The list of things to do around the yard on Sunday afternoon sat on my desk and glared at me. I did my best to ignore the accusing vibes coming from the unchecked projects. A bank of huge dark rainclouds had moved into the area early that morning. Lightning started flashing, thunder crackling, and a torrent of rain poured relentlessly on the hard, parched earth.
I stood on the porch to take a picture of nature’s fury and watched a flash of lightning appear not quite a hundred yards away. Instantaneous thunder convinced me to forego further pictures and head back into the house.
After reviewing the picture on the computer, I started thinking of alternate ways to accomplish some of the projects on my to-do list. I typically look for the silver lining of anything that throws me off course to avoid thinking negative thoughts. Finding something good about a situation beyond my control makes me feel better.
The roots on those tall weeds run deep. I had planned to cut the weeds back until the ground was loose enough to dig down and lift the roots out. The yard flooded with the water having just one direction to go – down. Tuesday morning there was little standing water in the yard and I was able to pull the huge weeds out and dispose of them. Checkmark earned.
The small wooden table in the picture was scheduled for a trip to the dump. The rain reminded me how nice it was to have the kindling and small logs on the shelf when it snowed last year. I was able to have firewood close to the door that was ready to light for heating the house. I added some Gorilla glue between the loose shelf and the inside walls of the table to make it stand straight. It is ready to use again this year. Checkmark earned.
The yard swing was dirty because of a dust storm we had last week. The rain washed it clean for me. At the same time, the rain washed the truck. Two checkmarks earned.
Some of the other tasks will have to wait until things dry out, but I was delighted to accomplish what I could.
How do you handle the monkey wrenches of life?