Daily Reflections From My Window

September 23, 2021 Thursday: some Breaking Covid News


“The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.”

Dean Ornish

Yes, the above quote is from the Doctor who helps people reverse heart disease. I think I need more community connection lately, but then, I love my herd!

The BBC reported that scientists are studying llamas (pretty much camelids which includes alpacas) in the immune process to beat Covid. You can read the article here. We already knew that their immune systems are pretty amazing though, didn’t we? Maybe just by working with them every day, some of it is rubbing off on me. I have always tested negative with the swabs and have had no symptoms, but have had it according to my antibodies being the right ones to have. My taste and smell seems to be slowly happening. Not accurately, but I can taste something, though weirdly. Like last night, Jay and I attended a reception for Sean Parnell at Asiago’s and I had a few sweet and sour meatballs. They were very pleasant so I had a few more. Jay asked if I could taste them and I tried to describe what I tasted. I couldn’t taste them per se, but could report that they were something I would like to have again. If that even makes sense! Of course, no picture but I recommend the meatballs if you have the opportunity.

And speaking of Sean Parnell-he’s a young feisty father of 3 who is running for our state Senate. I liked him. He’s not a politician, but a bestselling author and former Army Ranger. He doesn’t seem afraid of anything and that seems like what we need lately. He’s a Pittsburgher, went to Clarion, Pitt and Duquesne. He told us how, as a college student during the 9/11 attacks, on September 12, he signed up for the military to serve his country. One audience member asked what he thought made him persist during the horrors of battle and his answer was that he didn’t want to let his country down, or his fellow platoon members. That’s what kept him going.

Jay asked how he planned to fight the social media censorship which does exist. His answer? Hit the ground running. Talk in person at group gatherings and take his campaign to real people. I liked that. At first I thought he had misinterpreted the question, but the more I thought about it, the more I saw the point.

I also liked how he wants to bring manufacturing back to our country and to our state in particular. I NEVER understood the economics of having things made everywhere but here. Or made here with parts from someplace else. That really ties your hands if one day they decide they don’t like you. Then what?

That’s why I try so hard to have my animals fiber processed in Pa as much as I can if not by me. They even eat much sought after hay grown by the amazing Lou Pisarski on his farm in Sidman. I buy my feed from Tractor Supply in Ebensburg, which employs people here. Yes, it’s processed elsewhere but is made for alpacas specifically. I use a local vet and love him! Thank you Dr. Dan Zawisza for the care you give our animals. I try to stay local and buy local as much as possible. I’m not too good to get dirty and when did that become such a bad thing? One guy made a pretty good living with a tv show we all loved about it. I’ve always been hands on and boy, the stories I could tell!

But back to Sean Parnell. He doesn’t seem afraid to get dirty and stand up to the powers that be. In his early 40’s MAYBE, he’s seen more and done more than most. I like him and until the others come around and tell me why they’d be better, he stands out for now.

I did have to push my way in and grab a quick picture. It was almost “Tucker Time” and when I explained that to him, he completely understood and obliged and we were on our way.

Thanks to Jim Vasilko for the picture! Oh yes…that’s my navy dress. Perfect for every occasion.

I want to leave you with one more quote and then I’ll wrap it up. My husband says that sometimes I go on too long and today I have so much more to say but will end here for now. This one is from Mrs. Parnell, Sean’s very wise mother. He shared it with us last night.

“The two most important days in your life are the day that you’re born and the day that you figure out why.”

Sean Parnell’s Mom

As to my why? I’m still trying to figure it out. Please keep the feedback coming. About this post, the ornaments, products you’d like to see, colors, my blog, I appreciate it all! I value you dear reader, no matter where you are!

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!