While typically I plan in advance what I’m going to write about and post regularly, you may have noticed that things have been rather quiet here lately at Naked on the Tundra.  It wasn’t an intentional hiatus, rather, it was a series of events that resulted in me spending time doing a lot of things other than writing.

My plan was to write about:

Thanksgiving and everything for which I am grateful

The amount of money we spend on our Thanksgiving meal

The amount of money we spend on Christmas

The reasons that I don’t shop on Black Friday

Instead, I had the opportunity while driving from Nashville to Michigan to experience firsthand the first big snow storm of the season, the opportunity to visit my twelve-year-old niece who was spending time in DeVos Children’s Hospital along with my younger sister, brother-in-law and fourteen-year-old niece, the opportunity to see my parents and older sister who were also visiting my niece, watch my grandkids while their parents took one of them to urgent care to get a stitch, have my email account hacked, my credit card number stolen, and catch a cold.

First Snow November 2015

Even though it wasn’t fun to drive in, it sure was pretty!

For the past week, being a conscious consumer has gone completely out the window.  When I needed gas, I didn’t care that Speedway has a D+ rating because it was on my way to the hospital and I chose convenience over conscience.  When my niece, who’d barely eaten for four days, said she wanted a turkey on Italian with mayo from Subway, I didn’t say, gosh, you know Subway has a C- rating and I’m really trying to stick with places with a B+ or better rating could you pick something else?  No, I drove straight there, ordered it up with no hesitation, and happily plunked down my cash.  When I couldn’t get all my Thanksgiving items purchased prior to the big day, I went to D rated Meijer on Thanksgiving morning and picked them up. 

Plans are great, but they don’t always line up with reality. In truth, I can’t really say that anything for the past week has turned out quite like I anticipated. If I’ve learned anything in the past fifty odd years, it’s that I can get upset and flip out about things, or I can take them in stride and try to find something positive in all of it.

I’m grateful that I was able to drive through eight to twelve inches of snow in southeastern Michigan without incident despite less than ideal conditions.  It’s very distressing that my niece was so sick, but I’m grateful I was able in a few small ways to help her and my sister out during their unexpected stay in Grand Rapids. I’m grateful my parents and sister drove over so I could see them before the holiday.  I’m grateful that I was here to watch the grandkids so they all didn’t have to go to urgent care when one needed a stitch.  The email and credit card issues are a hassle, but are insignificant in the grand scheme of life.  I’m grateful that there are so many people in my life praying for me and my family – I’m not sure how people get through things without that kind of support.

I’m still trying to find the silver lining in getting a cold, but so far I’m coming up with nothing.  If you can find one, be sure to let me know by leaving a comment.  What do you do when life doesn’t go as you plan? 

Man plans and God laughs.

Yiddish Proverb