covid, it’s been rare to have visitors, but Phyllis has visited several times over the year, either alone or with a friend. She reintroduced me to my passion. I haven’t seen it in a while. I had been so busy with Macaroni Kid (and believe me when I say that I loved every single minute of publishing and sharing it with my community) that I put the alpacas way on the back burner. MacKid had taken over my life and it wasn’t until I quit that I realized how much I have been missing time with my people and my alpacas. Phyllis showed that to me yesterday. She just likes to BE with them-to be around their quiet serenity-to watch them graze and catch the peace. I’ve taken that for granted, but they are really magical. Thank you Phyllis!
It dawned on me that without alpacas, I would never have met Phyllis and many other wonderful people like her. Just like through MacKid, the people I’ve met and experiences I’ve had have only enriched my life. God has a way of sneaking blessings in that you don’t ever really see. Until you do.
So yesterday, before that nice visit, I worked on trying to make a cover for the boys’ side so that their ground feeder would stay dry during the rainy times. I think I did it. I don’t want a permanent structure but this may turn into one. The girls’ feeder always seems to stay dry under the cover of the hemlock trees. They DO have a barn but prefer to be outside 95% of the time. Like this morning, they’re lazing in the sun.
I’ve been knitting like a fiend and my elbow and hand are feeling it. I may have to go back to basics and figure out the proper ergonomics of knitting without pain. I’m on the second mitt of the second pair of fingerless mitts and maybe it’s the small circumference and how I’m gripping the needles. I cast on and do the first few rows with flexi flip needles and then switch to circulars. Might have to change the type or length or composition of the needles. Or maybe I’m just old and can only knit in small bursts.
I’m FINALLY getting these awesome socks made by Denise Williams of Something Beautiful Handcrafts washed, steamed and ready for sale. I’ve already sold several pairs without labels but it’s nice to have labels and I’m still tweaking. Jay tried valiantly to fix our printer but in the end had to get a new one. We hate dumping electronics in the garbage and when things can be fixed, we try. Word of advice: get the extended warranty when you buy a printer. Jay did this last time and they actually paid for a new one.
Once printed, I can see what changes to make. This is version 3 and I’m working today to rearrange and make it less cluttered and fit better. It’s a combination of both of our logos and I think it’s coming together. If you have suggestions, I welcome them! Denise, are you ready for more yarn yet?
I’ve been cooking at home a lot so we splurged last night and went to our favorite “Luna Azteca”. It’s decorated so cheerfully that it’s like being on vacation. The food is always fresh and delicious and the service is amazing. Give it a try if you haven’t already.
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!