I have been busy. Doing what?
I have no idea! All I know is I seem to have accomplished little, and still been as busy as a manicurist in a mall for millipedes.
I have heard from my long lost, dear departed husband. For the first time in a year. In leau of actually coming through with court ordered support, he offered me the wonderful opportunity of declaring joint bankruptcy with him.
Oh happy joy. Mmmmmmm...no. I don't think so..... No.
Next audacious question?
Ah yes, there was another. :) Would I settle with him out of court? Only for my sake, of course.
Let's see.... NO.
No, I don't think so. I tried that once and he went back on his word. Thank you for the thoughtful idea though,
He spoke to his son for the first time in a year. Michael said he wanted to talk to him. So he did so. He told me me later that he told his dad exactly what he thought of his dad's actions and choices, and telling Michael that it was my fault he left. My 13 year old son has more courage and integrity than many grown men. I'm very proud of him for standing up for what is right.
Well, it was good for a jolt to my morning, though. Michael and I were both shaking a bit afterwards, so we just spent some comfort time together before getting back to schoolwork and chores.
Lesson relearned that day. Answers should be very short and sweet. "You will have to discuss that with my lawyer."
All kidding aside - I was sad to hear him remain so cold and deceived. There was no yelling or anything, just futile conversation. He remains in our prayers each day.
Meanwhile I've been busy working on ETSY shop ideas. Also canning and a lot of running around!
Here are a few scenes of what was...
What was found on the inside of our screen door...
a good four inches long.
What was a futile attempt to locate the garlic for canning spaghetti sauce...
What was a darn good example of accidental food art...
What was fun company for dinner...
What was found on the George Foreman grill...
What was delicious accompaniment...
At this very moment, I am reprocessing 14 pints of spaghetti sauce, of which I forgot to add the lemon juice in when I did them this morning. It's OK. I love to make sauce. Over and over again. Practice makes perfect, you know.
We have been blessed many times over this last week. I had a few rough days. It's not always easy to be cheerful when junk happens and, believe it or not, I have been known to occasionally dabble in the morose for a few moments or so.
I had couple of days like that, but refocusing on what I know to be truth helps me to see things in a proper perspective.
It was just after that, that help began to arrive in earnest! We were given a gift that not only bought us a replacement for our scary-bald front tire, but enough to even buy some other put off necessities. Yes, I admit it! I bought a lipstick. I'd been scraping bottom for a month now. I have no idea how there was ANY color left in that tube at all!
We were given an anonymous gift of cash from someone at church. When I shared with the elder's wife that we no longer needed to ask for help with our bills, she insisted that we do so anyway so that we can get ahead a bit. So we not only got bills paid, but had some money as well. We stopped at the store and bought some 1/2 price beef. It was SOOOO delicious!
I found out I had a cracked tooth. BUT - the dentist is going to fix it for me at cost. So the whole crowning achievement should be a hundred dollars or so, and my dad said he'd like to pay that for me. WOW! I'm so grateful to get this taken care of. It's been hurting a lot. We are hoping it will not need a root canal.
And we got a gift of leftover meat from the church BBQ. I love this church body. We truly are trying to live out what it means to love and serve. I have not much materially to give, which is difficult for me.
But Michael and I pray each day that we can find ways to bless, love and serve others in whatever way we can find. I hope we are doing so.
For now, I'm off to bed. I've got to be up early to go down and have my face drilled on.