Daily Reflections From My Window

June 25, 2021 Friday and it’s Thunder in the Valley Weekend

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“Perfection in our business is almost impossible, but you have to keep trying.”

Sol Kerzner

We’re all in the hospitality business, aren’t we? You are visiting my blog and I want you to come back, so aside from being a bunch of photos and my thoughts, I hope you glean something from it and come back.

When there are big events in town, and this weekend is probably one of the biggest, where thousands of bikers roar into town, we spiff up our sidewalks to show our best and welcome them. Some people leave for the weekend due to the noise, but it’s great to see the event back again. There is music, excitement, and fun events. I hope it shows our city and citizens to others around the country.

The downside is that local businesses in town suffer because of all of the out of town vendors. Do our visitors get to see what makes this area so special (besides the beautiful terrain and countryside) if they just patronize the traveling vendors?

Please support our local businesses. Some will be closed because experience has taught them that the vendors win. Some will try to stay open if only for a day. If your fave closes, go back when the weekend is over. It’s good for all of us. If you are participating, be careful out there!

Yesterday I got my hair cut and colored. It’s such a treat and I feel like a million bucks as I hula hoop later in the day! Ivana’s has a little sitting area in the back of the salon where you can sit and have a cup of coffee while you wait for your color to set so I took advantage of it on such a nice day. I helped with a little weeding and contributed some oregano and thyme to the garden. They are going to lay weed fabric down and cover it with rocks. It will be so pleasant. They already put up a wooden fence and are painting. Cora Lee and I did the weeding together. Here’s a before picture and of course there is no after. Isn’t this gate nice? It defines the area.

Here are the weeds we removed. Then I helped by planting some oregano and thyme. The thyme should spread and the oregano too. It will look great spreading over the walkway. I love my hairdresser. She makes me look great and no picture from yesterday but here I am this AM and it still looks good. I haven’t even combed it yet-or anything else for that matter. Then back home to work on fiber. I’ll tell you, working with fiber has helped me understand my own hair a little better. Like, to be kind to it! There is so much junk falling from the trees these days that to be safe I covered my buckets with screens. What are these seed things? Funny how they lined up when they fell. Yesterday I got about 5 more blankets washed, and definitely by Monday, 100 pounds of fiber will be on its way to being made into amazing socks. It’s so nice to see the sun this morning. I’ll be getting back to fiber this morning too. The alpacas are quietly starting their days. These two boys, below, have been bickering lately so it’s good to see them tolerating each other this morning. I need to make a new cover for their hay. They have a place inside the barn but prefer this corner in the nice weather. This cover was make shift. I really haven’t been taking many photos. I don’t know why. Just the way it is lately. Here’s my attempt at artsy. It’s the shadow of an air plant that’s hanging in our window. Our yard looks great! Jay spent yesterday cutting the grass and when he parked the tractor to go in and get a beverage, the tractor slid down the driveway, still in gear, but was stopped by a tree. Thank goodness there was no damage. That’s a conundrum. It was in gear. Must have been the slope, but he’s parked there successfully before. It’s a mystery.

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!