When you think of "snowed in" what do you remember? Being out of school? Snow days of playing in the snow and building snow forts? Do you remember if there was food enough? Did you pay attention to what the adults were doing to be prepared? I can remember my mother always having enough food for at least two weeks in the house. I can also remember the first year I was married and having to go to the store EVERY time the storm was starting because we were NOT prepared.
We are getting a "winter storm" (okay they are calling it a blizzard) where I live. It got me to thinking of the times Dad and I were snowed in. We always had plenty of food, even if one of us had to "stop" to fix it, and things to do. Dad was always reading, writing or working on his computer. He was quite willing to let me read or quilt. He loved to ask me questions as soon as I started knitting -- especially if I was trying to count! Thankfully, with snow plows and snow blowers, it only took a couple of days until we could be out safely.
So..... were you prepared for this storm? Do you have things to do? I have several projects for "when I get snowed in" which MIGHT even get looked at. I do have plenty of food, coffee, tea and fabric so staying IN will work. All of which helps us to laugh, and maybe even enjoy, being "snowed in!!" instead of screaming!
I'm not sure how but we are in the middle of February and moving quickly into Lent. The problem is this can mean the schedule is getting even busier. So I repeat the question..... where is your 'focus'?
I was at a meeting, recently, where it was pointed out we are frequently "gazing at what is happening" and "glancing at Christ." It was pointed out we need to be "gazing at Christ" and "glancing at what is happening." This is so true for all of us but especially for those of us who are care givers. This is one of the reasons for the F O C U S of the logo!
There is a lot going on in the world - virus spreading, political, church changes AND we have our care recipients. We need to keep our focus - Fixing Our eyes on CHRIST Uniting for Strength.
So....... where is your focus?
A nice "quiet" sunrise this morning, calmer winds happening with bright sunshine and temps (even the windchill) in the positive numbers. All of which make for a nice "quiet" day to go with the sunrise. It is good to have quiet days sometimes!
Several people have also been asking about the times with Dad. Yes, there were definitely times I was trying to give him away. I also tried, on a few occasions to do the "Ransom of Red Chief" - as in I would have paid from someone to take him. It never happened but it is a good memory because it also reminds me how we could "get to each other" at regular intervals.
There were also, however, the nice, quiet days. Dad read a LOT. His kindle had everything from several Bible translations and a couple of prayer books, to the classics to Nora Roberts on it. He also usually had an actual BOOK book within easy reach. He was quite content to read, even as I was in various quilt stores, most of the time - unless, like I said, he was giving me a hard time.
So......sometimes we laugh or we start screaming. And sometimes we smile - because we remember the quiet days. Something to think about.......