Life in the Midst of. . ..

5 May

I must admit to being a bit off-kilter blog wise right now. I have plans for future posts – recipes, stories, DIY, but none of them are ready for today’s post. As in, I haven’t drummed up the focus to get them done. I am starting to feel better over all, the migraines are toning down some points of the day and because of that fact, I am able to get some cleaning and other projects done. It feels so good to be able to keep up with the dishes and laundry. 

For those of you who don’t have health problems but hate doing those tasks? (for we all mutter about them from time to time) Just imagine not being able to do that task for a week, two weeks or several months, your attitude will change toward it! And for those who also struggle with chronic pain of any sort that makes the daily tasks difficult, keep heart. There is a pause in the pain coming.  I would love to say there is an end to it, but as I can’t see that end for myself yet, it is hard to encourage that for you! I am (re-) learning on appreciating the little things:

Like washing my dishes. Brushing my dog. Walking Old Mill with my mom. My OH singing to me. Driving my classic Volkswagen again after two years.  Being able to get up to make breakfast for my OH before he leaves for work. Spending a lazy day with my sister and her kids.Having a movie night with some dear friends (and scaring one by tickling her foot –  you know who you are). Planning my garden for this year. 

Even making a mental note throughout the day when I am doing something that I wouldn’t have been able to do even a month ago, and thanking God for the reprieve of the pain. I am sure it will come back, as it always does, but I am trying to consciously enjoy this break from it. That isn’t to say that it is gone – just receded. But I’ll take it. 

Life in the midst of it all

how my dog gets my attention when I’m working on blogness

Feeling inspired by the warm weather we had last week, I switched my wardrobe from winter wear to summer wear!  I forgot about the updating I did last summer – yay for lightweight cute dresses and tops that I forgot about. It’s almost like having two wardrobes. hehe. I’ll pretend I’m rich and have that many clothes. I do have a few brimmed hats that I want to get hat stands for – another DIY project I want to do soon! – so they aren’t just sitting on my dresser. I’m slightly paranoid about the brims getting damaged. I still have a pile of ‘hand wash only’ items  waiting to be – ahem – hand washed. . . but other than that the project (read:mess) has been completed and the tubs taken back out to the shed.  I am looking forward to wearing the new skirt that I got for my birthday. My mom bought me the pattern, fabric and thread and I made it (with her direction and thought sharing). It was so fun and it will be so nice on those hot days. here’s a photo of my creation! (no, it’s not a great photo, but it’s all I’ve got! ) 

birthday skirt

ignore the ugly tennis shoes.. and the exhaustion on my face!

Yes, I realize I’m rambling a bit tonight. I’m tired, drinking tea and trying not to worry about my grandpa.  So I think I’ll close with the promise of a recipe or story next time. I am super excited about two of the recipes  – one my OH did and one I accidentally did! Eek! So fun. 

God bless, Laura

3 Responses to “Life in the Midst of. . ..”

  1. CenturyLink Customer May 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    I enjoyed your post………….so glad you are able to see a light at the end of the tunnel………….ev en if there may n ot be a way out of that tunnel.   

    my prayer is that you will continue learning during this time of constant pain and that the Lord would see fit to give you a miraculous and instantaneous healing!!!!!

    DARLENE STARR a.k.a. mom, grandma, sis


  2. Helen May 8, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    I can tell in reading just two of your posts that you have an open heart andind as you navigate through a life with chronic pain. I know that God will guide you to transcendent wisdom, peace and joy as a result, and it’s a reward that people who haven’t experienced this kind of pain can’t quite comprehend (though everyone has their own significant journey). Perhaps you know what I mean already. Thank you for sharing.


    • booksnbakery May 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

      Sorry for the slow response – but thank you for your kind words. And you’re right, I am glad for the people who can’t imagine living with this type of pain, and i’m jealous! ha.


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