Daily Reflections From My Window

August 13, 2021 Friday Are You Superstitious?

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“Generally the thunder-storms came in the afternoon, but once I saw one at sunrise, driving down the high mountain valleys toward us. It was a very beautiful and almost terrible sight; for the sun rose behind the storm, and shone through the gusty rifts, lighting the mountain-crests here and there, while the plain below lay shrouded in the lingering night. The angry, level rays edged the dark clouds with crimson, and turned the downpour into sheets of golden rain; in the valleys the glimmering mists were tinted every wild hue; and the remotest heavens were lit with flaming glory.”

Theodore Roosevelt, The Rough Riders

That was quite a storm last night and I’m shocked that we didn’t lose our power. Not even a flicker. Amazing!

Hooping was great last night though my knee still felt a little tender. I took it easy on things below the hips and twisting. We were practicing this beautiful transition from side to side and it hurt when I twisted. In time it will be fine. Dawn was on fire last night and totally in her element. She is so graceful and great at teaching what she loves. I had my #SierraTankDress on and it was perfect in the heat and humidity. No pics though!

I got home from hooping and wanted to grill a flank steak that I’d gotten and had in the freezer, buy one get one free, on the grill. I had defrosted it during the day but hadn’t marinated it, so I quickly added a marinade (olive oil+lemon juice+minced garlic+salt) and let it sit while I prepped the rest. I knew it wasn’t long enough, but I had pounded it and thought that would work. I was trying a new recipe that called for the grill to be set at two different temps-one on low and one on medium. The sky was getting darker and I was not even thinking that it might rain. As the grill preheated, the wind started to pick up and Jay pulled out his weather app. It didn’t look good! A huge storm was on the way. The photos are all slightly different. Can you spot the upcoming storm? The recipe said that the grill would be ready when you put the meat on and you heard it sear. If not, then it wasn’t hot enough. The sky was so ominous and the wind was getting worse, so we put it on anyways and there was a slight anemic searing sound. We left it for a minute on that side and then flipped it then left it for the 6 minutes for medium doneness. Jay started the countdown. “The storm’s coming in 12 minutes!” he announced. That would work. We flipped it and set the timer for 6 more minutes and closed the grill lid- in case it rained, even though the recipe said to leave it open and watched as the clouds looked even more angry. The timer went off, we quickly checked the meat temp and it was barely 130*, covered it with foil so it could “rest” and continue cooking, turned off the burners and propane and made it back inside just as the sky opened up. Everything was looking good until the temp of the meat wasn’t rising enough. Usually the foil will allow the meat to continue cooking and the juices seep back in. It would have been perfect but then I ruined it. I decided to quickly sear it on the stove top and let it rest again. I kind of dried it out. Oops. Jay was very kind and didn’t say a word, so I said, “boy, this meat is tough. I should have left well enough alone, but wanted it to be cooked.” He had read the above book by Teddy Roosevelt. He thought it was one of the best books he’d ever read and that Teddy was one of the toughest and smartest guys around. There must have been a chapter on diplomacy. He didn’t say a word about the meat. Bless him!

We did need the rain though and it came down for quite a while. Things have really greened up. Maybe my tomatoes will have a growth spurt.

For now, I rely on the farmers markets for my produce, though last week I stocked up and some things I can and can’t eat have changed. Like eggplant. Apparently I should avoid. I love it. Can’t wait to get the book and some new ideas. Eggs are on the avoid list too and are one of the quickest and most filling breakfasts out there. I know, all I think and talk about is food and what I can eat anymore. I think I’m making it harder than it has to be, as usual. Here’s sweet Bea, unfazed by the rain, having breakfast. They’re ok with having the same thing every day every meal. Hay and grain.

I watched the news last night and sometimes I can’t even believe what I see is happening. How did we get here? Is this the USA? What would our founding fathers say or think? Who is John Gault? Where is that place? Yes, these are my thoughts. Poor Jay listens to me moan about it all day long.

I had to call a good friend yesterday for a Christian pick me up. She knows who she is. She said what I needed to hear. I knew I called the right person. She reminded me that we all sin but that the devil will work on us by making us feel guilt. About anything and nothing. She reminds me of the obvious. I love this person and God put her in my life (for however long that is!) for a very good reason. We’re both kind of “out of site, out of mind”, friends. I think we’re the only two in the world. I treasure our friendship. It’s a unique one.

It’s Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious? Will you do anything differently than you usually do? I’m going on with business as usual. God has my back, she constantly reminds me.

I think I’ll head to get the best cup of coffee in town today at H.Wonder Coffee and Records. Maybe I’ll see you there.

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!