Daily Reflections From My Window

August 12, 2021 Thursday


“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”

Horace Walpole

Jay and I were watching Tucker last night and there was a short piece on the death of comedy. Especially late night comedy. I used to love Jay Leno and then Jimmy Fallon and of course, Johnny Carson. George Carlin was a favorite with our family growing up. He was edgy and irreverent and when he came out with those 7 words you couldn’t say on tv skit, I remember my brother closing the curtains in our living room while we all listened. I hadn’t even heard most of those words before that day and now many are routinely said by many people, especially on tv. He made it funny and apolitical. Everyone and everything was fair game, even things that made you uncomfortable. He made you laugh at the craziest things that we all had in common. He made us think. He was a smart guy. I have to say though, that I’m a “clean humor” kind of person and that can be infinitely more difficult than throwing in a swear word here and there for a laugh. I think George Carlin was funniest in his “cleanest” skits. It used to be great to go to sleep with a smile from watching the latest late night person of the hour dissect the idiosyncrasies of what was going on in the world, no matter who was in office. Something happened with this new batch of comedians. When did they get so unfunny? Jimmy Fallon was so likable when he started and then he started to suck up to everyone. It was hard to watch so we didn’t. I really liked him too. He was like a little boy fawning over the newest movie stars and celebrities many of whom were politicians. When did they become celebrities? I thought they were supposed to be public servants. Enough of that. But really-who do you consider funny anymore? What comedian is worth staying up late to watch? Yesterday was pretty steamy despite the rain and today is supposed to be more so. According to our local weather, the heat index will be around 100* this afternoon, with actual temps in the 90s. Time to make sure the alpacas are comfortable. I’m so glad that we shear them when we do and they have short fleece so far. We only get a few days a year like this, thank goodness.

I had some errands to do yesterday and ended up at our mall because I wanted to get a book that my friend Lesley recommend called “Feast Without Yeast” and I didn’t want to order online. I wanted to support our local bookstore in the mall. I’ll admit that I’m not a big shopper, except farmers markets and when I have to, but it has been a very long time since I’d been to the mall. At first I walked in and thought how dismal and empty it looked. Then I spotted the AAUW Used Book Sale. AAUW is the American Association of University Women and they had thousands of books to choose from. Cookbooks, books for kids, nutrition, mystery, reference…you name it, they have it. I got 6-for a TOTAL of $5! I’d love to go back if I have time. There were a lot of folks with armloads of books like I had. There are so many current authors and popular titles. It’s worth the trip. Then I walked around the mall and started to look at it in a new way. Sure, it’s not the mall of the old days, but what a great space! People were walking or sitting on benches and reading. Talking, laughing. Restaurants were open and a few stores were doing business. What a great place it would be for an ice rink for pleasure! No lessons, no hockey, just skating, like there used to be at Monroeville Mall. Or a Conservatory or Arboretum. I can hear birds chirping now! It was so comfortable inside. Of course, I was wearing my #navySierratankdress. With a raincoat and it was perfect.

I did end up at the Books A Million Book Store where I had to order the book I came for. That’s ok. I ordered through them and bought another. I want them to still be there. They were so helpful. This isn’t the book I ordered but the photos in this one were so beautiful that I think I can play with the recipes and make them work.

Now to what you’ve all been waiting for. My knee-it’s feeling great! I even caught my toe on an area rug in our kitchen and went down hard on it last night. I think all of the inflammation around it protected it. It’s a little sore where I made contact with the floor, but all in all, it feels great. I think the Arnica cream really works. Poor Jay was so worried! He said he’s never seen me fall inside of our house! I slip and slide when it’s muddy with the alpacas and have fallen a few times. Not pretty!

I better get this day started as I’m sure you are all up and at ’em! It’s a busy day for the alpacas. Flo is waiting for her massage, Dovis is waiting for her drops and Oia? We’ll see what she has in store for me. Right now they are enjoying breakfast al fresco.

I’ll be hooping tonight. Still no knee hooping for me, but in time I’ll be back to normal. 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!