Daily Reflections From My Window

April 27, 2021

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“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

Clive Staples Lewis

Did you see the moon last night? It was called a “Pink Moon” and from what I read, was called that because it appears when the pink flowers begin to bloom. When I zoomed in, I got a pink rim. Here are a few pictures I took. We tried to get artsy too!

I’m so glad that I saw the moon! We were at the Silver Bell getting ice cream with friends and someone looked up and said, “oh! The moon!” It was huge and appeared to be resting low over a field. It was magnificent! By the time we got home, it was much higher in the sky and still spectacular. Really amazing!

So yesterday was a really busy day! We started out with breakfast at the Tomahawk in Davidsville. We met Jack, Madison and Stacey for probably one of the best and freshest breakfasts in town. Then off I went for my checkup to the Drs. in Jeannette.

It’s a very interesting check up. They really don’t weigh and measure you routinely. They do blood labs occasionally to check my thyroid and vitamin levels, but pretty much rely on how you look and feel. So I really have to pinpoint that. He asked a few questions and I answered one with, well, I feel great and am so happy that I lost about 30 pounds-don’t you want to weigh me? To which he replied that, no, I looked great and needed to lose that weight. I said that I hoped it stopped and he asked how my appetite was. Fine, I said and I have very little desire for junk. I can even wear a belt comfortably again! My preference is all healthy all the time, pretty much. That’s great he said and we moved on. I told him that I still had no taste or smell after about 3 months (and no Covid) and he increased my zinc. That might help he suggested. I like that everything isn’t catastrophic with this group. There was life before Covid and speaking of that, I told him that I had an appointment for the vaccine and he advised against getting one. Now to toss and turn about that. What to do? What to do? My new thyroid medicine seems to be working well and the new dose (2 and 1/2 tablets, which equals 75 mg-try cutting a nonscored pill in half) seems to be perfect. It does seem like I had Lyme disease. I finished the 21 day doxycycline and will continue with the herbal therapy for a while. The good news is that I’m on the mend and feeling pretty good. Well enough to head to Sam’s for the basics. After the appointment. By the time I got home it was well after three and Jay was sitting outside soaking up some sun. That’s a good thing. Vitamin D is so important. The alpacas were bothered by something and sure enough, it was the dog that doesn’t wander in the field. Hang until the end and you’ll hear their warning cry.

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I decided to do a fridge clean out so we had little bits and pieces of previously prepared meals and with the addition of some fresh roasted asparagus, it added up to a pretty healthy meal. Then off to a meeting and then to the world famous Silver Bell ice cream stand for a treat. It’s so interesting when you can’t taste ice cream! Since there are no real cravings, I wanted to get texture, so I ordered a scoop of chocolate covered pretzel salted caramel. Jay wanted me to get one that was really dark chocolate with raspberry and fudge chunks too, so I got a scoop of each. (He had his own, but we often do this to sample more flavors.) It’s really strange being able to appreciate the feel and chunkiness, the random mouth feel of the syrup and the crunch of the pretzel but not taste anything. This has been an extremely interesting time for me having been raised on Borden’s ice cream. I still love the hard packed over the soft serve and so we prefer the Silver Bell for that reason-whether I can taste it or not. Jay tasted mine and that worked out.

Today, I’m planning to dye up some sock yarn. What colors are on your radar this time around? I’d love suggestions.

And I need to think about this Covid vaccine. Will I get it? I think I need to talk to a few people about it. I was all in until yesterday. I have an appointment tomorrow so need to decide soon.

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!