Sunday, August 15, 2010

Learning About Myself…..


Here’s the project I’ve been studying. After this post, I’m heading down to my sewing corner and dive into it. I want to make something fun. The temps have dropped twenty degrees. It kind of feels like fall.

Friday I went to the grocery store at about 4:30 pm. Probably not a good idea. Checking out my purchases, every line had 3 or 4 buggys ahead of me. As my turn approached, the lady in front of me would put one item at a time on the moving belt until the cashier scanned it. She would pause for a coupon and move to the next item. She had no less than thirty items. Normally I would have huffed, mumbled under my breath and been angry. This time I just told myself, “ It’s OK--- you have tomorrow.”.

Saturday morning I called the vet. Ransom has been getting stiff at night and in the mornings, I wanted to get him in. They were booked, but said I could come in as a walk in. Chelsey was home and I wasn’t sure I could cope if something was REALLY wrong with the dog on my own, so I went in. I wait 2 hours, saw the vet, received arthritis medication and went home. Here’s what I didn’t do…. Throw a fit because of the wait. Yell, because no one explained “walk in” meant an hour and a half wait for a 15 minute appointment. There was no slamming of magazines, or eyeball rolling either. I was grateful for getting Ransom fixed, I had tomorrow for other things.

My daughter borrowed my Jeep--- fluky coincidence but the window doesn’t work now--- tomorrow, I’m getting it repaired. But I didn’t yell at her, I didn’t throw my purse down. So what if it takes the morning away….I have the afternoon….. and tomorrow.

I miss my paycheck incredibly, but I’m realizing, along with that paycheck came several major character flaws. I’m looking for another job. But not having one is not life threatening either. The neat thing about “tomorrows” and second chances is that you get to do it better the second time around.

I know I will…..

17 comments:

Lorraine said...

Change is inevitable and I think with acceptance you often see the positives in something that you may have thought couldn't have any positives at all....I enjoyed reading your post....sometimes we are forced to stop and take a different path..sometimes its a better one....sometimes its just different....at first the different path I was forced to take was just different..now...it's getting better every day.

Sue said...

What a great post to ponder. Such a good outlook.
I once had our Pastor talk about how he used to honk at people at a traffic light when they just sat there after it turned green. The Lord spoke to his heart that we just never know what other people are going through...even when we may be going through difficulties in our own lives. So he decided right then and there to consider what he may not know at first thought.
I think it's good when things change direction a bit in our lives...though difficult as some may be...we are shown an aspect that we would never have seen if not for the change:)

MamaBagel said...

You will have fun making that quilt, and you deserve that right now. I made the same quilt last year. One word of advice - make the feet first. They take a little time but once they are done the rest just flies together.

Karen said...

Is that a Buggy Barn pattern for the witches?

You are in a thoughtful mood and I think you are taking time to smell the roses!

Melinda said...

I love that pattern - I have a box somewhere full of brights to make the same quilt.

I enjoyed reading your post - we need to all take a big breath and not be in such a hurry. I love having my Kindle in my purse so I can always read while waiting. Makes the time go faster or at least not so painful.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I like your attitude! And the project you're about to dive into. Hope you have a good week!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Poor Ransom, Bonnie went through the same thing. I gave her MSM with glucosamine and chondroitin. And also, on occasion, buffered aspirin 325 mg with food. She always felt better after an aspirin and a good night's rest. I'm glad you're getting some sew time in!

Carol said...

What a wonderful post Mel...what a great attitude and new perspective. It is amazing how we don't even realize how cranky we can be until we get out of the situation and make some changes. Good for you! Glad you're feeling so much better!
Love the witches!

QuiltingFitzy said...

Thanks Mel, I needed that message. There's always tomorrow, I need not to be pushing myself so hard!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Your positive attitude is very uplifting to me this morning. I spent yesterday afternoon in Urgent Care saying to myself...well, today was shot to H***. Perhaps it would have better if I had your outlook of there is always tomorrow.

Darlene said...

Love the witches!

I'm going to get philosophical on you but isn't it amazing how change will lead down a different path? I'm a huge believer in 'things happening for a reason'.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Don't get me going on grocery stores! I love that halloween quilt, I"ve always wanted to try it!

Kris said...

What a great attitude. Acceptance is sometimes difficult, but less stressful in the long run.

I know it doesn't make you feel better, but my husband was out in his Jeep on Friday and after rolling down his electric window, it wouldn't go back up. Must be gremlins.

A trip to Primitive Gatherings always makes things better.

Muddling Through said...

Impatience is a character flaw I battle constantly. Our former pastor (now in heaven) called it a "hurry spirit", and that's about right. Congratulations on slowing down!

Angie said...

You are so 'blessed' to be able to recognize 'God doing for us what we can't do for ourselves'. I'm so excited for you and your journey into learning about who Melanie is. :) And I adore the Fall witchy pattern that you're working on. :) I can't wait for some more temperate temps here in Northeast TN!

Loris said...

Love your little Halloween quilt pattern. Very cute!
Enjoy your great attitude..patience not lost makes for happier tomorrows.
Hope Ransom improves. My dogs get the Glucosamine Chondroitin and the dog with joint issues also gets Green Lipped Mussels (yep, that's the name. Not expensive. I get it online..I think even Amazon has it). It does her wonders. She rarely needs an aspirin after a long hike.

Julie said...

Your witches are awesome. Is that a Buggy Barn pattern? I love it.

I loved your tomorrow thoughts. I keep telling myself--next week. (because the kids will be in school). Takes all the stress and frustration right away!! YOU GO GIRL!!!