Good morning, from snowy Monongah, West Virginia!
Yep, the snow is finally here and more is on the way. Yippee!
I can just imagine all the snarling gong on out there, but I don't care. I really love being snowed in; probably because that is how I spent most of my teen years. My family lived out in the country far from people. I hated weekends when I was growing up because I knew I wouldn't see any of my friends until Monday in school. When a snow storm visited, its remnants stayed forev-er and we often survived without power (heat) or water due to frozen water pipes.
Looking back now I can still feel the discontent of our situation, but I also smile with the fond memories of us all gathering around the gas oven to get warm and trying to deal cards with frozen fingers to continue whatever game keeping us entertained. Dad, Mom, my two brothers and I wrapped in as many layers of clothing as possible in our mobile home kitchen...that's what I remember most.
Well, I no longer live miles from civilization and chances of power outage or frozen pipes are fairly rare, but the thought of snuggling up on my couch with a hot cuppa and my yarn bring a smile to my heart.
So does this article I found last evening. Sorry about the margin thing going on, but it can still be read with a little finagling. Not bragging (oh, yes I am , just a little bit), but I aced this survey.
1. I do not complain...in fact, I rarely talk.
2. I rarely procrastinate. "Life is short, get on with it" is my motto.
3. If it looks cloudy outside, I quickly turn to my plan B. The MonSter is NOT going to rain on my parade.
4. I am struggling with this one a bit. I tend to snack when working on the computer; but I quit smoking, don't drink much at all, and try to jump up and dance every thirty minutes or so.
5. "No" has become my favorite word. I have become very selective about the activities in my life. I realize that, whether I like it or not, my energy must be directed toward fewer areas than ever before.
I am NOT perfect, but I feel like my journey with the MonSter has definitely made me stronger. I try not to dwell on the negatives, although sometimes they do creep up on me. That's just normal, right? I could complain about not being my classroom, but it was my decision to retire early and probably the best decision for everyone involved. MS is such an unpredictable beast. It wasn't fair to my students or my colleagues to be burdened with my issues.
And, yes, it has been difficult: emotionally and financially. I loved my job. Really, really loved it. But all good things must end in order for better things to appear.
And, guess what? A good thing appeared this week and today, before the snow hits, I am going to put that good thing to a much needed use.
On January 9, 2019,
I received my first DISABILITY CHECK!!!!!!
So, I'm off to re-enroll in physical therapy, pay some medical bills, and GET A MANICURE ('cause I deserve a treat, right?).
Have a great weekend, folks, and don't forget to treat yourself. You deserve it.