Daily Reflections From My Window

March 23, 2021: First Tuesday of Spring and my Mother’s Birthday


“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”

Leo Tolstoy

Happy Birthday to my Mom. She’s been gone for almost 25 years. I’m not so good with Birthdays (thanks to FB reminders, I’m getting better), but birthdays weren’t really big deals when we were growing up. So I THINK her birthday is today and I know that she is with God. Here she is with her siblings at our wedding in 1990. Top row, left to right: Uncle Tommy, Uncle Billy, Uncle Jimmy. Bottom Row, Left to right, Mom, Aunt Mary Grace. She was a social person and loved to be with people.

Here she is with my brother walking her to her seat at the church, talking to everyone along the way! I made her silk shantung suit and she looked beautiful that day.

Here’s the story as I know it…or as she told it! Mom was an athlete. She was a swimmer and ice skater. She used to skate at Schenley Park when she was growing up and swam in the Mon River. When she was old enough, she applied for a job in the Ice Follies and was accepted. My grandmother, a staunch Catholic, put the kibosh on that. She said that no self respecting, single Catholic daughter of hers was going to travel across the country alone. How would that look? So those dreams were dashed. She continued to ice skate and when we came along, took us ice skating at South Park Ice Skating Rink. I think I was probably skating before walking! It seemed like we went every Sunday in the winter and I loved skating with her and that special time together. Once in a while, she and another man would meet and ice dance together. I loved watching how gracefully they moved and the precision of their dance. My Dad didn’t mind, he encouraged her to go. She got a job at Borden’s Ice Cream as the office manager and we had any kind of ice cream you could imagine in our freezer. It was Heaven. Especially in the summer. But she was a smoker and a tiny person. It ravaged her lungs and ultimately she died when Jack was 3 of COPD. Here they are together. She was only 70, or as she said, “42 give or take a few years.”

So Mom, I miss you and wish you were here. Happy Heavenly Birthday!

What’s on my needles? A new pair of mittens from my own hand spun.

What did we do yesterday? More manure removal and Jay also helped move this hay feeder out so that I can take pictures and sell it. I want to feed on the ground from now on. I have two of these feeders and will sell them for $350 a piece. I paid almost $500 for each for them. I see now that they sell for over $600. They’re galvanized steel and solid as a rock.

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Today? Water walking with a friend this morning and back to fiber prep.

Here’s a funny picture. Two peas in a pod.

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 an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!