17 June 2010

Life is so...precious

I have my bad days. I've cried buckets over my daughter in the past. Things on that front have been SO much better for a long time now. I've had lots of stress over my parents. There's a bit of a reprieve now, and though I know it won't last, it's OK today. Why am I saying all this? Because today was so awesome and I don't want you to think my life is a bowl of cherries. Whose life is?

Today was pretty glorious. I woke up early (not on purpose) and got to drink coffee because it was my day off. Word! (that's for you Seth) I hung out on my porch. The birds were so loud! I got ready for my dentist appointment and was 'out the house at 9:30'. The tooth under my temporary crown was reshaped and put back on. I thought I was getting a permanent one, but not yet. I came home and drove 20 miles to Emily's boyfriend's house (yes, it's that far). Something fell off the underside of her car while she was there yesterday, a heat shield, and she had to leave it. We found out it was fine without it. I came home and made tuna salad. I could have vacuumed. Dusted. Cleaned out my walk-in closet that kind of looks like a hoarder's closet. Could have gone to the bank. Could have/should have done many things. I put on my bathing suit and went to the pool. It was fabulous. A picture perfect day.

I'm going to guess that it was 80 degrees today without a drop of humidity. Well, that's not really possible in MD, so maybe it was 30%. It was breezy. The sky was a brilliant blue. I sat on my lounge chair at the pool. Read my magazines and listened to Alison Kraus on my iPod/Phone. I swam 20 laps. Did I sound nonchalant about that? I can't believe I swam 20 laps. I'm gonna be a swimmer again! I could have stayed at the pool all night. I left about 5:30.

I decided not to shower because I wanted to spend every minute till dark outside and knew I needed bug spray. Yuck. So, I ate outside, on the porch, then hung out on the deck. The wind chimes were ringing. I don't remember such a beautiful day!

As I was writing this my brother called. He was at my parents house. He said my mom was not acting right. Very, very agitated. She's been really depressed. He was worried. My niece came to tell him my mom was on the floor. I'm not sure if she slipped out of bed, or what. She's in bed sleeping now, but you see...you never know about life. It's not something to be taken for granted. It's a gift. We're supposed to make the most of it. I try. I'll talk to my mom tomorrow and hope she's OK. She just saw the doctor today!

Now it's time to shower. The combo of chlorine and OFF! has got to go. Then I'm sinking into bed. G'night.


Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Hi Cheryl,
You have always struck me as a very positive person. I mean, I am impressed that you can count a day when you had to go visit the dentist as glorious. I think it is great that you do. Maybe I'll see that dentist soon myself.

Sorry about the stress from your parents. I can identify with that too.

Seth M. Ward said...

Thanks for the shout out C` You rock!

I wish I had the good life like you.

I know it's not a bowl of cherries, but it sure as hell beats the bowl of diggle berries life's served me up! :~/

KathyA said...

I'm glad you had a good day -- you deserve it. And you're right: we never really know from minute to minute how and when our lives will change.
I hope your mom is better tomorrow.

Lena said...

I love how you make the most of your days and your time. What enjoyable time outside.

It is scary about your mom, but I know how that goes. No crystal ball to let us what we will need to deal with next.

Hope your mom is better today!

beachgirl said...

Nice day. I get my day sidetracked often, then am glad I just went with the flow and enjoyed my day.
I am busy all weekend with biker events that I am taking pictures at. I was originally going to spend the weekend with my kids and their Dad at his house.
I feel the need for beach time today.

C.A. said...

I'm so glad you had a awesome day to balance out that last part. :)

Hope your Mom is better today and this day is as good as the last! Your attitude is contagious, my friend!

Big Hugs....


Andrew said...

Worried about your mom and I hope she is better. I LOVED the photo. I am such a weather fan and that looks like such a gorgeous day. Love you dear friend and I hope today is going well.

Lauralew said...

Hugs to you.

I remember October 6th, 2009--one of the best days I'd had in a long time. Interestingly enough, I also had a dentist appt that day for a cleaning. When I got home, my husband gently informed me that my brother had called; he found my dad on the floor, dead. So yes, I sure understand about how life can turn on a dime. Again, lots of hugs and keep that positive attitude!

SOUL said...

i don't know how you do it cheryl. i really don't. it must come from your parents. or not. i don't know. your faith maybe. whatever your 'spark' it's always there - always lit - always strong. and as someone said above -- contagious. in a good way!

not sure what's up with the kiddo, but it sounds like things are well. my buckets got a hole in it-- i had to drill it in the bottom a year or two ago -- it just couldn't hold all the tears that girl was spillin out of me. whatever we gotta do right? we can only hope we're doin it right. i do think they use the security and gimmee- ness of bein at home and spoiled only children as a shield from the real world and responsibility. one of these days - the girls that have shocked and amazed us -- and worried us sick with their seemingly impossible selves - will one day amaze both of us -- and everything they has gone in one ear and out the other -- we will find has been filed in - when i grow up- just watch. we will finally be relieved of our duties , and i bet we will miss it.

and riddle me this my friend .. why do they have to pick the guys with no car-- that live a million miles away? we always end up those situations too -- and for some reason -- 'his' folks never have the time or opportunity to get him here-- it's us - who gets him here and home. or vise versa. wth?

ok-- i'm ramblin -- about the facebook message -- silly girl- i was talkin to wendi ! don;t you know by now, i know where you live! we both talk to each other . i don't know HER link.. bah! my senility rubbin off? say it isn't so! :))

i really hope your mom is ok.. lemme know k?

ok, i hope you have a perfect day -- again and again and again :))

Gin said...

Life is truly a roller coaster ride! And we must enjoy every good minute that comes our way. When it's a beautiful day, it's so important to relish it. You never know what kind of adventure or happiness or sadness is right around the corner.

I hope your mom is okay.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

That sounds like a wonderful day. I hope your mom is all right.

Jamie said...

I have learned in my fifty years..that good times dont have to last all day..they don't even have to last an hour. That I need to enjoy and appreciate wonderful moments...sometimes that's all we can manage at one time. But I have learned to love each and every one of them. No one thinks that your life is perfect Cheryl, but we DO all marvel at your attitude and ability to enjoy. And so, what I have learned about the good moments has also been because of you.

I hope this day is wonderful for you. Go swim for me today, too. I overdid it this weekend and now I am paying for it. :) Big hugs.

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