Daily Reflections From My Window

July 5, 2021 Monday I Need to Find A Police Dog Themed Fiber Craft For Kids-Any Ideas?

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“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.”

Mahatma Gandhi

I may be all over the place today. My first task (after tending my livestock) is to, as the title says, find a craft for which I can gather supplies, using my alpaca fiber, that kids can do, with a police dog theme. I’ve been asked to do a craft for a program at our local library tomorrow (Tuesday). The police dog was a last minute addition. I was thinking of a puppet with paper lunch bags and dog ears and tongue, google eyes and lots of fiber. I need enough for 100 kids. I have everything but that many google eyes. Then he’d need a badge. Nothing like waiting till the last minute, but writing it down is giving me ideas. Thanks!

We spent Saturday night and Sunday Day at Jay’s family’s cottage at Pike Run, with 2 of his sisters and some of their families. It’s such a nice place to gather. My family doesn’t have a place like that. It used to be that our parents house was where we’d gather with my family. Then it became funerals or weddings. There haven’t been any of those lately (thank goodness for the former), but just getting together is special with either side. We catch up and Jay and I even golfed 3 holes. I turned my Sierra Tank into a top and it was perfect.

I added pictures of that in yesterday’s post. This one is about hiking. Jay’s sister Laura loves to hike, so we did yesterday. Of course I wore my Sierra Tank Dress and these shoes. I was pleased with how both were pretty perfect for the activity. I was trying to pack minimally and since I was taking one dress with minimal accessories and a pair of golf shoes, didn’t take hiking boots, tennis shoes and more. These fit the bill for most activities and I don’t play tennis. We hiked to “the rock” and back and it was a lovely trip.Connor enjoyed it too! We saw some interesting things along the way. Like this thing. We weren’t sure if it was a snake egg. Jack thinks it’s a puffball fungus. Does anyone know?

And here’s a beautiful mushroom. I wish I could identify the good ones. Is there an app for that? Here’s my girl framed with two trees along our walk. It looks like a doorway. And last but not least, a heart shaped leaf. That’s always a good sign! Here’s how I wore the dress yesterday and then took the t off for the hike since it warmed up. Connor had a great time with Jack’s cousin Andrew. The smaller group was really nice this time. I have pictures of the whole group, but they are on someone else’s phone and I can’t remember whose. I was living in the moment for a change. I think my memory is coming back but the photos help.

When we got home, I set to weeding my garden. So many things are just popping up everywhere. Yes, they are weeds and I don’t want them where they are. I’ll get back to that today too. It felt so good and we have so many beautiful plants that I have been neglecting. I just found out that creeping buttercup is a highly toxic plant to animals and humans and I will be digging it out pronto. It sure does spread. After I get my library craft together, I’m going to work on uploading this to my shop. I’ll call it the Signature Sample Pack. It has a variety of fiber in different colors and stages. From raw to washed to roving and batts. All in our logo colors. What do you think? Still working on pricing but there is one ounce of each. The sun’s out today and it is supposed to warm up again. Looks like a wonderful week ahead. Enjoy it. The alpacas are having a slow start to their day, just like I am. I slept until about 7:30 this morning. I usually get up between 5:30 and 6. Here’s what my beet greens and cuttings dye pot looks like. Today to rinse and see how it went. In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air to enjoy nature 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!