Daily Reflections From My Window

August 20, 2021 Friday I THINK I See the Sun! Did you spot the hummingbird?

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“Common sense makes common ground.”

Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina

Today, I’m thinking about the ground. I know, you’re supposed to keep your head up, walk (or hoop straight and everything will be in balance. With hooping, it really helps to level the hoop if you stand up straight and look forward or gaze slightly up. The minute you look down, that hoop gets all wonky. It’s amazing.Yesterday. I was working outside, because despite my intention of packing up the rest of my fiber, the power went out suddenly. I’d cleaned up the muddy mess in and around the barn from the nonstop rain from the past few days, and was headed inside to start the fiber packing process when I’d noticed there was no power. After a few quick calls to neighbors and to the power company, I decided to work outside, since my fiber is in a part of my basement with no natural light. My work area has natural light, just not where I’ve set up my fiber sorting space.Here’s how dark it was when I got up at 6. I thought about going back to bed but now I’m glad I didn’t.

It was a great day to weed yesterday. The ground was damp and the weeds just pulled out. Jay was also working outside, brush hogging the big non flowering weed areas and cutting back the upper field. It looks great! He jokes that I pull weeds out the hard way, one by one, but unfortunately, the way I plant things, I always make more work for myself and end up doing just that. Some things I’ve planted are for the pollinators and have spread like crazy. They need to be relocated to where after they bloom can be cut down with the brush hog.

I do find some gems among the weeds. The other day I uncovered 3 little lavender plants that had been buried by the crazy mint which got out of control. Yesterday I found a lovely flowering quince bush that had been shared with me (as all of my best and most beautiful plants have) from a dear gardening friend, that had not only flowered, but had fruited. That’s never happened. Due to the mud and wet, I didn’t have my phone to figure out how to prune it properly. Today, I’ll look that up. So many weeds to pull and so little time. For the amount of weeds I pulled, I didn’t see a whole lot of difference, but in time, I will. I had to be careful because we have a lot of milkweed where I was weeding and didn’t want to disturb any monarchs in progress. I even uncovered the rocks we had put down to make a natural border for the little patch I was working on. Because they were fairly flat, had become buried under the mud and grass had grown over them too. I’m hoping they will dry out and become visible once again now that we can see them.

Here’s one of our beautiful swallowtail butterflies having a snack on the alpaca rug no less. They love dill and usually eat that before they make their cocoons (which is planted not too far from this spot). I think it emerged not to long before this picture. The one part of the one wing looks a little fragile. It looked better later when I didn’t have my phone with me to take a photo. So what does common sense, or looking at the ground and rocks have to do with anything? Well, a lot. Seems that every time it rains, the rocks beget more rocks. The rain seems to uncover more. They get slippery and roll and if you aren’t looking, down you go. I did yesterday while tending the alpacas and I skinned my elbow. I haven’t done that in ages! Ouch! We’re going to a wedding tomorrow and I was, and still am, planning to wear a sleeveless dress. I was just telling Dawn at hooping how hooping has really defined my arms like nothing else has! They look like rocks (maybe not rocks! But for my arms, it’s amazing) and it even has given my shoulders definition. It’s that hooping for sure and this dress finally looks pretty good on this old girl. For now, here’s a great picture of my skinned elbow.

Then I was arm deep in rose bush trimming, which appeared among the weeds. Looking for sunlight, they became long and leggy. I got caught up in the thorns pretty quickly. I should have had long sleeves on, but didn’t realize there were so many and didn’t want to stop so I kept on and have so many little puncture wounds. That dress will look great for sure.

I caught a brief clip of the Today Show yesterday, before the power went out, and noticed that Dylan is on her third child. How did that happen? I guess it really has been a long time since I’ve tuned in. She’s such a cute lady, this maternity dress doesn’t do her justice. Looks like the other two kids could camp underneath. She was talking about her kids and masks. She said that her oldest didn’t really care and liked his so much that he wore it all the time. Maybe that’s the attitude. I don’t know. But that dress. Not very flattering. Heuston must have gotten the memo that bright clothes were mandatory, so here he is working on tearing out our scenic overlook, as we jokingly call it. He’ll repurpose a lot of the wood into something for the alpacas. Stay tuned.

Our power finally did come back late in the afternoon. By then it was time to call it a day. Today, Jay plans to continue outside. This place is looking ship shape!

Me? I have to get going. I have an early hair appointment and want to do my livestock care before that. Seems like the common sense thing to do. Then if I fall from not looking down for rocks, I won’t mess up my hair. I do like to look up more than down!

If I have time, I’ll work on fiber packing. I really want to get that done and on its way.

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!