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Thursday, December 6

Thankful Thursday and more...

First, I'm going to post about what's been happening here. The graphic below is how I've been feeling the last couple of days - completely frazzled.



Life around here has been hectic. On Tuesday, we had a big plumbing problem and I do mean BIG. The sewer backed up and oh, what a mess. I called our regular plumbing company and the dispatcher was to call me back. Two hours later, I called her and she said that she wasn't sure that she would be able to send anyone that day. (Thanks for letting me know.)

So, I called another plumbing company and they said they could have someone here in half an hour. Yay! The plumber came and we had to dig up the flower bed at the side of the house because that is where the access is to the pipe that runs from our house to the street. I doubt if my strawberries survived.

The plumber worked diligently and was just finishing up when the phone rang. It was the first plumbing company saying they were sending someone out to fix the problem. I told her that I had called someone else and was sorry, but the problem was under control. I couldn't believe my ears when she said, very sarcastically, "Thanks for calling and letting us know."

Well, that plumber can forget ever doing work for us again. Yes, I admit I should have called her and told her, but did she call me and let me know that she didn't think she would be able to dispatch anyone that day? I bit my tongue and wished her a Merry Christmas and hung up the phone. Too bad that company lost my business. The man who fixed the problem was polite and courteous and that counts with me.

The plumber was just leaving and it was nearing time to take the boys to the farm. I jumped in the car and went and got them. We took the toboggan and they had a great time because the snow had a little coating of ice on it and they flew down the hill like lightning.

Yesterday (Wednesday) was one of those days when everything that could, went wrong. I had planned on doing a lot of Christmas decorating and, of course, it didn't get done.

This morning I was to meet my daughter where my youngest grandson goes for his motor skills therapy. They are teaching him to type with a special program and he has to go once a month to be tested. I was to be there at 9:45. Since I haven't been sleeping well, I had asked my daughter to call early this morning to be sure I was up. She forgot until 8:30 and I had about a half hour to get showered, dressed and be there. I did get a good night's rest, but had to skip the shower and get their pronto. My daughter and her husband had an 11:00 funeral to attend and Jordan's lesson takes an hour. We did make it and he is now safely in school.

I guess now you can see that I've been running myself ragged and getting nothing done that I really should be getting done. With the Florida trip looming, it seems there is extra to do this year. Why oh why did I let hubby talk me into leaving just after Christmas?

Anyway, it will all be fine. Life will slow down, I hope and I will still get all of my Christmas things taken care of.





Laurel at Laurel Wreath's Reflections is once again hosting Thankful Thursday. If you would like to participate, just click the link for more information.

This week I am thankful for:

1. Having the plumbing fixed and being able to run water and use the facilities without the worry of any mess. I am also grateful for a polite and courteous plumber who gave us high quality service.

2. The snow so that my grandsons could enjoy a bit of tobogganing. They didn't get to go last year, as snow was scarce here last winter.

3. For a husband who helps out whenever he can and goes above and beyond to make things easier. He can cook a meal, do dishes and take care of most household chores if for some reason I don't have time.

4. For an opportunity to share things with all of my blogging friends and visit them to share their lives as well.

5. For the Power of Prayer and for Jesus, who washed us clean with His blood and allowed us to have eternal life.

23 comments:

  1. I am sorry for your pulmbling woes =) Snow..how fun. Thanks for participating today!

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  2. That is a great graphic to describe how you feel. I hope things are going smoother now.

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  3. It does sound like a frazzeled day...but I admire your being able to find thankfulness in your heart just the same!

    I hope every day from here on down to your Florida trip is smooth sailing...have I mentioned that I'm seriously jealous of your Florida trip??
    =)

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  4. I am so very sorry that things have been so crazy for you dear. Glad your plumbing is fixed. You are precious to still be thankful, bless you my friend. I love you.

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  5. Good Evening Mary,
    Sorry you had plumbing problems but am glad you got it fixed. I do hope your Strawberries will survive. I'm like you, did that lady at the first plumbing service call you back? I think NOT. And you had every right not to call her back. But, at least you did wish her a Merry Christmas. Did she say that to you? I don't think so. I'm so glad the boys had a good time tobaggining. (Psst. What is tobaggining anyway? LOL. Sorry I've never heard of that. Shhh! don't tell anyone. LOL). I have been down in the dumps today and now that I've read your post, you have made me feel so much better. Thank you so much for your post today. I love all the things you said you had to be Thankful for on this Thursday. We do indeed have alot of things to be Thankful for. I am Thankful I found you and that you have lifted my spirits. Take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You and Yours.

    Hugs,
    Karen H.

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  6. Laurel,

    The plumbing woes are over and I'm so thankful. It was (if it had to) a perfect time for it to happen. If it had happened when we were on vacation, who knows what would have occured. I have to remind myself that everything is in God's perfect timing.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  7. Vic Grace,

    That is exactly how I felt yesterday and this morning. I've revived a little by this evening.

    The snow was certainly fun. Maybe I can get some tobogganing shots over the weekend.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  8. T*mmy,

    I was frazzled, but am getting back to normal now. My hair is only standing half as high as it was then. LOL

    Thanks for the smooth sailing wishes. I wish you could come along.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  9. Denise,

    In all things we must be thankful. I'm very thankful that the plumbing problems are behind us. Roots in drain pipes can cause big problems, but the tree is almost 200 years old and I wouldn't think of getting rid of it.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  10. Karen,

    A toboggan is a kind of sled that holds more than one person. The one we have isn't a great one - it's plastic, but it does the trick. A good toboggan is wooden and it has to be waxed, just like skies. I will try to find a photo to post so you will know exactly what it is. And my lips are sealed. I won't tell a soul.

    I am also thankful for you and the knowledge that I can brighten your life a little.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  11. MY OH MY
    I THINK PIPES AND WHAT A MA CALL ITS KNOW WHEN THE HOLIDAYS ARE NEAR AND THEY BEGIN THERE STOPPING UP AND LEAKING LIKE GOOD LITTLE IRRATANTS THAT THEY ARE. NOW THE TRUE BLESSING , IT IS NICE WE CAN HAVE THESE PROBLEMS BECAUSE WE HAVE PLUMBING AND DO NOT HAVE TO GO TO THE OUT HOUSE ON THE BACK FORTY
    Life does get OVER WHELMING at times and we have to remember to let God be the pilot and not the Co-pilot.
    Peace be with you my friend and I am glad you and the boys had some fun at the farm.

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  12. Lady Di,

    What a beautiful way of looking at the plumbing problem. When I was a child, we didn't have indoor plumbing. Have you ever gone to the little shack outback when a frigid wind was blowing? I'm certainly thankful that I have the plumbing to cause a bit of stress in my life. Placing your backside to the wind is certainly now fun. I can remember doing that many times.

    Thanks so much for giving me another way to be thankful for the plumbing problems.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  13. I would be frazzled too! Glad the plumbing is fixed - I would switch plumbers too! Hope things calm down after this!

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  14. Your graphic kind of looks like I feel right now. Up to my ears in projects and nothing getting done too quickly. Glad that Christmas is a little ways away, gives me time to get things done.

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  15. Mari,

    Thank you for your kind words. Yes, that company isn't going to have my business again. I like the plumber that came. He was a very polite and courteous man.

    I enjoyed your visit, as always.
    Blessings,
    Mary

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  16. Jackie,

    Feel free to borrow the graphic if you'd like to. Maybe just posting it will make you feel better. I am becoming more relaxed tonight, but time isn't on my side this year. LOL I'm just going to let go and let God and see what happens.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  17. Wow ... that was SOME DAY! The graphic made me giggle, but I'm sure dealing with all those problems didn't feel so funny at the time. I'm glad you were able to get things taken care of and put it in perspective ... taking time to create & share your Thankful Thursday list.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  18. Oh my ,,,,,, sorry about your troubles .... I hate plumbing problems... there is nothing worse........ I love the frazzled lady...how perfect... I will start with the Thankful Thursday next week..... I need to learn to blog in the mornings... That means I need to get my butt out of bed earlier..... Easy in the summer...too hard in the winter.....

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  19. Storyteller,

    By today I was able to use the graphic and look upon the problem from an amusing point of view. Yesterday, I was gritting my teeth and biting my tongue.

    Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  20. Denise,

    I haven't been sleeping well and it is harder to get out of bed in the winter for some reason.

    If you'd like a copy of the frazzled lady, be sure to take it. I think it does justice to the frazzled way I felt yesterday.

    Take care and be safe.
    Blessings and love,
    Mary

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  21. o, my, Mary...I just hate days like that but, they happen to all of us every now and then. some days you just want to go crawl back in bed! So glad you got the plumbing fixed.
    Hoping the rest of the week is good for yu!
    bj

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  22. BJ,

    Thanks so much for your kind words. Today was much better, thank you.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  23. I'm glad your plumbing problems were taken care of. We had some of our own last week. Luckily, a little thinking by me, a suggestion and hubby was able to take care of it himself.
    Loved your list,
    Mama Bear

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