Tuesday, April 13, 2021

PIZZA, JOY and The LAKE

 


It’s been one thing after another. First of all… the weather has been totally uncooperative. RAIN, rain and more rain. And temperatures all over the place. Hot, cold, very cold, then hot, but more rain. For a couple months now,  I’ve needed to drain my brain and take a trip down to the lake, since my 'Happy Place' the OCEAN is simply too far away.  But something has always thwarted my efforts to do so. And the trip kept getting postponed. For those of you who follow me on Facebook… you probably know I took quite a nasty tumble. Carrying a couple bottles of water and a sandwich into the family room for lunch... I stepped over our cat, missed the step and ended up splat on the floor. It was quite a DROP. I tried to grab the tellie for support on the way down, but almost snapped it's legs off. An old fashioned TV would have helped break the fall. But this new modern one  was simply too lightweight to steady me. So my already ravaged body took the brunt of the landing.  Everything hurt. Everywhere. Bones I didn't know I had were screaming out in pain, aching. When this happened I had just  gotten over my 2nd vaccine dose and it's side effects. Which were brutal. So falling like I did was a real bummer. It added insult to injury. I plastered a big old smile on my face and pretended to be better than I actually was. I thought I’d be out of commission for a day or two. Turned into a lot longer. As I lay there recuperating. All I wanted to do was go to the lake. But it never materialized because a lot of other things did. In the interim our kitty Mira was sick. She went blind in one eye and will probably lose sight in the other sooner than we’d like. On top of which, she also has a thyroid condition that requires daily medication. Quite a chore giving an animal a pill.  A year ago we lost her sissy. And two years ago we lost my dad. It’s a difficult time. Not to mention the pandemic. I needed a breather. But the day trip to the lake kept getting pushed farther and farther off. Finally push came to shove last weekend. I woke up, got dressed  and I shouted to my hubby,  “I’m going to the lake.”  It was about 9:30 am when I made this declaration. And a few minutes later, the hubby and I were on the road headed towards the water. The temperature was about 50, a definite chill in the air.  Sunshine fleeting. And the wind was blowing fiercely. A bad thunderstorm was expected for later that afternoon. But nothing was going to stop us, stop me, now. I intended to take in whatever residual sunshine there was and find myself some much needed solace. Even though it was still technically breakfast time... We bought a couple of pizza slices from a local vendor. And I got some cold raspberry tea. Hubby was satisfied drinking water. We drove around… until we spotted a rickety old picnic table, at the water’s edge, got out of the van and hunkered down.  And then proceeded to have a blissfully perfect morning and afternoon… chasing wayward hair, blowing napkins, paper plates and the like. The lake was invigorating, the waves crashing to shore, just wonderful. Looking off in the distance was mesmerizing. Breathing in the fresh air, a Godsend. It stirred something deep within. It was our first meal out of the house in over a year. No masks. Such a feeling of normalcy. We delighted in every single moment there at the lake before the storm rolled in. Seeing those dark ominous clouds accumulate overhead, and a few raindrops begin to fall, made me want to kick up my heels and dance for some odd reason? But caution won out.  Instead we decided to pack up and hit the road. Shouldn’t take chances with Mother Nature. She can be ruthless. For sure it had been a delightful mini vacay… though only 4-5 hours in duration. The storm was quickly on our tail, chasing us home, but we beat the bulk of it. And even managed to stop and get some delectable shrimp with cocktail sauce for dinner. Yum. Yum.  Life is about simple pleasures. Words really can’t describe the joy I found at the lake that day. But I will tell you this… It was just what the doctor ordered.


10 comments:

Red Rose Alley said...

It's so nice that you got to go to the lake for the day, Taryterre. We sometimes need that more than ever. I didn't know you took a terrible fall. I'm sorry to hear that. A visit to the lake is just what you needed. The slices of pizza and cold raspberry tea sound Yummy. That's quite a drive, you must have been determined to be near the water. Yes, it's the simple pleasures that really put a smile on our face. : )

~Sheri

Jon said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your fall. I know (from bitter personal experience) that falls can cause extremely serious injuries and permanently destroy your life. I hope that you will mend quickly (...easier said than done...).

Your visit to the lake was a perfect balm for the miseries. We all need a Great Escape now and then and the beauty of nature is always a comfort. Hope you can go again soon.

The weather seems to be erratic everywhere.
Here in TN it's 70 degrees one day and 40 the next. With plenty of rain.
Take care....hugs and positive thoughts.

Mevely317 said...

Thank you for this update on your health! Alarming, isn't it -- when it takes us twice as long to recover than when we were kids and feeling bullet-proof.

I love how you decided to quit waiting for the perfect time and drove to your happy place. This may well be an important message to my own soul: Stop being afraid to live life.

Big hugs!

Donna. W said...

Falls are very dangerous for those of us who aren't spring chickens any more. I'm just glad it wasn't worse for you, but the pain, I'm sure, was awful.

Practical Parsimony said...

Thankfully, I have not fallen since I fell off the bed! The trip to the lake sounds wonderful! We take a burger and go to the lake and sit in the car in all sorts of weather. We love it!

jack69 said...

What a sad begging but then an inspiring post. Sorry about the fall but Kado's for a sweet trip to the lake. I think we were all with you. Good writing.
Glad y'all had a good time, Y'all take care and be safe.
Sherry & jack
PS: We know what you mean about rain, rain and rain....

Robyn said...

Hi it's nice to meet you. Just found your blog tonight from another blog I read..

My goodness that was some fall you took!.. I'm sorry you had so much suffering after the 2nd vaccine, I am hoping all is well now...and yes, having to remember medications for animals every day is tough chore. I've had so many dogs over the years and we ended up with three diabetics at one time who all had to have 2 insulin shots twice a day every day. That was some schedule..

Now I have a dog who also has a low thyroid and her brother has a stomach issue so each morning after their breakfast it's time for medications.. its a sacrifice for sure...

A day at the lake sounds just about as peaceful as anything I can think of!

Unknown said...

Hope you're feeling better from your fall. So glad you were able to take a little trip to the lake and hope you can do so again when the weather warms up. You are so right when you said "life is about simple pleasures" Couldn't agree more.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Your trip to the lake sound like my trip to the beach, it's my favorite place and what I would call my happy place. Glad you got to go. Getting out of the house and enjoying some fresh air and sunshine does make a difference. Hope you get to go again soon! Take good care and no more falls.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Ouch, so sorry to read about that fall. I've done that but even worse in the bathtub and I was black and blue for a couple of weeks. yes, that trip to the lake was definitely what you needed even if it wasn't a trip to the ocean, maybe next trip. Hopefully, things will be getting better for everyone in terms of outlook and ability to get around.