Daily Reflections From My Window

April 28, 2021 Wednesday

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If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing.

Katharine Drexel

Well, I was supposed to get the Covid vaccine today, but after much consideration, decided to listen to my doctor and give my spot to Jay. After having Covid twice, he is ready to get it. I will continue to ponder! The moon was out again shining brighter than ever again last night. I missed it when it was low on the sky but got this shot. We were at Jack and Madison’s for dinner and a movie. Jack wanted to watch Minari, so we did. I think Madison enjoyed watching a movie for pleasure and not having to write a paper on it. I would too. It was set on the 80’s about a Korean family who comes to Arkansas to start a farm. First they support themselves by working at a chicken factory sexing male chicks by day and farming their land. Then Grandma arrives to help with the kids and things really get going. It’s a great movie and I recommend! . Minari is a Korean water celery and grandma brought some in her suitcase and planted it nearby. Ultimately, she saves the day.

On our way home we noticed the farmers working the land in the dark-this photo was taken around 10:30 PM. Who knew? It seemed appropriate after just watching a movie about the pitfalls of farming.

Here’s the view from J &M’s place. They have cows right in their backyard and see how hard farmers work firsthand. It’s a lovely spot.

Talking about the day and the new do while Connor looks on.

They love poking around new places and found this interesting table at “The Chatterbox” in Portage. It’s perfect for the bowls Dawn gave them! They find the cutest little places.

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Part of my day yesterday was spent winding yarn for socks in smaller increments that I can handle. I soaked it overnight and will be dyeing it later. How do you like my white get up? It supposed to protect from ticks but I still got bitten by something again! It’s itchy.

Hammy the lone alpaca eating. They are looking pretty good these days. I think feeding on the ground in these bins has been a good change. Everyone else is huddled inside. Rain on the way? If so, I don’t feel so guilty about working inside on yarn snd fiber. I DO need to reorganize my work space. That’s a great rainy day activity.

We got this cup the first time we went to Ireland and though it is technically Jay’s, he lets me use it once in a while (). It means one hundred thousand welcomes. Being Irish, I see now where my tendency to exaggerate originates! Here’s how it is pronounced and what it means from Ireland. I love to start my day with this cup. But other days, I’m in more of an alpaca mood. Or a pug mood. We have a cup for every one!

And last but not least, I got to hooping last night. I did it at home one day last week and it just isn’t the same as being in person with my fellow hoop buddies and Dawn! She’s the best, most motivating hoop instructor. She ALWAYS has a smile and encouraging word. She makes every move look easy and breaks down the movements into bite sized pieces so that there is no way NOT to succeed. We’re all at different levels and she makes us all work but not know it. Some things come quickly and others are more tricky and require more time to master. It’s never boring! That’s what makes a great teacher and she is one!

It’s time to get on with my day. I made these muffins from a recipe shared by my friend Laura Miller. She too has gone gluten free. I made a few other changes and though they still need some tweaking, are pretty darn good! I used a combo of Einkorn flour, coconut flour and King Arthur’s gluten free flour in place of traditional flour. I cut back the sugar from 2 cups to about 2/3 of a cup and used steel cut oats which were too heavy. I’ll make them again and keep tweaking and share when I get the recipe perfect.

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!