Daily Reflections From My Window

December 27, 2021 Monday

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“One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”

Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneHere’s the beautiful start of sunrise before that darn “wintry mix” rolled in. Fortunately I got to see it. Then this. Became this.That’s going to be tricky. I have an appointment later this morning and I think it’s supposed to be gone by then. 🤞🏻

Well, back to better thoughts, right? I agree with Professor Dumbledore. Socks make a great gift and thank you to all who have supported my alpaca sock venture this year. It was an interesting year. It was the first batch made entirely of our and my friend Diane’s fiber with no dyes added. I did dye a few of the yarns before they were knitted into socks and that yielded a better result. Finding mills to spin the fiber into the correct spin, weight and blend, in Pa was a challenge and then to have it sent to the Pa located sock mill that would accept small batch runs was also a challenge. I think it was good that we had limited quantities this year because you told me what you liked and didn’t like, and what you want in length, color and type. That’s gold! I need to know that and REALLY appreciate the honestly and candor about what certain things worked or didn’t. The next run will be even better. We’ve got several spinning mills at work on the yarn.

Then there were those alpaca ornaments. Purely a fluke and it turned out to be a fun and popular project. I have big ideas for them in the New Year. Here are the last few that I made. Seems fingerless mitts are another thing to focus on, so I’m reworking some mittens that didn’t quite work, into some. That’s the nice thing about making things. It’s a process that can change. There are no mistakes. Just redirects. For the first time in a while, I’m feeling inspired. Does that ever happen to you? You start to get ideas AFTER Christmas? Or does it happen to makers? I was watching the news last night and there was a story about returns. Did you know that when you return something to say, Amazon, they may charge a restocking fee and that that pays for them to research what the current value of that item is? Most likely it won’t be restocked but may end up being sold on eBay or more likely it will be a disposal fee and you may get 2/3 of the price back and your item will end up in a landfill. That was news to me and if I can find the link, will share it.

Then I watched an interesting 60 Minutes after that sad Steelers game about Wine and the Weather. That’s for tomorrow. More revelations!

Yesterday I went to church because it WAS Sunday, after all. Our Rector has been working overtime. He’s a great sermonizer and I’ll bet once a week is hard, but having Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and then Sunday and 2 services each on 2 of those days HAD to be exhausting to write a sermon for. God bless him and thank God we have him. I needed to hear yesterday’s. It was about “putting on” peace, kindness, patience and hope. It was about what you wear. Here’s a link. It’s worth the listen. I’m also glad I went because I didn’t realize it was the week our flower donation appeared and I’m glad to share that they were given for special families and friends. ❤️🙏🏻. The day was beautiful and some days I just love the drive. Yesterday though, there was a little high water and a road closure. I would have been 15 minutes early and ended up being 1 minute late. One day, I’ll be on time. This picture was from the way home. I didn’t take the picture of the sign from the other direction. Be careful out there today. Right now, here, it’s only about 22* and I hope it warms up in time for me to leave. It looks and sounds like it’s now turning to rain. I think that’s better. I put hay inside for the alpacas though a few will always choose outdoor dining.

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!