Thursday, December 19, 2013

Two great lights

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also.
—Genesis 1:16

Last night when I went out to do chores, a full moon was sailing through the clouds. The moon!

This morning when I went out to do chores, the sun was shining. The sun! Shining on a heavy frost, all the sogginess transformed into crystal and lace. Suddenly I saw inspiration everywhere.
I even played with a new-to-me feature on Mr. Lumix, the "Pinhole" setting:


I don't think of myself as much affected by weather. But yesterday was a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day" (in quotes because I do realize how minor my problems were in the greater scheme of things), leaving me feeling as foggy and soggy as the atmosphere. (Yes, I shed tears . . . in my hairdresser's chair, no less.) But things did get better towards the end. A dear friend provided the listening ear I needed, my son's attitude and behavior improved (we're at that stage that sheds light on why some animals eat their young), and my husband did everything right. He took Brian for the afternoon, he rubbed my shoulders unbidden, and when he came back from a late-evening emergency he brought this
I kid you not! Yep, I'm keeping him. ;-)


Please visit Susan's blog and share some long-distance love. She had to say good-bye to her Bernice this morning. All of us who have been blessed with those best friends and guardian angels known commonly as dogs know too well the pain of losing them too soon. Always too soon….

That's it for now from . . .


Sandy Livesay said...


Sending hugs and support your way. I've been dealing with a pain in the butt adult child who lives with us. He's 20 years of age physically but mentally 17 - 18. I've learned to just pick my battles. Things will get better I promise.

Yes, your hubby is a keeper!!!!

C-ingspots said...

I just had to laugh, despite my tears over the "eating their young" comment...I do understand. Sorry you had such a rough day, but it does the heart good when our hubbies know just how to soothe our frayed emotions huh? :)
And thank you...I always thought he was beautiful too.

Unknown said...

What a great hubbie you must have! That helps take the edge off a pretty difficult day.

Anonymous said...

Those days do hit us, don't they... Enjoy the caramel and treasure the fact that the down days make us appreciate the good ones so much more!

Florida Farm Girl said...

Now THAT"S a good man!!! Does he do lessons long distance?? Me thinks the DH could use a refresher course. Hope all the frazzles get straightened out soon and things are going more smoothly. Hugs.

farmlady said...

Ok, I thought I had the best guy in the world, but yours is competing for husband of the year. What a guy!
Sometimes we just have a day when we can't see the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel" and everything seems hopeless. You are not alone and it's OK to have a good cry now and then.
Hope you feel better today and I hope that the candy did it's magic. I find that Ghirardelli's chocolate lightens any load.
Take care.

Jody said...

Two words for you Michelle.
They literally saved me :-))

Michelle said...

Sandy, don't scare me by telling me about your difficult 20-year-old! ;--) Yes, my DH is a keeper . . . even when he's not . . . .

Thanks, Lorie, and I'm sorry about Merlin.

Nancy, sometimes he hits a home run! ;-)

So true, Ruth!

FFG, sometimes MY DH needs a refresher course. But things do get better over the years (it's been 29 1/2 – almost 33 counting courtship!).

Farmlady, that chocolate was FANTASTIC, and I did feel much, much better by the next day.

Jody, please elaborate!

Jody said...

Michelle I was getting a lot of intense hot flashes and night sweats plus mood swings and forgetfulness..not to mention many other symptoms for many years. I did not want to use traditional HRT therapy. The girls in my knit group started taking bio-identical hormone therapy and were so happy with it.
I would experience a feeling of frustration/anxiety right before the hot flashes would hit but after taking low dose bio-identicals for only one week, the hot flashes and night sweats stopped. I have been on them for 1 1/2 years and I feel so "me' again. I wish I hadn't suffered as long as I did but I just wasn\t aware how much they would help :-))

Michelle said...

Thanks for your reply, Jody. Since I was still clueless as to what bio-identicals actually ARE, I finally looked them up. Harvard's article ( seems pretty thorough. Doesn't look to me like the bio-identicals are any safer than HRT, which I won't use. If I'm going to go through these symptoms sooner (now) or later (when I finally go off a medication of some sort), I figure I might as well just get them over with!

Mary Ann said...

Sending a prayer your way... the weather does it to me, sometimes, too!

Jody said...

That was my thoughts exactly Michelle but after 7 years of it I had had enough. I am sure you are not as bad off as I was. As for safety, there are many different opinions on that one for sure and as I said....I am on a very low dosage. That is all it took to make a difference for me. Merry Christmas to you and your family :-)

Anonymous said...

Yesterday was a rough one for lots of people, really, the whole week has been an emotional battle (grouchy, touchy, stressful). When I walked outside to get more padded envelopes from storage this morning the smell of ozone was very strong, and with the wind storm this afternoon I felt a shifting and a lifting of my mood. I hope you're also sensing a sweet calmness.

To follow Jody's comments... for several years I used a natural progesterone cream developed by a place in Portland that was very helpful for terrible moodiness, irrational anxiety that would wake me up at night:

After this last week I think I need to buy some more!

The moon picture is one of the most beautiful ones I've seen! You should enter it somewhere!