Daily Reflections From My Window

September 10, 2021, Friday: Farmers Market, More Cleaning and Our Guests are Here!


“I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.”

Joan Rivers

I love Joan Rivers’ humor and I realized these past few days that I haven’t REALLY cleaned my house on 6 months. There. I said it. With just two of us and no inside pets except the occasional grand dog, I didn’t think it got that dirty. Add in our cleaning lady about once a month and it was fine for me. I’d clean for the cleaning lady. That meant throwing things in drawers and closets so that she could move more quickly and cover more ground when she dusted and vacuumed.

Next up. I’ll need to address all of those closets and drawers. And-I learned that I really do like to clean. It’s therapeutic and our house needed it! Having guests has hidden benefits! After I did my alpaca care yesterday and in addition to the basics, I swept the spiderwebs out of the corners there, and I helped Jay load up the manure trailer so he could empty it for me. He always asks how it gets so full. Cracks me up and I did the math one day long ago. Each alpaca produces about 2.5 pounds of wonderful pellets every day. Multiply that by the 8 that goes into this trailer (the other 2 just go into a manure bin I made on the other side) and you get 20 pounds per day of nice rich compost material. He takes it to a nice central area where it can further decompose. It also can be used raw. Lately because of the rain, I’ve been adding some wood pellets to absorb the moisture so that adds to the load too, but not that much and makes it even better.

Here is the trailer. Already filling up!

I noticed this on our driveway. At first I thought it looked like a toy cherry, but where would that have come from? It’s a petal from a begonia! Looks like a tiny heart. I had just been thinking of a loved one and said a little prayer for them. Then I spotted it. I think God heard my prayer. That was a Godwink. 

We decided to eat lunch on the patio and it was a beautiful time for it. It does not get any better. It was the perfect temperature and clear. For a minute! Dawn called to tell me that she had to unexpectedly cancel hula hoop class until further notice and then, the skies let loose out of nowhere. It was crazy and continued for the rest of the day.

I got back to cleaning and since hooping was off, made us a nice dinner while we waited for our guests to arrive. I worked on more alpaca ornaments and need to decide on a way to add the date and a hanger. Eyes or no? Their flight was delayed so they got here at about 10:30 last night. They were bone tired! We tucked them in and said goodnight and will catch up today.

The grand dog has arrived and we have our wood guy cutting fallen trees deep in the woods. Connor hears him and we’re trying to keep him quiet so that our guests can get some rest. Their body clocks are 3 hours behind ours. Lots to do today and it feels like fall all of a sudden! I hear Storting on the second floor. I hope the wood sawing and barking didn’t wake them, but how could it not?

Here’s a nice grazing scene. They are very quiet at least!

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!