I don't know. Maybe we just need the holiday to give ourselves a reason to take time out from day to day life to celebrate it in a big way. But unfortunately, I do believe there are too many people that need the holidays as reminders to not take what they have for granted.
Well, whatever works.
As for me, I know I've found a new appreciation for the blessings in my life after helping Rick through his illness these past few days. I have a life of abundance that's full of love, blessings, and glory that the Lord has generously bestowed on me. My life is truly filled to overflowing, and although I give thanks for it each day, you are reminded of the small things that give light to your days through having the routine broken up. The ability to create and keep a happy home, offer my talents and abilities through fruitful work, share my inspiration through my writing, and grow in my faith with my church family are cornerstones of my life that I don't often appreciate enough until I have a shakeup like the last few days to interrupt them. I'm just so used to them being there all the time, but these past few days, I've had to take comfort in knowing that, although I couldn't be there or attend to them as I usually do, they would remain and welcome me back when things settled.
I'm happy to report that Rick is recovering. He seems to be through the worst of it and is getting his strength back. Ollie (our parakeet) is also healing - that anti-inflammatory shot the vet gave him Friday seems to be doing the trick to get him back to 100%, and I'm relieved to know his infection is healed. I'm also over my infection - it was rather a stubborn one, but it's gone now.
So I'll return to work tomorrow, grateful to be able to return to my labors. Splinter will be out any day now. I have a long weekend coming up, where I'll enjoy the annual Christmas Craftsman's Classic Craft Show with Mom on Friday, then a long weekend for Veteran's Day. What will we do? There are lots of choices. There's the gun show next weekend, and Thor - The Dark World also comes out. It looks like next weekend is going to be full of fun for me, which is just what I need! Life has been way too much problem solving and troubleshooting lately, and I pray that is passing and I'll be able to enjoy life again.
Sure, there's a lot to be thankful for, and sometimes the little things mean just as much as the big stuff does. I'm fortunate to have a wonderful husband, beautiful birds, and a great family nearby. I have a good home and job. I have amazing friends that are a joy to us. I've been blessed with many amazing things and seen a lot of beautiful places: The Grand Canyon, San Francisco, The Smoky Mountains, Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA, and Myrtle Beach, SC. I've had the excitement of publishing books and another one on the way soon. But for now, I'm just looking forward to the simple pleasures: to Rick and Ollie's continued healing, to handing out with Rick and the birds as often as we can, to watching Supernatural Tuesday and Arrow Wednesday, of getting back to my routine tomorrow, to finishing another read through of The Bible this week (I'm on the Book of Revelation and hope to finish it Thursday), to the craft show with Mom on Friday, to having time with Rick next weekend to see a movie, or go to the gun show, or both, to getting back to church next Sunday ... just getting back to the simple joys of life.
That's all today. Take care, and have a good week.