Daily Reflections From My Window

July 28, 2021 Wednesday A Real Fiber Day


“No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.”

George Eliot

Am I enabling my hummingbirds? Is sugar water really good for them? Is that the chemical makeup of nectar? We sure have a lot of them some days. It’s hard to get a good picture of them. In the past they didn’t care if I was outside with them. Now, the second I stand up to get closer, they fly away. Here’s a photo through the screen and window. Not great, but this morning there were about 8 at one of our feeders. This is just a few.

Yesterday I took the day off and spent it with my dear friend Lauren and her 3 kids. I needed a day with them. They are all so kind and sweet. I haven’t had the opportunity for a while. This is one busy family. I never get them all to myself. This was a very special day. It was probably the last chance for a while to be together and just us, having a great time. Our husbands couldn’t join us, but maybe next time. Or not!

Spending time with them always makes me think of my wonderful gathering of friends. Lauren is 15-20 years younger than I am and I actually met her when I first moved to Johnstown and joined St.Mark’s church. She and her Dad were very active. She was just a kid, but I remember her as an acolyte and in various Christmas and Easter pageants. Then she went off to school, came back to work after college, met her husband, got married started having a family and as a young mother, contacted me with suggestions and ideas when I started publishing Macaroni Kid. She’s been a real Godsend in so many ways. I love her like she was my own daughter or younger sister. Her kids are just like her too. They are willing to try anything and she keeps them so busy yet they have a real bond. They enjoy being with each other. That’s fantastic for siblings!

They were the kids I went to see in the play at the art center on Sunday. Experiences like that will prepare them for public speaking, and build confidence later in life. They’re great kids!

Did I take photos yesterday? No! We all put our phones away and just enjoyed each other’s company. It was really nice. I’ll see if I can dig up a previous but not too old photo. She’s such a great mom. Unlike other kids their ages, Lauren’s kids’ noses aren’t always buried in their phones. They live in the present. I could learn from them! I had my navy Sierra wool tank dress on as a bathing suit coverup and SHE remembered that I should have taken a photo (she’s got an incredible memory!) but oh well, we were without cameras and it was soooo nice! I did have it on Maria!

Then straight from my day with them, I met my other group of friends-the hoopers! It FELT so good! Thanks Dawn! I think it’s a combination of her smiling face, positive attitude, the joy she shares, the workout she chooses and the MUSIC! Last night was all disco. You can say you’re not a fan of disco, but you have to admit, it’s easy to find the beat and is usually fun music. I’m a big fan! I couldn’t stop moving. She does choose the best playlists and it’s rare that there’s one that doesn’t strike me as fun, from country to pop to oldies, to the 70s. I like them all, but sometimes I have a hard time finding the beat. But last night, disco hit the spot. No photos from last night, but here’s a previous one of Dawn, going over some tips with a new hooper. She’s always willing to help new hoopers. Yes. You. Can. I thought all of the pink was so pretty in this picture. I’ve been so absorbed with finding more activewear fabrics preferably made from alpaca fibers until I can get mine spun fine enough. I got this in my email and sent the screenshot to Dawn. She just replied, “Godwink!” I think she’s right. Is this my destiny? Maybe I need to get going on the fabrics!

Both Jay and I were so busy yesterday that we didn’t catch up again until about 7:30 when I got home. I quickly made us dinner-ok. I reheated DeLallo’s left over chicken from the night before and we had it with fresh watermelon chunks and I totally forgot about the Olympics until later. I needed to see what my buddy Tucker Carlson was thinking about things. He was talking about the current state of the state of how the administration would like to make masks mandatory again. What I like about Tucker is that he relates what’s happening to how our U.S. Constitution defines our rights and the role of the government and what their part should be in all of this is. As I always say, he’s the history teacher I wish I had in school. He goes over everything so clearly. Give him a watch or a listen and you may learn something. He’s pretty interesting. Like how does it make any sense to make it mandatory for American citizens to get shots against Covid and perhaps to bring the mask mandates back even indoors for vaccinated citizens when people crossing our border illegally test positive for Covid and are released throughout the US into our cities by the thousands with no requirements to even quarantine? I don’t get it. I believe in YOUR right to choose what’s best for you and your family and that’s your decision. But why are US citizens being penalized and illegal immigrants free to move about? I don’t think we can even go to Canada yet. They have pretty strict travel bans. Australia’s still in lockdown. Can’t go there. But not here. We violate everyone else’s rights who aren’t even US citizens if we don’t let them in, even with Covid and how can that even be possible? Our borders are wide open. We can’t get out but anyone can come in. Vaccine passports are on the way. Jay found this article about how natural immunity (which I apparently have) is 700 times more effective than the current panoply of vaccines. Want to read it? HERE you go. It’s from the Israeli Government’s research. Yesterday, several of you asked to hear Jay’s unique style of saying certain words. This morning he woke up singing “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon because there was a link to find out who she was singing about. I thought it was Mick Jagger? He clicked a few links to find nothing. I told him that you all would like to hear him say the word “Trundle” and he obliged. Here’s that little gem!


I have decided to make Wednesdays alpaca days. I have 3 visitors coming today to learn about alpacas and fiber. It should be a busy day. More about that tomorrow.

Here’s Hammy. He’s the only one munching just yet. 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!