Daily Reflections From My Window

January 12, 2022 Wednesday

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“A boiled egg for breakfast is hard to beat.”

Jay’s “Pun a Day” Calendar

The wind is blowing outside and the temperature is near 20* this morning. It’s practically a heat wave. I think Jay may be hinting that he’d like an egg for breakfast. He laid this pun on my writing chair.

I had to go to Ebensburg yesterday to get my alpaca food since our local store hadn’t gotten any. I think the brand I usually get must be having a supply chain issue. I’ll have to look on their site. I had to get a different brand but it will have to do, because it’s the only one available. Then I stopped at the grocery store and was really amazed at the empty shelves and products that aren’t currently available. Have we ever faced food shortages in our lifetime? I don’t think I have. It’s a good reminder to use what you have to make what you need. When we have a turkey, I always make bone broth from it. Now to research what I can make with all of the frozen broth but to make it in different ways. Any suggestions besides soup?

It’s been a challenge getting my fiber processed into socks this year. Even though I’m trying to stay in Pa for all of the processing and manufacturing, supply chain issues are being affected by Covid too. Workers in the small mills are down with covid, the parts are not as easily accessible as they had been, due to supply chain issues there and other challenges. I talked to two of my sock producers yesterday and could hear the frustration in their voices-not with me, but in the general situation. My fiber has been in the works since last spring (between the spinning and sock maker) and the soonest I’m looking at is the end of February. They gave me a new recommendation for a more reliable spinning mill and that should help to streamline things. This whole process has been trial and error and getting feedback between the spinners, sock makers and customers. I think we’re narrowing it down but the process gets expensive especially when the turnaround time is so long and the batches, for us anyway are so large. It’s either a big win or a big mistake and thousands of dollars and hundreds of pounds of fiber. Let’s hope I make better decisions in 2022 about socks! I think you all will like this new batch when they come back. It just won’t be tomorrow and I apologize for that.

For those of you who have loved the current batch (which I do!) I appreciate you! This next batch will be even better and I’m working on some kind of coupon or special for those of you who have stayed with me all these years. It’s the least I can do for your loyalty and support. Coming soon, as soon as I get the socks, so stay tuned. Can you tell what I did yesterday? Sock stuff. This picture is of the batch I have now. I’ll need to update my inventory too and get back to website update. That’s taken far too long. When you have your own business and you work on it from your home, which I’ve done since I stopped doing a “real” job to pursue my custom dressmaking business way back on the 80s, it’s common to try to juggle all of the balls in the air by yourself. Throw in social media management, website development and maintenance, and a few other tech related things and the day is gone before you know it. All of that also opens up a world of possibilities too! I can sell online anywhere and that’s pretty exciting. It’s a whole new world to be selling daily and not having to stand at a vendor festival in person which I do love to do and hear what you want and need and meet you in person. I really enjoy that and look forward to the spring and fall festivals.

2022 for me is about becoming more efficient. I’m going to begin right now by getting on task. This was my first pleasurable task. I love to write and I’m almost finished.

To wrap up, we watched a great movie last night on Prime video called “The Tender Bar”. It was recommended by Tony, “The Bat” from Jay’s TastyTrade group. A true story about a little boy, growing up on Long Island in the 70s and 80s who’s family life seems really messed up. But through it all, he had an uncle who owned the local bar, to guide him through it. He loved his family and the chaos of growing up in his grandfather’s home where everyone seems to relocate to when they “failed”. Reminds me of the importance of our crazy families and though I didn’t grow up in circumstances anything at all like this, it reminded me of the fun our chaotic family was, how my parents stressed the importance of reading, and how the decor of a home didn’t matter back then. The books were. We had lots of books and actually read them. They weren’t decoration. We didn’t have the money for ones we didn’t read just to look good. From the outside, it probably looked like a mess, but must have been the perfect family God thought I should be a part of and I think I have a pretty good vocabulary. I can’t give the fear of Sister Marie Celeste all of the credit, I had some pretty smart parents. Ben Affleck plays the uncle so well and don’t we all wish we had an uncle Charlie, like he played in the movie-though without all of the smoking.

There’s my review for today. 5 stars out of 5 for the “Tender Bar”. Tonight I think we are going to watch another movie recommended by a friend. I have to touch base about the correct name. I get something else when I search. Barb?

Today? I’m catching up on making annual exams and trying to stay healthy for my family and to keep processing fiber.

As long as it’s not raining, the alpacas are loving the sun and don’t mind the wind.

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

Have a blessed day!