I have a great deal swirling in this tired brain of mind, so we’ll just call this a “potpourri” post 🙂
The living room remodel is coming along wonderfully. I still need to get a third coat of pain on the “Cajun Red” walls, and another coat of pain on the ceiling. We did get a ceiling light fixture installed, and I found a great deal on a 3 pack of lamps at Sam’s Club. Tomorrow the carpet will get ordered. We still need to get decor going, and trim figured out. This is such a fun time – much more enjoyable than I ever thought. I used to say that I didn’t care what my house “looked like” so long as it was clean, but I’m coming clean… I totally love the feel of a nicely decorated home, and it has motivated us to keep the momentum going. Question is… what room is next? We will have to wait to figure that out once this room is finished!
Amanda will be returning tomorrow from a national youth conference on living a spirit filled life. We have covered this entire week full of prayer for her, and anticipate the Lord has done a great work in her, whether we see it now, or it manifests itself later. God is so good! Kaitlyn went on her very first job interview, and nailed it! She starts her job at the Gap on Thursday! She has grown into such a beautiful young lady, and I am so proud of all the things she has accomplished, and will continue to achieve. God has great plans in store for her, too.
My back is healing very nicely. The incision site is healed nicely, and I have no pain at all. The challenge now is to follow doctors orders – no bending, lifting, twisting, sitting too long, etc. I thought that would be easy, but when you are feeling “good” you think you can do it. I need to keep remembering how severe this is, and it wouldn’t take much to mess this up. So, I have been dutiful to wear my corset (which has nice side effects, by the way), and not overdue it. I did manage a walk yesterday – 1/4 mile down and back. Today, though, I have tired very easily and found my legs to be very weak, so toward the end of the day I used my walker a bit for stability. I am able to go to town and do shopping, but I limit how long.
The garden is coming along, though I can’t mess with it too much. I’m trying to find a produce auction, or large produce seller in the area that I can use to fill in the gap for what I want to can this year to put up. We’ll see what I can come up with.
And, hey – there’s something I’ve been meaning to talk to you about, too. You know – we are all so busy with tons of things to do and places to go. We pass by so many people in a day – sometimes, I wouldn’t doubt a hundred or so! And, there is no way we know what is going on in that person’s life. We get so wrapped up in what we are doing, how could we? You are hustling down those grocery store aisles trying to get your list filled, and there’s that slow person right in the way… holy cow, what is taking that person so long, and why are they in the middle of the aisle?! You rush by them only to bump in them accidentally, then you just go on your way. Well – you don’t know this, but that person is wearing a corset brace to keep their back steady from a recent back surgery, and the reason they are slow is because they can only move in certain ways. And, you bumping them accidentally, then rushing past them? Just put them in a heap of pain. Or, maybe its the person in that darn slow cart… oh the cart that takes us so much room, and ugh. Well, that’s the only way they can shop – they didn’t derive an evil plan to make your day frustrating by using it, I can tell you that much. Perhaps their ability to use that cart is the only way they can get what they need from the store… maybe even get out of the house at all!
So, the next time you see someone being a little slow, or using one of those carts? Maybe ask them if you can help in some way rather than rush around them.
Peace be with you this week, my friends!