Sunday, August 1, 2010

Caught in a whirlwind

It has been so long since I used my computer, it didn't even know me any more! I had to type all kinds of passwords to get back in here.

I feel like I got caught up in one of those West Texas whirl winds, aka a big ol' dirt devil. We were home just a couple days when we packed our bags and headed to the DFW area for a class hubby had to take. I vegetated in a motel room for three days, then we drove to Houston and spent a few glorious days with some of our kids. Then it was back to Amarillo where we worked frantically to get the mowing and the laundry and all those other have-to things done. Early on our fourth day back home my sis called--my mom had fallen and broken her ankle, so we were off to Lubbock where we spent two days with family sitting in a hospital. We drove home again on Saturday night, then Sunday just as church let out, the phone rang. Deployed! I spent the rest of the day scrambling to get everything ready to go, so early Monday morning we took off for Chicago.

Whew! After two days on the road we got here on Tuesday and I just now caught my breath.

My camera has been stowed away, so that picture-a-day thing I was supposed to be doing--well--you didn't really think I could pull it off without interruption did you? They say that if you write a blog and want to keep and grow your readership, you must make frequent, regular posts. If I were a teacher, I'd give me an F! At this rate, I'm lucky to have anyone still reading. (Are those crickets I hear?)
So to all you who are still checking in here to see if I've fallen off the edge of the planet or if I've penned some fascinating story or have some wise inspiration or witty words to share, THANKS! Your are the best!

So what have I been doing?
I've been trying to get organized and settled in here. You know I never settle in too deeply, but I do have to unpack just a few things to make daily living a little more practical. I've also been preoccupied with a sewing project. It is a gift for a friend, so I'll show you pictures after she receives it. Sometimes I wonder what in the world we were thinking when we decided I could haul a sewing machine and sewing supplies around with us, but I've enjoyed reviving an old hobby. And, it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble.

Now I'm about to do something here that I DON'T LIKE TO DO!  I'm going to commit myself. Okay, I know I need to be committed--wearing one of those nice coats that have sleeves that tie in the back, but that's not what I mean. This time anyway. I'm going to commit to coming back here tomorrow to tell you all about the place we are staying. IT'S A RESORT! You remember that that key word, resort, is a bit relative don't you? Just in case you don't remember, click on the preceding link. This place is nothing like the resort in Ohio, but I'll show you around tomorrow.

Right now I need to go snap some fresh green beans and peel some carrots. I smell the roast, which means it's almost tender by now! So Lord willin' and the creek don't rise...yes we have a creek...I'll be back tomorrow.



Becky said...

I just love reading about your whirlwind life. I am sure you don't like it at times! Someday when you are home I want to come see what kind of modifications you have made on your travel trailer. Since you have to go at a minute's notice, I am sure you have good ideas. Can't wait to see the resort!

Karen said...

Hope your mom's ankle mends well...

You are one busy lady...very glad you are staying "off the streets"...HA

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Oh, the High Calling community prays for the healing of your mother and your continued safety as you travel and the calming of your whirlwind! He's with you in the eye of the storm!

All's grace,
Ann Voskamp
Contributing Editor @ High Calling

Talkin' Texan said...

Your comment as really set me into some deep thinking. I love my life really. Even when circumstances are out of control or less than desirable, I see my life as a gift to me from God. I'm not saying I don't complain about things from time to time, but when I look back at who I used to be and who I am now, where I used to be and where I am now, I realize the mighty work that God has done in me and I'm amazed.

I'd love for you to come visit me when we are home. We've done some tweaking to the RV to make it meet our specific needs. It's an ongoing process. The secrete to being ready to roll quickly--we are FULL-TIMERS even at home. We live in the rig in the backyard of our own home. lol I know it sounds crazy, but when I start getting stuff spread out, it takes too long to get ready to go. Keeping life and possessions as limited and simple as possible helps too.

Talkin' Texan said...

Karen and Ann,
Thanks for the prayers for my mother. It was a very serious break that required a metal plate and some screws. I know recovery won't be easy. Prayer will play a vital roll! Thanks.

Becky said...

Oh my goodness! I think your mother's healing process will be long tell her to find sitting hobbies. Bless her! I shattered my ankle over 20 years ago and still have problems but can still go go go! She will too!

Sounds like you and God have your life well in hand.

Deanna said...

Ahhhh...roast with carrots and fresh green beans sounds so yummy. Sure beats the peanut butter and crackers I just had for lunch!

Talkin' Texan said...

I want to thank you all for praying for my mom. Her first follow up visit to the Dr. went well. She is doing as well as can be expected both physically and mentally.

Yep, Deanna, that roast was good stuff! Wish you could have been here to share it.