Two of my favorite sayings I’ve heard from well-wishers lately have been, “Life is getting kind of lifey” and “Sometimes the Universe gives you money, and sometimes the Universe gives you time.” Let me explain how things have been going since the last time I’ve seen many of you…
My husband and I took our much-needed vacation up to the Keweenaw Peninsula at the end of June. It was a blissful and relaxing two days until we got the call that our 16 year old yellow lab, down here staying with relatives, was sick and had been taken to the vet. All bliss and relaxation quickly dissipated as we had to deal long-distance with our dog’s medical emergency. Luckily our relatives are generous, awesome people and were willing to essentially take an invalid dog with vestibular disease who could not walk on her own back home and take care of her for a few more days so that we didn’t have to come home immediately. We ended up making the most of a couple more days in the UP though we were stressed out about the dog and couldn’t completely relax as much as we needed to, and then we cut our vacation short by a day to relieve my relatives from their caregiving duties.
Upon returning home we had to start packing up the whole house while still taking care of a sick dog who, though getting better each day, was still very wobbly on her feet and needed to be carried up and down the steps. Let’s just say that everything was taking a lot longer than we had anticipated because of this wrinkle.
On top of all the packing the yoga studio renovations were still happening–but the pace had unfortunately slowed down. The paving company delayed our driveway/parking area project by a day, and then their seal-coating truck broke so they had to find a sub-contractor. That took a couple more days and then the sub-contractor didn’t finish it all the day he came and had to come back two days later to finish. So no driveway to drive on while moving for over a week. Then the hardwood floor refinisher hit a snag: In a nutshell, just please don’t use water-based polyurethane if you’re getting hardwood floors refinished. That’s what the people used who we bought the house from and, come to find out, it’s a pretty new product that most refinishers haven’t had to deal with because it hasn’t been around long enough for the floors to need to be redone. It is a beast to sand up off the floors. The poor guy had originally told us to give him a week though he didn’t think he’d need that long. It’s been a 1 1/2 weeks now and he’s finally finishing today. In the meantime, we had to move our whole household but could only live in the parts of the new house that he had finished first. He’s been a good sport about the whole thing and we love him for it, but we’re pretty sure he’s going to retire after this project!
On top of that, one of our friends who said he could help with anything I needed last week backed out of much of the deal, so I had to do a lot of stuff myself that I wasn’t expecting to which was exhausting. And then yesterday, the dog, whose vestibular disease is better now, but who I can tell has been kind of stressed out about the move and who also has bad hips and drags her back legs, started bleeding from one of her back nails all over my new hardwood floors! Aagh!!!
There’s more that I’m not even going to go into but, needless to say, at this point I am not ready to resume classes yet. On a more positive note, the blinds got installed in the yoga studio today and the sconces and wiring installation are almost complete, so at least that’s something! We’re getting there, but there have been lots of obstacles this past week. I need a little more time to finish up all the small details. Plus what I really need is a little more time to RELAX. I have been going virtually non-stop since the beginning of May and I am exhausted. I know you will all understand. Life got a little lifey, and the Universe is apparently trying to tell me right now that I need time more than I need money. I’ll get back to you next week with another update and hopefully will see many of you BEFORE THE END OF JULY! :)
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