Daily Reflections From My Window

May 14, 2021 Friday


If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.

Steve Jobs

I had one thing on my mind this AM. Fiber and what a beautiful day we’ve got. For now. Will it become overcast? That’s ok too.

Then I got a text from a friend asking if I knew what happened to one of our absolute favorite florists, Yvonne Gahagan. I know nothing except that she died suddenly the other night. Thanks to Lauren for letting me know. Here is Yvonne’s Obituary .It tells of her life. I’ll share my experience with her.

I met her at the Johnstown Farmers Market many years ago. I would see her maybe once a week, when I went, and the reason I went was for her beautiful bouquets. She had buckets of locally grown, by her family, flowers, greens, and things I recognized but didn’t realize would work in a bouquet She’d just grab and combine them in a way no one else I had ever known had.

She had a real gift. A natural smile and gracious way drew you to her. And the fact that there was always a line at her cart! So even when I went late and she would apologize for the fact that she only had odds and ends, she made those last bits into something special and spectacular. She gave me the gift of new eyes on my own garden. I could never put something together as special as she could, but I would try. If every one of us who came in contact with this lovely woman during her short time here on Earth would plant more flowers, I’m sure she’d smile down on us. She will be missed snd I so hope that her business will continue. I will do my best to support them.

Yvonne, you left a legacy that I don’t even think you knew about. I can say that I never ever went away without thanking her and complimenting the uniqueness and creativity of her bouquets to her personally. That was so easy to do. So many times I fail to tell people how much I appreciate their talents. It was so natural to be awed by her talent and tell her. She was THAT good snd equally as modest. She’d just smile and blush. May light perpetual shine upon her and may she be in the Most beautiful garden in Heaven with God. I’m pretty sure that these are Yvonne’s. I think I have many pictures of her creations.

Today, go do something that God gave you the gift to do in the time on Earth He gives you. If you haven’t found it yet, that’s OK! Or maybe you have a talent that you don’t recognize just yet. It could be persistence, the ability to research, finance, making others feel comfortable, music, hospitality, quiet, calm. We all have something. Let me know yours in the comments! Right now it’s fiber for me.

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!