Daily Reflections From My Window

July 14, 2021 Wednesday

“Use what you have to make what you need.”

Unknown (an old family adage but sounds like Immanuel Kant)

I love a good adage and if you know me, you know that! I say this one a lot and never knew who said it, but as I read quotes from different philosophers, it sounds like it could be Kant. Please share if you know who said this.

Yesterday flew by and I really lived in the moment. I spent the morning researching the uses of the stinging nettle patch I just found and pulled out (leaving a bit) and discovered that it is a very useful plant. It can be eaten when cooked and has more nutrients than most “mainstream” greens. It can be used as a natural dye, which is great since I’m headed down that rabbit hole thanks to my sweet Madison. The stem can be stripped and spun into cord. You read that right! More to come on that. Here’s a reminder of what stinging nettle looks like.

Instagram has always been a challenge for me, so I signed up for, and dedicated an hour and a half to an online workshop. It was great and I was set up outside to learn how to do a “reel”. Here’s my first attempt. Needs some work but I’m learning!

The class lasted longer than I thought but I can’t wait to do more and catch up. Another rabbit hole.

I did my livestock chores and finished right before a thunderstorm broke out. Before I knew it, it was time to hoop. All I could think about was how beautiful everyone looked. Dawn worked us hard last night and really focused on our arms. We did a lot with our hand hoops and I should do an Instagram reel next class. We were in sync! I wore my Sierra Tank Dress and it’s great for waist and chest hooping when down, but for hand hooping, I quickly tied the side of the dress in a knot to make it a top (I had shorts beneath) and away we went.

Not a lot of pics yesterday. I’m being present for a change. The kids surprised us and came for dinner, so I scavenged the cabinets and freezer and used what I had to make what I needed. I made beet green pesto last week and froze it for a later date knowing that it’s beet season now (always trying to get more greens into Jay!) and some pasta odds and ends-quinoa fusilli and a beautiful salad with feta all from the farmers market. They liked it!

I even stumbled on a quick hack of cutting Swiss chard and green onion at the same time by lining them up. Who knew? Then it was time for the kids to head out and we sent the left overs home with them. It’s so good to see Jack eat! He’s like Jay. Eats and burns it off. We had a wonderful time together and lots of spirited discussions. It is a pleasure to have them back in town. And yes, this was after hooping and I’m in my dress.

What is this? Me shaking those porcupine quills in a mixture of water and Thieves cleaner to soak overnight. I think I’ll make it an Instagram reel. They sat overnight and here they are this am. More on that later.

We’re enjoying the fresh farmers market milk. I put it in my coffee. Jay drinks it and uses it for cereal. I think we’ll need more soon.

For now I have to sign off. I signed up for yoga and am determined to resume a steady practice. My body needs it.

Mary is once again calling for rain. She’s always right. 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!

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