Spring, opportunity

Buy pansies. Go out and watch the high school girls’ softball game. Read over your flower seed packets to see when to plant them. Sit comfortably on the park bench in the full sun. Watch the chickadees building their nests.

These are things you can only do in spring. So now is the time!

Help, patience

You don’t always know what will help you; sometimes you have to wait for results, don’t you?

Thinking ahead, anxiety

Being prepared for rain is different from putting up your umbrella when the sun is still shining.

Acceptance, everyday life

You’ve heard this before, but it’s worth hearing again-

Everything is Patience, patience, patience.

And then maybe even more patience.

Difficulties, perseverence

Some days you will have to use all your strategies just to put one foot in front of the other. But try to remember, it’s not every day it’s like this.

Exercise, calm

You do not have to walk on a treadmill at the gym next to someone who’s having a meltdown telephone conversation as she exercises. And you don’t need to get steamed up yourself about whether or not she should be inflicting her troubles on others (you know she shouldn’t; why let yourself become indignant?) Just transfer yourself to another machine and move along your way in peace.

Help, community

You can’t do everything by yourself. Ask for help if you need it.

Advice has slowed down…

My recovery from a hand infection and surgery has been slow and full of setbacks. So I’ve had to save my advice-giving for myself at the moment. The future is still full of challenges. It will be some time before I am healed. But I have learned a few things during this time. Maybe I’ll have more insight into the daily world and therefore I could be of more assistance, in the small way I can be?

For now, I want to thank everyone who has helped me. I am grateful for all of you and what you have done.

Truth, kindness

Tell the truth as you see it, but consider your audience in the manner of your telling.

Life, unpredictability

It has been some time since I posted here. For one thing, an ice storm took out our power for five days last week – three of them we stayed at home in sub-freezing weather, and then we and our three cats gave up and went to a hotel for 2 days.

During this time I also learned that I will need surgery again on my right hand, as part of an effort to recover from a condition that’s been going on for about 18 months.

My advice-giving has been restricted to my own concerns, then, for a little while, and though I’ve always tried to post something every day, I think it will be more sporadic for a few weeks. But I’ll start to make up for it here with some things I’ve learned in the last week:

1. Cats do not like to leave home and explaining to them that it’s a necessity will not help.

2. If several hundred thousand customers lose electric power all at once, it’s not likely your service will be the first one turned back on, so patience is in order.

3. That wool blanket that advertised itself as perfect for camping did not expect you would be camping in your house, but it will still do a great job in those circumstances.

4. It does no good to envy others their electric power when yours is still off. Try hard not to take it personally.

5. Do this now to prepare for a loss of power to your freezer – take a shallow plastic container, fill it with water, and put it in the freezer. Once frozen, set a penny on top of the ice. If the power is out for an extended time, you can see if your food is still frozen by how the penny behaves. If the water in the container thaws and the penny drops, well, you must throw out your food.

Thank you, everyone, and Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

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