Daily Reflections From My Window

June 16, 2021 Wednesday Brrrr But the Alpacas Like it!


“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

Albert Einstein

I don’t have much to say today so I’ll keep this short. It’s about 40* this morning and the alpacas are loving it. Me, not so much! Tonight they are predicting it may get down to the 30s and then the temperatures return to near normal.

I thought I took some pictures yesterday but as I looked at my photos realized that I took none. Not one. I had a dentist appointment in the afternoon, all clear there, and then went hooping. That felt great! Dawn’s class is growing and as I looked around the room at the seasoned hoopers and the new hoopers, was thinking about how innovative she was to bring this awesome sport to our area. It’s so much more than you’d think. She “works” us so we exercise both sides of our body. It works to balance you. We all have a dominant side and one that is easier, but when forced to hoop or use a hand or leg that you don’t normally use, or hoop in your “outflow” it really helps your brain. The secret to hooping that I’ve discovered? Posture and patience. When you stand up straight with your shoulders back, the hoop won’t tilt and that makes a huge difference in what happens. Feels great too after a day of working over a project. She’s at the Grove in Westmont every Tuesday and Thursday and for the next 3 Wednesdays she’ll be at Our Mother of Sorrows. Times? Grove 6-7. OMOS? Maybe she’ll comment. I’m not sure what to pray for today and this verse struck me. I have special friends who need prayers everyday and then those who need them and don’t know it. I need prayers every day and this verse wraps that up very well. As does the opening quote by Einstein. I need quiet to be creative but sometimes too much is not helpful. I hope I get back to my rhythm soon. Maybe I’ll pray for that today. For all of us. 🙏🏻.

So today I have a visitor coming to look at fiber so I better get my studio straightened up. I’ve slowly been working to get things put away. As Jay told me last night while he watched me try to clean up the paperwork backlog on my desk, “you get sick and things pile up.” I think that means I’m invaluable! ❤️❤️❤️. It’s true though. I get backed up and dump things in multiple baskets to look at and go through “later” which rarely comes. My routine has been interrupted and I think I’m getting back to normal.

Feels great to have a clean counter and work space. Now to really clean the drawers. That’s for a rainy day. Today is fiber!

Still working on sock yarn composition. My family has been testing out the socks and they love the higher alpaca composition. I think I want to add more nylon per the mill suggestion for stretch and eliminate the merino. The test now is washing them. I’ve had mine on for over a week. I’ll let you know how it goes and the method. I know that Jay has been wearing his hard too. Here is a picture of his pair.

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!