Monday, January 28, 2013

~Just An Ordinary Day - Six Weeks Later.....~

It's so easy to take things in life for granted....complaining about annoyances such as pokey drivers, lines at the bank, busy work schedules. But let me tell you that I will not be complaining about those things anytime soon. I never realized how much I took 'walking' for granted.

The day I fell was just 'an ordinary day.' Six weeks later, I can finally walk in the house without a cane. Taking steps is still painful....but its a small price to pay for being able to get a cup of coffee or a tissue without having to ask. God indeed slowed me down but good on that 'ordinary day'.He allowed me to recognize the people in my life who really love and care for me. The ones who call to check on me. The ones who send cards, food, flowers. He taught me to see the value of good friends: great to have around during the fun times...but so comforting in the hard times. He made me grateful for the blessing of 'an ordinary day'.

This morning a friend commented that she saw Jim in church over the weekend...but that he didn't even see her. I'm not surprised: he's exhausted. He puts in his 10 hrs. at work, then comes home to pick up the slack...doing all the things I can't: the cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands. This is one of those times when the part of the marriage vow, "......or worse" comes into play. It breaks my heart to see his fatigue. And yet, there is nothing I can do about it.

I've had lots of studio time to fill Valentine's Day orders during these January days. Time to create new designs. The studio has always been my 'safe haven'. My happy place. And in these weeks, I'm realizing that it is not only good for my mind....but good for my soul: I can be productive even without the ability to leave the house. For that, I am grateful for these 'ordinary days'.

With every New Year, we wonder what lies ahead, hoping the year will be a good one. Better than the last. Praying loved ones stay healthy. And happy. Remembering that life can change in a second, on any 'ordinary day'.

Rosie and I are in studio already...joined by my sister, Kathy's, puppy Poppy. She and her hubby are soaking up lots of Florida sunshine...hopefully bringing some back here to Ohio when they return.~ xoxoxox


Jen said...

So glad you are walking without the cane!! Just call anytime if you need anything-I'll be over.

Glenda said...

Carol, I've been very slack in reading my blog list for quite a while now. I didn't know that you had a nasty fall. It is amazing how we take our ordinary days for granted, isn't it. So glad you are improving and can get around without a cane now. Prayers that you make a complete recovery.

Kat said...

Six weeks is such a long time to be down and out. So glad you are walking again.
Amazing how much we take for granted, isn't it? Just having a bad stuffy nose can get you to realize how much you take even breathing for granted.

Hope you are 100% soon!

Dolores said...

It's so good to hear that you're walking again and improving. No fun to be immobilized....sure makes us appreciate the little things in life.

Take care and continue on your road to complete recovery

Patti said...

Carol, so sorry to hear about the fall. I've been so out of touch with everything lately. Sending tons of good thoughts your way! Hope you are skipping and dancing around without any pain very soon. I love had you look at this as God's way of telling you to slow down. I love your perspective! xoxoxoxo