Daily Reflections From My Window

January 17, 2021 Sunday

“Never trust people who smile constantly. They’re either selling something or not very bright.” Laurell K. Hamilton

I didn’t know who Laurell K. Hamilton was so I looked her up because I liked the quote, and discovered that she wrote “Anita Blake:Vampire Hunter” and another series. Neither rung a bell, but I still like the quote.

Lately, I’ve had a serious case of RBF-AKA Resting Bitch Face. I just feel like I’m not smiling much. These masks don’t help either. The other day I had to get something so I stopped at Dollar General because it’s closest and I smiled at people as we passed. They couldn’t tell that I was smiling with the mask on and most just turned away with their eyes down. There was a little girl in one aisle smiling and laughing and so happy that it was refreshing so I smiled at her and her family. I hope they could tell it was a smile!

The rest of the day I tried to smile. That didn’t last long.

We are definitely back to winter. This was at the beginning of the day and the snow picked up the longer I was out there. It does brighten things up and make amazing natural artscape.

If you ever ask me for yarn, more often than not, I’ll have to send pictures of my current selections, which are always changing. My friend Jamie asked out if the blue what I had and of course, through her description of what colors she was interested in, had to make a trip to the BottleWorks because that was where I had left what I thought she was looking for and I was right. I’m so glad that I made the trip. They have amazing things, by so many local artists and I had time to look around and pick up a gift for a special person. I especially loved these lamps made from the blueprints from the Bethlehem Steel Plant. Know anyone involved in the Steel business?

Here’s what Jamie decided on-the worsted multi. It’s alpaca and just a hint of nylon, hand dyed by me.

This is getting long, but I have to circle back to the quote. Last night Jack and Madison invited us for dinner. Their sweet friend Lilly (on the left in the picture) is visiting. She and Madison talk about coffee like wine lovers talk about wine-the nuances of the bean, the process. Madison loves the process and Lilly likes the art of holding the cup as well as the process. They are simpatico in those regards. It was fun to hear. Madison got a new espresso maker and was experimenting with steaming different types of milks. Here Madison made me a chai with steamed macadamia nut milk (or maybe it was cashew?). She’s an artist with the sprinkle of cinnamon. See the face? It tasted wonderful too!

After dinner, Lilly brought “Boggle” for us to play. Sort of like Scrabble, but the cubes are enclosed in a case and the dealer shakes them up, they settle into individual spaces and the dealer lifts the lid. We all have papers and pencils and with the time on the timer, write down as many words that we can find with adjacent letters. They just have to touch in order. It was so much fun and I haven’t laughed like that in ages! We love board games and we need to play them more! So it hit me. I was smiling!

My advice to you? Whenever possible, play a board game with friends. You’ll laugh, you’ll smile, you’ll have fun!

Here’s a look at the weather yesterday afternoon on our way home from our walk in Westmont (yes, we drive to walk!).

Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!

Daily Reflections From My Window

January 16, 2021 Saturday

“Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.”

Arthur C. Clarke.

I’ve been interested in Arthur Clarke lately because we’ve been watching Star Trek each night. On my 11th birthday, July 20, 1969, the men first walked on the moon and I grew up in the time when space travel was so exciting. It’s no wonder I still find it fascinating. If you didn’t know, Clarke wrote 2001, a Space Odyssey and adapted the screenplay. I’ve been reading about him and sifting through his quotes. He’s a man of complete science but not faith it seems. Sad. He’s pretty smart otherwise!

Faith is too important to me. Every day I pray in some way. It’s much easier for me to wash my hands to the Our Father than the happy Birthday song. Plus I get in a prayer many times a day. I pray in other ways too. Mostly privately.

It looks like we are back to winter again. It started to snow yesterday and must have continued through the night. I’m not sure how I feel about winter this year. One thing I do love is my Rose Cardamom latte with macadamia nut milk prepared by the amazing barista Madison at the Mill House. It was delicious and we had it with a breakfast burrito topped with avocado salsa. I hear that more breakfasts are coming and Jay and I have decided to make it a date to go a few times a week. We’ll get to see our favorite girl!

The alpacas could tell that a change was in the air with the weather. After I did my barn chores and fed them, they huddled near the barn, not too excited to start chomping on their hay. They know and soon the snow started.

Here are Kapi (looking up) and Hammy (eating).

Boy do I need to get organized. I had someone ask what kind of yarns I had available and had to take random photos. Crazy thing is that I have lots of nice photos…in some folder on my phone…somewhere.

I did get this great stand-when a pet store went out of business in Latrobe. It will be perfect for Fort Ligonier days and other festivals, which seem to be getting back on track. You knew everything would clear up and open up after January 20th, right?

I just got a notice that the wonderful Raggz Fiber Affair will be happening and it makes me so happy to have something to plan for!

Last night we also watched “Where the Red Fern Grows” and it was another excellent pick by Jay. I just wish I could cry. I’m back to not crying. Know any fail proof tear jerkers? I need a few. He’s doing his best and I see him tearing up and I just watch. Send any suggestions our way.

Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!

Daily Reflections From My Window

January 15, 2021 Friday

“I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.”

Arthur C. Clarke

Our world is really topsy turvy lately. I don’t know what to think.

One thing that I have discovered about myself is that I need routine as my framework and then whatever happens within that, I can be flexible. Like, Tuesday and Thursday is my day for hula hooping with my friends at the Grove, but lately it’s been on Zoom. The last two times, we had interruptions in our internet and that just stinks. I realize that I need a leader or I do the same thing over and over. Thank goodness we start back live on Tuesday. I can’t wait to see Dawn and the ladies in person.

Madison and Jack came over last night and it’s so much more fun to have a live hooping buddy. That makes it fun and I realized that I WAS smiling! It’s been a while and Madison makes me smile. She’s such a sweet girl and she and Jack make a wonderful pair. God is good.

The interesting thing is that if you read this post often, then you know that I love Tucker Carlson and his common sense take on what is happening in the world. He explains it so well. Jay has given up watching the news but I like to sneak in Tucker at 8. So last night after hooping and after dinner, I announced that I had to watch Tucker (I’ve missed him a few nights lately). A few days ago, J&M were telling us about an artist from a label called Mexican Summer who was fired-or let go from his recording contract for being at the Trump Rally last week. He went to the rally, went home to the hotel, took a nap and was not involved in any violence at the Capitol but there was a picture of him at the rally so with no questions asked, articles went out about him that were untrue and his livelihood was destroyed. Apparently no one will touch him because he is labeled a Trump supporter. Ariel Pink is the name of the artist and no major news channel or magazine would give him the time of day to tell his story. He was guilty of supporting a candidate he believed in. So who gave him the time and platform to explain what happened? He called Tucker and Tucker gave him a platform. Isn’t that incredible in our cancel culture world? I think the most amazing thing was that J&M were here to watch it with me. They know people at the record label which is based in Brooklyn. We have different ideas about it, but watched together and that’s something.

Reminds me of Ravelry. They really were ahead of their time. This made me buy from artists who were not on that platform. What will happen to Mexican Summer?

Now to Star Trek. It’s been pretty interesting lately. What amazes me most is that we are on something like season 2, episode 21. They made so many episodes. Not like shoes today where there may be 5. Last night was about the group of Kirk, Spock and McCoy checking on a planet parallel to Earth were the Roman Empire HADN’T fallen. One of Kirk’s buddies who had flunked out of star Fleet commander training ended up there and broke the agreement that they don’t interfere with a planet’s course and so things were a mess. It’s very interesting. Similar to what’s happening now. When they talk about the 1990s and the 2000s, Jay and I look at each other in amazement.

The sun is out! Yay! I hear rain and snow are on the way. Yesterday we had snow flurries in the morning for about an hour but nothing stuck.

Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!

Daily Reflections From My Window

January 14, 2021 Thursday

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

Robert Frost.

Aren’t both of these true. Robert Frost and the scripture.

So yesterday I took the day off from writing and it seems that since I made this blog private, no one gets a notice, so I changed it back to public. I’ve got to work on that.

I’ve been working on my exit from the Macaroni Kid world of publishing, which makes me sad, but it is my time. Lots of loose ends to deal with. It was my life for almost 11 years.

Back to full time fiber and fabric.

Yesterday I did herd health and gave everyone their M-Worm shots and a few other things. I used the Rutavala from Young Living and it worked to calm everyone down. That was nice since they can feel that I haven’t been calm lately. We got it done though.

Then Jay and I took a nice long walk. It was about 30* but sunny and it was a wonderful walk. We went about 3.3 miles through Grandview Cemetery. We haven’t walked there for a long time and it’s a beautiful place to walk. It’s so well kept. It’s historic because it is the home of the unknown plot of the 1889 flood victims, but there is also a civil war monument and just so many familiar local names.

The Unknown Plot guarded by the Angel.

Civil War memorial.

A deer watched us as we walked.

A family name we recognized in the second photo.

This was interesting. I’m not aware of any relatives here but the names are so familiar.

We’ll have to get the family historian on that case.

It looks like another beautiful day today. So funny how we still have snow on our little mountain while just a few miles away it has all melted. I spoke too soon-light snowflakes just started.

This morning I completed a 24 hour urine test and will get that in the mail today. It should show how things are going. We’ll see.

Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!