God has a great way of teaching lessons, doesn’t He?
When I had my surgery, I was so gong-ho to get back to this blog that when I should have been resting, I was sitting right here at my little desk typing away. Some of you even commented that you didn’t check the blog for several days following my gizzard removal date , only to come back to it and find three posts waiting. So what I basically did was ignore all your good advice about taking it easy, writing a few sentences every three or four days just to let ya’ll know what was going on, easing back into blogging like I was supposed to be easing back into everything else, and using my common sense. I jokingly promised to do that – as soon as I FOUND my common sense.
I didn’t just overdo in the blogging arena – oh no. By the end of week one I had convinced myself that if I could sit at the computer for an hour and write, I could do most anything else. I was bending over to pick up doggie toys, reaching up to grab the cereal off the top shelf, leaning over to brush Bear, and hauling the footrest of my Lazy-Boy up by the lever. Where was Ted, you ask. Not here – not when I was doing any of that – because if he had been in the room, I would have asked him to do all those things for me, or he would have already done them without my asking. But Ted couldn’t be velcroed to my side every moment, and I have enough of my mother in me to be determined not to wait and ask someone to do something for me when I feel fully capable of doing it myself. So. On day ten after my surgery, I was tired, sore, crabby, and out of sorts. What else happened on day ten? My computer crashed. And here’s where God teaches the lesson.
The Saturday my computer crashed, I knew I had another computer to fall back on. We had bought Ted’s little Acer notebook in Michigan last summer when my laptop crashed the first time. I had used it the rest of the summer – 4 months to be exact. All those blogs coming off the island for all those months were produced right here on this little munchkin I’m typing on right now. BUT – I used the crash of my laptop to give myself permission to not blog for most of last week. I said “it’s too little, it hurts my eyes, it downloads photos too slowly.” And all of that is true. But the real reason I didn’t blog last week was because I had pushed myself way beyond my limit the week before. Now do I think God reached down and zapped my laptop just to knock some sense into me – well, yeah, I think He did. I think He said, “Hey, dummy – if you can’t slow down because you’ve had major surgery, I’ll slow you down another way.” So last week you didn’t hear much from me. And last week I read more, watched more movies, and listened to more music. Common sense found.
Blogging sometimes takes on a persona of its own. You find yourself constantly in “blog” mode – thinking about your subject for the next day, lining up photos you need to take, getting them composed and cropped just right, making sure you don’t post too early or too late. I love ALL of that. I’ve always told people that I don’t have a creative bone in my body, and I have literally hungered to find something I’m good at doing. I don’t draw, paint, act, sew, play an instrument, sing, or dance. But now, after 61 years on this earth, I have discovered my creative outlet, and I have embraced it with both arms, my mind, and my heart. The very best part of discovering this outlet has been the connection I have made with all of you. So, the next time you try to get me to use my common sense, please write those comments in BOLD, RED, CAPITAL LETTERS. Because I can be pretty stubborn.
Wow – bet you didn’t know you were going to have to listen to all THAT, did you!
Ted and I rode down our street on Sunday, slowing down occasionally so I could step out of the truck to photograph a bush or flower or tree that was exceptionally pretty. Springtime in the South is so gorgeous. We had an unusually cold winter, then suddenly we had a week in the 90’s. Everything pollenated, budded, and bloomed all at once. Here’s our street.
In case you missed it – yes, I’m still on the little Acer notebook. The computer store said the new Acer laptop would be in on Monday at the latest. That’s today. Keep your fingers crossed!