Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Norris Dam State Park - Norris, TN
August 29, 2013
I wish this were a post about fish (see title), but it isn't. It is one of two posts which I'm writing back to back and have finally decided to post the less positive one first. I'd love to always be able to write about the wonderful things that are happening in and around my life. Thankfully, the weeks leading up to and through our move into the condo went flawlessly. Almost too much so........
Since the day we moved in, we have experienced almost non-stop problems. Not with the condo - no, everything there is wonderful and we absolutely love it and our new neighborhood. It just seems as if the forces of evil have said, "ok, you're all settled now, let's see what I can throw at you."
So in the interest of the honesty I've put forth by calling my blog, "Gains and Losses: LIFE Through Sharon's Eyes," today, it's all about the losses. Unfortunately, the first thing that happened, I am not at liberty to share on the blog, but it was significant and occurred on the Friday after we moved. We've helped the person involved work through the details of that and hopefully, have moved on, but it was extremely stressful and put a damper on our excitement.
Would you believe on the Monday following our move, my mother fell on the golf course and broke her wrist. She is doing as well as could be expected and I can't tell you how proud I am of both her and daddy's response to this. They are very active folks and I expect this to get old quickly, but for now, she's doing o.k. We met last week when I took my car in for service (yes, that's part of litany) and had a salesperson snap this picture of us as we were leaving. Like I said, I am so proud them!
August 26, 2013
We have been disappointed so far in the movement on our old house. There have been several showings, but doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm. We consented early last week to have carpet removed in the old living/dining room as we knew there were hardwood floors underneath. The carpet was outdated and had worked for us, but we could see that it likely wasn't impressive to most buyers. The carpet was 100% wool and original to the house. Needless to say, the dust, dirt and grime left by the carpet removers was unbelievable. Really makes you understand why no one who suffers from allergies should have carpet in their homes!! Rather than have the floors professionally cleaned, Bill chose to do it himself resulting in most likely a much more thorough job of cleaning, BUT breathing all of that has left him extremely ill. This has been going on for a week starting with a hacking cough that has morphed into something much worse including total laryngitis. Not good for a college professor. He is heartbroken as this is the first full week of classes, a time which he normally can't wait to arrive. It breaks my heart to watch him struggle. Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers. He is very ill.
And then there are the things which under normal circumstances, would be rather humorous, but interspersed with these more serious things that involve people I love, I'm finding it hard to see any humor. It's more like I wake up each morning wondering what today's calamity will be. And that is not at all my nature. For starters, I broke the sensor on the garage door opener at the condo and my new RAV4 developed some serious issues resulting in numerous trips back to the dealership.
Are we second guessing our decision to buy the condo? With the exception of my mom breaking her wrist and a couple of the more minor issues, it is likely none of these things would've happened had we not moved, nor would we be in the position of needing our house to sell to get our finances back in the order we've worked so hard to establish. But we have no doubts and a great deal of faith that all will work out. Most reward involves a good deal of risk. We believe the reward is just around the corner and our responsibility is to learn all that we can in the meantime.
Those who have been blog friends with me for a long time are well aware that Bill returning to school each year always poses a few weeks of challenge for me. We enjoy each other and utilize his summer breaks to the fullest. It is always an adjustment for me when he returns - I don't mind admitting that I just plain miss him! Unfortunately, those feelings have coincided with all these other things and sending him off to school each morning with that dejected look because he can't talk or stop coughing is breaking my heart.
So there you have it! I have been writing this post since last Wednesday wondering whether or not I'd actually post it. But you know what? It's real! And it's the way things are for me right now. So yes, I'm going to post it. And hope that rather than feeling sorry for me (there's no reason to), it will encourage you to be "real" on your own blogs. I happen to know that there are people reading this who care about me and because it's through words that we share our lives with each other, you want to know how it really is!
Towards the end of last week, I did have a day I sorely needed. It was during that time that I took today's picture of a tranquil and serene, yet very foggy Norris Lake just below the dam. I watched the fog lift and realized that the same would happen for me. The fog will lift and all will be clear.