Okay guys...its official...I'm resigning my title of "Positive Mood Picker Upper" (or something to that effect, sorry, title WAS A LOVELY gesture, but I'm terrible at remembering such specific wording, hehe!) to MAPLE!!!
Maple is SO wonderfully positive, even with the two jobs and the lack of sleep, and here I AM WITH THE ONE NEW JOB, & I can't even be counted on to read the BOARD BUT TWO DAYS/week lately! Ugh...
Mandy, about your grandmother...I've been wanting to say that I am both praying for her well-being and for strength in general for you as it feels like you've been really, really tough in the face of lots of really big stressors. How does your grandmother feel in light of the health issues she is having, emotionally/mentally? I say this because my grandmother, who was very likely not in near the good "overall" health of your grandmother, survived her FIFTH SERIOUS CANCER at age 85, & went on to live until 91 with NO notable decline (still got up and out every day, played bridge/golf/shopped & lived alone!) Until 90 1/2!! This was due to HER CHOICE not to be "old", or pass away from ANYTHING until SHE WAS ready!
Thus, I'm thinking, even IF THIS ILLNESS SHE HAS is something pretty scary, even at eighty, she's got plenty of fighting time left...just something I wanted to leave you with...and a big hug, for my sense of pride (& envy) of your overall strength...you go, girl.
Drafty...It sounds like things might just be turning the corner for you from your rough spell (mine is just hitting it's tail end, I PRAY!!) & things SHOULD GET a bit sunnier over your way very soon...I believe these "rough patches" in life come in cycles, and yours is MORE THAN DUE to end...you, too, are a strength and an inspiration to me!! Get Christine roving along well...maybe SHE'S BEEN the terrible initiator!! Ooh, and, maaaybe for just a BIT, AVOID ANYTHING sharp?? Ha...poor fingers! :0(
Oxer, that pic jumping is awesome! You and pony look incredible! (I've wanted to say that for some time!!) :0)
Apache...I pray things are looking more "normal" & less harsh in your life, that the grief is beginning slowly to cease in strength, & is being replaced by all the positive memories of your 22 year old "baby"...
And back to Maple (I KNOW I'VE FORGOTTEN THINGS, PLEASE, DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY GUYS...just woke up!) That job sounds in many ways like a dream...and, honestly, you SHOULD take notes of your experiences and write a bestseller and never have to work (too much, anyway!) Again! The stories you're bound to collect will be amazing...if I were you, I'd just think of how lucky you are to even GET A SECOND job such as that, as here in the states, such jobs don't really exist, and if you did have a second job, it'd be tougher than your "real" job and for 1/10th the pay... :0(
Hugs and prayers to all...B2H
"I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener"