Saturday, March 17, 2012

3/17/12 - from FB to Blogland, Luck O' the Not So Irish


I Feel Like I’ve been whining quite a bit lately.  I believe in staying in an Attitude Of Gratitude and after whining and crying for most of the day, I spent a lot of time tonight asking God to help my Heartfelt Gratitude and Love of Life return.

It wasn't easy to get there. Among the struggles I'm facing with my life in general, my vacuum cleaner decided to die earlier today.  With three animals in the house, that is catastrophic. I would say it sucked, but that was the problem. It no longer would (insert humor). Then, a couple of hours later my washing machine also crashed. It had a full load, water still in the tub, and wouldn't drain. It was making a horrible screeching, grinding sound. I turned it off and contemplated my options.

First off, it turns out my roommate has a brand new vacuum cleaner he has only used a couple of times. It's bigger, better, newer than mine and he gladly dug it out of the back of his closet and has no problem whatsoever letting me use it. Problem solved.


As far as the washing machine? It's an OLD Kenmore from the now defunct Sears and Roebuck Co. I have no idea how old it is, but I called a repairman that had been recommended by a friend of mine. This guy had helped me when I first moved here 2 years ago. It turns out that he was last here on 3/20/2010. (That doesn't matter and doesn't mean anything one way or the other. I just thought it was interesting. LOL.)

What is significant is that he remembered me and was willing to help.  He sent a technician to my house within a few hours, and only charged me $49 for the service call - on a Saturday!  Some sort of connector fuse or fuse connector or connector that fuses, whatever, to the motor needs to be replaced. He has it in stock from another washer that recently died. Otherwise I'd be out of luck because they don't make the parts for this machine anymore. Wow! Am I blessed or what?!?

Not only that, he is coming out on Monday to replace the part and the whole thing is only going to cost me $119 - Saturday service call included. My roommate is willing to help out with the bill and meet the guy on Monday since I will be at work. It wasn't hard to start feeling pretty darn blessed after all that.

By the way, I should point out that my sister found this washing machine for me through her church's thrift store two years ago. They delivered it for free! The tub on my original one, the new one I brought with me from Austin, somehow suffered a crack during the move that wasn't covered by warranty.

My point is - look at all the wonderful people God puts in our lives. I suspect you have them all around you too.  I know I am truly blessed.

Here is one of my favorite quotes. I even have it listed on my Facebook profile. It's by Thomas Keating.

God constantly speaks to us through each other,
as well as from within.

Still, with all of that, I was ending the day feeling less than, and further behind than ever on all the things I need to get done to get where I want to be. I didn't want to go to bed mental and decided to get out of myself for awhile and see what the rest of my family and loved ones were up to. So I made some calls and checked the rest of the good people out on FB.

Lots of good news there, and lots of love. One friend is now engaged, another got her new puppy she's been waiting on for weeks and my wonderful, beautiful, cherished cousin in NC posted the video I've linked for you below.  It did the trick for me folks.  After watching this, I realize I HAVE NO PROBLEMS and I am going to bed full of good cheer, gratitude and love.  I am ready to tacke the day tomorrow and move forward with my life.  I can do anything!

God is Amazing and I'm grateful to live in His Grace (not religion!). Enjoy the video.



17 comments:

  1. Glad your feeling better,always good to hear from you!

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    1. @ Joe - My blog is important to me. It keeps me accountable and on track but I sometimes wonder if it really matters. I needed that Thank you.

      I lost the email that tells me when you're headed to AR. Remind me again please. HugZ!

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  2. sounds like a wonderful day after all. amazing story of your day. and the video certainly puts life in perspective. hope your day is blessed today also and that nothing else breaks. thanks for sharing your day with us

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    1. @ Sandra - I can sometimes be my own worst enemy but yesterday the appliances certainly weren't helping! LOL. Thank you. I hope you and yours have a blessed day too. Jake, Baby and Rich sure did look good in that St. Pat's hat. :)

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  3. Oh lovely. Is all that green for the ST Patrick's day? Thank's a lot Debra and have a nice sun(y)day, Piouk and Patrick ;-)

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    1. @ Patrick - Yes, St. Patrick's Day. At the risk of showing my ignorance, I have to ask, is it recognized in Belgium? I guess I should know that but since I'm not Irish, I don't track it.

      Sun is not in the weather forecast today but "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHVpbP3wkB8&feature=related

      :) xxo, D

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    2. Thank's a lot for sharing the best in American Pop, Soul and R&B music.The classic 5! You certainly know there's an Irish pub in every town on earth; lol.There's a little Irish diaspora in Belgium. I only have the Patrick to feel me Irish.Keep smiling and huGz from Piouk and Patrick.

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    3. Thank's also for the great lesson.

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    4. @ Patrick - you're welcome! And if I were there would love to go to that little Irish diaspora with you. ;) Even if you're not Irish. LOL. HugZ to you and Piouk.

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  4. Well this just goes to show that when life hands you lemons you can make lemonade :)

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    1. @ Ann - Absolutely! Isn't the young man in that video amazing? His parents too. Wow.

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  5. There is something in store for you, just relax into your faith and patience. One thing for sure is we never stay static. If you are supposed to buy an RV, you will. It might be smaller, older, less modern then you have in your minds eye, but it will come.

    And just think how much you will appreciate it when it does come.

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    1. @ Tammy - yes ma'am. Thank you. 14 days 'till you launch, right? How exciting! :)

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  6. Glad your day had a happy end! I never got to check on you since I got home super late, but I was sending happy thoughts your way :)

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    1. @ Maria - thank you. And you're always sending sweet, happy thoughts everyone's way! :)

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  7. Thankful for the "such a time as this" moments, thankful you saw the video and it was an encouragement to you as it is to many others. You are the special one cousin, I pray God's continued blessings upon you and those special moments when you know God has given you "a handful on purpose", lots of love to you cuz!!
    Glenda

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    1. @ Glenda - ahhhh, thanks for leaving a comment, and such a sweet one at that. Love you too, very much! xoxoxo

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