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Act A Fool….

To stop acting rationally and start acting foolishly; to go nuts….(urban dictionary)
This is what happens to you when you decide to make a ‘quick’ trip to the grocery store and take them home….on your lunch hour.  *hour*

First thing you encounter…you can’t find the main item you came for. You scour the freezer doors and come up empty.  On the 100th time through the same section you have looked at a bazillion times, you find it. Of course, that has taken 15 minutes and now you are a little irritated at yourself.

Next you decide to go all the way to the back of the store working towards the front…this will be quicker, you might make up some of the 15 minutes you wasted in the freezer section.  

Whew…you’ve made it to the front and even made up a few minutes….you scan your list….nope you forgot the chips…so you have to go ALL THE WAY TO THE BACK OF THE STORE FOR THEM. Yep, you are really irritated at yourself now and mumbling under your breath about ‘why in the world would you think this was a good idea’. 

You grab the chips, and you are now sprinting to the register…you want to self check, but you have produce and that is a pain the neck in the self check out, so let’s save time and more frustration and go to Quick Check, 20 items or less…after all you’ve only got 15 items.  Off you go, passing people who are clearly not on their lunch hour.  You get to the check out and there is only one open, you jump in line with only 2 people in front of you.  Woot Woot! 

Now you are waiting your turn, patiently…okay maybe not, but you are trying…only to discover the guy in front of you wants to purchase a bajillion sodas for the price you can get them at another store…conversation is happening between him and the checker…you are thinking to yourself, go buy them at the other store…why are you here arguing with the checker…on my lunch hour.  

Finally, he checks out his items (by the way, he had more than 20) and it’s your turn.  You look at the time…you’ve got 20 minutes to run them home and get back to work…you are going to need a car that has wings for that to happen.  But, you are checking out, so you are a little happier now. You are seeing progress…

You are in the car, pulling out, heading home and….you hit every red light, and get behind someone who is clearly not on their lunch hour and trying to get groceries home and get back to work….you arrive home…grab all 5 bags and run into the house…your husband is home for lunch, smiling, he says he’s happy he got to see you before he had to head back to work–he kisses you. Your Mom is there, she’s happy to see you, surprised, she didn’t know you were going to run home….

You are ranting, moving faster than the speed of light, reliving your entire last hour in a loud and speedy voice…your husband smiles, kisses you goodbye on his way out the door. (he’s been married to you for 30 years….he knows you…he understands…he is able to smile and walk away quietly)  Your mom is saying, ‘honey, I’ll put those away for you’, but you’re far too irritated to listen and keep running back and forth, talking the whole time about the guy and his sodas and why was he there buying them when he could have bought them at the store they were cheaper at…why does the freezer section have to be so large and couldn’t there have been a more convenient place to have the frozen meatballs you spent forever looking for…..whew, you’re done…everything is put away…your Mom is still talking calmly, but you have no idea what she is saying ‘cuz now you are in full blown “Act a Fool’ mode…you say, sorry I’ve got to run and you are gone.

On the drive back to work you think to yourself…’Self, why did you think that would go quickly and smoothly?’…then you laugh at yourself..call your husband and your mother and apologize for acting like a fool.

And…..then share this with all the people in your life who think you are always calm, cool & collected! 

I don’t have it altogether (clearly)…I sometimes (maybe more like often) act a fool…..

Moral of this little story….don’t run to the grocery store on your lunch hour for more than one thing! 

Lesson learned?

We’ll see!

Winnie

“I can face things that are out of my control and not act out of control.” 
Lysa TerKeurst – Unglued



Posted in encouragement, faith, Jesus Culture, My crazy life, Thank You Jesus, women

Over—way over–whelmed

Have you ever been so overwhelmed that you wanted to pack a bag and run away from home? Now be honest….I think we all have that feeling at some point…yesterday was mine. Of course I didn’t run away, but I sure did a lot of pouting…and poor Keith got to hear all about how life wasn’t treating me right! I am thankful that he is a good listener and doesn’t get caught up in my drama.

I went to bed early…didn’t even watch the Thunder game…decided the best thing for me was a good nights sleep. Slept like a baby…barely woke up when the golf ball size hail was pounding on our roof. Had a moment where I was concerned it would come through the window, but must not have been too concerned because I fell right back to sleep.

Then I woke up this morning and before I knew it I was reliving the frustrations from yesterday, asking why me? Why-oh-why-me? Really whining…sure God was looking for ear plugs!  Sat on the couch with my cup of coffee and starting make plans to fix my problem….take care of it myself.

But, then…..after a shower and some reflecting on who I am in Christ…I had a good cry…snot was flowing everywhere…it was a quiet, alone in the bathroom, kind of cry….but I felt better. After that I plugged in my iPod pressed play on the Jesus Culture Come Away album and spent my makeup and hair time with God.

This is some of what I was reminded of:
  • To keep my eyes focused on Him…he is the author of my life-Hebrews 12:2
  • When I’ve lost all hope…to turn my thoughts to Him…Jonah 2:7
  • That I am His masterpiece and he created me to fulfill the plans He has for me…Ephesians 2:10
  • That He will be my Peace if I will keep my eyes fixed on Him…Isaiah 26:3
  • Keep my life committed to Him and success will be mine…Proverbs 16:3
So, all that to say, while I had a moment….two or three….twelve hours…okay, 24 hours of whining and frustration…allowing myself to feel overwhelmed…I love that God doesn’t push us away, but instead He pulls us in and reminds us of who we are and how much He loves us.  Grace! 

So, the next time you or I are overwhelmed and tempted to run…remember this:

Dear brothers (sisters), is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. 
So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when 
your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, 
strong in character, full and complete. 
James 1:2-4


Feeling much much better today!

Blessings!

Winnie
Posted in family, My crazy life, sisters

Weekend Recap

Oh happy weekend….I love spending time with my baby sister!  We have lived on different sides of  the map for most of our adult lives and make the best of every moment we get together.  This trip was no different. 
We arrived on Thursday night…happy times when I walked off the plane and saw her waiting for me! Let the talking begin!  How many things can we talk about in a 15 minute walk/shuttle ride to the rental car? Ohhhh, about 50! We were already cutting up, laughing and talking…I think the rental agent thought we were nuts!  But, hey it was late..10:30 pm and we had both been up since 4 am.  Off to the hotel and more talking…I think we collapsed around 12:30…but we were up by 7!  We only had 2 days and so much to do!

We shopped, antiqued, walked, talked, drank coffee, sipped tea, snacked, got pedis, and even went to the cemetery to take flowers to our Dad’s grave. He passed away in 2003 and I had never been!  We had his memorial in Texas where he lived at the time of his death and his wife took him to Michigan to be buried. While I know he isn’t there, I liked being able to take flowers, have a little chat and most of all sharing that moment with my sister. He is greatly missed.

We had so much fun that when I got home and was telling Keith about our weekend, I realized that we did so much of everything except eating!  We would eat breakfast at the hotel in the morning and then have one meal in the late afternoon!  Best diet plan I know! 

I am already looking forward to the next visit….


Blessings!

Winnie

Posted in family, My crazy life

Throwback Thursday

I have some words of wisdom to share, but haven’t been able to get it all to flow from my heart to fingertips! I want what I blog to be fun, helpful, honest and correct, so I am careful about what I post. What I am working on needs more work….prayer and God’s wisdom. (if you think about it, please pray for me)  I have put that post in the ‘vault’ for now and will post it another time. 

Instead, wa-la Throwback Thursday! 

Last week, my daughter, Michele, was reading a recent blog post while we ate our dinner and then started looking back at older posts. We laughed….a lot…especially at the antics of the little people in our lives. One of those posts was particularly funny, so I thought I would share it here. 

Hope you laugh!  Or at least smile!

Things I Learned on a Recent Road Trip 2008

Have a happy Thursday!

Winnie

Posted in My crazy life

Did you miss me?

I hate that I haven’t been able to blog this week…but, we have both been sick.  That doesn’t happen very often, but then who can decide whether we will be sick at the same time or not.  I can say being sick together is not good. When you are both sick, it’s hard to take care of each other, you are sorta grumpy and the house falls apart (which bothers one of us more than the other). Dishes stack up in the sink, every kind of medicine available to man is strewn on the counter, with some dishes that won’t fit in the sink anymore. The dishwasher is clean, but who is going to empty it? Which is why the dishes are stacked up in the sink and counter. The dog seemed to want to go out more than usual. But, you both act like you don’t hear her ringing the loud bell on the back door that is only a few feet from your sick bed.  Everything seems out of order, clothes are in places they shouldn’t be, dust has accumulated on everything and could someone please take the trash out! How can all this chaos happen in just a few days?
I think I slept for about 2 days straight; every part of my body ached and I thought my head was going to explode.  In the midst of that long winters nap, the hubby started coughing up a lung or at least it sounded like it and his head started pounding from it.  None of the ‘every kind of medicine known to man strewn on the counter’ seemed to help, so off to the doctor he went. Diagnosis…upper respiratory infection. 😦 But, several prescribed medications later and he is a lot better.  And the cough medicine with codeine helps him sleep! Amazing how little snoring he does in a drug induced sleep. Wish I could sleep that well. hmmmmmm
Well, that’s what has been happening in our house this week…wasn’t much fun, but I tried to make it sound like it was.  Next time we are both sick at the same time, we will have to make better plans for dishes, laundry, dust, taking out the trash and the dog! Let me know if you are available and I’ll call you!
Oh and both of us are feeling well now! 
Have a happy Thursday!
Winnie