Daily Reflections From My Window

September 7, 2021 Tuesday: Spontaneity, Alpacas, Friends


“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”

Soren Kierkegaard

Jay and I did something that we haven’t done forever. We spontaneously decided to head to our pool for lunch. If that wasn’t crazy enough, while we were there, decided to stay for dinner too! We were living on the wild side for sure. Normally we have a lot to fit in, me with the alpacas, he with general chores, and just things that need attention. We both work from home and sometimes don’t give ourselves the luxury of a true “Day Off”. Revolutionary for us for sure because I didn’t even take a change of clothes, or even a hairbrush since we were intending to spend a few hours and head home. But no one cared. I had my bathing suit on under my Sierra Tank Dress and it works for almost everything anymore. It’s become like Linus’ Blanket from the Peanuts cartoon. I feel great even without makeup, skin cream or a hair brush! We didn’t even take towels because we knew that they could provide them there. We prepared just a little. Jay took his book to read and I took some things to work on. It was wonderful. We sat poolside after eating our lunch and visiting and just chatted about nothing. He asked what these little things I was making were and I told him that I was going to make them into ornaments. They were the little pieces of felt that Stramba Farm cuts with the pieces of felt between the insoles. It’s a great use of the waste. I just have to embellish them, or not, but you know me, I want to make them unique. My plan was to put initials and Jay said, “why don’t you just put the date? 2021?” Genius! I tend to overthink things. What colors, popular initials, whatever! The year is perfect. Simple. I can play with color combos on my embellishments but will stick with the year. It makes the perfect keepsake ornament. I may add a bell or snowflake. I’ll see what I have in my craft stash. We stayed long enough to witness a race between two friends (of ours and each other) who race each other one lap of the pool the day the pool closes on Labor Day Weekend. Who knew? We didn’t! It was a fun race. Our one friend, a former marine and 6’4″ would appear to be the clear favorite, but you can’t count out a guy who swam competitively in school, who doesn’t have the height. Who won? As Jay says, our marine took second place. Out of 2 swimmers, he got a silver medal. His wife told us that he’s never won this race in all the years it’s been happening and just the two swimmers are in it. It was fun and good natured and another tradition we don’t want to miss.

There was an incredible sunset and cloud formation on our way home. Life is good once again. Every single day. So Labor Day weekend is officially over and it’s time to buckle down and get some things made for the upcoming festivals and Holiday season. Socks are in the works and I’ve pared down my offerings. My crew is busy growing their fiber and looking forward to the day. Yes, I have way too many emails, but this number made me smile. Year of the Johnstown Flood. We have the day off from dog sitting and I think I’ll do laundry, maybe focus on trying to get my embroidery machine up and running and dye a little fiber. I seem to be able to squeeze more in on sunny days. Most times I try to follow the scripture advice in my morning view photo, believe it or not. I do feel better and am more productive with a bit of a plan. Let’s see how my plan goes today. I need to get alpaca food from Ebensburg but may do the delivery. It was so convenient. Decisions, decisions. And I have to get to hooping tonight!

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!