When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.Willie Nelson
Boy am I grateful. I am strong, I have faith and I have people who love me and whom I love. That’s all you need right? I think so. I love where I live. I really love where I live. Sometimes I forget and then days like yesterday happen. It didn’t start off so great even though the weather was looking like the perfect combination of perfect temperature, sun and a tiny little breeze.
I was expecting a delivery of 1000 bottles of Creative Roots Coconut Water for a Macaroni Kid sampling campaign. It was arriving by UPS freight from Cumberland MD. and was going to be in a tractor trailer. I kept calling to see if they had any idea if they knew when it would arrive. No idea they said and then finally they said probably around 3 PM and the driver would give me a call about 45 minutes out. That was great news. I had the whole day ahead and I used it wisely. I cleaned the barn, REALLY cleaned the alpaca area and let them out to graze while I did it.
Then I cleaned up some planters and planted Maria’s celery. She grows celery and gave me a bunch of starts. With luck, I’ll bring them inside and have celery all winter-in addition to what is growing on the windowsill.
Back to why the day started off rocky. Jay is so tired of me doing Macaroni Kid. He wants me to quit. When I said that I had this shipment due, he found something else to do. As in, away from the house so that it was my gig, you move those bottles yourself girl. So, I always look at things that way anyways and lift bales of hay and alpaca food so no big deal. He was making a statement though. I get it.
He decided to go to lunch, alone, and do some errands. He called me from the car that he had just been to the dry cleaner and the lady there (who always has MeTV on, told him that one of our favorite restaurants is struggling and that he was going to go there for lunch and then had a whole list of places he had to go. I told him that I thought that was a great idea and that I had canceled the Hungry Roots subscription that we had going because for the price, we could eat out every night. Though it was very healthy, it wasn’t that tasty. He was all in with that. he continued on and then came home and did some last minute trades. I got the call to meet the UPS truck at pickin chicken. I yelled down to Jay that I was going and he said OK!
I am sooooo glad the driver didn’t attempt our driveway! The truck was over 40’. The driver’s name was Brian! My best friend’s name is Brian. I have not met a Brian that I didn’t like. To make a long story short, we unloaded the boxes (21 of them) into my Subaru Outback and home I went. Brian still had a long drive so I gave him a case of water for the road. He has kids and told me that he would send photos.
I got back to the house and didn’t realize that Jay had texted that he wanted to help. He thought I was still loading at PC. So he helped me unload at home. I put the alpacas in and the evening was ours.
We decided to go downtown and see our spectacular tree in our precious little town-like Bedford Falls in “It’s a Wonderful Life”. All was calm and all was bright. running into friends helps too! If I saw you and was kind of odd, it’s this sodium thing. I still can’t remember things and names are hard right now. Even faces. I’m sorry! I had thrown a bunch of coconut waters into a bag (my Macaroni kid bag) and was handing them out. It’s so nice that people recognize me and Macaroni Kid and know that what I am giving them for free is safe. That’s wonderful. And Jay was patient. I could watch that tree all day and will probably go down a few nights by myself and just sit on a bench and just watch it alone.
After hearing all evening about how Jay wasn’t hungry because he had a big lunch, he started to grumble about being hungry. But not TOO much, he’d probably just have something small, but if I HAD to eat, he’d humor me and we’d go to dinner-even though he wasn’t hungry, he said. We ended up at Asiago’s and I got a filet with loaded mashed potatoes, asparagus and a salad (it was so much, I have a nice lunch today!) and he got crab cakes, squash and roasted potatoes. So much for not being hungry! The food is so good there and I WAS hungry so I really enjoyed it!
As God does, he decided we both needed to hear a message because we have been really sniping at each other. Our waitress, Shannon Golias, was amazing! Friendly, attentive, and even with the mask on, smiling for real. So I said, Shannon, you look so familiar, what’s your last name? She told me and that led to her talking about her father. 56 years old, a pharmacist. Here’s the thing. He had poison sumac as a child and was given an overdose of steroids which affected his pancreas and spleen. They eventually had to remove both organs because of cancer? (I think?) and he got transplants? I was so amazed at this story of perseverance that I wasn’t keeping all of the medical info straight. The pancreas caused him to have diabetes and he eventually lost his leg. Then he developed bladder cancer and kidney cancer. He got a kidney transplant but it is coming to the end of it’s life and he needs a new one and just got a call that he is next in line. What else? Heart attack, stroke-yup. AND he’s still working and Shannon said that to look at him, he is the picture of health. They traced everything back to mismanaging the poison sumac with too much steroid. As she told his story, it was interlaced with such love and admiration! God is good. I have never heard the word pancreas so much as I have in the past two weeks. My grandfather died of pancreatic cancer. I need to be aware.
But life is good and I am going to think of Shannon’s dad and thank God for all of the blessings in my life and for his beautiful daughter (who is going to UPJ and studying finance) for telling me his story. They are both wonderful examples of grace in the face of challenges.
Get down and see the tree if you haven’t already! It’s spectacular! And though I hated to do it, I did a few FB lives of it. One on my Macaroni Kid page and one from my personal page. Not sure MeWe does that yet. Still wed to the evil FB!
Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!