Daily Reflections From My Window

March 29, 2021 Monday of Holy Week


“Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday we were blessed with both-prayer and coffee. St. Michael’s of the Valley, resumed in-person church services for Palm and Easter Sunday. There is even a Maundy Thursday evening service. I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed it! There’s just something about worshiping with others that you don’t get (or at least I don’t) by watching online in your pjs. Thank you Father Jim for the service. He made a joke at the beginning that he hoped he remembered how to do it and I said a prayer for all of us in that regard. Even though we were following along in our pamphlet and BCP, I was shuffling through to find the right page and say the prayers correctly. I need to follow along and I love to read along with the long gospel on Palm Sunday. Puts you in the spirit of what’s to come.

After church, we headed to the world famous Ruthie’s Diner where we ordered old favorites and new. My favorite? Their turkey dinner! Jay’s? Western omelet. Madison’s? She’s still finding hers, but she added hot sauce.

And guess what else I got? A cup of coffee! I haven’t had a cup of coffee in months-if not a year. I have to tell you though that I felt sharper yesterday and it might have been the coffee.Here’s our waitress and I should know her name because she is a fixture at the little diner and it escapes me. She’s so sweet and was happy for me to take her picture. She’s smiling behind that mask!

When we got home, we had a break in the weather and we’re able to walk around with Connor and check out what was blooming. Here’s a peek.

Colt’s foot. It will get a big leaf shaped like a colt’s foot and you can boil it down to make a cough suppressant. Come’s in handy.

Pulmanaria or lungwort. Beautiful colors and it is a welcome sight next to the daffodils.

When we moved into our house, we discovered that the previous owner planted quite a few daffodils. They thrive here and the deer leave them be. We’ve since planted many, many more varieties and they all come up at different times which extends the season.

This is a type of grass called deer tongue. It’s kind of invasive. We keep a close eye on it.

Foxglove is everywhere in our woods. It’s very beautiful but poisonous. The rhododendron are about to burst. That’s how we know that spring is here to stay. More daffodils. This one is a small one-only about 10″ tall. It blooms early and makes nice clumps.

With the rain, moss is growing on everything like crazy! I love this stump. It’s completely covered and almost looks like an old man’s smiling face, doesn’t it? Below is more moss. I love the colors.

While I was taking pictures like a crazy person, and excited that I remembered most of what things were called, in part thanks to the coffee and in combination with my “Picture This” plant ID app, Jay and Madison were playing with Connor and letting him really run! He loved it!He got tired of retrieving the ball from way down the hill and eventually we called it a morning.

Next up? Alpaca chores. Madison had some homework to catch up on and it gave us a chance to get things done before we reconvened for our creative afternoon and before the rain really picked up.

Do you see what I see? Did you know that the little blocks within a square bale of hay are called flakes? When I laid the down, it opened like a book. I think they should be called pages. It’s neat though how you can lift them individually and it makes it easy to carry around.

While I was out with the alpacas, Madison came out to tell me that a bird had flown into the window and was just laying next to it. He is probably stunned. Let’s give him a chance to get his wits about him I told her. She went back inside and I finished up my chores and about a half hour later went to check on the bird. He was still there but upright. He let me pick him up. She said that his one eye had been closed but now was open. We decided to put him up high in a garden pot so that he would be out of the way of a curious dog and while we were walking, he took flight and landed on the fence where he stayed for most of the afternoon. I think nature took her course. He either got food or was food.

After we finished what had to be done, it was time to get to work. Of course it’s not work when you love what you do, but it’s been awhile for me. Madison had a project that she needed my help with snd it felt so good to do it. I dug out some old sewing patterns and off we went.

I can’t wait to show you what we did when the time comes.

This is getting pretty long, but we had an amazing day and I am so grateful that Madison is a part of our family! And Connor too!

Last night, my ear started to throb. I don’t know what’s going on here and everyone is still sound asleep, so I was left with my own devices. I tried to get a picture with my phone. I hope that’s not a tick.

We had some flurries overnight. It’s supposed to get warmer today thank goodness. I’m REALLY over winter.

So today, we have a few things planned, one is a trip into Pgh, so I have to get going and get my special cup of coffee this morning! The alpacas aren’t too bothered by the cold snap. 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!