Tuesday, April 15, 2014

When You Don't Have a Choice

Hello friends!

(By the way, if you are here, we are friends.  Even if we've never met in person!)

We have a robin sitting in a nest outside our garage pretty much constantly.  She is waiting for her four beautiful eggs to hatch.  And she seems to be waiting pretty patiently, as far as I can tell.  If you're anything like me, it can be hard for you to just sit.  If there is something that needs doing, I want to be getting it done! Even if I just sat down. Even if I need a break. Do you ever sit down with your husband or significant other, start watching a  little TV, and then suddenly get up because you just remembered where you put your seam ripper, or that a blog post needed editing, or paperwork needed filling out, or because you meant to put the next load in the dryer?

Usually, being this way is a good thing because it makes me productive.  On the flip side, it can make me scattered, over-worked and not pleasant company.

Well, starting today I don't really have a choice.  I am having minor surgery this afternoon to remove some atypical cells from the skin on my stomach.  (Oh!  Haven't been to the dermatologist lately?  Probably want to get on that, friends!)  Anyway, even though the surgery is minor I am expecting to be waylaid. Sitting flat on my behind for a good week and a half, because that's how long I will have stitches and have been told to take it easy.

There will be no bopping about nesting.  There will be no suddenly getting up to go do all thousand random things that need doing. Also, there will be no blogging for a little while.  I will have to rest.

Surgery is a bummer, but having to rest?  That is frightening.

Or so my thinking has gone.  But it is occurring to me, as the surgery has gotten closer, that I need to take advantage of this forced respite from my own craziness.  I need to sit and be still.  I need to read good books and maybe a trashy magazine or two.  I need to organize pictures on my laptop and ignore all domestic duties.  Not as a lifestyle, but for a little while.

And I need to draw near, and listen to that still small voice.  Sometimes we only do that when we don't have a choice.  Hopefully you are not having surgery today.  But hopefully, you will join me in some much-needed rest.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Matt 11:28

Love and Blessings this Holy Week!


  1. Sure glad to hear you are getting those cells taken care of. Not something to mess with. You only have one life.
    I had some skin cancer taken out of my left breast year ago Jan. Have more spots that are concerning me so better get myself to dermatologist real soon. Mine was squomas? I suntanned constantly as a teenager and into too many other years. Love the water, floating, getting wet, suntanning. Not any more. I have to wear 50 sun screen now. And believe me all those years of tanning are telling their tale. It does catch up with us.
    Sure hope you do take it easy. It's only for little while but very hard to do. Maybe your family will appreciate what you do even more when they see what all you do.
    I had both my knees replaced within year of each other, 2008/2009. When I went for 2 week check for 2nd. knee Doc really scolded me, told me I was not to be changing the bed, cleaning the bathroom, doing laundry, etc. Guess the home health gal must have ratted on me. With second knee my left leg blew up to about 3 times size of right one. The p/t came over and had a fit, at least I found out I have lymphedema in left leg. Had been twice size of right leg for few years but nobody could figure out why. The pt took one look at my leg and loaded me in her car for the hospital, was at extremely dangerous point, ooopsss. It's very hard for me to just sit so I know what it's like. But please do it for yourself and your family. We don't always get second chances.
    When I went to dermotologist he had to freeze 12 spots on my face, ears, 14 on right arm and 11 on left arm besides spot he took out. I looked like I'd been in a terrible accident, spots on my nose and lip looked really bad. Glad we didn't plan to celebrate for New Years, lol. I'll be checking on you. Happy Easter

    1. Thank you for your encouragement! Happy Easter to you too!


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