Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

clearing the air

Come sit with me on the porch...

Just this...

In the midst of having our dreams come true, a wee medical adventure began for me. It started with a tumble on our deck at the house in CT, and unfolded for months after that. There has been much testing and several specialists and no driving for six weeks and we are still not sure what's been going on...

But all the big, scary things have been eliminated and the cloud of worry has become less thick. And I am cleared to drive again.

And after all, we are in Vermont. We are working on projects and plans and we are soaking up the best that each day has to offer.

A few weeks ago, we hosted a movie night here and watched The Lunchbox, a 2013 Indian film, directed by Ritesh Batra. It was a charming film, with an ending that left us all speechless and wondering. But one of the lines in the movie has become the slogan for our summer...Sometimes the wrong train gets you to the right station.

Even with the best laid plans, hard work and intention, you can bet that we are not in control. But if we are very lucky, we may end up at the right station anyhow.

So, I am still here, safely at the right station, despite the circuitous route I have taken. And I am filled with gratitude, because "gratitude changes everything".  I am so grateful to Batman for his love and support. And my cousin Kristen who wrapped me in comfort and hope and drove me many places. Anne at My Giant Strawberry has no idea how much her Joy in June helped me cope in the worst of times. (Thank you, dear Anne!) Good thoughts and prayers came from the small group who knew about my trials. And all of you, dear readers, with your sweet comments on whatever I was blogging about, helped cheer me every day.

Thank you for shining your light in the world. xo


  1. I'm glad to hear that you are headed to/are in the right station, in your picturesque VT with Batman. Hugs to you both.

  2. The movie line, "Sometimes the wrong train gets you to the right station," landed deeply in my being. Beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing more about your circuitous route.

  3. it's just an illusion, being in control. and who'd want the responsibility anyway?
    sorry i didn't know of your struggles but so very happy my little girl had a part in helping you get through the rougher days. sending love.

  4. thanks for the many times you have been my "right station"....much love, tqoe

  5. Sending you big huge virtual hugs, Karen.

    That quote is wonderful. I will need to look for that movie. Thank you for sharing.

    I'm so glad that you are on the mend and that you are getting to a point where you can more fully enjoy your dream come true.

    Thank you for shining your light in the world. It brightens my day and gives me a lift when I most need it.

  6. Reed! I repeat... Reed!!! You've hidden your trials, and I have no idea what's been going on. This is why we should not live so far apart! You've been a steadfast light of support during my heartbreaking slap of "we are not in control". Touch base with me and share when you have a moment. I'm so happy you're tucked safely in VT with the Caped Crusader. I love you.

  7. My husband and I saw that delightful movie and loved that quote from it.
    Am hoping you continue on the right track to feeling better.
    Take good care...

  8. Healing thoughts heading your way!

  9. Karen, I'm so glad the 'big scary' things have been ruled out and hope that you will receive a diagnosis soon. You have been in my thoughts and prayers, as your mom told me about this, but I wasn't sure whether you wanted me to know. So glad you can drive again. Relieved for you and happy that you are where you should be. Sending love… xoxo

  10. Oh Karen! I am so happy to find you. Was just thinking about you. Needed to find you again as you always brought me such joy and calm. Love your writing, your photos, your cat/gardens/tea/food/craftiness/simplicity and your lovely energy. Glad you are feeling better. I have the sunflower card you sent me in a frame in my living room. Go easy, my friend.

  11. So sorry to hear about your trials and tribulations recently Karen but am pleased that you ended up at the right station!