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Just One Thing At A Time

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

You know it's gonna be one of those days when you wake up and give yourself a black eye. Shuffling around in the dark at 5:30 a.m. is never a good idea especially when your intent is to make a cup of tea. That means leaving the cabinet door open, forgetting you leave it open, then turning around and driving your eye into the corner of it. What made it really scary for a moment is the fact that when the pain shot through my socket, I fell back and stepped on a grape on the floor. Pop and squirt. (Check to see if the eye is still in your head before you scream.)

I spent the next 50 minutes on the treadmill with a bag of frozen corn of my face.

Since I wanted to go early to vote to avoid the long lines, I hurriedly got dressed and headed to Liberty. That's when I ran over the squirrel. I wasn't too happy. (Neither was the squirrel.) Shoot, it bothered me so bad, I can't even remember who I voted for.

On the way home, though, Ms. Storts from the Motorcycle Ranch called and informed me that she sold one of my paintings yesterday. I was so ecstatic that I barely missed the guard rail turning onto my road. Quickly hanging up, the phone rang again and it was Evil Derrick and his Cohort Mary. My hiking buddies. No. I do not feel bad for calling them Evil and Cohort. These people are out to get me on every level imaginable but oddly enough I like them. And since Derrick had to be at work earlier today could I meet them at Pine Ridge as soon as possible for our hike??

Evil thought my eye looked funny. Cohort took compassion on me. Then they switched. Evil said, "Aww, poor baby..." as Cohort tried to poke it with a twig. Gasping, Evil swatted it away and told us to get our butts in gear. These people are relentless. You either keep up or you're left to get eaten by the deer and snakes. In my case it was a beetle or a beetle-like creature. But it didn't eat me...I ate it. And I gagged. And I choked. Then I SWEAR TO YOU it came out my nose. I caught up to Evil and Cohort and they were standing with arms around each other. Whispering, giggling and staring at one another off to the side of the trail. My heart wrenched. I stopped and watched quietly as they sweetly kissed each others cheek and tears came to my eyes. Such a loving and tender display....

Hugging my goodbyes and a "see ya guys soon" I headed toward home. Entering the house I was dumbfounded by pieces of corn peppered from the gym room, to the living room, into the kitchen. WTH?? Then I realized it was from the bag I had earlier that morning and it had sprung a leak. Cleaning it up I looked at the empty house and listened to the subtle hum of the refrigerator....

I listened to the messages on the home phone. One was Barack Obama urging me to get out and vote for him. A little late for that, buddy. Oopsie.

Then silence. Again. But if I listened hard enough, I swear, I could almost hear the laughter of Bre and Paul through the walls. From years gone by...

I busied myself with painting until my eyes began to cross. I was too keyed up anyways to make any sense of the canvas before me so I decided to make some spaghetti. I realized I made too much so I put some in a dish and took it down to my neighbor across the street. He is mentally challenged, living alone and I worry about him sometimes.

Now I am home. Anxiously awaiting Monday when I will be going back to work. It will be a good diversion. I haven't been going through the best of time as of late but I'm hoping that will change. If not...well, I am trying not to think of the "if nots." I'm just going to take it one day at a time and praying the "if not" won't happen...

One day at a time. As messed up as it can be sometimes, just one day at a time.

God bless all. Wishing you all a beautiful day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LADYCALICO 11/8/2012 8:27PM

    After a day like that, all I can say is that I hope you have a much better tomorrow.

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AJDOVER1 11/8/2012 1:42PM

    I'm thinking maybe you need some adult supervision. I realize God is looking out for you, but sometimes that just might be for the amusment factor. luvu!

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JADOMB 11/7/2012 10:13AM

    And may all your days be blessed.

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KONRAD695 11/7/2012 12:46AM

    What a doofess. You're so cool. emoticon emoticon

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FLEMIDG 11/7/2012 12:30AM

    Michelle, I love reading your blogs. Thanks so much for making me laugh so hard. I am sorry you injured your eye, I hope it feels better soon. Hope things improve for you very soon. Take care of yourself. Sending you lots of love and lots of hugs.


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GEEMAWEST 11/6/2012 11:44PM

    You scare me sometimes. emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 11/6/2012 11:04PM

    Yep, one day at a time.

Hope your eye is feeling better and it doesn't look too bad. Sounds like it hurt and then to step on a grape to boot...scary thought! Have you seen Bubble Boy? Something to think about ;)

Sounds like you have some good hiking buddies to push you and to have a good time with. Sounds like my kind of peeps!

For future reference, stay clear of the squirrels and watch out for those deer...they'll get ya! That was very sweet to take your neighbor some dinner but I'm not surprised! You're an angel!


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CARTOONB 11/6/2012 9:41PM

    Only you can give yourself a black eye and then think you had squashed it! I laughed so hard!

I'm very glad that you are starting work on Monday. Sounds like you need it!

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BKNOCK 11/6/2012 9:22PM

    You always make me laugh! I am glad that you get to hike with some friends! Can you come to my neighborhood and wipe out some squirrels? Lol!

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JERMADSON7 11/6/2012 8:15PM

    You seriously need a 24-hour body guard. I love ya girl.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/6/2012 8:03PM

    Amusing story of a long day! Sorry about the squirrel!

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WALLAHALLA 11/6/2012 7:58PM

    Thanks for sharing and giving my a huge laugh at your expense. No it isn't funny to have so much ouchie and ickity going on, but it is funny to read about.

May tomorrow be filled with 1o times as many delights as today's pitfalls.

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KING_SLAYER 11/6/2012 6:25PM

    Like they say, "it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye". Luckily, you didn't lose an eye, so I suppose it was all fun and games for you!

Sounds like you accomplish more during your day than I accomplish during my week! You go girl :) Voting and cooking and taking extras to your neighbor... are you Wonder Woman?

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SHARON10002 11/6/2012 6:07PM

    OUCH emoticon ! I could totally feel myself in that whole scenario as I was reading!
All in all the rest of the day seemed to get better after running over the squirrel
emoticon . So glad you sold one of your paintings! emoticon

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KIMCOLLINGS 11/6/2012 5:35PM

    Wow! What a day you had. Nice you were able to get out for a hike and take your neighbor some dinner. You're a sweetie! Hope your eye is better soon. That made me cringe just thinking about how much that would hurt. Take it easy the rest of the day!!

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