Daily Reflections From My Window

August 16, 2021 Monday: What’s Blocking Your Driveway?


“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

Albert Einstein

I’m looking forward to this day. It’s rainy, I have no plans but to do my livestock and hit the studio. I like days like this. I might get back on track. If I can tear myself away from the news. I’ll listen while I work.

Our church service was canceled yesterday due to the illness of our rector and that left me to interpret the readings and lessons on my own. It’s all about David and his descendants, one of whom was Solomon, the wise king. I used that verse in the view this AM. He didn’t ask for great hair, or a lot of money, he asked for wisdom. Boy, that’s a heavy load. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. It’s Monday and overcast and I’ll have to think on this one a while. Like the quote above by Einstein. I feel like I have to keep current with the news but also want to block it out.

We had some excitement here yesterday. Jack and Madison dropped Connor off for the day while they went to work and as they were heading down the hill, they noticed a u-haul truck blocking our driveway. They managed to squeeze through with their car and call us to tell us. They thought we knew it was there but we can’t see it and didn’t know it was there. We went about our business and at about 2:00 PM, Jay said, “I wonder if anyone picked up that truck?” So down we walked with Connor, to check.

It was still there. Flat, blown out tire, but no note on the windshield, nothing. We tried to call the emergency roadside assistance number on the side, to no avail. Then we tried to call our local U-Haul and that too was fruitless. We called the police. An Upper Yoder officer came by and said that he noticed it at 7:30 in the morning and thought it had broken down and couldn’t do anything because no one had called in about it. It could have been ours.

He looked around it and said he was going to contact U-Haul too and find the renter. I apologize for not getting his name. He was a nice guy and very laid back.

He came back later to tell us that there was no response from U-Haul so he called a tow truck from Cernick’s/McQuaide’s to take it away. I guess they’ll be looking into it and getting inside to figure out what’s there and why it was just abandoned literally along the side of the road partially blocking our driveway. Always something going on! Here are the police officer directing traffic and Keith the tow truck operator. I asked Keith who was responsible for paying the towing and he said U-Haul. He thought they might have to break in to the truck to unlock the steering, but in the end, they didn’t have to. He said they’d take it and impound it while they looked for the owner. It’s nice to know that our drive is unblocked.

That was about it yesterday. Jay cut some grass and I did some weeding. Today, our scenic overlook is supposed to come down. It’s just another thing and we are working on streamlining. We never use it and it was here when we moved here. In an attempt to make it look better, we planted around it, but that even meant more work. I was thinking of putting our bee hives on it but there isn’t enough sun there. Time to simplify. I better get this day on the road. Alpacas are busy as ever, already eating. Heuston will be here any time to ask what’s what and start work on the overlook demolition.

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!