Daily Reflections From My Window

June 21, 2021 Monday, the First Day of Summer

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“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”

Mark Twain

I’ve always loved Mark Twain and his wisdom. Loved his books and read them in school. I read the word “man” the old fashioned way, as it used to be used, pertaining to human beings-ALL of us. I like the brevity of it. What would he think today of all of the gender identity and stereotype stuff. It just divides us. I’d really like to know what he’d say.

Yesterday was Father’s Day and I can’t think of a better person to go through my parenthood journey and life with than Jay. We’ve had our ups and downs like many of you have, but seem to find each other to hold each other up in the end. We started out the day by going to church and boy do I miss that! We’ve been so blessed to be part of two wonderful churches since we’ve lived here, each filled with caring people. There’s nothing like being part of a faith community.

Then we hung out at the pool and had lunch and then the crew came over for dinner. Madison has her little brother and cousin visiting from Georgia and we always enjoy their visits. Jay wanted steaks on the grill, homemade potato salad and a simple green salad, so that’s what we had.

I still can’t smell or taste so making my mom’s potato salad was a challenge. I wanted it to be perfect. She used the Basic Betty Crocker Cookbook recipe as a base but then jazzed it up with celery seed, celery salt and Paprika to taste. I add capers and used our home grown celery and farmers market onions. It LOOKED good, but not being able to taste it or smell it, made amending the recipe tricky. Good thing it was a hit! These southerners remarked that they like how northern potato salad is more firm, not as “blended” as they are used to. Who knew?

If you follow my posts and blabbering, then you probably know that we lost our 2 sweet pugs a few years ago and despite everyone’s gentle pushes for a new dog, I’m just not ready. Sometimes I think I am, but you can’t beat the freedom and we have a grand dog who fills the need occasionally. So I was cleaning off my desk and found this “Grow a Pug” that Lauren (another pug lover and cheerleader for us to get one) gave us a few months ago. I gave it to Jay along with his “Dream Car” in a card. He’s always talking about a turquoise and white metro (I think!) as the car he’d love to drive around town for short trips. I said, “I know that you’ve wanted a pug and Lauren found one for you.” Then we laughed at the kit. When the kids got here we added the water and are still waiting for it to grow.

After a very busy day, we forgot that the alpacas were out in their new field and had to go get them in. Normally they put themselves away, but last night a few were still out and it was hard to count them all even with flashlights, but we did it!

If you look hard, you should be able to see eyes.

Today? I am experimenting with dyeing with avocados. We’re making merch now for the shop.

Off to work! My charges await. 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!