Daily Reflections From My Window

August 17, 2021 Tuesday-Hoop Day: What’s on your agenda?

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“So – back to our initial question, Why Pray?  Because it helps us move away from simply floating through our unexamined days, lamenting that we have no time for what matters to us.  It moves us to live our lives more intentionally; for the believer, this entails cultivating a relationship with the living and true God.”

Joe Simmons

I’ve been praying a lot lately. For friends, family, the world. I just say a prayer here and there asking God for peace and comfort for myself and for others. It’s usually not elaborate, I’m a simple pray-er. God knows before I pray what needs others and I have. People have so many needs, I often wonder why He takes the time to listen to mine. He’s listening all the time. Here’s a link to the full article where I got the quote by Joe Simmons. He mentions a philosophy professor from the New School in NYC where our philosopher studied. I’ll be interested to see if Jack studied under this particular professor. Stay tuned.

I haven’t been taking many pictures lately and I’m not sure why. It’s not that I’m not busy snd seeing amazing things. It just is. This morning Jay got up at about 4:30 and I soon followed. The sun wasn’t due to rise for another hour and a half at least (it’s just now peeking through) and I looked back at my photos while waiting and saw that I only took a few photos of the same thing-the fog last night while we were driving home. It was beautiful but I don’t think my camera captured it. Then we were around the next corner and it was gone.

I got a lot of little things accomplished yesterday and talked to a good friend who also has a leaky gut. That could be adding to my memory loss. What are we doing to our bodies with the food we routinely eat? We focus so much on weight and height that we miss the nutrition factor. I’ve always been interested in healthy eating and have been a life long student of nutrition. I don’t do fad diets but try to eat healthy and move my body. That’s why this kind of caught me off guard. A leaky gut is an awful thing. It means that there is a leak in the intestinal wall allowing bacteria and toxins into the body that cause havoc. The traditional medical doctors don’t recognize it as a thing, but it weakens the immune system and triggers lots of other conditions. I’m kind of at a loss as to how to proceed. I was given a list of foods to avoid and I’m trying my best to adhere to it. Then I think I can slowly add items back. But my gut has to heal. Enough of that. I packed up more fiber to head to the mill and plan to finish today. Then I can get down to business and have space to create! I am so looking forward to that. It’s been way too long. Sometimes it just happens. The creative part just stops. It’s stirring now. I have to seize on it because once we get going again, it fuels itself. Sort of like exercise, or prayer. You get into the habit and you become confident in your ability and something (we know who) takes over to guide. The alpacas are coming along. Especially Dovis and Flo. Oia? She’s cooperating but slow improvement. The cloudy spot on Dovis’ eye is getting much better with this new medicine. Flo’s are healing too and Oia will look better one day and worse the next, then better again. Hard to tell. It’s a busy day for them today, as you can see. With the rain overnight, I’ll be busy cleaning out the barn this morning. I’m ahead of schedule today. I already have a load of laundry in the washing machine and am about to hit my publish button on this post. Life is good!

It’s Tuesday and that means hula hooping at 6 at the Grove in Westmont. It’s the fastest hour of my day for sure. Join me there and you’ll see for yourself.

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!