Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pressing on…

Whenever I seem to be fighting gravity constantly, or well, just fighting the simple things in life, it is usually when I am working something out spiritually. Like when I pray to God, "I need to be a sweeter vessel Lord", "I want a sweet fragrance about me, to be used more for you", "I am ready for the next level Lord, help me to mature"... Well that other guy, which I will REFUSE to give credit to here, comes along to wreak havoc and see what I am made of! ACK!

I will prevail! With only the Lord's help of course!
J

This week has been our most challenging here yet, for some reason. I am certain it is due to my resolve to mature spiritually! People will never believe my "story" here if I only write about good things...
J


This week:

  • "You didn't turn the pump off"!!!! Other person says, "I thought YOU turned the pump off"…
  • "You told me you were going to tighten that door!!!
  • An extremely LAME realtor
  • A friendly visit from the Jehovah's Witness' (I could never fault them for their resolve and guts to witness door to door, but...!)
  • A wet closet, that still has to be discovered, "WHY"?
  • Extra bickering for some reason among the camp…
  • Spending 2-3 hours, per someone's request to order family photo cards, to have them say, "Maybe we shouldn't do them this year" !!! WHAT???
  • For the last Monday I went to the laundry mat to finish my last few loads... I waited patiently the 38 minutes for the wash load(s)... I won't even begin to tell you about the morning that day (you have an imagination right?) Well, I was praying the entire time while waiting for my wash to be completed… I was alone and it was a nice time, as nice a time you could make a laundry mat be… (they do have free coffee J, you have to imagine, I was huge spoiled brat before moving here too. The prettiest laundry room on the planet, hanging and folding stations to boot, now I am at the laundry mat, but NOT complaining…) I was finished with the wash. I put my 3 loads in my baskets and hauled them to the car with my pregnant body… I then went back in to get the last load and opened the wash machine. THE WASH WAS GONE!!!!!!! VANISHED!!!!!! Just a few suds… I looked around and saw some innocent people folding their laundry and I wondered who the thief could be! I thought, "that lady looks much to nice to be a thief"…. I felt angst well up inside me as my wash was stolen, right in front of me as I was praying??? "God, you have got to be kidding me? I really don't even care about the clothes at all, but this is just too much with the morning I just had…" I thought, now what do I do? I thought, just for giggles, I would go down the row and see what was in the other washers…. After 5 checks of empty washers, I opened the 6th washer, right next to my empty wash machine, except for those few suds… There was my wash, still dirty, with some laundry detergent on it… I had put the $2.50 in the wrong wash machine!!! I was happy to have found it, but now I had to wait another 38 minutes… oh well, at least I found it… But I had a Mother Daughter Christmas Tea to attend that evening and I had to make a cake yet!
  • I finally made it home, we hung all the laundry in front of the wood stoves, and I started to bake the cake for the Christmas Tea that eve… My 1940's Magic Chef oven is finicky. The "upstairs" burners work great, the oven, different story! I had trouble lighting it… Finally the flame took hold, singing the hair off my hand and right arm up to the elbow, as well as burning the heck out of each… This is the same day still people… I didn't cry, YET…
  • Saturday came along… THE WEEK WAS STRESSFUL… I was excited to try the new wringer washer this day, but not at 6:00 am when I was awakened, not on my own account J. This would be our first attempt with the machine hooked up to the belts and pulleys to the gasoline engine… Now I know why they heat the water… The wash machine worked fine, but I had to feed the soapy clothes, as well as, the rinse clothes through the wringer… THE WATER WAS FREEZING! (before you panic I am washing in cold water, there is no scientific evidence to wash clothes in hot vs. cold water to make them cleaner, except whites, I did this in hot soapy bleach water) After an hour inside, or should I say it felt like outside, an unheated wash room and my hands in FREEZING cold water… I was getting used to it… (Remember now, I told you I KNEW laundry would be the biggest challenge here, and I was 100% correct)… One of the parts was ready to fly off because we had to rig this part together to save a trip to the hardware store this morning and just get going on the laundry! I had to really hurry with the rinsed clothes through the wringer! I put my nice white fluffy bath robe through and prayed it would make it before the part broke, then I could finally be finished with all the laundry! Well, I am very happy to report to you that I did finish all that laundry, and I even had 2 of my fingers from my right hand go inside the wringer with my white fluffy bath robe… I wove a tapestry of profaOk, I WAS SO ANGRY!!! I am glad the only person around was the Gentle Giant! It hurt so bad, I did not even want to cry, it hurt too much to cry… TOO MUCH!!!! I popped the blue button and out my hand came… I think my hand made it to the knuckles because it was numb from the icy cold water… But knuckles do not fit through a wringer, NO! THEY DON'T! Not crying yet…
  • Ok, when the wash was finished, that should have been enough for one person, for 1 day! We had promised the kids we would set up the fresh cut Christmas tree from the night before… They were so excited! I, well, we still have moving boxes around so I was not excited to start a "new" other project… But, remember that prayer of wanting to be HIS vessel… Well, I wanted this to be a good day for the kids, so we would put up the tree, even though we had to leave in a few short hours for hubby's company Christmas party… But when the numerous boxes of Christmas décor and garb started coming out into the main living area, to add more chaos upon chaos, my chest tightened and then I quietly snuck into my bedroom, closed the door and wept like a baby (pregnancy can do this to you) … I had just had enough! The week had peaked for me and at least it can only get better from here J

8 comments:

Dan River Mama said...

Bless your heart! I hope your hand feels better soon. Thanks for taking the time to share your day-to-day experience with the rest of us. Coming here to read each morning really helps me to not take the ups and downs in my day quite so seriously.

Susan

Dani said...

Hang in there....some days are like that...especially with what you prayed. Hope your hand is better...that's what always scared me about wringer washers...my mom had one back in the 50s.
Praying you have a great week and life goes more smoothly...be good to yourself and the new life you're carrying. God bless!

Dawn said...

Oh my goodness....my chest started to tighten just reading this...
Your hand!?!?! I'm creeping out on that one. Slammed my finger in a car door once and broke it.
Hope this week is better.
Be careful what you pray for.
:)

Heartathome said...

I feel for you~some weeks just seem to be that way. I pray that your hand is feeling better and I know that you will get through these trials. When you're pregnant everything feels 10 times worse than it would if you weren't pregnant anyway.
And it wouldn't matter if you still were able to do laundry in your lovely laundry room at "the palace"-you may not have flattened your fingers in the wringer, but you probably still would have faced trials-they would have just been different ones.
This past Friday morning as I was letting our hens out, I fed them and wanted to get them fresh water. It was cold here that morning (nothing like the kind of cold you get, but cold for us)I went out in my nightgown and was trying to not get dirty-on my way to the water hose I went to step over a pressure washer that one of my men left in the walkpath but didn't see the nozzle sticking out-I managed to lose my balance and slammed into our porch as I scraped up my ankle and spilled dirty chicken water down my leg and foot. I wasn't very happy either. :-P
Thankfully I did not have the kind of week you had and I'm not pregnant so I didn't cry, but still....
Even though I am living in the city, with power and full laundry services, things aren't always wonderful-there are trials-different from the ones you face, but trials none the less.
I will be praying for your upcoming week to go more smoothly and I'm believing that you will (with the Lord's help)triumph.
Many blessings,
Michelle
BTW-I loved the laundromat story-I'm glad that you found your laundry-even if it did cost you another $2.50 and 38 minutes. :-)

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Oh darlin'! What a week you have had! The laundry mat story is funny, tho!

Kim said...

Awww, sorry your having a challenging week. The laundry story I have to smile (sorry) I find myself doing things like that all the time. The other day my boy's and I got into the van to go to the store and as I was backing out of the driveway I noticed the check engine light on and the check oil light. In a small pannic I said out loud to my kids, OMGosh, there must be something wrong with the van. As I was thinking about pulling back up the driveway my older son said to me, Hey Mom, maybe you should try starting the van. Ha Ha Ha! I hate when that happens. LOL I'm glad you didn't get that other thing caught in the wringer. That would be worse I think. LOL Hope your day got brighter.

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Oh you poor dear! Praying for you.

Lea

Sherry in MI said...

Okay - I guess my morning hasn't been as bad as I thought. Thanks for putting things in perspective for me this morning! *Grin*

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