Daily Reflections From My Window

September 6, 2021 Monday: Rest, Campfires, Alpacas Friends and Labor Day


“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”


It’s Labor Day Monday. What are your plans? Another year under the shadow of Covid. Does it change the way you interact? Either consciously or subconsciously?

I work from home and always have, but always had the freedom to move out and about. I never gave it much thought, though, because of where we live, I have always tried to consolidate trips and make the most of each trip by car “all the way to Richland. Or Greensburg. Or Pittsburgh. Or wherever.” But now, with Covid around, I go less and less places and am really losing my people skills. Yesterday, I really needed to go to church. I’m not going to let that Devil separate me anymore because I have to wear a mask in church. I really needed to go. I’m so glad I did. I learned that the theme of the Book of Mark is all about rest and that even Jesus needed a day off once in a while. Our Rector has a gift of interpreting God’s word in a way that makes so much sense to me, and this one was no different. Who knew that Jesus needed a vacation? He WAS human too. It’s good to be reminded of that little tidbit. If you’re interested, here’s Father Jim’s Sermon from the earlier service. I go to the 10 AM one and I think he does the same sermon at both? He also talks about dogs and how they are viewed now vs. then. It’s interesting.

After church, we did a few little things around here and then headed to our wonderful friends’, Tammy and Brian’s cottage for dinner and a campfire. Their cottage is by a beautiful stream in Bedford which was recently at flood levels. Miraculously, the flood waters stopped about 4″ from flooding their cottage. The area around was under water. Where we are sitting in these photos was under water a few days ago and by the grace of God receded. They are one tough family. They power wash, scoop the mud off everything and move on. It’s a great meeting place for them and they do meet there, every chance they get. It has been in Tammy’s family for as long as we’ve known them. We’re glad to be included. The food is always amazing and the company is fun. We were neighbors in our last neighborhood and are friends for life. We’ve been through a lot together. Here’s Tammy (on the left) with sister in law Maureen, prepping our delicious dinner. Tammy knows more kitchen hacks and runs a tight ship of food prep. She needs to write a book. We were trying to come up with a title. Here we are by the campfire. It felt fantastic. I think there’s nothing as cozy as a campfire, and Brian (Eagle Scout?) had this one roaring. He cooked the burgers, dogs and almost everything on it. Before we called it a night, we were treated to “Boat Races”. It’s a fun game they play at the Cottage. We just watched, but it’s a fun tradition.

I hope today, you get a day of rest and visit with a friend or your family.

H. Wonder Coffee and Records is open today until 2. It’s inside the Gallery on Gazebo in downtown Johnstown. If you’re looking for the best cup of coffee in the area, they’ve got it. I’ve got to tend my herd. There’s no day off there, but as luck would have it, it’s my relaxation and I love to do it.

The grand dog just arrived and has a cute banana on which says, “Life is Good”. Yes it is, isn’t it? 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) or are we back to 6 feet, between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!