It’s All About Perspective


Sunshine!!! We finally saw the sun beaming brightly for most of yesterday. I told my husband I thought it had been 3 weeks since the sun has beaten out the clouds. Those cloudy, gray, rainy days were probably a blessing for my photo-sensitive eyes those weeks…but it was so good to feel the sun.

My husband hauled a lawn chair off the porch and parked it by an old open front shed yesterday afternoon. My girls (also known as chickens for those who aren’t regular readers) are very partial to this shed as it has a dirt floor and provides safety from hawks and eagles who are always looking for a chicken dinner.

We talk every so often about taking the old shed down as our kids think it is an eyesore. We have a different perspective than our children….we see a building (that is probably using that term loosely) that still has function.

That old open front shed provides shelter for the girls, a place for them to dust bath all year long, and is a great place to store my feed as it is not too far from the coop. I think in it’s former life that shed might have been the original chicken coop for people who owned this place years ago. Maybe the girls feel at home for that reason?

So much of life is about perspective. Right now, I tire easily and being dizzy and a lack of balance has become a fact of my life. Going to therapy has become my social life, though I did make it into the grocery store this week!

I know it is a long road to recovery from West Nile but I am choosing to look back and see how far I have come, rather than look at all those therapy appointments that it will take to make a full recovery. I know people always say, don’t look back, but sometimes it is good to do that; just to see the progress made.

I am choosing the perspective of “look how far I’ve come” to keep me heading towards where I want to end up! Like our weather beaten open front shed….there are things I can accomplish right now…in the shape I am in.

Let’s choose, in the coming week, to see the blessing in the rainy gray days, to see the value in an old shed and to be grateful for how far we’ve come and the ability and opportunity to go further.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison

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I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 ESV




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Hello again!  My writing has been a little sporadic (how is that for a good word?) lately due to a couple different things going on in my life. The Women’s retreat was one and I hope you all enjoyed hearing about what a wonderful weekend that was….(the last post I wrote.)

The other event took place this past Wednesday and involved some “lady” surgery for me. It took three hours and now I am in the recuperating phase. My sister tells me I should plan to feel “stupid”, due to anesthesia, for the next while.  (It is kind of nice to actually have a reason to feel “stupid”!) This is also the same sister who pointed out how ironic it was that I had this particular surgery on the International Women’s Day.

I was hoping the above fact was not one bit true. (The brain fog fact.)  I believed it was just hearsay till my sister-in-law heard from her uncle, an anesthesiologist, that for every hour a person is “under” it takes 1 month for tiredness and brain fog to disappear! I wonder if brain fog will make this fact sound new  each time I hear it?

I must confess to feeling nervous prior to surgery. Not so much about the surgery itself, as I don’t remember a thing, but about recovery time and all that involves. I am having way to many new experiences with the recovery from this type of surgery.  Learning about catheters was definitely never on my bucket list and after this time around will never ever be on future bucket lists!

My days have turned into a pattern of sleeping, pain meds, walking laps in my house, sleeping, pain meds… probably get the picture. I am pleasantly surprised that I feel as good as I do at this point! Maybe there is some truth to the brain fog thing after all?

My husband is an amazing private nurse. I had prepared, in advance, for this recuperating time and made freezer meals in anticipation of this event. At this point he is Chief cook (using up those freezer meals), Head housekeeper and the Chicken Grandad in charge of the girls. From where I am sitting he is doing an amazing job. We had a snowstorm yesterday and I am kind of wondering if he had figured on scooping a path for the girls as part of his job description.

The support and prayers from friends and family has been wonderful and so very much appreciated. It makes me realize how truly blessed I am and how good God really is.

And how was your week? I think I am looking to relax and recuperate…..what are your plans? If I ask you this question more than once…..please write it off to that brain fog thing………. I have a feeling I might find that excuse kind of handy.

“And my God will meet all your needs
according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19