Daily Reflections From My Window

June 14, 2021 Monday Sun’s Out!


“If you are renewed by grace, and were to meet your old self, I am sure you would be very anxious to get out of his company.”

Charles H. Spurgeon

We were so busy watching the grand dog yesterday that I didn’t take many photos, and I’ve decided to take less intentionally, otherwise, I’m tied to my phone. I’m not a photographer. I just take pictures. I take too many, though. I need to be more judicious.

We were able to attend our church service yesterday and I am so glad. Father Jim has a special gift for explaining the scripture in a way that I can understand and makes sense. I needed to hear this message. Here is a link to the sermon. If you want to watch the whole service or if you just want to watch the sermon, tune in at around 14:53. Having grown up in the Catholic faith, I don’t remember scripture being explained. It was pretty much about guilt, fear, or giving everything $$ to the church. I really don’t remember the focus being on loving thy neighbor. I DO remember wooden rulers and swinging rosaries tied like belts. I think it is so much more than that thank goodness. I don’t remember God talking to me as much back then as He does now, and then Father Jim says that God gives us grace even though we don’t deserve it. Thank you for that message. You don’t know how much I needed to hear that. I almost started to cry. I think my limbic system is becoming unblocked.

Today I looked up from the soft seating to see this doe crossing the driveway. I caught the tail end thinking there may be some fawns. None that I could see. You can barely see the tail on the left side of the photo above the garbage can and below the lower tip of the hanging basket.

It’s a beautiful morning and I’m headed out shortly to tend livestock.

Here’s Hammy having a drink of water. Thank goodness for these amazing water feeders.

Here is my nasturtium basket from the Painted Fern. I was thinking of breaking it apart and putting it in planters but then decided to keep it as is. I transplanted my basil into the planters instead. Conner supervised all day and I think that’s why he was so tired. I put in almost 15,000 steps so I can only imagine how many his little legs did going back and forth between Jay’s projects and my projects.

Hooded Wonder Coffee and Records had another amazing day yesterday! Yay! Madison only uses the best beans from years of NYC barista experience. Give it a try. You’ll get THE BEST cup of coffee in the area. They are open Fri-Sunday, 9 AM-5 PM on Gallery Place in the city of Johnstown.

Since I thought it was Father’s Day yesterday and had planned a whole meal before I discovered that it wasn’t, we went ahead with it when J&M came over. We were all hungry! We had lobster (a real treat) with garlic and herb butter, shrimp and fresh parsley over gluten free pasta and stuffed clams with a big green salad made from the farmers market produce. No picture, sorry. Maybe next week. What will we do to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday?

Can you see the bee in this photo? I was telling Jay that we think things are so different this year, but if you look at This post from a year ago thanks to FB memories, so many things are just like clockwork. Deer, bees and flowers.

I’m off to the doctor this afternoon to have a full body thermoscan. It detects heat in your body where there may be inflammation that could be causing disease. If they see anything suspicious, they will suggest deeper tests.

I love both the scripture quote in the photo and the opening quote. I like this me so much better than the one I was long ago. I think it’s because I realize that God is in charge. He gives us wiggle room to make choices, but ultimately has a plan for each and every one of us. Let go, let God. I still have so much to learn and am ready, but I have peace knowing that He is here. I wish you all peace.

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!