Daily Reflections From My Window

September 22, 2021: Wednesday and it’s the First Day of Autumn


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

I told you yesterday how I had a plan and was off to work to catch up on all of the projects that have gotten away from me. As soon as I hit publish, I looked up from my soft seating and saw my friend George (the goat man) standing on our side porch. He had knocked on the door and I guess I didn’t see him and was startled at first. Then I remembered that he had said that he’d stop by to help me with my solar fence. I was still in my pjs and had to quickly throw something on and meet him outside.

George and Paula run Trinity Farms and one of their services is renting their goats out to clear patches of land. You may remember me posting about it. I ran into them the other day while picking up plants for a fundraiser at the high school. We got to chatting and I asked what the secret was to portable solar chargers and fencing since they are constantly moving theirs around, and described what was going on with ours. He said he’d come out and check my fence out when he was in our area and that was yesterday! In about 40 minutes, he had it up and running. Seems that I had it set up correctly, the solar battery was charged, but the light wasn’t coming on to indicate the power was running through. He couldn’t fix the light, but we figured which way the switch was going to turn it on and off and now I just have to mark it so I remember. He’s a great guy and if you need some land cleared, their goats are the best. Check out their pageHere for more info on how to rent the goats.

I decided since I was already there, to do my herd work and clean up. No sooner had I finished that and gone inside to work on product or “merch”, than Heuston appeared to finish our little corner shelter for the boys’ area. It’s looking great and will look even sharper when we get some paint on it. Then I got myself cleaned up and got back to work. I’m still figuring out how to hang these little ornaments. I have a grommet tool and various scrapbooking eyelet makers. The felt is fairly thick and I need a thicker eyelet. Once I figure it out, it will be smooth sailing. Today we’re taking dinner to a friend and his family. He just had surgery and we thought it would save his wife some time and worry and it’s been a while since we’ve seen them. I stopped last night to get supplies before hooping, at the Giant Eagle on Goucher and was looking for a specific type of meat because I’m using my friend Janet’s meatloaf recipe (our family’s favorite). The butcher actually came over and asked if I needed any help finding what I was looking for. I was so shocked that I thanked him profusely! He said, “it’s OK! That’s what I’m paid for!” I thanked him again because I hadn’t gone to the butcher’s area, I was just browsing their already packaged selections. I don’t think that’s ever happened. Has the world situation bumped up the quality of customer service? Apparently it has!

Off to hooping I went in awe of that interaction and Dawn was playing her Rod Stewart play list from the other night. She tweaked it to make it even better. Nothing like an awesome playlist to make you have fun and who doesn’t love Rod Stewart? Reminded me of seeing him twice in Pittsburgh, years ago. I’m just so bummed that I’ll miss Fire hooping this weekend.

When I got home, the grand dog was visiting and the kids were doing their laundry. It’s so nice that we get to spend that time together. If I can help them out with folding and laundry, I’m happy to and I love it!

So really back to work today. There’s a chill in the air and we are getting some much needed rain. TS day 89 for the dress and I’ll have to figure out how to accessorize for the cooler weather.

I’ll be making meatloaves today and our house will feel warm and cozy because of it. Perfect for the first day of Autumn.

What do the embedded scripture verse and the quote above have to do with anything? I guess I’m so blessed to meet people in my life who have faced adversity and come out better for it. I really appreciate them and their wisdom and guidance. I saw a few yesterday. They make a difference. We all do. I pass a church sign that says ” Are you a fountain, or a drain?” and hope I can be a fountain, but we’re all drains some days, right? Not these guys below though! Always fountains!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!