Daily Reflections From My Window

September 24, 2021 Friday Brrrrrr!!! Fall Wedding Season has Begun!

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“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”

Mark Twain 

The temperature is changing and fall is in the air. The edges of the leaves have begun to turn and a few have even fallen. It’s 48 degrees right now and I’m on day 91 of my dress challenge. What to wear with it when the weather gets cold? We shall see.

The above quote by Mark Twain, one of my favorites, is because we are headed to a wedding this weekend. So many young couples are catching up from last year. This one is a nephew and his beautiful bride-to-be and it’s close enough to just drive. It will be fun. More to come on that.

It reminds me that marriage isn’t just the day of the event and so many people plan just for the day. I saw a post just yesterday of a groom-to-be, asking what he should do about his bride-to-be, demanding that he pay for at least a $15,000 wedding while she contributed nothing. He’d already spent at least that much on her ring. She wanted him to dig into his rainy day savings fund and he had a certain amount that he was willing to spend on the wedding. He was asking what he should do. The answers were interesting. They were everything from “run!” To, “well $15,000 isn’t that much so go ahead and break into your savings.” My first thought was to run too! It’s not about the day, it’s about the long term. She didn’t sound much like a team player. I hope he figures it out. The other day, one of our friends was having surgery so we took dinner to him and his wife. I hope it saved them some time and decision making. He’s one of Jay’s good friends and over the years, I’ve come to know Marc and his wife Coleen, as funny, caring and devoted to each other and their kids. They’ve been through a lot and prayers that this surgery helps.

I made them meatloaf and Jay’s favorite parsley potatoes using our fresh parsley and farmers market potatoes. It’s a real challenge cooking when you can’t taste or smell. Thank goodness for food thermometers. I decided to make extra and have enough to freeze for us and the kids. I forgot to take pictures but I was in the Lenten Lunch prep mode. Our kitchen was a disaster and it felt so good!

But back to our friends. They’ve been married for probably 40 years or more and when you see them, still have a twinkle in their eyes for each other. It’s so refreshing. They got past just marriage being the big event and are in it for the long haul. I love these two! They look just like the day Jay introduced us and are a wonderful example of devotion to each other. I only took a picture of Marc and Jay but didn’t get Coleen. Next time!

While I was cooking, Jay did my herd duty for me and it was wonderful. Thank you, dear!

I did finally connect the solar fence and the alpacas respected it. The photo above is after being fed but once they had access to fresh grass in the field, were all over that. The boys’ shelter looks great. Once it’s painted, it will look even better. Heuston did a great job on it.

I’ve been working on variations of hangers for my alpaca ornaments. Carolyn, thank you for the suggestion to add the hanger lower beneath the cowl. It works great when I secure it and run it through the cowl. Hangs perfectly. I think I’ll forgo the eyelet in the future. Now to add my logo on the back and a few will be complete. I’d better get moving!

I finished out the day with hooping and boy did I need it. Dawn is such an amazing teacher and has us doing things we never knew we could. No matter what kind of day I’m having, and for some reason, yesterday I was kind of not in the mood to talk, by the end of the class, she had me smiling. She’s got a gift. And how about this outfit? I was covering all the bases. I was cold when I left the house, but prepared with layers. No judgement at hooping, thank goodness. Today I’m off to refresh my hair but before that, I have herd work to do.

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!