Daily Reflections From My Window

January 3, 2022 Monday: Snow Is In the Forecast

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“Snow always inspires such awe in me. Just consider one tiny snowflake alone, so delicate, so fragile, so ethereal. And yet, let a billion of them come together through the majestic force of nature, they can screw up a whole city.”

Betty WhiteBetty sure had something to say about everything-even snow. It’s January after all, and we should expect it and be prepared, but this year, I’m not looking forward to it. With the weather fluctuations, I’m beginning to like the warmer days. When the temp plummets, it feels even colder. But then, I have no say and can’t do anything about it so I’ll get back to trying to produce the best products from my alpacas to keep us all warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, which by the way, has been no easy task. This is the first year that we had socks produced from the fiber of our alpacas and my friend Diane’s alpacas, entirely in Pennsylvania. It’s been trial and error. We’ve learned a lot. We know what type of sock we want, how we want it to fit and the colors that work for our existing customers. Executing it has been a challenge with a lot of you helping out by buying our product and giving honest feedback. This week, I’ll present that feedback to my sock makers and figure out where to go next. Most of the feedback has been great. We need to tweak a few things to make them even better.

Then I need to get my website in order. It’s been a mess and I apologize for that! I’m a team of one and I need to get my day planner out and resume using it to hold myself to task. Taking photos, writing descriptions, organizing take time but I need to do it. Then I need to complete my migration to the new platform. That’s all coming up.

Truth be told, I’d rather be knitting or spinning, or sewing, or felting, or doing something with my hands. I love this knit bowl that my friend Tammy gave me. She doesn’t knit, but knows what I need! Yesterday I had some boxes to break down and take to the recycling station and found myself collecting and rolling up all of the bubble wrap because, as you know, it’s great for felting. I do that periodically and have all sizes and lengths of bubble wrap and that other foam sheet stuff that fragile things are packed in. Doesn’t everyone? The cardboard boxes were from things we’d gotten years ago and were saving just in case we need to send something back. I think we’re keeping that stuff so the boxes had to go. Then there is the collection of boxes that I save to send my fiber out for processing. They are big and sturdy but I had too many of those too so I pared down there. And then, there are the “good boxes”, those uniquely colored or shaped boxes that are just too good to get rid of. They went yesterday too. Some were just too heavy and add to the cost of shipping so I had to be ruthless and add them to the pile going to recycling. It felt so good that I may continue next week after I finish what needs to be done. I’ll add it to my day planner.

We did get a little dusting of snow yesterday and thankfully it’s just a dusting. We’re easing into it. For now I have to get to work. Lots to do and get ready for colder weather. My bosses are waiting. The day’s a wastin’! 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!