Howard and I sometimes discuss how it's easy to be grateful when things are going well, but much more of a challenge to be grateful (and to live in the moment) when all hell is breaking loose. And this weekend, we're in the latter category. Our basement is taking in water from the mild-weather thaw. It's stressful, and even having emptied most of the furniture and getting the carpet ripped up--to be replaced later once new french drains are in and we have a full loop to a sump pump--well, even now the water is still coming.
At some point this will all be resolved, but honestly? I have no idea when. Meantime, life goes on because it has to. Anya's sleepover early-birthday celebration took place (complete with cupcakes). Furniture is being moved around to minimize clutter and to make it possible for us to work in new spaces. Sam has been working in the library. Tea is being made (though the jury is still out on whether I am responding to that yogi tea tag line with hope or disdain).
So, time for gratitude, huh? I am so very grateful for:
- A foundation expert, and our contractor, who both helped us figure out what was going on yesterday without even charging us.
- Professionals who show up quickly to do their part in resolving (or planning resolution for) these problems.
- Sam's complete willingness and good cheer about helping empty the basement of furniture and to do whatever he can to be of assistance.
- Having enough money that we can deal with this.
- Anya's sheer joy in having one of her best friends stay overnight
- Yoga stretches, walks, and hot baths
How do you get through life's challenging moments?