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I'm sitting at my downstairs desk, with the TV blaring weather reports at me, my senior mom doing the dishes, my grandkids safe and snug in their own home several miles away – and we're all ready for come what may, Lord willing. Yup, along with so many others across several states, we are watching a nasty series of storms bearing down on us and doing a lot of praying, knowing that no matter what comes, GOD IS IN CONTROL. That's definitely something this Sandwich Generation family clings to!
We didn't grow up in tornado or hurricane country so the last few years have been such eye-openers for us. Of course, we were familiar with them because of various relatives who have lived in these areas for years. But it's certainly different when you actually live in the area. One of the things that I find so odd about it all is the way everything can be so peaceful one day – all the while you know that storm is marching towards you the next.
Yesterday, for example, my grandkids and I were having fun in glorious 65-70 degree temps, indulging in a variety of fun grandchild and senior citizen activities like swinging, playing basketball, and running around the yard. Sad to say, I have noticed that I am SOOOO out of shape from the winter, in spite of the mildness. It may not have snowed, but most days it was so cold I really didn't feel like exercising much and boy, I'm noticing the negative results big time. You'd be so proud of me, though. I ran with the grandboys and then I even ran around the yard on my own – three laps. Hopefully, I'll keep that up and not let it slide.
I also recorded these two new little YouTube videos to share some Daffodil smiles with y'all – you can hear a breeze, but other than that it was so balmy, you'd never think a major storm or ten was headed our way! The first is in my grandsons back yard – where they, my granddogs, and I were having a grand ole time.
This was where the sun hits the daffodils more – and that, combined with the unseasonably warm winter weather, led to early and glorious daffodils smiling at all of us.
Aren't those gorgeous. And what fun we all had playing – it was great exercise. I definitely need to stay somewhat in shape to keep up with all those fun Sandwich Generation issues and duties – from playing with all the grandkids, to hitting the stairs if another hospital trip is called for, not to mention if this impending storm is so bad we have to lug our emergency bags during an evacuation – coz you know that we caregivers will be carrying the most! So how about you? Dealing with storms? Staying in shape? We'd love to hear. And don't forget. Spring will be here before we know, full of lovely pink blossoms to encourage us, but until then…