Daily Reflections From My Window

October 29, 2021: Friday Stuck on Aristotle and Socks

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“The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.”

Aristotle

Wasn’t yesterday glorious? It was sunny and crisp, and started out pretty brisk in the 30s but warmed up to 50* or so. I bundled up and didn’t notice. I spent all day outside, first tending my herd, then pruning herbs and cleaning plants up to bring them inside and then washing windows. I finally planted some mums and Russian sage that I’d gotten over a month ago. Everything I did needed attention and I hope my morning view picture looks sharper because this window is finally clean!

I thought I took a before picture of our sidewalk last week with the herbs draping over every single inch of this border. They were almost taking up the whole sidewalk. I gave them all a serious haircut. Catnip, thyme (lemon, and traditional), oregano, sage, chives, all got new homes with my hula hoop friends. Don’t worry, I have plenty! It looked beautiful but we needed to clean it up because before you know it, it will be snowing. I think we had snow this time last year? This has to be one of my favorite bushes with the chartreuse leaves and the bright purple berries. It’s a purple beauty berry and it really is! I found this last blue aster as I was looking for a place to plant one of the mums. I forgot that I had these everywhere. In the spring, my goal is to clean up my garden. I have so many beautiful plants that are lost in the mix. Hopefully all of the leaves will fall before we get any snow. I remember one year at this time we had a flash freeze and it was so quiet because we lost power. You could hear the branches breaking under the weight of the wet frozen leaves. It was pretty scary and dangerous. Everything was a sheet of ice.

This always amazes me-the original Velcro. One day I’m going to look at it under a microscope.

So what’s on your agenda today? Socks again for me but I’m stuck on reading what Aristotle has to share. There are so many things that are pertinent to what’s going on in our country. My friend Jen and I were talking the other day about how there doesn’t seem to be any sense of right or wrong anymore. People steal without even a thought. I read that in California, you can feel free to steal up to $1000 worth of stuff from a store and not be prosecuted. So they take $999, go through the checkout line to make sure, then breeze right out without paying. Then they sell it for half price somewhere else. Can you even imagine doing that? I used to think that the country should be run by whoever devised the Chick-Fil-A drive through, but now I’m leaning towards nuns in full habits with some wooden rulers and rosary beads. There is no penalty for crime and the poor police officers’ hands are tied.

Here’s another thing I heard from my buddy Tucker last night (I know, I backslid!). Here’s the link to the full commentary.

Here’s the recap:

“According to the Journal, the administration plans to “offer immigrant families that were separated during the Trump administration around $450,000 a person in compensation. The U.S. Department of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services are considering payments that could amount to close to $1 million per family.” A million dollars per family for illegal aliens at exactly the moment that American families are becoming noticeably poorer by the day. ” Another article.

He poses the question that our tax dollars are paying for this so WHY would anyone pay their taxes? Joe keeps reminding us that everyone needs to pay their fair share (as he should but hasn’t) and we agree to do that, but to pay to people who aren’t even citizens? I don’t get how this makes any sense. There are so many people struggling here. Everything has gotten broken lately. And that’s why I’m reading Aristotle. He hits on so many points that are so pertinent today. I’ll leave you to think about that.

In the meantime, do something you’ve never done before. Find your passion and explore it. Every single day is a gift. I’m off to tend my passion.

Have a blessed day!