Daily Reflections From My Window

July 12, 2021 Monday Porcupine Quills You Say?

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“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

John Ruskin

You’ll have to read to the end to find out what that title is about!My internal body clock is all over the place lately. My favorite time to get up is between 5:30 and 6 AM but I have been sleeping in until about 7. I usually fall asleep around 10 PM. Jay took this wonderful picture of me. We were watching a YouTube channel about a guy who sailed around the world alone. He could only sleep an hour at a time. His voice was pretty relaxing. It was very interesting but I couldn’t stay awake. #unretouchedPhoto #BringRealBacktoSocialMedia

This should make you all feel better when you look in the mirror! You’re welcome! But, as Madison says, “That’s what you look like and we love you!” Jay must, too-he gets to look at this face every day.

It must have rained overnight judging by the fog and the Turkey hen with her poults.

They love it when it’s wet. It must bring the worms closer to the surface. We love to watch them. They were in the driveway the other evening after hooping and scattered when I came up the driveway.

They are funny creatures.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being at the Bridal shower of the fiancé of our nephew Andrew. She is a beautiful girl with a big heart and smile. She has so many friends and family who love her. It’s all about love, right? The weather forecast called for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and right on time, after the shower was over, the rain started. No thunder thank goodness. The shower was at her future Mother-In-Laws home and I can’t think of a more beautiful place to be. This property is one in a million and Laura (my SIL and the future MIL) has a green thumb and eye for plant placement. Everything was covered with bees and butterflies. It’s a real pollinator paradise. She just knows. She has an innate sense of style. Here we are together. Can you believe that she’s a grandmother? Yes, I’m wearing my Sierra Tank Dress Day whatever.

I need to get her up here to arrange my garden! I have the same plants, they’re just all mixed up! But back to the Bride to be and her shower. Her bridesmaids did a spectacular job of setting a theme and it was a lot of fun. The games were creative-guess the Hershey Kisses for the soon to be Missus. I didn’t win this time. Highest points for things on your cell phone. I think I’m glad I didn’t win on this one. Draw the Bride’s gown. Oh you should have seen Aunt Wendy’s rendition! Oy! No photos of that one. Here are some photos of the beautiful Bride to be and her handsome groom to be and the beautiful setting. A reminder to the Groom to Be! Love that beautiful bride’s lovely face when she’s asleep on the couch after 32 years of marriage with no makeup and when she’s super tired. It’ll happen. Back to my theme. Rain. We need it and I’m hoping for a rainy day to be stuck inside WITH power. Looks like the sun is coming out so I will do my outside chores and check on the bee clean up early. They work best when it’s sunny and warm.

I almost forgot the title! What about porcupine quills? I read a long time ago how wonderful they are for making needles for embroidery or for doing calligraphy. I got lucky on the way home last night and there was a fresh roadkill on the side of the road. I pulled over and thanks to Covid prep, had disposable gloves, wipes, a mask and a bag in the car to safely collect some. They came right out, no problem. I left the rest for the wild creatures to clean up. Now to clean and use them. There are many different types on one animal and they are used for different purposes. I’ll give a better look when they are prepared.

Hmm, alpacas still tucked inside. Could more rain be on the way despite the sun? They seem to have a sense. I’ll go check out what’s so interesting in there.

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!