Daily Reflections From My Window

January 1, 2022 Saturday New Years Day

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“Enjoy life. Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.” 

Betty WhiteTwo bright lights went out yesterday, one of whom was Betty White. I loved watching her on anything. Growing up and then on any program she was on. I loved her fresh attitude. She was also a wonderful role model. I saw an interview with her yesterday somewhere in which the reporter asked what the secret to a good relationship was, and she said “Kindness”. Do you think I can find that interview anywhere? Nope. (Here it is, courtesy of Phyllis https://fb.watch/agba966mMC/).

I’m going to channel my inner Betty for 2022. I think the past 2 years have put me into the gloom and doom mindset. It can’t be all or nothing. I need to get that optimism back. Moderation is the key. This view taught me that. What about you?

Wasn’t yesterday a glorious day? I just said to Jay, in an attempt at looking at the positive of this rainy day, that we must need the water and instead of snow are getting rain. It’s tempting not to haul all of my indoor plants outside for a good dousing of water. That’s what I might do today. Give them baths. The leaves even look dry-but inside, not outside.

We had a great day yesterday visiting an older friend, talking about her late husband and getting to see their son who was in from California. She’s as sharp as ever and has a glow that only happy older women have, like Betty White. She misses her husband tremendously but keeps busy with friends and hobbies and is someone we need to see more.

Then we headed to town for a quick walk about and a visit to our favorite coffee shop. Quirky and welcoming, they welcomed one and all throughout the day with free coffee and treats, proving to their faithful customers how much they are appreciated in a town where the party line is that we can’t support or appreciate such a place. They did a good business and paid taxes. A rarity downtown. Yes, I’m partial. This is my last custom made coffee of 2021.Off to another Jtown gem-the Fish Boat. The fish there is fresh and phenomenal. The place is so clean too. The owner is there every day making sure that things are cooked just so and that the quality remains high. We need to make it a routine for 2022. It was great. The fries were perfect. Not greasy and this fish! So good! Jay had the classic fish boat. Mine was the fish boat without the roll. It was excellent. We headed home to regroup and go to our friend Leslie’s 50th birthday party. She wanted to make it early so that everyone could attend their New Years Eve plans. It was low key and sweet at Capri. I can’t believe that I forgot my phone, but her family and friends are new friends to us now and we even met some of our neighbors there. I know Leslie from hooping and a few of our hoopers were able to come. It was nice to see them.

Back home for a bit where I started to undress our fat little tree before we headed back to town for the Celebration Johnstown event and the party at H. Wonder Coffee and Records for their customers. It was great to see so many friendly faces, and I’m really slacking at taking photos lately, so I only took a few. Like these.

What was the second bright light to go out at midnight on December 31, 2021? H. Wonder Coffee and Records in their current location. They’ll be there today removing their equipment but will be looking for a new location. A much needed and beloved shop, I hope they find one, but it won’t be downtown due to the theory that “Nothing stops progress in Johnstown like a good idea.” They will be missed as a welcoming and warm community for all where there are no strangers and everyone was a friend and had a place there. Madison managed to connect with so many in a very short time. Being from the south, she brought her loving, inclusive attitude to us northerners. It was something so needed in this day and age-her listening ear, her caring smile, her loving touch. She’s a real keeper as we like to say. She succeeded despite lots of obstacles and we’ll do whatever we can to help her continue elsewhere. She’s that special and much loved.

The gingerbread artist who did their window display and her Mom Kathy came down and Bethany gifted two of her beautiful houses to me. They will be even more special now. They stand about 8″ tall and her detail is amazing. But, on to channel my inner Betty. Here’s what’s left of the tree. It almost seems to represent 2021. Lots of detritus. Take that 2021! We don’t need you anymore! The alpacas can make quick work of what’s left. It’s good to pack up what’s left of 2021 and get on with the New Year! Here’s to us all! 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 and a fantastic 2022!