Daily Reflections From My Window

September 30, 2021 Thursday Light and Dark. The Power Was Out

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“The morning sunshine brings the message that life is so bright and beautiful that the darkness of night has no power to hide it.”

Debasish Mridha

It’s a brisk 40* this morning and were all moving a little slow. Even the alpacas! I know, though, that we are all grateful that the sun is shining.

Here are the boys enjoying morning hay under their new shelter.

And the girls gathered around their morning hay.

Bea and Oia are not ready to rise yet. No rush for them to get moving, though, right?

I spent the major part of the day working on prepping for Fort Days. I got five hats and many dryer balls going just yesterday, and am feeling pretty good about the pace. There is still lots of finishing work to do. I work on projects throughout the year and do the finishing work at once. Seems to work for me that way. I’m trying some new colorways with this batch of beanies. I see more redheads and auburn haired folks around and maybe these colors would be right for them. I’m also doing a part color/part neutral lining combo. The stitches will all even out when I wash and finish them. Pompoms are going to top them off and I may dye the tips to match the colors. Who knows? Dryer balls need to be washed again and trimmed and then I’ll have a good combo of light and dark.

Our painters were here and I got sidetracked by having to pull out and trim back some plants that were growing right next to our house. It was a good time to do it and needed to be done. Anyone need any lambs ear? Chives? Monkshood? I’ve got lots to share.

Then I moved the alpacas into the second part of our solar fenced pasture. It’s working great and they had their fill and it looks great! This may work.

After that, I pulled all of my tools outside to work on my projects and it was glorious! Sunny yet comfortable and what a view! Jay was moving a bit of gravel to our neighborhood driveway to fill in the bumps and ditches and came back with the news that the power was out. Again. It’s happening more and more. This time they said it was maintenance and wouldn’t be back on before 8 PM. We didn’t even notice because we were working outside. But…What to do? Of course we cleaned up as best we could and went out to dinner to T’nC’s. I literally got dressed in the dark and threw on my navy Sierra Tank Dress over a T. That was day 96 and she’s still pulling through for me. As for TnC’s! . It’s awesome! We had a broiled haddock filet with steamed vegetables and a house salad. It was all so fresh! Jay had a baked potato and house salad with his. This may sound strange, but I had oil and vinegar with salad and they gave me two choices of vinegars…and the containers were so clean-as were the menus. Have you ever been given 2 choices of vinegar for your salad dressing in the little bottles? Everything was so clean and fresh. I’m starting to notice things like that. The food was delicious and fresh. Even though I still can’t taste, the salad was so crunchy and full of texture. The steamed vegetables were firm and bright and the haddock was cooked perfectly. I really appreciate texture these days. I should have taken a picture of the food but was so hungry, I dug right in! I think I have a new favorite place.

When we got home, the power was on and I got back to work with Tucker on in the background. Give him a watch sometime. If you can get past the maniacal laugh he does once in a while, he really lays out how our country is losing our focus on what’s important. I think he has some good researches working for him.

For now, I’ve gotta put my nose to the grindstone. The sun’s out and I appreciate that! Light and dark. You can’t have one without the other.

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!