Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kurt Vonnegut is Correct On This One!

"Go into the arts.  I'm not kidding.
The arts are not a way to make a living.
They are a very human way of making life more bearable.
Practicing an art, no matter how badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake.
Sing in the shower.  Dance to the radio.  Tell stories.
Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem.
Do it as well as you possibly can.
You will get an enormous reward.
You will have created something."

--Kurt Vonnegut

A New Way To Post

"I will be posting telepathically today, so if you think of something funny, it was me!"

(thanks for this email forward, Kay)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Sorry People, But I Really Don't Know How I Feel Right Now

Over the past week a number of people have enquired as to whether or not I am excited about our upcoming move.  I am so embarrassed that at this point I really don't know how to answer that question.

When we came here it was a huge shock, not at all what we expected was going to happen and while it has worked out okay, I had a tough time getting used to the whole idea.  I threw up at least once a day for 2 weeks before we arrived and for more weeks than that after we moved in and got settled.  The difficulty was a result of having my life of contentment and fulfillment and usefulness pulled out from under me.  I didn't handle it well.  The idea that God could possibly be in it was not something I wanted to acknowledge or accept for the first few months.  

Once my life here got rolling I settled down and coped with a new reality, particularly in ministry.  I found my place and it has been mostly over the internet, telephone and travelling to visit friends and family far away.  This has been a perfect place to have time to concentrate on the people in my life who need my support, who have supported me in the past, to deal with health issues and some personal and family crises.  There have been very few local distractions to take my mind and heart away from the task that was set before me here.  

And now it is time to move on once again.  The problems of the past 5 years have taken a toll, particularly emotionally and I truly do not have any great excitement about our new city of residence.  I don't have any dread either.  I don't have much in the way of emotions at all right now in relationship to the move.  Numbness is about the extent of my feelings.  I am not sure if I am afraid to get excited in case not much changes in my own life, or if I have just been so busy preparing to go that I haven't spent any time luxuriating in the thoughts of what wonderful things and people could await. There is also the possibility that I am simply that much older and more tired out than I was when we came here.

When people ask me if I am excited about moving on, I stand there gaping like a fish, stammering and stuttering like a complete twit.  It is a perfectly innocent and reasonable question that I should be able to answer somewhat glibly.  But I can't.  So, please don't be offended if you ask me how I feel about moving and all you get for a response is some kind of babbling nonsense.  I will sort it out, but for now my emotions have to do their own relocating to a new place. Hopefully they will arrive at the same time as the rest of me.  

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Great Idea My Friend!

A friend from Vancouver read my blog post today about simplifying housework.  She phoned to let me know I should market the idea online...ten cents per hit, fifteen cents for returns.  We put our heads together on this idea and realized I could make some money with this:  maybe as much as a dollar and ten cents! 

 I think it is a fab idea, how about you?

Got Muh Glasses At Last!!

It's a happy morning!  The tech from the optometrist's office called today to say the problem with my new glasses had been straightened out and they were ready for me.  Off I went immediately to get them before anything else could go wrong.

O my goodness....I love the colour of course, but they also fit my face, they are tight enough to stay in place and I can see clearly for the first time in 3 years!!  I didn't realize what a nuisance the old frames were the entire time I had them, damaged from the day of pick up.  Everything is so clear.  I am delighted. No more constant pushing at my frames trying to get them to stay in place when I want to read or to drive at night without double images.

Guess it is time to put a new photo on this blog and I promise I will get to it in a few days.  The photo on there right now is 2 pair of frames, 3 hairstyles and 60 pounds ago....and about 10 years in age as well, sigh....well, 3 out of 4 "ain't" bad, right? haha

The sun is shining and it isn't too cold yet.  2 days of snow starting tomorrow, but it has been a rather spectacular January for weather and I am very grateful. I am also grateful my husband is able to drive with other people to his annual church camp board meeting on the weekend....a 5 hour round trip where he doesn't have to be behind the wheel driving through the drifts.  

There is much to be thankful for usual.

Housekeeping Made Easy

I have discovered the secret for making housework simpler and less time consuming.  Simply pack up 2/3 of your belongings, including all photos, artowrk, ornaments and pottery.  Wrap them in bubble wrap and tissue, put them into boxes  and stack the boxes along one wall of a large room.  Then dusting is restricted to the necessary furniture only and the floor area needing vaccuming is reduced.  Once the boxes are stacked do not ever move them until a moving truck arrives to take them away and just vaccum around them.  Easy work done in 1/3 of the time! Bathrooms can also be less hassle to clean.  Open up the 4 drawer plastic storage bin that you probably have all ready, because when it comes to bathroom storage such bins are ubiquitous, push the towels, facecloths, handtowels and hair appliances aside, force the Q-tips, fancy soaps and medications in around them  and voila, your shelves are now free of all those little items that need to be wiped down each week at bathroom scrubbing time. The best part  of a move is the last 3 weeks in the old house when most of the extras are packed up and out of the way.  It gives you hope for that final clean to go fairly painlessly and quickly.  Which reminds me of another hint:  clean the oven a month before you leave and don't use it again!  Makes the move out cleaning easier AND forces you to be more creative with stove top cooking.  When you finally move to a new place don't ever unpack!!  Don't thank me,  don't thank me, it isn't, isn' come on now....the standing ovation is....well, it is over the top, no....sit down....really...I mean it, take your seats....oh, oh...oh..well....thank you, thank you....awww's nothing....truly it isn',  you can't hear me over the applause....sigh.....well then...thank you  and thank you again.....teehee...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yippee! All Set To Go!

So happy that the movers responded to us today. They can come the day we need them to come and the lapse between pick up here and delivery of our "stuff" there gives us a chance to clean up the rectory properly right after the moving truck pulls out.  

It is saving us one trip back and forth that week, although I am going to have to do some fancy dancing with the medical system to get some lab work and tests transferred from here to there on the day they are supposed to be done.  Fortunately my incredibly busy doctor is able to see me a more than a week ahead of that time, so we will see what she can help me work out.

I feel great just knowing the biggest piece of the puzzle is now in place.  Since we are taking a lot of the kitchen and bedding supplies to our new home a week ahead of the "big move", we won't have to stay in a hotel while we await the moving van delivery.  Thank you God....I am beyond grateful for how things appear to be going at the moment.  Yes, I know there can be last minute screw ups, but so far so good.  
 So many friends are praying for us and/or wishing us well.  I wish we could tell everyone in person how humbled we are by your interest in us and for your friendship and care.  It is all helping us cope with leaving yet another place and another group of sweet people.