Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Things I saw in the park

I needed a change of scenery. I’m sure you’ve felt that way before, right? So, I packed up my essentials:

  • My laptop
  • My bible
  • My journal
  • The July/August issue of Writer’s Digest magazine
  • Two random notebooks
  • Assorted pens (five different ones, to be exact)

Then I slid behind the wheel of the car and steered in the direction of a new landscape.

Initially, I thought I’d head to the local library for a quiet, controlled, you better do some work environment. But instead I set up shop on a park bench in front of a small, man-made lake. Water inspires me and gets my creative juices flowing. And although I prefer the oceanfront, this tiny body of water in my land-locked locale served the purpose.

IMG_3260 The canopy of mature trees waved a gentle, welcoming breeze as I settled down and tried to determine the most important task to tackle. It didn’t take long for my surroundings to draw me in.

There was so much to see in the park today. The partly sunny sky would eventually yield itself to summer storm clouds and passing rain. But until then, it provided the perfect backdrop for two photographers to memorialize this moment in time for a lovely family of four. Here’s what else I saw in the park today:

A three-legged dog (True story…His furry cuteness hobbled along contently, missing one of his front legs. I thought I was seeing things the first time around. Luckily, he and his owner passed me by again so I could take a second look.)

A crouching squirrel (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a squirrel in this position before. He looked ready to pounce!) IMG_3261 A lady in red (I didn’t think to snap a picture as she passed by, but trust me…ALL RED. I don’t know why, but it just tickled me.) A sitting duck IMG_3265 More sitting ducks IMG_3276 A nesting duck IMG_3266 A duck dynasty IMG_3263IMG_3274 A frog on a rock IMG_3273 And two lovers on a swing… I must say a special thank you to the things I saw in the park today. Believe it or not, they helped me accomplish quite a bit before the rain came.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Happy Belated Independence Day!

Hello my friends!  Happy belated Independence Day to you!  Did you enjoy your holiday weekend?  I hope you did.  I enjoyed the first half of mine.  Yep!  Only the first half…

I had such high hopes for the long weekend that just waved goodbye to me.  My plan was to write, write, and write some more.  This was going to be my opportunity to cover some major ground concerning the book proposal that I must complete prior to the She Speaks conference later this month.  Saturday was great!  I ordered my business cards for all of the networking that’s expected to take place, and then I got to work.

By Saturday evening/Sunday morning, things were no longer looking so great.  I’d been trying to ignore a familiar pain in one of my shoulders.  I took a little ibuprofen and thought that would take care of it.  Well, my thought was quite incorrect.  Can I just say there’s nothing like being sick and being alone when you’re sick?!  I had 50,000 thoughts flowing through my head – ibuprofen or tylenol, urgent care or emergency room, pain pills or steroid shot.  It was crazy.  I, also, had one patient, loving and kind man to keep me company on the phone, from miles away, as I tried desperately to muffle my tears so he couldn’t hear them.  I did a very poor job, by the way.

Needless to say, Monday morning found me behind the wheel of my car, with only one arm functioning properly, driving myself to the nearest emergency room and begging for someone to just punch me and put me out of my misery.  Long story short, I spent the rest of my long writing weekend either in tears or curled up close to them as I struggled to nurse a wounded shoulder back to health.

For the remainder of the weekend I fought back and forth between writhing in pain and stomping my feet with disappointment.  I have so much to do, and I have so little time.  How could you let this happen, Lord?  I searched and searched for an explanation, a message, a lesson in it all.  I figured this would be good material for a blog post, but I couldn’t for the life of me pull out the “ah ha moment” of it all.  And I still haven’t….  The only conclusion I could come to is that things happen.  Sure I could blame it on the devil and say he was trying to knock me off course or keep me from completing the work God has assigned me.  But isn’t that what everyone does?  If it was the work of a crafty adversary (which he can only do what the Lord allows), I’d rather just ignore him and not give him any air time. Wouldn’t the Father want me to deal with it and keep moving?

Don’t get me wrong.  My head is spinning trying to figure out how I will get back the hours that were lost this weekend due to this crazy rotator cuff tendonitis thingy.  But I have asked the Lord to redeem the time, and that’s all I can do.  That and get back to work, which is what I’m about to do right now.  So, I hope your Independence Day weekend was great!  I hope it involved more BBQ and less Lortab (a narcotic pain pill prescribed by the ER doctor, which, by the way, DID NOT WORK) than mine did.  I hope your week is filled with blessings!

Completely ME,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What More Could a Girl Ask For?

“The best laid schemes o’ mice and men Gang aft a-gley” ~ Robert Burns

Translation:  The best laid schemes of Mice and Men often go awry.

I recently discovered those “awry” plans not only happen to “mice and men”, but this can also happen to lovely ladies such as ourselves.  If you think you’re shocked, imagine how I felt.  🙂  I mean, we’re fabulous, right?!  Sadly, fabulousNESS can and DOES occasionally go awry.

I greeted the sunrise, two Saturdays ago, with well thought out plans for a jam packed day that I had been looking forward to all week long.  My to-do list was to begin with brownie baking in the morning and end with good food, good friends, and the melodies of smooth jazz serenading me under a beautiful sunset in the evening.  Sprinkled in between were a few errands and some scheduled downtime.  It was definitely going to be a lovely day.  What more could a girl ask for?

Well, it’s a pity I didn’t think to ask for my day to go AS PLANNED.  LOL….  Beginning sometime around 7:30am my plans sprouted wings like eagles and soared, never to be seen again.

I made one teeny tiny mistake that sent my day into a mighty tailspin.  What was the mistake?  Are you ready for this?  I locked my keys in the car.  Oh, it gets better.  The car was running.  Oh yes.  Hey!  If you’re going to go, go all out; that’s what I say!!!  LOL…

My day was derailed by waiting 3 hours for a locksmith, a detour to an auto service center to figure out WHY the car just STOPPED running while it was sitting (yes, I had plenty of gas in it), blah, blah, blah….  So, nix the smell of brownies baking; squelch the sounds of smooth jazz wafting through the air.  Instead, insert a frozen dinner and an early ending to an unexpectedly exhausting day filled with detours and foiled plans.  Say it with me now, “Awwwwww!”  🙁

I’ll be honest.  I did question why the Lord didn’t allow my Saturday to go as planned.  I’m not sure I ever got an official answer, but here are a few things I found in the detour:

  • I was reminded to count it all joy when I experience various trials (James 1:2).  For once, instead of unraveling along with my plans, through God’s wisdom (because Monica just is NOT that together on her own), I was able to consider the many things I have to be thankful for and commenced to thanking God for them while waiting for the Locksmith to arrive (did I mention it took him THREE HOURS? LOL).
  • I was reminded that sometimes the detours of our days, of our lives, are God’s maintenance plan.  They are a part of His perfect plan of protection for us.  Although we may not understand, we should receive them as such, trusting that He always knows best.
  • Finally, I was reminded that life happens.  Yet God, my Father, is never removed from the happenings of my life.  So, when (notice I did not use the word “if”) my best laid plans begin to scatter like marbles fallen from a paper bag onto a concrete, I can always find peace in the Order that is His presence right in the thick of it all.

Now…..what more could a girl ask for?!

Wise, Virtuous, Valuable,