Daily Reflections From My Window

July 23, 2021 Friday: Family, Fiber, Coffee, Friends. All I need

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“Missing someone isn’t about how long it’s been since you’ve seen them or the amount of time since you’ve talked. It’s about that very moment when you’re doing something and wishing they were right there with you.”

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Today I’m missing my friends. All of you. So I’ll keep this short. Or try.

This year, so much has changed for so many of us. Not to get maudlin on you, but both Jay and I have lost very close friends, he through death and I through distance. Now, his friend, Doug, died very suddenly. Doug went in for a doctors appointment in the morning and was found to be in A-fib, sent to the hospital and died that evening. He was my friend too and often in the evening, we would call him and catch up. He was an anachronism. He should have been born 100 years ago. He loved old things and tradition. We lived vicariously through his escapades snd joined him on some. If there was a long way, Doug took it. Scenic route vs. highway, that would be how we’d go. We took many trips with him and once I saw every fort on an island with him (and paid every entrance fee) because everyone else was up to his tricks. He would say, aren’t you glad you did that Julie? And I would say that it was a blur but fun and I didn’t remember a thing. I can’t even remember what island now! Was it Barbados? He was a character and so missed by many. I know Jay misses him a lot. My good friend, Janet, the first one I met when moving to Jtown, moved away to be closer to her kids and their families. She welcomed us into her family like no one else has and I thought of her as an older sister. She introduced me to so many nice people and Jay and her husband Leo worked together and became good friends too. (We miss YOU too, Leo!). I had time to prepare and thought I had. Yesterday I called her to chat and the bad static between our phones (can you even imagine this in 2021?) reminded me that she wasn’t on Julia Drive anymore. She’s thousands of miles away. I realized that I am mourning for my buddy. She’s here but far away. I can’t just call and say, “Hey Janet! There’s a spinning class 3 hours from here-want to go and keep me company?” And she would drop everything and come! She didn’t even spin! Or when I’d call her in the morning and say, let’s do this, or go here, or whatever. She’s still talking about an alpaca show that I dragged her to. She loved it. She is game for doing anything and I miss her. A lot. I miss our frequent phone calls, without static. I miss my buddy. Here’s Leo with Karen (AKA, Jay’s sister!)

So that’s it today. Pick a friend and appreciate them. They were put in your life for a reason. I appreciate all of you friends reading this every day. I feel like I’m writing a letter to many of you. I’m terrible at writing letters too! Edyce will tell you that. She’s the master!

Yesterday I treated myself to a benefit of being a Tractor Supply card holder and took advantage of having my alpaca food delivered to our house. Instead of driving to Ebensburg myself, they delivered it. Right on time, Deb (in a grey pickup truck) and her husband Rick, drove up, with my 8-50 pound bags of alpaca food AND loaded it into my little shed. Talk about spoiled! I get two of these free deliveries each quarter. I hope I can reserve Deb and Rick. They were wonderful! I got a few pictures.

Here’s Deb feeding Hammy. He was grateful that she brought the feed. She was so sweet and after chatting for a few minutes, discovered that she is Connie, our goat whisperer’s aunt. It is truly a small world and a fun thing about living in a small town where people care about each other. Friends are just connections that we haven’t made yet.

Here’s Rick. Now that they know where we are, I hope they’ll be back. They were amazing and I give them !

Today will be busy. The grand dog has arrived, I’m going swimming in an hour with a friend, then to pick up pastries, heading to H.Wonder Coffee and Records and then to have lunch with my sweet friend Lauren.Oh and somewhere in between, alpacas. Here’s Madison with her friend Hammy.

I DO want to pack fiber up this afternoon thanks to the boxes my new friend Sue shared with me. Lots to do friends, so I gotta go! It’s also Day 28 of the dress. 50* and I’ll need to be creative. 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!