Life is full of them. Lately, I’ve been feeling my share.
Things the past couple weeks have most definitely been – well difficult.
I’ve had a girlfriend in an auto accident that totaled her car. Another girlfriend, that had her mother pass away. My sister-in-law’s father passed away. My parents were also in an auto accident. We had an upstairs leak that I discovered from down stairs. My computer started acting wonky and will no longer read my CD’s/DVD’s. Sunday we had a storm with lightning that struck our lines and took out our DSL.
It took at least 6 (SIX) phone calls to the service department and 3 (THREE) days to get a repair person out here. Three days of missed on-line classes, three days of waiting for someone to show up. Three days that I couldn’t communicate with the world. Three days that I dressed in a presentable fashion – that one is a doosy, as I don’t normally dress in a manner that would be suitable for guests. And, because the last time we had the phone repair man here I got caught butt naked (that’s a long story) I didn’t want a repeat of that incident. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why it took so long to get someone here.
Putting it all into perspective. I had time these past few days without the distraction of the internet. I had time to do some canning that I have been putting off.
I headed out to pick some apples.
No internet also meant I watched the news on TV more than a normally do. I really hate that. I like being in my world oblivious to all the serious stuff. The recent issues with the stock market reinforced my gratitude for the life I am living now. I’m so thankful that I no longer work in a brokerage firm. The stress of a market like this is unimaginable. The stress of me pouring myself into a pair of hose, high heels and a business suit is beyond the stretching point of my stress-o-meter.
These new financial worries can only bode poor news for my industry, as well as most. However, I am remaining positive in my thoughts, and reminding myself to be thankful where I am and what I have. Really though – if you want to place an order with me – it wouldn’t hurt my feelings – she says with a little laugh.
Yes, we had a leak in our bathroom. It is an older home in need of new plumbing, new fixtures, new floor, well new everything. We keep patching and patching and making do and getting by. We keep dreaming about that someday when we have enough money to gut the bathroom and put in a new one. When we dream big, we aren’t just putting in a new bathroom we are putting on an addition with a master bedroom and bathroom, downstairs of course. This is so that as we age we no longer have to take the stairs. Dreams – we all have them. If we were not fortunate enough to own our home, none of this would matter. So, again I am thankful.
My computer woes are a blurp that I have to just deal with. I might grumble along the way though.
My friends that have recently lost their parents remind me to be thankful of the remaining time I have with mine, even on the days when dealing with a parent that has dementia can take every ounce of courage I have. It is a bump in the road of life.
My apples are covered with blemishes, and bad spots. I have to work around them and it makes the task take even longer.
The end result is pretty rewarding.
A nice batch of apple nutmeg conserve.
Until next time,