Daily Reflections From My Window

July 3, 2021 Saturday: the Start of Independence Day Weekend and I DID Ship My Fiber!

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“In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

Want to read the whole thing? Here you go.

There’s nothing like being independent. Walking, driving a car, living on your own, being your own boss. These are all milestones. I’m going to think of July 4th this weekend and in my mind remember that it IS Independence Day and just not a holiday weekend of picnics and fun. If you see me, no pop quizzes! I’m refreshing my memory on the facts.

Yesterday we headed down to Hooded Wonder Coffee and Records and I got their special watermelon/ strawberry smoothie bowl. It was topped with chia seeds, fresh local strawberries and oranges. All responsibly sourced. It was all I needed for the day!

Talk about Independent-this shop is run by two very independent thinkers. They have a created a vibe that is their’s alone. They serve fresh. All fresh. They have their own coffee bean source, use local farmers and bakers for ingredients and make your items on site. They somehow still have time to form relationships with clients and share their love of music. It’s a special place all right. You can try to copy their offerings, but you can’t copy their unique brand or vibe. Every time we’ve been there, they’ve been very busy. I’m glad to see that Johnstown is so welcoming to this new venture! Haven’t been there yet? They’ll be there today from 9-2.

When in town, I have to hit the farmers market and here’s what I came home with. Oh, and a fresh free range chicken from Harris Greenhouse. I roasted it last night and we had it with the roasted baby beets and purple potatoes and broccoli from the Hill Farm. Between the local farmers markets and the Zebra Stand, I rarely go to the grocery store. Once I cut the greens and stems off the baby beets, I boiled them down and am going to use them for natural dyeing. My hope is that the color gets a bit more intense than the avocado dye did. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? So many greens are becoming a hard sell lately and I’m going to stick with the usuals for now-beautiful local lettuce. That always works. After boiling the beet greens and stems for 2 hours and letting it cool naturally overnight, this is what my dye pot looks like. I’ll strain out the solids, let them drain and compost them. Nothing will go to waste. Then I’ll boil the dye bath a bit more in hopes that it will become more intense before I add my presoaked in soda ash cotton fabric.

I managed, with Jay’s help, to get my 5 boxes of fiber totaling over 100 pounds to the Tire Hill PO to begin the journey of being made into our very own socks. I forgot to take a picture of Val weighing everything out for me. If you want to have the best service and convenience, this is the PO to visit. Both she and Kathy go above and beyond for their customers. Thanks again ladies for being there!

Our hummingbirds are busy! They’ve been very hungry again. We must be between things blooming. I refilled 2 feeders last night and may have to refill them today.

How’s the #100DayDressChallenge going? I wore it all day with a tshirt over top and decided that after a week and wearing it in extremely hot weather and all of the junk I dragged it through, that it was time fir a wash, so into the wash it went. No special care. I used my permanent press setting on both the washer and dryer and it came out great. Just needs a slight press and it will be my Independence Day garment of choice! It will give me freedom over agonizing about what to wear. I just need to highlight it with a white t underneath and something red and I’m set. Easy!

Have a wonderful and safe Independence Day Weekend however you celebrate our country’s independence.

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!