Thoughts and prayers are welcome here

As we drove along to OHSU yesterday for my mom’s chemo appointment, I was just in awe of the beautiful colors on the trees lining the sides of the row. Mostly yellows and oranges with bits of red thrown in. Wow. I’m sure it will all be gone by the time we go back again, but it sure was a pretty drive on a beautiful fall day.

A couple of weeks ago we went to Schedeen’s nursery and produce stand in Gresham. As Saturday market is drawing to a close, this one will keep going through December – where it will turn into a Christmas tree lot before closing for the winter.  There were a lot of pretty fall colors there, as well. I’m trying to just enjoy it all before we trade it in for the bleakness of winter. Bleh. Not looking forward to winter at all…

Enjoy the beauty that is around you in this season!

 

Schedeen's Fresh & Local

Schedeen’s Fresh & Local

 

Bunny bird bath

Bunny bird bath

 

Pink straw flower

Pink straw flower

 

One lonely flower

One lonely flower

 

Lemons and limes

Lemons and limes

 

Red hot chili peppers

Red hot chili peppers

 

Mini pumpkins

Mini pumpkins and gourds

 

Purple ruffles

Purple ruffles

 

To any of you who sent me thoughts and prayers as I had a major setback in healing my back a couple of weeks ago. Thank you. I know that phrase is getting a bad rep on Facebook, and I just want to say, as far as I am concerned, I will welcome any thoughts and prayers coming my way because, for one, who am I to be worthy and blessed to be in your thoughts or prayers in the first place? And second, I believe in the power of prayer! I believe it can heal my mother’s cancer. I believe prayer can help heal me or place me in the hands of someone capable of healing me – in my case, the chiropractor, the acupuncturist, or the people at the physical therapy office – and if that doesn’t work, I’m sure God will place me in someone else’s very skilled hands to heal me up. Or heal me Himself.

I’m not sure what this world is coming to where everyone has to criticize everyone else in order to feel better about themselves. I blame social media. When one person gets on a band wagon about something, everyone else jumps on and blindly follows. I’m not even sure what a band wagon is, but I certainly don’t want to jump on one with the rest of the world.

So many of the people I know are so far away, all they can do is send thoughts and prayers. Even if you are closer to me, what can you do to help me along in the healing process, anyway?  I need to go work with my team of ‘healers’ in order to gain the healing I need to move on from this place in my life.  No one can do it for me. If I’m in a lot of pain and you live nearby, food is always welcome. And by food, I mean the good stuff. Sweets. Desserts. Treats. Or, you can just throw dark chocolate at me and slowly back away… Just kidding. (But not about the dark chocolate. I never joke about dark chocolate. )

If you are nearby and also in pain, perhaps we could form a pain buddies group. Where we sit around lounging on junk food and doing mellow things that won’t cause any of us to be in more pain. Haha. Otherwise, I just want to say, your thoughts and prayers are welcome here…

 

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Mid-winter pick-me-up

I came across an album of forgotten photos I took back in November – before the mid-winter dreariness set in and the snow and ice killed them all. I probably took way too many photos around that time and unloaded them on my computer just to forget they were there.

 

Funny flower faces

Funny flower faces

 

But now, in the midst of the winter bleakness I’m so thankful for the bright cheeriness of those flowers. I needed to find this album now. With the dark, cold days of winter setting in, the low income from my job this time of year, and my mom’s cancer, the flower photos were just the pick-me-up I needed to get me out of a winter funk.

 

Purple hydrangeas

Purple hydrangeas

 

We all have dark seasons in our lives, but you’ll notice, even in the dark times, there is always a little bit of light to hold on to. Little bits of loveliness to perk us up again. The light shines darkest before the dawn, the stars can’t shine without the darkness – and all that jazz.

 

Rose bud

Rose bud

 

Today, I remind you all to hold on to hope. I know mine’s just about gone right now. But I’m holding on to that tiny bit remaining anyway. As if my life depends upon it. Or as if my mom’s life does, in my case.

 

Purple and white fuchsia

Purple and white fuchsia

 

If you find rays of sunshine during the darkness, hold on to them. Or, if you find a forgotten album of flower photos from warmer days, enjoy them! Just know this: Winter doesn’t last forever. Spring is Coming!!!

 

Tiny dancer

Tiny dancer

 

So, here’s to a mid-winter break from ice and snow. A moments pause to remember warmer, sunnier days are coming.

 

Snap dragons, through the fence

Snap dragons, through the fence

 

A time to remember this too will pass. This season will move on.

 

Brilliant yellow flowers

Brilliant yellow flowers

 

To a time of hope and rebirth and new life.

 

Spring will come.

Spring will come.

 

*This week, send out prayers for the specialist involved in my mom’s cancer treatment as he is making a decision to introduce another new medicine into her chemo routine.

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