Daily Reflections From My Window

January 4, 2022 Tuesday: Regrouping

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“If you’re walking with your lady on the sidewalk, I still like to see a man walking street-side, to protect the lady from traffic … I still like to see that a man opens the door. I like those touches of chivalry that are fast disappearing.”

Betty White.Every time I read a collection of things Betty White has said throughout her life, I realize how much she will be missed for not only her wit but also for her wisdom. I think I learned this one long ago and it is a favorite. Do men still do this?

The sun is shining brightly this morning and the sunrise was pretty nice to see. Jay commented that he liked all of the pinks in the sky and that our late friend Doug would have referred to it as “the gloaming” if it had been in the evening. Is there a term for that magical time of the morning before the sun rises and the sky is bursting in anticipation with colors? The temperature is not as beautiful. It’s around 12* and even the weather stick looks indecisive. It’s bowed up in the middle but the tip looks like it wants to head down. The alpacas are status quo, growing fiber and staying relaxed. As long as it’s not raining they’re happy.

Yesterday I spent the day catching up on bookwork and orders. Even though it is still technically the Christmas season, I put ours away, except for our outdoor things and now I’ll have to wait for a defrost. The batteries have died in our outdoor lights and they are frozen so I can’t replace them right now. During the day they look promising, it’s just at night that they are dark.

Then I decided to try to use up our leftovers by making them into individual pot pies. I boiled down our turkey carcass to get the rest of the meat off the bone and make broth and researched gluten free crusts for the top. They came out pretty well and today I have another batch to bake and freeze. Waste not, want not! Here’s the recipe. She used chicken, but I used turkey. I couldn’t find one of the ingredients to make my own gluten free flour so I used King Arthur Flour one for one gluten free flour. I also used butter since we aren’t vegan here and it was a turkey pot pie. This photo is courtesy of Jay. On my way to the grocery store to get the flour ingredients, I stopped at my friend Kathy’s where she gave me a sneak peek of how our favorite gingerbread artist Bethany is revamping some of her houses for individual display. They are incredible and she definitely has a passion for making them in between her two jobs and taking classes for her masters. The detail is just amazing. This one has morphed to Valentine’s Day which will be here before you know it.

I better get going. The sun makes me want to sow generously, so to speak on days like this.

What do you have planned for the day? I’m just glad that right now, it’s not shoveling. The older I get, the more I seem to like the warmer temps.

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!