I spent a long time through last week over at Deb's place, reading all 26 of her ABC posts in one fell swoop! I'd read some of them here and there, but one night I took the time to read from A-Z and leave comments. What a delight! When I got to "T"...I thought of this video clip for "C". It is one of my all time favorites, sometimes just flashing into my mind for no particular reason!
Then as I lay falling asleep, I kept thinking of more 'words' that hold meaning for me. Such an interesting exercise. I have always loved alliteration. J. expresses the opposite view. Haha As a teacher of young children, it speaks to me, so her posts or comments that strung many letter words together in a sentence were so fun for me! The book that inspired her, in part, is one of my long-time favorites. I had even emailed her about it, before I read the connection!!
I was able to go through all of those posts, post myself and read other favorite blogs because I've had more free time lately as I have spent the last week off of FB. I have been feeling overwhelmed with the news of the world, our world, my world...and I thought to narrow down my world view. It is an experiment. So far, there are a few things I miss (but so far not enough to check in over there). Among other 'friends', I miss chatting daily with:
They all post fun, funny, interesting, thought-provoking and sometimes outrageous things!
I enjoy that.
I read their "friends'" comments and have my circle widen.
I treasure that.
I've learned a lot, heard some great music, seen some beautiful artwork
and laughed at many memes, cartoons or jokes.
I like that.
I miss that.
I miss the ability to keep up with local happenings and people I know. But here is the truth, my truth. Nothing changes if I don't find out the local happenings and not one of my 'friends' has reached out to me to say "Hey, I haven't seen you on FB lately...read your post saying you wouldn't be here...you ok...whatcha up to?" Or anything of the sort. People are into their own lives with those around them daily. It has been quiet. I like quiet, but that does sorta make one wonder what is real...what is true. Ya know? And my truth is only one of those local people reached out to me about my recent eye surgery. Once. I can say that here. Only my "cloth people" come here. At least that is how it seems. (Haha Just misspelled that 'seams'!!) In all of my blogging years family or long time friends come here barely. I see this as my sacred space, which is an extension of Jude's spirit cloth world/community. I am so grateful for this community. Every time I try to express that...well it is hard to do. Folks over at Hazel's and Hazel herself help with this expression.
YOU are all my people, my circle, my tribe and you are so important to me!
As long as I am talking about 'visiting' and 'people'...
Yesterday I went to the Emergency Room. This is a First for me in my 58 years, but my eye starting acting up again on Friday. This has been not only uncomfortable/painful, but so disappointing. Anyway, after talking to the 'after hours advice nurse' (covering her own butt) - who really knew nothing about something so specific & made a comment that made me worry more...I went to my local urgent care...who sent me to the less local ER.
We got there to an almost empty waiting room! What a relief! I thought it would be packed with flu patients! I was nervous and not too hopeful, after all this is a specialty. But, I still had it in me to notice & wonder...
What on earth is a "Cough Station"?! From the fliers and trash can below, I got a bit more information. But, I much preferred sitting there wondering at the ridiculousness of it! I supposed if I needed to cough, I would go stand near the pillar?!!
My vitals were taken upon check-in and information gathered (or questions merely asked). Questions asked again in the first "little room"...then again in the next "little room"...and then yet again by the ER doctor. I knew in my heart that I would get no answers. The doctor was very nice and she made the phone call to the ophthalmologist on call...mine happened to be on call this weekend! This was the first bit of 'good' news. But, there is nothing much to do until I try to get in for an appointment on Monday. There may be yet another stitch in there to be removed. I'll find out more when I go in. But right now I am uncomfortable and grumpy. If I knew there was more stitch(es) in there, I woulda saved myself one hundred bucks by NOT going into the ER! Ugh. I'm trying hard not to be super mad about all of this.
But, of course considering everything...it could be worse. I can cover those charges, I can stand the pain level, I can see. I've just had another lay low weekend and I would like it is I felt better. 2018 has already felt long. But, for two ER patients there when I was getting past the pain may not be as easy. A man and a young woman, both with injured hands. I could feel the tension in the man's back and shoulders as he cradled his hand and shifted his weight. I could feel the pain the young woman was going through as the tears silently fell down her cheeks, sitting twisted in her chair. In my own discomfort, I had to look away.
My people watching skills aren't always easy on me!
They didn't even open their cool toolbox...so onward to next week!
Meanwhile, things move, grow and thrive around here. This is good. This brings me joy.
It turns out this hummingbird loves our Aloe Vera plant!
This plant was given to us by our neighbor. it was not doing well at that time.
It was small and in a pot...then it fell over and moved itself into the ground.
Now it is thriving!
The same neighbor gave J. this cactus. It looked awful!
He re-potted it and watered it and loved it anyway.
It is so much healthier now...and even has a little bloom!
Look at that!
·♥· Tiny bits of joy! ·♥·
The roses around here were recently pruned back.
Now they all have gorgeous new leaves and some buds!
This one is on Mama's Rose! Isn't she a beauty?!
May you all feel well (enough) and surrounded by people who care.
May you all have time and presence of mind to notice, ponder and find joy!
Photos by NAE ©2018