Daily Reflections From My Window

June 13, 2021 Sunday, the day of rest.

“To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.”

Barbara Bush

I thought today was Father’s Day. All week, I have been thinking about it. I even bought a card for Jay and have a dinner and the ingredients planned. Who knew I could be so organized? I’m ready this year for NEXT Sunday. I know, let’s not rush time, but I had to let you know that I’m ready!

I was getting ready to tend my livestock yesterday and put a jacket on that I hadn’t worn in a while snd felt a bulge in my pocket. You never know where these dryer balls will turn up! How I washed, dried, folded and put it away without finding it is a mystery. It’s about 21/2″ in diameter at least.

Yesterday I traveled to Pgh for my buddy Edyce’s daughter Margo’s bridal shower. Bridal showers are special events and I love to see what Bride’s to Be get to start their new households. 35 years ago, we needed the absolute basics but the new bride has probably lived independently and may just want to streamline and upgrade. I just decided to build an “Our Favorite Things Basket” completely forgetting that the poor girl had to get it home. No memory here. It’s my story snd I’m sticking with it!

My memory of this little girl was her love of animal print so when I saw this paper, I grabbed it. What’s in the box? OXO storage containers. After years of trying many others, though I need to get a few from Tupperware, these are by far the best. In the basket? A few things over time that we’ve grown attached to: a set of silicon lids that stretch and fit those glass bowls for which the lids have disappeared, cleaning cloths, a lime squeezer, dominoes game, honey, beeswax coated resealable paper, a tray with bees on it, parchment paper and cleaning gloves with an animal print cuff. I wrapped it with an alpaca knit tie with fiber tassels. A few of our favorite things for sure and she seemed to like them all. I figured that you can always use more than one of any of them. The good news is that she liked it!

Cousin Katie was able to construct the traditional bow bouquet with the tie. Since most people shipped their gifts, ribbons were in short supply. How many babies? We’ll see!

Here’s the Bride to Be on the left and her sweet sister Ali. As they’ve gotten older, they look so much alike.

Aunt Terrie with beautiful cookies made by hostess AnnMarie.

Oh she just “threw them together”! No, she’s not a professional but I have a feeling that this is in her future!

And like a good mom, she made us eat a healthy meal first.

Mimi (Edyce) with this little one Emmie. She NEVER stops smiling! She even fell down while toddling around and no one ran to her and lifted her up. She got right up, big smile on her face and went back on her way. New moms, take note! They survive falls. I enjoyed watching her smile. Aunt Judy told me she’s had that smile since she was 6 months old. Mom Ali has a great smile too.

How do you tip a wonderful day with friends who are like family? I called my Barista and asked if she needed to restock on any supplies because I was going to stop at Sam’s on the way home yo get something special to cook for Father’s Day, which I thought was today. She texted me her list , I got everything and headed home and they met me there after a day at their shop. She said it was their best day ever.

As we were unloaded, my philosopher gave me a hug. My arms were full but something fell to the ground. It was this token from a necklace I had on that I haven’t worn in a while, but had on today. You know me and Godwinks! What could it mean? Jack said, “Mom. It means you’re happy. Take it for what it says at face value”. Yes, God puts the people in your life who are supposed to be there. Always. Even your kids and their significant others!

Then they presented me with a gift. They know that I’ve had a lot on my mind lately and Madison found these just for me. It’s not a calendar, so I can take my time snd cogitate. They know how I love to write. But can you imagine? This girl works 3 jobs and has time to think of my topsy turvy mind. She’s always taking care of me. ❤️ We love her. God put her here. Thank you family for being there. Hey Carm, the “soft seating” is a hit with everyone!

What about our Father’s Day meal? We’ll do it tonight and another one next week. Every Sunday can be celebrated.

I forgot to make reservations at church so we are going to try to walk in. If we can’t, we’ll find somewhere to go.

Here’s a close up of the tassel situation. I need to work on it. I see either pasties or Cousin It. The beads need to go!

I don’t know if this applies anymore but:

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!

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