When Life Flips Upside-Down

I generally run a mile-a-minute, but I've concluded that God needed to slow me down....

These days, I find myself with my right shoulder broken in 2 places, and the top crushed as a result of getting my feet tangled up in orange construction fencing laying on the ground at a concert we attended our 49th Anniversary Weekend. It goes without saying that I am right-handed. While I'm grateful no surgery is indicated, a 6-8 week healing time likely followed by physical therapy for a frozen shoulder is a VERY side-lining lesson for this gal.

My summer calendar included time in my flower garden each morning, filled Summer Sewing Camps for kids, private sewing students, daily Bible Study with Precepts and more conservative, Christian activities than you can imagine.

Visits to see our kids (a full day's drive away), and a sewing retreat in TX with my Sister are still on my Hope & Pray list for August.

Meanwhile, I'm learning MANY LESSONS, so now that I'm through the worse of the PAIN and on just Tylenol, my mind is clear and with my laptop placed just right on my lap, I am grateful for long fingers that can actually type almost regularly.

This experience is not for the light of heart, and as I said - I'm learning OH SO MUCH, so I've assembled a list to share with ya'll.


Flowers brought by friends have meant so VERY much to beautify what I see all day (and night) long, as I'm pretty limited to my recliner chair day and night. At the left are breath-taking hydrangeas from a friend. I cover up with a beautiful 'Love Quilt' that my Aunt Mildred (94 years young) made for me which she even hand-quilted. Sunflowers from another friend smile at me daily with om front pf my favorite pics of my kids during their young carefree years. Of course, pics of my grandkids are in easy view as well, and I play current videos of them I'm sent over and over and over again!

Next to Lily of the Valley, my favorite floral scent is that of Gardenias. The plant my dear daughter sent for Mother's Day yielded one bloom already that brought many wonderful 'sniffs'. The plant is filled with more blooms, so I'm anxious for more aromatic surroundings. I learned that you should snip the stem to the perfect length while immersed in water.

I'm also making it a MUST each day to get out and walk (carefully) around my back flower garden. It's pretty safe, because we have quite a wide 'path' of concrete as my garden is a filled-in swimming pool. Just changing scenery for a spell each day is a GOOD THING.



My recliner has been my evening friend for years, so now this chair and I are bonded forever. Sadly, my chair is older and reclines with manipulation of a stiff lever - of course, on the right-hand side. My wonderful, amazing, servant-hearted husband quickly learned that operating it from