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 11, 2021 Monday

“Don’t give so much of yourself to others that you begin to disappear from your own story.”

Stacie Bloomfield, from “Give Yourself Margin, A Guide to Rediscovering and Reconnecting with Your Creative Self”

I’m really enjoying this book^ mentioned above. Amy gave it to me the other day as a gift. She knows I’m struggling with what to do next and has always thought of me as a creative being, even when I didn’t, and thought this book would get me some clarity. I read a few pages a day and think about what it means and even though it’s only been a few days, I’ve made some big decisions.

I’ve decided to let go of publishing Macaroni Kid for my area at the end of this month. This was a big one. I’ve been publishing for almost 11 years. I learned so much, made so many wonderful friends, and really felt that it helped our community. I hope it continues. I have little say about who takes over. It was truly my passion project, but it’s time for me to get back to my roots of creating things and that part of me has been buried under learning how apps work, or website design…I need to feel things in a tactile way, so that’s part of why I made this decision. To get back to fiber. Maybe even sewing again. Did you know that I am a trained dressmaker and tailor and had my own custom clothing business way back when? I loved it and met every project as a puzzle. But I needed a change from that for a while and now I am woefully out of practice.

And then there’s the herd. I’ve got a lot of fiber to go through, get to where it needs to go to be made into incredible products. I can’t do it all myself, but have been fortunate to find fellow alpaca folks who share their resources freely and I now have a few leads for what I want to do.

Today is looking bright. It may not be as sunny as it has been, but it’s bright with the snow. It’s about 18*. Brrrr. Yes, we are still covered.

I have to head to Tractor Supply today for some alpaca food and other items. It’s good to have a goal for the day.

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 3, 2021, Sunday

“Everything begins at the beginning, and quite often the beginning begins when you shift your mind in a new direction.”Louie Herron

I had such a nice day yesterday. First I caught up on some bookwork and then my dear friend Carol called and we talked for a full 2 hours! She’s a joy to talk to, has a wonderful sense of humor and I could just see her smiling eyes in my mind the whole time we were talking. We met at Our Lady of Grace grade school and she’s one of those friends who is always there even though we live in different states. We just pick up where we left off. We talked about how SHE was probably the one to spark my love of all things yarn, crochet and fiber related when she taught herself to crochet from (we laughed about this) a book! No YouTube back then. She made us purple crocheted purses and we were so cool! They weren’t dark purple, more of a lavender and I think she lined them too. She is so good at whatever she does and she does it all with humor. She’s such a wonderful friend. Boy I wish I still had that purse. Here she is from a few years ago. Pippa loved her.

Then as soon as I hung up the phone, it rang again and was my friend Robyn. Ever since she went back to work we miss each other but she was walking to work and we talked on her walk. We caught up on kids, families, Christmas and covid related things. She’s well and so is her family. It was great to catch up. I THINK we can walk together and not break any laws. We’re planning to anyway.

After tending my herd, I convinced Jay that we needed to go up to Richland and look for those ice cleat things that you slip onto the bottom of your boots. We also needed trash compactor bags. Walmart is the only place that sells them around here and we were on our last one. We use one per week. We really needed an adventure so off we went.

Who knew that in a place where cold is normal and ice is often, they would be tricky to find. We looked first at Walmart and no luck, then Tractor Supply. Our local TS has become very different and didn’t have anything I needed. I usually go to the one in Ebensburg because of that but today we stayed local to no avail. Last stop Dunham’s and they had a nice selection snd we got a pair for each of us. They work great in mud too.

We stopped to get the mail and both decided that our driveway should be ok so we removed the chain and up we went only to find a massive downed tree halfway up. Jay had to back down our windy drive in the dark but was able to thanks to the back up camera on the car. I’ll get a better picture today. It’s hard to see. Hope the driveway isn’t damaged.

We have our work cut out for us today. After Virtual church, we’ll head out to try and remove at least part of the tree.

We still have lots of snow despite the rain and higher temperatures. It’s nice for a melt and then we start over.

So tell me-do you read all the way to the end? Do you see this post on my website? Do you click the link somewhere else and if so, where? Do you like pictures? Do you read the text? Enquiring minds want to know to make this better. Please comment with any suggestions.

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 2, 2021 Saturday

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”Walt Disney

Gosh it’s windy this morning! We spent most of last evening without power. Thank goodness for our generator. It’s been a while since we lost power, but with the snow, freezing rain and ice, we’re not surprised. But on New Years Day? It’s a good reminder to bump up our readiness supplies, that is for sure. Even though Jay is the king of being prepared, it still takes a few minutes to make sure that everything is hooked up correctly and he does. I watch because I have had to hook the generator up on occasion when I’ve been here alone. He has it all laid out for me thank goodness! But he is so good at listening for what things should sound like and I’m not. Since we haven’t had to run the generator for a long time, he thought it needed a tweak and he did it. He’s so funny-he is not a natural mechanic but he is so good at it!

Here’s the wind.

And then I looked up to this for a blink of an eye and it was gone.

The alpacas seem to be ok today. I haven’t been out yet but they’re all up and moving.

Birds are at the feeder. Maybe that means that the wind is subsiding, though it doesn’t sound like it.

How did you spend your first day of 2021? Here’s what I did! I did the usual barn clean up before the icy rain really started. Thank goodness for bungee cords because there was a thin layer of ice on everything and it makes it handier in icy weather not to have to try to heat up the chains to unhitch.

I interrupt this for another amazing view!

Isn’t this view amazing?

The daily scooping. Keeps me centered.

I think there are many more dogs in this neighborhood. No one seems to know this one.

I thought it was Abby the dog who doesn’t wander but I guess it’s not.

The temp is right around freezing at 30*. Stay safe today and make it a great day. I signed up for a hydroponic gardening workshop today and am looking forward to learning how to really grow celery and other things that way.

Our normal New Year’s Day usually consists of the Twilight Zone marathon. I did not realize how many episodes the kid from “Lost In Space” was in. We both said enough of this. 2020 was Twilight Zone enough!

We are watching a show called “Escape to the Chateau” on Peacock. An English couple is restoring a chateau in France to become their home and an event venue. It’s really interesting because they didn’t have the chateau “listed” on a historic register so that they COULD make changes. I love how they are updating things despite three foot walls and having had no heat, electricity or indoor plumbing. When travel opens up, Jay and I would love to go there! Angel, the woman has great ideas and vision and thank goodness her husband can carry them out with good cheer. It’s fun to watch!

Today is full of possibilities. I think I’ll clean a closet or two. What about you?

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!