Daily Reflections From My Window

May 26, 2021 Wednesday “After the Fiber Dries: IT Updates and more in Getting to Know You, Day 3”


I still have to make the combing video, because it is very interesting how the fiber comes off the combs. The fiber that’s left, that gets stuck on the back of the combs, that might not be useable for other things, can become dryer balls. These dryer balls are about 3″ in diameter. They aren’t hard felted yet, just wet felted gently but did so nicely. From here I will put them in with our clothes in the dryer to firm them up a bit. The more you do this, the harder and firmer they become. They make your clothes softer and break them up a bit so that they dry more quickly. Mine DO NOT remove static. A little trick I learned was to put a ball of aluminum foil in the dryer with them. That helps. I don’t like dryer sheets. When you read about what they do, you might not want to either.

Sometimes before I tumble them I knit a little pouch to keep the fiber contained. They will still shrink up and get firm, which continues to happen over time. The best thing about them? They last until you lose them. That’s right! You buy them once and you’re good to go. I need to put a link to my Etsy shop. When I start these posts, it usually sends me down a rabbit hole of neglected links that I need to update. I think that’s what I’ll be doing this morning after I tend my herd.

I think I mentioned that I had a doc appointment yesterday and as things go, Jack had some things to do in Greensburg and asked me to join him. It’s been a long time since we’ve done an adventure day together! We worked out our plan and then Jay decided to join in too. After a few necessary stops, we worked in a visit to Chick-fil-A and I have to tell you that I’ve never been sold on it but it is their favorite! We went in and ate inside and THAT was the secret sauce. We must have done drive thru in the past because dining in the store was fantastic. I had the Spicy Southwest salad with Avocado/Lime dressing and it hit the spot. The people were friendly and helpful and there was one woman who came around and asked if we needed anything, chatted and was just delightful. OK, now I love it! Sorry you had to work Madison! Next time.

Even though my lab reports weren’t back yet, the doc could definitely see a difference in my appearance and demeanor. One observation. I was out of vitamin C and just intended to pick it up at my appointment so it was probably 4 or 5 days that I had not taken any. Many of my symptoms were popping up again. I asked if there was a connection and he said, of course! Your thyroid needs vitamin C to function. This is such an interesting approach to medicine and thyroid care. I think I was meant to be here. I like to know the whys even if it is a long process of adding, removing, tracking progress, feeling crappy until we work out the kinks. It’s hard on my family to see me not “me” but I’d rather know why at the root. Here’s to doctors who listen and not just slap a prescription at you for a symptom of what the prescription you are already taking is causing instead of digging a little deeper.

Here’s what I looked like before. My neck is awful, but I didn’t realize what was going on. This picture came up on my phone as a random memory while I was waiting at the office. Not even that long ago. I have a neck again snd I think if you look at some previous posts, you’ll see that.

So enough about me! Except to say that I DID make it to hula hooping with Dawn. I needed it!

Now to get back to work. I.T. calls. It’s not all glamour and digging through fiber here. Sometimes on a beautiful day I have to be tied to my computer. Not my fave.

Here’s the next Commandment-I’m going in order!Hammy is taking advantage of dryer weather. I love to see the fresh green tips of spring grass and I know that they prefer it too.

It’s a beautiful day this morning but I thought I heard that thunder showers were on the way?

And for Harry:

“Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air 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!