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Monday, October 21, 2013

I got back from Switzerland over a week ago and now am packing for Florida. What a contrast! In the middle of all the travel, I managed to get a UTI and a nasty cold. The UTI is gone, the cold is not but I'm feeling better and got more meds this morning at the doctor's office.

The trip to the Alps was wonderful and not what I expected. Usually, I spend the afternoons hiking and enjoying the views. I get up early and walk before breakfast, too. But we had thick fog the whole 4 days, except when it was raining or, on the second to last night, snowing. Everyone at the retreat agreed that it was a good thing because most of us ended up getting more rest that way. And many came to the retreat in serious need of that rest, both spiritually and physically. It was like a cocoon of peaceful, comforting fog that enveloped us. On the last evening, the sun came out between the clouds and we got our first glimpses of the snow-covered peaks. It was a much more dramatic sight than just streaming sunshine. Personally, I was happy to have had a chance to sing at one of the services. It was pretty much the first time I had sung in public since my dad's funeral.

Here's the song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=

Now, it's off to Florida. It's turning into a bit of a crisis trip. We were supposed to close on the deal to short sell my parents' condo on October 30. Now I'm not able to provide the potential buyer with the financial paperwork he needs from the condo association. The man who's been handling (or NOT handling) the books and finances since Dad died isn't answering my calls, nor those from my cousin, who is another of the 4 owners in the small complex. I understand that this man is facing foreclosure on his own home, and has a lot on his plate right now. But he is making this more complicated by not responding. If I can't get the information from him that I need to give the buyer, the deal will fall through. That would mean the condo would go into foreclosure which would be a negative for all four owners in the complex.

On the UP side, the plans for my father's art exhibition at the local museum. This, and not the condo deal, is the big reason why I'm traveling to FL at this time. The show opens on November 4. The young man who is organizing things there is really fun to work with, and seems even more excited about the show than I am. It is great that at least this project is falling into place nicely as we email back and forth about the details.

In ALL these things, I'm trying to stay positive and thankful. I know that there are lessons in these financial messes somewhere, even if I don't see them now.

In the eating and weight loss area, I'm still just kind of holding steady. I'm not able to participate in the challenges as I'd like to, or exercise as intensively as I'd like to. But it is what it is for now and I refuse to stay discouraged even if I do fall into that pit from time to time.

Today, I realized that I'll qualify for a senior pass for the public transportation system in Stuttgart in less than a year. I'm not sure how I feel about that!

Thanks for reading, dear Spark buddies! It may be awhile before I get to thank you for commenting, but do know that I read and appreciate each message! Hope to have time to check in again by next weekend, after the jet lag has passed!
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    Your retreat sounds lovely--seriously lovely. I'm glad that you got a chance to really rest and destress and reground your faith.

    I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as far as the condo mess goes--I hope you get the info you need soon. And good luck with the art exhibit! That sounds like a wonderful way to remember and honor your father.
    1701 days ago
    emoticon Holding steady is a GOOD thing! Especially in times of stress and challenge, like travel (where we have less control over our choices) and real estate sales (which tempt me at least to stress eating). If only I'd held steady during my father's last illness... but that was my learning curve and today is a new day. The point is, your accomplishment is truly impressive! Gold stars for Michelle!!!!
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    emoticon for the beautiful song. I love Allison Krauss. She's one of my "stations" on Pandora!

    Singing songs of praise for your steady hold.

    1703 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Sounds like the retreat was just what you needed barring the irritating illnesses. Hope you have a successful and fun filled trip to Florida, even if the reason is bittersweet. Holding steady is much better than my situation in which I'm actually moving up instead of down.

    1703 days ago
  • RURAL3
    Michelle you are one busy lady. A lot of fun mixed in with work. Guess that's the way it should be. I pray that you get ahold of the guy who has the right paperwork and it all works out. I would love to see pics of the exhibition if you can post some. I am sure it will be an emotional but gratifying time. I hope your feet are doing better. emoticon
    1704 days ago
    I'm glad to hear you are feeling better and had a chance to recharge in Switzerland. I hope your trip to Florida all works out for you - hard to deal with those kinds of things. That exhibition of your father's work sounds wonderful - I hope it brings you much joy!
    1704 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    Glad you enjoyed the retreat. Very good for the soul!
    1704 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    Enjoy getting Sr. rates, after all, you've waited a long time to get them!!!!
    1705 days ago
    Love it! "cocoon of peaceful, comforting fog"...we all need such reprieves in our lives!

    Beautiful song...and Alison is one of my favorite female vocalists...!

    Shake that cold and savor those travels! :-)

    1705 days ago
    Zella, I'm praying it all gets sorted out quickly and painlessly. It sounds as if there are a lot of factors over which you have very little control. That always is challenging.
    1705 days ago
    The retreat sounds wonderful. I love fog...except for when it is hard to breathe in it. I hope you get things worked out with the condo soon. Good luck with the art exhibit.
    1705 days ago
    Hope everything sorts out for u !
    1705 days ago
  • KPACE7
    Try to enjoy your trip. I would LOVE to be in Florida. I am so proud of you staying the same weight wise. You are doing great! emoticon
    1705 days ago
    Sorry its not a pleasure trip but hope you'll get a chance to spend time with your family. Praying everything goes smoothly for you.
    1705 days ago
    Thinking of you as you make this trip. What a beautiful tribute to your father, I'm glad that you get to be there for it. emoticon
    1705 days ago
    emoticon I hope you can resolve the bureaucracy and paperwork issues and enjoy the celebration of your Dad's life work. For me, a long walk on the beach watching the sun rise and set in the evening is soul healing. Wishing you peace and joy this trip.... emoticon emoticon
    1705 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/21/2013 6:36:24 PM
    That was a beautiful song. Thanks for sharing it.

    You have been one busy lady! I hope things go well for you on your trip to Florida.

    I'm glad your UTI is gone. Wow....those are no fun! Now, I just hope your cold goes away too!
    1705 days ago
    Hope the trip goes easily and well. You've had a lot on your plate since the challenge started - I hope that the condo situation straightens out.
    1705 days ago
    Love it that you're holding steady! emoticon You're in the palm of God's hand through the complicated condo paperwork and art exhibition details. . . I look at life and am so thankful I have a Holy Father to turn to ...or turn it all over to. emoticon
    . . .what a lovely song, Michelle. You have a refreshing cup of Joy and you inspire me to have an attitude of gratitude.

    ~ Laura emoticon
    1706 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/21/2013 4:14:49 PM
    1706 days ago
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