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!

Daily Reflections From My Window

January 12, 2021 Tuesday

“Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy.”

Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo.

When I woke up this morning, I was sure that it was Monday. Or as my friend Char says, Day 377 of January 2020. What a crazy time in which we are living. I’ll leave it at that.

As many do, I am spending January, cleaning up, cleaning out and regrouping. One thing I need to tackle is my inbox. I hit that subscribe button way too often and am subscribed to so many different things over the year-on 3 different email addresses. I love alpacas, gardening, fiber arts, sewing, community goings on and more and it all adds up. I have to be realistic in what I have time to read and do. That takes wisdom and discernment. I’ve gotta work on both. So, if I unsubscribe from you or you unsubscribe from me, I won’t take it personally and I hope you won’t either.

A few have contacted me about why I made this private. Well, I got the latest Consumer Reports issue on internet privacy and it seemed like a good step. I’d recommend reading it. Kind of scary though.

Here’s what I want to ask though. I think I may be going through menopause. I thought I had already. A few times! But lately, I’ve been getting these flashes of dread. They last seconds and start at the crown of my head and go to my abdomen. They aren’t hot but are a feeling. My doctor thinks it’s hormonal and a fatigued adrenal gland-hence all of the supplements. Maybe it’s the state of the world. Who knows? Have any of you had anything like this?

I want to get back to my fiber and future and feeling productive. It’s hard lately.

I’ve got boxes of fiber to get to the mills to be made into yarn, shoe inserts and more. I think that will help-to move some of this stuff and get it where it needs to go.

So whatever you decide to do today, do it with enthusiasm, wisdom and joy.

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!