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I need a lesson on how to slow down. I have so much going on in my life, if I don’t slow down and take one thing at a time, I’m going to implode. I’ve already hurt myself which I don’t want to do again.

Example 1. – My sister moved down here to Texas from IL. She invited us to Christmas dinner via text. This is how it read: So glad you can come. Why don’t you arrive at noon and we’ll eat at 2? I accepted. You have to understand my brother in law is an engineer and he has everything timed accordingly. He gets upset if his schedule is interrupted, so we make an effort to get there on time.
What did my brain read on her text? Come at 2. She called me at 1 and asked if there was a problem. I re-read the text and apologized. But we were late and made my brother in law upset.

Example 2 – When we got home from Christmas dinner, four of our neighbors had Christmas parties going on which made their guests park in front of our house, blocking out driveway. This is a pet peeve of mine and I know they do it just to aggravate me. It was garbage day on Wednesday due to the holiday. There was no where to put the garbage cans because of the way the cars were parked. Our HOA wants you to put the cans out the night before. I dragged the cans down and put them on the grass by the driveway. Needless to say, it wasn’t easy and I broke my finger. I should’ve asked for help, but I didn’t.

Example 3 – After a visit to the eye doctor, I was diagnosed with Dry Eye. I’ve been using drops, but he suggested I use a Bruder Mask to help stimulate the tear ducts. It was $30 on Amazon and I was disappointed when it came. It was a sleeping mask filled with something that resembled rice. You put it in the microwave for a minute and then sit with it on your eyes (with a cloth wipe) for 20 minutes. They only gave you two cloth wipes and encouraged you to buy a box of 30 for $40. And to replace the mask every 6 months. Always a catch, right? On 12/26, my husband, who didn’t like the idea of this thing in the first place, reminded me that I hadn’t used this mask in over a week. So, while making dinner, with the oven and pots on the stove, I popped the mask into the microwave. Lois, being Lois and always in a hurry, pressed 10:00 rather than 1:00 and the thing blew up in flames. Moral of this story is to use the tried and true method of filling an old sock with rice and heat it up in the microwave for a minute. Same thing.

And there’s more but I think you get the hang of things….at least it gives me things to write about?

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