Daily Reflections From My Window

May 3, 2021 Monday: Shearing Prep Day


It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.

Isaac Asimov

Not what I wanted to wake up to, but it is raining. We’re shearing tomorrow and today we get the garage in order and the temporary fencing up to get the alpacas inside to shear tomorrow morning. At 7 AM.

They don’t look too bad this morning and it’s 50* at 6 AM with our weather stick pointing up. Could turn out to be OK!

Our little hummer friend has been back. Now to try and catch a picture! Can you see him? We were able to attend in-person church yesterday and it was wonderful! I wanted to greet the pastor, but he didn’t come out right away to chat like he did before Covid and by the time he did, an old friend grabbed Jay to chat. So if you are reading this Fr. Simons, we wanted to say hello! Jay has an idea for a discussion. With all of the talk about a top secret report being released in June about alien interaction that our military have chronicled, Jay had the thought that what if it’s God? A higher being? Who else has the power, ability and intelligence to create materials that can withstand the speed and seemingly disappear into thin air? Why aliens? Why couldn’t it be the Almighty? He might need to get our attention by looking NOT like us this time. Who knows? And then, as we were talking about this on our way home, we saw a cross appear in the sky. Amazing! Of course I made Jay pull over in several places to get that picture. When we got home, I did my alpaca chores and Hammy said that everything would be fine and not to worry. Our plans were for Jack, Madison and their friend Emma to come for dinner, but we decided to go to their place and I’m glad we did! It’s fun visiting a real farm and the fact that they still love living there makes me happy. I made us dinner and took it over so that they could get ready for Madison’s graduation and spend time with Emma. It was milking time when we got there so I snuck back and grabbed a picture. Twice a day, every day, even Sunday, these girls are milked and they are huge! I think living on a working farm but not doing the working part is the way to go! These farmers work hard!

Jay and Jack had some paperwork to go over together and they did.

After we ate we made a trip to the Silver Bell for some hard packed ice cream. Jay and jack got malts, with extra malt, and Madison got brownie in a cup, Emma got rainbow, and I got salted caramel chocolate covered pretzel. I still can’t taste, so I go for the texture. It was a good texture.

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Next up: checking on the newborn calves. There are always a few and they like to suck on your finger! Then back to the house to collect our things and say goodbye. I think Jay loves the cows! My mom would have loved this. She worked for Borden’s ice cream in Pgh and it was such a treat when they would bring Elsie and her baby Beauregard to the plant and we would go see them. Growing up in a neighborhood, it was a real treat! It cracks me up that Jack has taken such a fondness for country living.

Today, in addition to shearing prep, I have a package ready to send to my premier sock maker Denise. What will she choose to do? We’ll keep you informed!

Both Jay and I had good nights sleep last night. I could barely stay awake. We hit the sack at 10:30 and I think that was perfect. Neither one of us got up during the night and feel pretty refreshed for a change! It helped too that we stopped drinking liquids after “Wheel of Fortune” like my grandmother used to say-not literally for us, but at about 7:30- no more liquids. I think that helped! We’re ready to seize the day.

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!