So, I'm very sorry that I went quiet. It's been a frenzied few weeks in all aspects of my life, and well, there just wasn't spare time to do a whole lot of posting.
I'm hesitant to complain though. I've had some ups and big time downs in the last couple of weeks, and I'm exhausted, but when you think of what other people are dealing with right this very moment, I'll take my hits thanks, and keep on trucking.
What's been happening you ask? Well work has been out of control pressured. Last week I think I had meetings from the crack of dawn til dusk nearly every single day, and in every spare second I could find, I spent it painting my daughter's room. It took 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint to go from circus side show to somewhat chic (as chic as you can get with paint in a 2 year old's bedroom. It looked great, and my design vision was feeling totally zen, until I carted all of her toys and books back into her room, and now it looks all junked up again. I'm trying not to stress out about it, because I know that at least now, I'll be able to change things up as she gets older without having to rearchitect the whole darn thing.
When we're all done, I'll post some photos of our home's transformation. It's been a lot of work, and there's still plenty to be done in the way of getting artwork and personalizing the spaces...but with the bones now complete and sturdy and neutral enough, it shouldn't be too hard now.
In other news, my mother in law has begun radiation and chemo treatments this week for lung cancer. While we're not there every day taking care of her, I know it's been weighing on both my husband's mind and mine, and I can tell you that dealing with the emotional strain of not being there is not as easy as one might think. Both the hubby and I are fixers. And while I suspect he'd be lost in space up there, I know that I'd be busy as stink taking care of her basic necessities. Part of me is glad I'm not there to do all that, and the other part of me is ill thinking that it might not be getting done. This is not where my father in law exceeds expectations either.
My own mother has been ill, and trying hard to recover from heart troubles, and she's not rebounding as easily as she did the first time. They've put 2 new stints in one of her arteries, and well, her body isn't taking too nicely to having them there. Because of the heart attack that is induced during the procedure and complications from emphysema she's not able to walk the length of her driveway without feeling in trouble and in need of a rest. This is probably weighing heavier on my mind because again, with a toddler and a full time job and responsibilities of my own, I'm not able to pitch in and take care of her the way I would like, and the way I think I should be. It's another one of those complications that comes from having children late in life. When I should be worrying less about my kids, or having my kid help more so that I can have more time for elder care, I'm still in new mommy mode, and unable to devote the kind of attention she needs to her, precisely when she needs it. You know, old people stop caring for anything that happens in the world after 4pm. And when it happens, it's not like it's gradual. It just stops. And nothing you can do to suggest doing something after 4pm will work. It's like the hard wiring of their synapses changes. It's completely irreversible. And what makes it all harder is that I keep listening to her tell me what she's doing to look after my Grandmother. oh what I wouldn't give to work part time right now, without taking a financial hit.
But what puts all of this into perspective for me is this. I'm able to complain about such things as not having enough time to devote to more people as though it were a luxury. I don't know exactly if that's good or bad, but I think, depending on your perspective, it's not all that bad. These are the people in my life who mean something very dear, and who are in some respects, my best friends. And I have so much love and so many people who are special priority for me, I'm so very lucky and blessed to have them. And none of this is about wanting to find any time to be with them, because none is usually spent at all. It's about finding "more" time to spend with them. It's about the fact that I recognize the fragility of everything around me, and the idea of not getting 150% of every single opportunity I can get with them is unacceptable, and stressful to me.
So I'm tipping my hat to the "have nots" today. May you find peace, good health, comfort and unconditional love with someone who is a trusted, true and faithful companion forever. May you one day find yourself as lucky as I am today.