Daily Reflections From My Window

July 24, 2021 Saturday: It’s a Hay Day!

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“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.”

Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

We are so blessed to have been born Americans and one of our household’s favorite authors sums it up. If you haven’t read Ayn Rand, please do. She also wrote “Atlas Shrugged”. It’s eerie how she described what is happening now in our country, in a novel so long ago. It seems to take someone “not from here” (she was from Russia) to point out what is so special about our freedoms.

Jack bought this book for me and gave it to me when I met my friend Lauren at H.Wonder Coffee and Records yesterday for lunch. The picture above was the 3rd quote. Boy, those alpacas are wise! He knows! . It was a day full of Godwinks.

As much as I try to plan each day, I over plan. I need to plan time in between the plans. Here’s how yesterday went.

I started with my usual, sitting in my soft seating, reading my scripture and getting my head straight for the day. I think about what to write about and how the scripture pertains to my life. Then I look at my photos from the day before to see what struck me as important or wonderful. That alone can take an hour. Then I write. As long as it takes.

Yesterday I spent about 2 hours total. That’s not unusual. I’ve discovered my process is best very early in the morning while it is quiet. I can hear the birds and see the wildlife moving about. I see the most beautiful view (in which I embed my scripture quote) every single morning and I absolutely am blessed by it. I’ll bet every single one of you has an amazing view of something out of one of your windows. Is it the sky? Your lawn? A beautiful gravel road or driveway? Look and you might see the beauty that is right there. Mine is big, I know! That’s why I share it. It’s NOT mine to keep to myself.See how I get off track? Godwinks. That’s the plan today.

I started yesterday with my friend Jen friend coming over to swim together. Ok. She swims, I water walk. And talk. So, she texted and said she’d be a little behind schedule and I said that would work because she could do her laps while I did the alpacas. Feeding, scooping, that sort of thing. It actually worked great. Connor the grand dog was here and he came with me. He is so well trained. He sits in his “place” within the alpaca fence while I do my chores. No worries about him eating anything in there that he shouldn’t. I love this dog! Definitely not a pug, which I love too, but the poop piles would have meant an all you can eat buffet for Zeus! I know I took a picture of Connor outside, in the place, but here he is in “our” favorite chair.

We came in and Jen had finished her laps and we water walked and caught up and she had things to do too. Then, I showered, and headed out to pick up the pastries from the baker to take to J&M’s shop that weren’t finished in time for them to take with them when they dropped Connor off. I was a little behind to start, but wait till you see the Godwink. Up over the mountain towards Ligonier I went, and 10 minutes later arrived at Simply Good Catering. I pulled into the driveway and saw this beautiful wagon, just like my Dad had. Was he telling me something? He LOVED to bake and garden, and I would never have seen this or met Amy, the owner, if not for helping the kids out today. Thank you Dad! I hear you! He had one just like this and I inherited it and use it all of the time. It’s from a company called “Gardener’s Supply” and is great. Amy greeted me and we chatted about the wagon and she told me that the scones wouldn’t be out of the oven and ready until one-I didn’t get that message, but we had a chance to chat and she bustled about her commercial kitchen which adjoins her home, while we chatted. I’m telling you, I get to meet the most interesting people. She works from home for another company and does this as an aside with her daughter. They use the freshest local ingredients they can find. Looking for a Caterer? They are wonderful. Their new thing is grazing boxes. We may need to plan an event. Simply Good This is getting long again and going on 2 hours. I have lots to add. Here’s Amy but I’m going to say that you must go to H.Wonder Coffee and Records for the pastries. They are the most amazing with Madison’s coffee. Next Godwink? I met my sweet Lauren for lunch at the shop and as always, she had a bag full of treats for me for my bday. She is so thoughtful and here’s my booty! A Vera Bradley lens wipe, a VB tape measure (both, her kids chose in my favorite colors!), Clark peanut butter cups, a Taco Bell coupon, pistachio cookies, a Bee sign for my garden, bee themed post-it notes and a daily calendar to do list (for my brain), a Bee scratch off ticket for fun and all in a bee themed box. She’s amazing and I really love her and her family! She also bought a cookie for me and sang happy birthday with a lit candle in it to me. She’s a sweetheart. Here we are after lunch. Yup, day 28 in the dress.

Our lunch (thank you J&M!). I love that I can kind of graze and eat so healthy and fresh here .

Another Godwink?

As Lauren was buying flowers from Gahagan Farms for her kids at the Farmers Market, a penny dropped onto the table. She meant to give it back to them but in the bustle realized that she had it in her hand. She gave it to me because she knows that I’m a big penny fan. It wasn’t a wheat penny, but it wasn’t new either. I think it was from Yvonne, the late owner of the flower stand who died suddenly this spring. She was wishing us well. We will never forget you Yvonne. You had the most amazing talent for arranging a bunch of random flowers into spectacular bouquets. I thought I took a picture of the penny but didn’t, but it’s here!

One more Godwink. I totally forgot that I had parked at a meter and didn’t note what time it was, even though Lauren went out to refresh hers. When I got back to my car, I found this.One minute left. Time to spare and no, Lauren had no idea where I parked to add coins.

I’ll have to tell you about the rest of my day and how I accessorized the dress for a nice dinner date with my Jay tomorrow.

Who watched the Olympic opening Ceremonies last night? We’ll talk about that tomorrow. Time’s up! 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!