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Friday, December 23, 2011

Our best laid plans...

Not thinking about snow didn't help much. It snowed from about noon to midnight yesterday and this is the view from my front door this morning. It doesn't look very inviting to the guests I have invited for dinner tonight. The icicles look menacing and the shrub bent over by the new snow is blocking the steps to the entrance. We probably have as much snow as we did before the roads were plowed a few days ago. Now what am I supposed to do?

Yesterday I heard a quote that pretty much sums up my situation this morning. It was stress happens when things don't go the way we expect them to.

The way I see it is that I have two choices either accept what is or get upset about it. I am going with the flow.

Unless a miracle happens and the roads and my driveway are cleared (melted) today I will not be having my little get together this evening. It is sad because it was going to be a replacement for Christmas eve and day, when I no doubt will be home alone with my two kitties.

Yesterday I baked the cake for desert and the New Mexico corn bread. Today I have no choice but to put the ingredients for the vegetarian chili in the crock pot because I had already cut up the raw vegetables that are part of the recipe, before the snow came. I see two possibilities here. Either the party can be postponed until Monday or my freezer is going to be full of yet to be consumed food. Either way nothing will go to waste.

This is my life in little old Grants, New Mexico on this December 23, 2011. It is what it is and there isn't much I can do to change it. Our best laid plans are quite often screwed up at the last minute. Is this a test?


  1. Oh Barbara! Don't I wish I was there in Grants with you! I've never let a little (or a lot!) snow keep me away from anywhere where there were roads and driveways! Unless, of course, it was in the mountains and the roads were closed or something like that :) It might take me 2 hours to go a mile but I love my four-wheel-drive and all-terrain tires!

    I, too, have had major changes to my holiday plans, all at the hands of other people besides myself. Nothing is going according to MY plan and I'm left feeling like I have holes in my personal ethernet that don't have fillings or connections yet. I do know that the Big Plan is always perfect and often supercedes my own plan but what that is for the next few days has yet to be played out. I'm taking it one moment at a time, breathing in and breathing out, being open to the next thing that is to show up, and settling in to being okay with it. Don't take that to read that it's been easy, because it hasn't! But I'm giving it my best shot.

    Merry Christmas to you, Barbara! And yes, I really wish I was there to spend it with you ♥