Saturday, February 23, 2013
O.k. friends, I'm going to tell you something that I never, ever dreamed would come out of my mouth: We are having a 'lovely' snowstorm in Idaho. Lovely? Snowstorm lovely? Who would have thought I could ever say such a thing - but it is true. It's been snowing all night, and continues even now at 10 a.m. The snowflakes are big and fluffy, and they are gently floating straight down - not blown sideways by a howling wind. It isn't just the vertical line of the flakes that makes this a lovely snowstorm - and I'm trying to put my finger on exactly why I have this feeling of 'loveliness' today. So bear with me while I explore:
1) I have no need or even reason to go out of my house today. Too early to shovel; wood is in for the fireplace; I have no appointments or commitments that must be kept; I have enough groceries in the house to tide me over (true, I could use some fresh greens and stuff, but not a necessity today); the electricity is ON; my house is warm: and I've have some good experiences of the past few days stored in my memory bank that I am anxious to recall; I have some new books on my kindle; I'm comfortable with the mistakes I've made this past week, and willing to forgive myself and move on. Now I ask you - how could things be better?
2) Oh sure, there are plenty of things that keep my blood pressure on high alert and lots of things that aren't as I would have them be if I had a magic wand I could wave and fix everything. But the longer I live, the more I realize that I DON'T have a magic wand, and in fact would probably mis-use it if I had one. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger - and I'm growing to be very strong these days!
3) Oh, my diet plan? Well, forget about that - I've had a very 'social' week, and on a scale of A-F, I give myself an F minus. I've failed miserably at feeding my body, but I've excelled and am still basking in the warmth of feeding my soul.
Now back to reality - it is still a lovely snowstorm, and I don't expect that today will be very productive for me. Actually I have no plans to do anything but lay around being a lazy bum!! I can hear Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia calling my name, so may spend some time with both of those guys. But I might also venture in on Richard (Simmons) and see if we can hang out a little today. Because I don't have a lot of the 'wrong' kind of food in the house, and because I'm not willing to brave this snowstorm just to go buy something that would taste good to me, but in the long run be bad for me, I might actually feed my body some good food for a change.
Oh, and one more thing I'll do is be grateful for the blessings of this very special day! Who would have thought that an Idaho snowstorm could be the catalyst for my feelings of contentment today?
I am indeed a blessed woman - and I know it.
Oh, back to the 'plan'? Well, in the words of my hero Scarlett O'Hara - "I'll think about that tomorrow"!!