Daily Reflections From My Window

September 27, 2021, Monday: Consistent? Are You?

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“Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.”

Oscar Wilde

“Consistency is the true foundation of trust. Either keep your promises or do not make them.”

Roy T. Bennett

Mondays are usually exciting. A new week! It’s a new process, or beginning. Today I was floundering with what to write. I did my usual for inspiration, but nothing came. I read my scripture, it didn’t resonate. I went back to photos, to what I could report. Nothing.

Jay got up long before me today and was doing his morning ritual too. It was still quiet. Since we’d been away at our nephew’s wedding, we’d missed our church service, so I decided to watch it on replay. You can watch it here too.

It put me in a good frame of mind, but still clueless about what to share. I’d like to read the story of Esther again though. I think VegiTales had their own rendition!

Then I read a passage in my Godwinks book. It was about Emmett Kelly, as Weary Willie, who is known as the clown with the sad face and the day he died. He was never photographed smiling, except once. You should search for the story. It tells of what the picture was about and how his daughter “randomly” met the photographer on the way to his funeral. We know it was not random. Gave me goosebumps. Maybe because someone gave me a paint by numbers kit of him and I still have the finished painting up in my attic. Not very imaginative, paint by numbers, is it? Here it is.

So when I saw these two quotes above, I had to share both. I need to make a lot of things for the upcoming festival season. I like them all to be unique, and they are, being made by hand. But, I also need to have a consistent process to create quickly and efficiently. It’s a real conundrum for sure. I like to think that imagination and consistency can go hand in hand.

I have a week less than I thought. I’ll be calling my helpers today to see how we’re progressing. My sock production is up in the air. I got word from my sock mill that one sock style can’t be made because the spinners chose to spin a different thickness than requested by the mill. Hopefully I’ll get SOMETHING soon. My plan was to dye some in original colors when I get them back. You’ll have to stop and see me at my booth at Fort Ligonier Days to see what I’ve got. It’s October 8-10. I will have ornaments, hats, yarns and mittens. Much like years past but updated. Here are photos from the past year. Each time I make an item, I think…how can I make it better, yet quicker. How can I keep the same quality but still have it made by hand? It’s tricky for sure and I guess I better get to it! I found that to speed up the process, I CAN delegate to those who can do it much better than I can. Like spinning large consistent quantities of yarn from our fiber and then knitting socks from it. I’ve decided to stick with doing the creative part.

Each time I make one. I try to make it a bit differently.

Off I go, and sorry this is all over the place. At least I’m consistently posting. 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!