Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mickey Mantis

Have you ever been told, "Keep calm during the storm?"

Tammy Sue Willey, Storm Albert
Storm Albert October 2011

Tammy Sue Willey, Storm Albert
Storm Albert October 2011

When you're in the middle of something that seems insurmountable, don't you just want to slap the person that said that?

Tammy Sue Willey, Storm Albert
Storm Albert October 2011

Maybe your storm is emotional, health, financial or literally the weather. No matter the storm it will be different for everyone and we will at some point in time need to navigate our storm and God willing, come through it with hope, grace and peace.

Tammy Sue Willey, Storm Albert
October 2011 Freak Storm
January 26, 2015 the North East was hit with storm Colbie. The news said this would be a Nor'easter that would go down in history. My husband and I prepared for the worst. Fortunately the worst didn't come, in our neck of the woods. We only rec'd 19 inches of snow and 2 days off in the school system. My blessing was a day to shovel and make chicken soup, the next day to relax. 
But I couldn't help but reflect on the storm of October 2011.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Keeping It Simple

Regardless of one lay-off after another, for some reason bills, taxes and car repairs don't end. On a bad day I feel enslaved to some of these challenges.  

Is life unfolding in a neat little package like you envisioned, or does it feel like bedlam some days? Do you ever wonder if you're making a difference? Doing "it" right, whatever "it" is? I don't know about you, but I have had all sorts of creative ideas floating in my head and heart. Some have come to fruition, but others feel like a run away dream. As time chips away I get more impatient, scared, frustrated, uncertain. Some days I wonder if I read the wrong road map.

As the dream-wreck piles up, I question, what was "it" suppose to look like? In my head it [life] was suppose to be easy and simple, instead it got complicated. Or so it appears.

Truthfully, the lay-offs, life challenges and broken dreams do create a mess, a loss and upsets the order of "simple". Kind of can't avoid that. However, I am thinking perhaps this is not the same as "complicated."

So I wonder, did my life get complicated or have I put an unrealistic expectation on myself which has made my life feel complicated? Perhaps I need to lighten my emotional load by lightening up on myself [my expectations].

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Christmas Curveball

My husband and I planned to keep Christmas simple this year. It would be nice to spend Christmas with my family; mom, her husband Fred, my sister, brother-in-law, niece/nephew and their towheads who all moved to North Carolina 16 months ago. 
However, a few layoffs have set us back so we will enjoy local gatherings with friends to break-bread and toast as we celebrate the true gift of the season. 

Tammy Sue Willey blogspot
Fred Babe's Bday May 2014

At least we'd seen our family in May when we celebrated Fred's 66th Birthday with carrot cake in Manchester.

While wondering what to offer people during the holiday, we received old fashioned gifts one by one; a live wreath, a box of fruit, sausage and cheese, a Texas pecan pie and a fresh cut Christmas tree! Last time we had a tree was 4 years ago. Working at a school, only 5 more days till winter break and I could recharge my batteries and decorate our tree and prepare for a relaxed simple Christmas!

December 16 I received a call at work, Fred, my step-father in North Carolina died unexpectedly that morning. Mom found him on the couch. We had to change our simple and frugal plans to, "How are we going to get to NC?" A series of car problems made our vehicles unreliable.