Friday, June 8, 2018

In Which This Certainly Was a Topsy-Turvy Week

It's been an upside down, inside out kind of week.  Wednesday felt like Thursday and I could have sworn that Thursday night was weekend's end.  And today is almost identical to a typical Saturday.

Almost.

This was the week that the furniture in the living room and dining room swapped places, leaving me with two sitting rooms, one featuring the dining table that magically morphed into an unexpected but very fun work-desk.  And gave me what I really wanted which is wide open access to the porch.

Don't ask.  It works.  For now.

After helping me drag furniture from here to there and back again, my husband admits our new living spaces look far better than he thought they would.  He said my 'vision' was unclear to him when we completely upended the tried and true, traditional set-up.

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This was the week that my Blogger stats showed 4,405 visits early Wednesday morning.  It was a technical glitch, for sure.

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My first grand-nephew was born, weighing in at a delightful 11 pounds.  We marked the bittersweet 66th wedding anniversary of my parents, with my dad, I'm sure, looking down from heaven and smiling at his ever expanding legacy.  We celebrated a drumming concert with a grandchild at her new school.  And learned to use pencil, not pen, when filling in the ever crowded calendar squares.

Summer's like that.  And maybe that's exactly what we're longing for.

The unexpected, the unplanned, the serendipitous.




An old friend comes to call this afternoon, the family descends in all their enthusiastic vigor next weekend.

I'll be writing less, perhaps posting at odd times.  I've already written a few posts in my head while walking the bike trail this morning.

And while I'll be visiting my favorite blogs, there'll be some weeks where I'll be quiet as a mouse with nary a footprint in my wake.  I'm hoping the laptop will gather dust ... and not just because I'm a lousy housekeeper.

What's summer look like for you?



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28 comments:

  1. Given another near-death thing, I jut want to make it THROUGH summer...like, alive.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2018/06/your-dying-spouse-482-ill-cry-tomorrow.html

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    1. Yeah, we're pulling for you, too, Andrew. Praying. You're an odds-defy-er for sure, man ...

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  2. Summer is not much different for us than the rest of the year as far as schedule goes. At this point no one is involved with school, except my youngest working on an online degree, which he'll be doing through the summer. We're spending more time outside and my husband has more yard work to do, but otherwise it's business as usual. :-) My oldest son is coming for a visit in August, so that will be fun.

    Your new spaces sound great! Have fun this summer!

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    1. I love being outside ... I didn't realize how much I craved June til it actually arrived!

      Enjoy that yard work ...

      ;-}

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  3. This summer, at least for June, is looking mighty busy, Linda. Stepson is graduating from the U.S. Air Force next week, and the following week, I'll be doing VBS at our church with Virginia. Whew! Do plan to take some breaks from blogging that week for sure. Sometimes, it's good to just lay down the "pen" and rest.
    Blessings to you!

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    1. Congrats on this stellar achievement, Martha. You must be so proud. My thanks go to your family for your dedication to serving our country.

      Bless you ... and those blogging breaks, Martha.

      ;-}

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  4. At 11 pounds his mom is amazing! He is lucky to have you as a grand-aunt!

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    1. Oh, your woman is amazing!

      We're all in awe ...

      ;-}

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  5. Summer is here? I thought it was already Fall. Yeah, that is how crazy busy mine has been already. And I see nothing slowing it down on the horizon. Hope your next few weeks are good ones for you Linda.

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    1. May pockets of unexpected quiet surprise you with their appearance, Bill!

      I'd love for every pastor to have a good, solid sabbatical each year. I fear I'm dreaming ...

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  6. Thrilled to be a new grandmother this week!! The furniture in my house stays in the same place from when we move in until we move out! Can't wait to see your house's new configuration.

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    1. What a neat new arrangement. Maybe others can try something adventurous! We rearranged our bedroom last summer and are deciding whether to keep it or not.

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    2. Oh it'd be so fun to drag stuff around your house! Imagine the finds, the surprises!

      Imagine dragging it all back to where it started from because nothing worked.

      ;-}

      Make way for babycakes and his sister-girl!

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    3. Jonathan, I doubt you're going to be having a whole lot of time to think about moving furniture in the months ahead.

      But it IS a pleasant thought ...

      Hugs for your 3 besties.

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  7. I love that your vision for your furniture is working out so well, Linda, and I'm delighted to read about that "technical glitch" with your Blogger stats. :-) Life is bittersweet, is it not? In the midst of it all, I'm learning to look for the joy in the "unexpected, the unplanned, the serendipitous." Lovely post, my friend!

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    1. Ah, it's a very rare day indeed when I get even 10% of that!

      ;-}

      And the longer I blog, the less the stats own me. I'm glad, ya' know?

      I hope your week will be tranquil, Lois ...

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  8. Yes, I'm already sensing the wheels coming off the track here. So many unexpected and out of control schedule busters in the summer. I love the change from a school routine, but I do miss my little rut sometimes.
    Time in the garden is so wonderful, and I"m looking forward to a blogging break in July.

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    1. Yep, our beloved ruts work for awhile ... and then for some reason, they begin to tire us and leave us restless, yearning for something a bit more serendipitous.

      May we find a lovely balance somewhere in there ...

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  9. Linda, I love that you swapped rooms as change up can be good for us at times. I'm grateful for our God, who brings change with each season and walks with us through each one. Summer - a time to change a bit, slowing down to breathe in the fresh air and rest in the sunshine. Enjoy!

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    1. Enjoy that sunshine, that slower pace, Joanne! Thank God for the seasons ... and His steadfastness in the midst of any unsettledness we encounter.

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  10. I write posts in my head when I'm not officially writing. Guess that's normal! Have a great, eventful summer!

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    1. Yeah, and I write them in my head when I AM writing.

      Go figure. Your words make me glad I'm not the only one, Sarah ...

      ;-}

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  11. Walking is usually my best writing time. It's not always good for recording my thoughts but it clears my brain. Summer is always a time for slowing down and a time for a few surprises along the way. I pray your summer is like that too.

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    1. Yep, walking stirs those creative juices. Getting away from our desks is a very good thing. Closing down the laptop is even better.

      ;-}

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  12. Congratulations on the newest addition to your family, Linda! Enjoy you summer, friend!

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    1. You, too, June! I thought of you this morning when I saw a gorgeous orange bird at the feeder. Maybe a Baltimore Oriole {in Massachusetts?!}

      I hope all is well in your neck of the woods ...

      ;-}

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  13. Life certainly gets so so busy in the summer months! Congrats on the new great nephew being born, very exciting! Rearranging furniture is hard for my husband too, he likes things to stay the way they are, but change is good! It is fun to enjoy the new furniture arrangement! I hope you have a marvelous summer, I'll be sparsely around blogland as well. Its just a busy good time of year! Hugs :)

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    1. You're right, Marilyn! Change IS a very good thing ... and maybe especially in summer when we tend to through schedules and routines to the wind.

      Have fun living life away from the screen ...

      It's working for me.

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Dear Reader ~

Technical glitches happen.

* sigh *

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My apologies. And thanks for the grace ...

Linda