Sunday, March 10, 2019

A week in a flash...............










Well hello my friends!  How are you? Anything new?  My week has been filled full, mostly with work and work stress, that doesn't sound all that fun does it?  So as I sat at my computer today, wondering why my photos are not automatically loading from my phone to my computer I realized that actually much more good went on then I thought.  I have been consumed with one particular nasty situation at work which is pushing me to make decisions I hope I would never have to make.  It seem that it has been one my mind so much I did not even realize there was so much to be thankful for that happened last week.

There was Little Buddy using the pool for the first time this year.  He was in last weekend just before it got chilly again.  I wasn't going in, no way is this old body of mine getting into an 80 degree pool.  Still Little B had a grand time in that chilly water.

There are flowers flowering, buds budding and really incredible weather to enjoy.  There is also a ton of pollen, so much so I am wiping down everything almost daily, still I need to enjoy this humidity free weather while it lasts, summer is on the way.

There were sweet dogs sleeping near me as I watched a bit of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel in the middle of the day Wednesday.  I had a work issue to sort out and had to stay home for the morning.  Before I headed out to work with some children I watched part of the show with these boys looking so peaceful and cozy.  It is the best show ever, I'm not kidding.  If you haven't watched it do it now!  I mean right this second!  It can be found on Amazon Prime.

There was a visit by these two deer who walked right up to my lanai screen.  I took the blurry photo from inside the house, the deer in front was just getting nubs for antlers.  And to be really thankful they did not eat my recently planted flowers.

There was a first and second grade concert for Little Buddy.  Doesn't he look handsome?  He was very nervous before it, even crying a bit before we left home.  But he did it, he got on stage with all the other classes and did most of the hand motions.  Not a whole lot of singing but still he was up there.  He is obsessed with elevators and frequently pushes pretend buttons pretending the doors are closing.  He got a bit bored between songs and you guessed it he started playing pretend elevator with his walker right up on stage.  I swear I laughed out loud.  It was the first laugh I had all week and it was priceless.  When we went to pick him up I leaned down and told him how proud of him I was.  He leaned in for a hug and patted me on the back while telling me he was homesick when he had to go to the big school and sing in the Spring Concert.  We were in the lobby of the high school where the performance was, it was just so endearing to me.  He is a sweet boy and works hard to face the challenges that are so difficult for him.

There have been talks with two very special friends and my wonderful sister about my work situation.  They are loving and do not judge, they listen and have my back no matter the decisions I have had to make and will have to make in the future.

There was a chance to take it easy Friday morning and just relax.  Spring Break has started here and it was a joy to be with my little one, just waking up on our own with a snuggle from the furry boys.  Little B and I went to a store and then out to lunch.  During our meal we practiced sign language, and chatted about this and that.  It was wonderful.  I have been learning sign language on my own the past few months to work with some of my patients and am now taking a three week course for health professionals on Wednesday nights. 

I was able to meet a good friend for dinner Friday evening and another for breakfast today.  Both are going through tough times in their lives so it was good to connect and let them know I am here for them.  

It is good to be reminded of the good that happens everyday even when you are overwhelmed by the stresses of life.  Those special moments are there if you look for them.  And sometimes it seems like they are really hiding, but they are there if you search long enough.

I am expecting a bit more work drama this week, so I won't be here much to visit.  This is really taking a bit of a toll on me.  Just remember that I think of you all and wish you the best week.  You are a big part of the goodness in my life and I appreciate you all so much.

27 comments:

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hugs Meredith, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Little Buddy has the very best smiles.
Jo

Teresa Kasner said...

Hi Mere, I'm glad you've had some downtime to do as you like and enjoy time with your little man. I wish you could retire and not have to work so much. I'm also glad you have your sister and good friends to discuss things with.. I'm here for you if you ever need my 2 cents. What handsome fur boys you have. Our little Mocha is bringing us much joy. We binge watched the 2 seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.. and adored it! I just wish there were more seasons than 2! Enjoy your Sunday. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

TheAwakenedSoul said...

I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing difficulties at work. It sounds like you have an excellent support system. Your little boy is so adorable. He sounds so sweet.

Caffeine Girl said...

Wow, LB's spring break is early. I can't imagine pool weather at this time. However, in a few weeks I'll be in Miami visiting my kids, so I'll get a dose of that Florida warmth.

I also have some yucky stuff going on at work, so I'm in the trenches with you. I've been working ridiculous hours, and I'm beginning to push back -- which isn't going over that well. But I'm in the last years of my career and I'm finding it harder to just go along. Sometimes you have to fight for what you think is right.

Catching up with friends is one of the best things about weekends!

Araignee said...

I would love to jump in that pool and have a swim! It's so cold and gloomy here. That water looks heavenly.
Hope your work issues resolve quickly and your week is a better one.

Judy S. said...

Glad you had a weekend off from the stress of work! Hope that this week will be better. Great photos of LB; he is growing up fast! Hugs!

Clicky Needles said...

Hi Meredith. I was wondering about watching Mrs Maisel, shall do it now. I would love to be able to swim in the outdoor pool at our apartment but it has ice on! I'll Leave that until the summer. Hope work gets sorted. CN x

kathy b said...

OH my goodness Meredith. Lil B looks so handsome all dressed up. Im so proud of him. Homesickness is the perfect description!!!! Elevators huh? Ill have to think about that for a bit.
Bless your work decisions. They are never easy. You care so much. I pray you come to a good place with work .

Blondie's Journal said...

I am always touched to see Little Buddy looking so darn cute, Mere, but he's positively handsome in his dress clothes. The swimming sounds incredible and I bet it's very therapeutic for him (and you). I could use some swimming time to have a more fun way to get in shape!

I know how stress from a job can take a physical and mental toll. I worked for eight years in a job that was challenging, but I put in a 10 hour day. At a particular time when the heat was on, I would experience such neck pain that I popped Tylenol like candy and actually held a heating pad on my neck when I took phone calls. Switching jobs is not an answer for those of us who depend on the income. But sometimes speaking up, at least in my case, and being forthright about my feelings changed things a bit. I'm happy you have found some simple ways top 'zen out', and I also love The MMM!! :)

Jane

Karen said...

Great photos and great reminders to look for the good things in life. They make it possible to tolerate the harder stuff. Good luck this week, and I hope you find more good things to balance the tough things going on at work.

Christina said...

I am sorry work is so hard at the moment. I hope that once you have made those difficult decisions, it will weigh a bit less on you.

Still, so many good things to look back to! Your little man is very handsome indeed and I am glad he did well on stage. It is not easy for little people to stay alert and pay attention when stage time is long. At least you saw him.... Alistair once told me he was a donkey for a nativity play and I nearly missed him because as a matter of fact, he was not and I was searching the stage for donkey with Alistair's face. Have a good week. xx

FB said...

I’m so sorry to hear about the work stresses, you seem to me me to be such a kind sensitive soul and don’t deserve this to be happening. I know how pervasive these type of situations can be and I sincerely hope it resolves itself soon.
Well done Little Buddy, it sounds like he did so well, that must have lifted your spirits. Wishing you love and light dear Meredith x

Jo said...

I'm sorry to hear about the tough time at work, I hope things work out for you. These problems can overshadow all the good, happy things that are happening too so it's a good idea to sit down and take stock, it can put everything back into perspective.

gaia said...

Dear Meredith,
ı wish you good luck with your work.I hope everything turns out to ne OK.
Hugs,
Gaia.

karen said...

hope the work drama and stress disappears!! of course little B is the handsomest guy in the world!!

Bridget said...

Oh Meredith, the important things are what you have talked about here. So much of life is stressful and upsetting, but if we can enjoy what we have and what is really important the rest will deal with itself, no matter what we think about it.

Hang in there. We all need you in our lives. xo

Nance said...

Thank Goodness for the Goodness in our lives. And how sweet that your son feels a pang of Homesickness as he ventures more and more into the big world out there.

mamasmercantile said...

I was so sorry to read about the hard time that you are having at work, but gladdened also to read that you have a good support team, friends and your sister. What a joy to look at the pictures on your camera and be reminded of all the good things in life. You do indeed have a lot to be thankful for. I have to remind myself sometimes when Gerard is suffering that we too have a lot to be thankful for. The camera is a great reminder. Take care.

Delighted Hands said...

I'm so proud of Lil Buddy for stretching his wings and doing the concert--hugs for such bravery!
And hugs for you, too. It isn't easy to have to be at a place where the tough decisions have to be made.
Love all the pic which are glimpses of your life right now--so much goodness!

Anonymous said...

Good morning sweet Meredith. I love each and everyone of your photos. I can’t even imagine being able to swim outside right now. It’s snowing here again today. I know spring is coming but it’s taking its sweet time! Hearing the story of your little guy and his elevator buttons definitely brought a smile to my face. You are right. There are good things if you just look. I am so very sorry that you’re going through a difficult time at work right now. Life can be just plain hard sometimes, can’t it? I will be praying for you my dear friend.
Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. I have done acupuncture for my back for several years but it doesn’t seem to help. Take care of yourself and try to get lots of rest this week if you can. I’m glad you have people you can talk to you. It makes all the difference in the world to share your struggles. Blessings, Betsy

Jodiebodie said...

I love your photo essay this week. I've been thinking of you and looking forward to reading your news this weekend. I'm sorry work is so stressful. Are you like me when it comes to stress? Lately when I've been under lots of stress I just become paralysed with overwhelm - not sure what to do next. I feel like in quicksand. I hope there is an end in sight for your stress Meredith. You have good advice though - to find the good in life and remenber to pay attention to those other areas where the good lies and not let stress blind you. Time out to watch tv and rejected with your furry boys is an excellent remedy. sending my his to you. Take it easy and good luck with your next moves at work. May you find a solution xxx

Between Me and You said...

If I had your swimming pool I'd be so fit and healthy!! Sorry about the work stress but glad you found some 'me'time with your friends to release some of the pressure. Hoping for a better week for you, Meredith. xxx

linda said...

I'm glad there were so many special moments in your week Meredith, the time just whizzes by and its good to just stop and reflect and find the positives. I hope that the work situation is better for you this week sending hugs xx

CJ said...

That dear little man of yours looks so handsome and so smart, I'm glad he got up on stage with everyone and gladder still that you had a much needed laugh. It sounds as if work is really tough at the moment, I'm sorry and I hope it improves very soon. Those puppies are adorable as ever. It sounds rather lovely snuggling up with them to watch a little television. Sending you a cyber hug my friend. CJ xx

Ginette said...

Sorry to hear of your stress, I hope you're able to resolve and the sitution is in your favor. It's amazing how these things can take control, remember you are a wonderful person doing so much good and so many are behind you supporting you and sending their love and concern. I love reading your blog, you make my day!

Jo said...

Save yourself Meredith, Save yourself! Don't visit us, just stay well. Buddy looks very smart in that blue shirt. Jo xx

Babajeza said...

All the best for your work situation. Work's such a big part of our life, it has to be good. Hugs, Regula