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Thankfulness Mondays – Humour Amidst Chaos

Under the wire… but Week 45 (of 52) weeks posting with Bernadette of Haddon Musings and others, for things and areas of our lives, that we have to be thankful for and to offset the negativity that can surround us..

Well, I’m definitely thankful the actual move is done. It’s been exhausting really, and it will be awhile until we’re settled.

The night of the move, I found myself chuckling. Here my husband was putting together two of three items we ordered online and were delivered that day to the new apartment. He was muttering to himself things like “they sent the wrong part”, or…. ” the directions don’t make any sense, or….. the picture they show doesn’t match their directions etc. etc.

I found myself trying to do something, and I was doing the very same thing, muttering away to myself and not expecting any replies or conversation.. just muttering. I then realized what a pair we were!

As it turns out he got everything assembled though one of them was a real challenge; with so many screws, nuts and bolts, along with pieces to put together… A & B go opposite C & D; an so on and so on. I on the other did not solve my dilemma, but now I have the internet and I will ‘google’ to find my answer!

It was a tough move, as the older one gets of course the less energy one has. But I am thankful for the ability to laugh in the midst of the chaos of moving!

P.S. For those who gave their thoughts and prayers for my sister; she is out of the hospital but the doctors have advised her not to live alone now, with her condition as it is. She has the opportunity of moving to a Senior’s building where there is 24 hour medical help if there is a need, and also some meals each month, and activities if she wants. She’ll still have an apartment, though small; it will still be her ‘own’ ! Thank You for caring! …..Diane

A Kindness to Grandparents – Poem

Tonight we had a visit from one of our grandsons and his girlfriend K. Ther’re both in their twenties and have been seeing each other for a few months. In the past month they’ve been twice.

Other grandchildren come sometimes too, often to help out with something my husband needs assistance with outside. Sometimes laying patio stones, and one time a garden arbour, and to make our outside steps safer and a better railing.

It was just nice for B. and K. to come for no other reason than just to have dinner and visit.

I was just sitting here thinking about the laughter that especially young people seem to bring with them. At the end of the post you’ll see some ‘silly’ photos that my Ipad took under some app called ‘photo booth’ that does weird things, that my grandson introduced me to!

Anyway, I wrote this poem tonight a while after they left.

This is what they normally look like

This is what they normally look like

It means a great deal

To Poppy and I

That you take time to visit

To say more than just ‘Hi’

When we get older

And hold memories dear

It’s moments like you bring

With love so sincere

You’re young and are busy

Many places to be

And yet you take time

For Poppy and me

It seems that you’ve learned

Something special indeed

It’s not money or riches

That make you succeed

It’s kindness and love

That comes from your heart

And so know that we love you

Love that will never depart.

Nanny and Poppy

Xxxxxxx

They say two head are better than one

They say two heads are better than one

Katrina & Brandon four

crazy times three

Katrina and Brandon 2015 funny pictures

True Love

Katrina and Brandon three

Rubbing noses if they could only find them

Wally funny picture

He looks like a bit like a Pelican

This one looks like my head is exploding..

This one looks like my head is exploding..

 

Touching Base – Not Finished Yet

I’ve been not really thinking about posting in the last few days, because my last few have been kind of ‘downers’. I thought that maybe I should wait until there is something of a more positive thing to post. But a friend suggested I write anyway so I’ll just fill you in a bit.

The situation that is causing me to feel discouraged has not improved, (at least that I can tell right now).  There has been much prayer and I know some of you have done so on my behalf. Now I’ve lived long enough to know that God doesn’t always answer in the time frame we think we’ll allow. Sometimes other factors are present that we are not aware of that influence when or how the answer will come.  This is I would guess one of those times when He is saying ‘Wait’! I’ve been told that I don’t ‘wait’ well, that I want things settled without delay and normally with most things I have patience galore. But when it involves something or someone close to me, I have to admit I do lack in this regard.

I need to confess that some of my concern as many of you know from reading my blog, is that most of my adult life was filled with depression on and off.  I have been free of it now for 3-4 years and have blogged about this and the feeling of freedom it has brought me. The feeling of laughter and of joy that was not consistent for any length of time during those many years.

So I will admit that this situation brought me so low, I was ‘afraid’….there’s that word ‘fear’… that somehow I would slip back where I thought I would never go again, and the temptation to give into those feelings was strong. I am not yet through this period of sadness but I am believing with God’s grace I will NOT go back to the place of ‘darkness’.

It’s strange that I did use the word ‘temptation’ because I believe it is the tempter who is allowing those thoughts within me.  I realize that not all who read this are Christians and even if so,  perhaps think that statement is a little far fetched.  This time of Lent, leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ is a time when I reflect on these things, and yet here I am in a weakened state of mind.

So I admit it, but in doing so I know that am more of a conqueror than my state of mind would suggest. And I will run the race set before me, and persevere in the faith that is deep within me.

Thank you for your friendship, thoughts, prayers and yes even love given so freely to me. I have been really touched by it.

Reflections – Poem

Something on my heart to write …..

POEM FOR MY CHILDREN

Sometimes I find it easier to say

In a poem of sorts

To say what’s on my heart

Hope it is the right way

We’ve had the times in younger days

We talked, and laughed and cried

Growing up was full of joys

But also of mixed ways

We shared the good, we shared the sad

And as you grew, things changed a bit

Life became complex

And some things went from good to bad

I had an illness many years which took it’s toll

A toll on all around, not just me

It wasn’t something that I chose

But an illness, within my soul

….

When depression was part of me

Others could not know

The veil of darkness that was there

Ways they couldn’t see

….

During this time, I couldn’t know

The reason for it all

I wanted it just to end

I didn’t understand the ways to go


It carried on for quite some time

And caused much strife within

It also cost me dearly to

Those around whose love was mine

Sometimes left with just my thoughts

Of how to handle things

My family also had their ways

Of wondering what life brought

Those times have gone and took some years

To find the key to peace

But remnants left and scars remain

And with it many tears

You see there’s guilt within me lies

For wasted time spent

Within the darkness deep inside

And with it many sighs

….

While freedom now is with me strong

I guess there’s feelings still

I feel are unresolved

But maybe that’s where they belong

….

Perhaps I can’t go back

And ever make things right

To change the way they were

Or what it was I lacked

….

I long to really to go from here

And enjoy what time remains

I wonder if what holds me back

Is just plain old fear

Fear that forgiveness is what I seek

Acceptance to give myself

The need to know

That others know I am no longer weak

I feel the joy within me spark

Laughter and life to enjoy

And long for my family to know

My life is no longer dark.

So accept me please, I still have flaws

Perfect I’ll never be

But I am not the same as before

I’ll not be as I ‘was’

I decided to re blog this because I was thinking not only of the times of sadness and depression in my life but the times that laughter was a part also and that I need to remember that always.

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Laughter should be a daily routine. It should be practiced and come as normal almost as breathing or talking, or walking. Have you ever noticed how good you feel after a good laugh?

It doesn’t need to just come after a joke meant to make you chuckle, because often a joke meant to provoke laughter misses so much of the time. The times that work the best and leave you feeling the best are ones that just happen!

Like the time when our kids were fairly young… I guess the oldest would have been around 10 maybe……..the middle one around 8 or 9 and the youngest about 5. We were finishing dinner just like any other day, when we decided to have chocolate cream pie for dessert. At some point, my husband and I exchanged glances and we both got the same idea at the same time. Our kids were…

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter should be a daily routine. It should be practiced and come as normal almost as breathing or talking, or walking. Have you ever noticed how good you feel after a good laugh?

It doesn’t need to just come after a joke meant to make you chuckle, because often a joke meant to provoke laughter misses so much of the time. The times that work the best and leave you feeling the best are ones that just happen!

Like the time when our kids were fairly young… I guess the oldest would have been around 10 maybe……..the middle one around 8 or 9 and the youngest about 5. We were finishing dinner just like any other day, when we decided to have chocolate cream pie for dessert. At some point, my husband and I exchanged glances and we both got the same idea at the same time. Our kids were not in the kitchen at the time and the first one to walk through the door was our oldest son, and well we just smushed the pie in his face. Our second son came to see what the noise was all about, and the three of us then pushed it in his face. By this time our daughter and youngest knew what was happening and got a look on her, kind of afraid, but wanting to participate too, so we decided to gently rub some of the pie into her little face and before long she was laughing too.  The hard part was looking around and seeing the mess that had to be cleaned up, and us as well because well we got some pie also on us. But we had such a good time, we didn’t even mind cleaning up. Isn’t that something everyone wants to do in their life at least once!

Then there is sometimes the subtle humour. We were living in a small townhouse at the time and decided to move and have a little more room, and so bought a bigger house. Our children were growing up and we had a lot of toys….good ones like a Fischer Price dollhouse and many more durable toys that we didn’t need anymore. We moved and were happy to have more room to live in.

Shortly after moving one of our sons began dating a young woman who was to become a member of our family sooner than we thought. This young woman had a little girl also. It became evident after some time dating, that these two individuals needed a place to live. A discussion was held among the family as to whether we could open up our home to accommodate them. Decision was made, and we welcomed them into our home and family as my son and the young woman by this time had bonded and were planning on marriage.

So much for the larger home and more space for the family, and so much for practically giving away all those special toys, when we had a little girl who could have used them!

Laughing at yourself is a great pastime as long as you don’t put yourself down when doing it. With getting older and having Multiple Sclerosis that kind of mixes up my memory and words, I find myself constantly experiencing confused looks on people’s’ faces who I’m talking to and usually find out I’ve used a word that totally has no relevance to what we’re talking about, or using a word more than once in the sentence. I have come to realize of course that everyone does the same thing only with a little less frequency than I do. But often the things I find out that I said give me a good laugh. No use in taking yourself too seriously!

Then there was a time when I was visiting a good friend and she decided to make chili I think….I told you my memory was not great…. Anyway she had a can opener that you needed to treat just right in order for it to work, and my friend’s daughter was the one that usually had it down pat how to do it. But she wasn’t home and so there we were, the two of us trying for 20 minutes to open this darn can. And no she didn’t have a manual opener. Eventually my friend succeeded and supper was finally on its’ way. We were laughing so hard, and wanted to remember that moment in time so I got out my camera and took a snapshot of it. I laugh every time I look at that picture.

So, try to find something to laugh about today …..I am!