Saturday, April 25, 2009

I Guess I Needed the Train to Break Down...

I have been gone since Monday. My sewer exploded this week in the house. Right after I posted Feel Alive Monday. (the irony) LoL

Elizabeth and I spent the past week with my best friend Jeanne while our problem was fixed. I was very upset that it blew up, and aggravated. One more thing to add to the list of bad things that have happened.

But sometimes when things like this happen we need to look at it like a gift.

If it had not happened, I probably wouldn't have got to spend time with Jeanne and hear her tell me about Baba Yaga.

Baba Yaga is a witch from an old Russian folktale.

Jeanne thinks she looks like her, but she doesn't. Baba Yaga is very horrible looking hag, and eats small children in the Forrest. She flies around on a broom made of silver birch trees. Baba Yaga lives on a house supported by giant chicken legs.

Modest Mussorgsky a Russian composer made her story into a famous musical work during the 1800's. It is one song included in, Pictures at an Exhibition. I have a clip on the side bar for you to listen to of the song.

While we were gone Elizabeth and I ate lunch one day in an old cemetery, and threw bread crumbs out for the birds . We sat by some little children's graves. My heart is always drawn to them..

I also got to hear Jeanne tell me stories about her beautiful children when they were little, and stories about her childhood. Elizabeth, Jeanne's daughter is amazing. She has her Mom's blue eyes.

When John had his accident she came and took me and my Elizabeth out for meals. She has one of the kindest hearts I have ever seen. I love Jeanne's family and I am glad they adopted me. I needed adopted.

So when things are falling apart don't get upset. Try and see the good things. It is hard. But there is so much life around us. And maybe, we are supposed to have the train break down..

I have an assignment for you today. Have you ever seen the movie, Maud and Harold? If you can rent it and watch it. It is one of my favorite movies. I leave you with two songs and a quote today.

xoxo Nita

My song for you today are: Breakdown by Jack Johnson
1st video, pick a clip

and Baba Yaga
2nd video, pick a clip

Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is.

Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.

P.s I need to write a little bit about Elizabeth today. I wrote a small line about her tests coming back in a week or two but it wasn't enough.

When she went in to get her test done. She was so brave. To get a bone marrow test you have to have a hole put in your hip bone with a needle, a big needle.. It hurts very badly.

They made me leave the room before they started and Jeane was waiting for me in the waiting room. I cried because I wanted to hold Elizabeth's hand. But she was so brave.

When she was done the nurse said she only cried a few silent tears. I wish I could always protect her from everything that hurts but I can't. I can only put my trust in God, that He will take care of her. That He will take care of both of us. If you feel alone today, please know God will take care of you. Sometimes we go through things that are so gut wrenching and hard we want to give up. But don't, hope is just around the corner.

love nita


Flassie's Fil'a said...

I love the Jimmy Johnson quote!

I hope to listen to the music
when I get sound hookup.

Praying for You and Elizabeth!

God Bless You and Yours!!!

Sandi McBride said...

We never know what good is going to come out of bad, do we? Your JEanne sounds a treat...I remember the Baba Yaga tales, but don't know where or when...strange that...hope all is well with you now!

Annette said...

O' Nita
I wish I could of been there for you too, I know that feeling, you just feel so hopeless, I've seen them do that bone biopsy in the hospital, I know exactly what your talking about, but that one itty bitty piece of marrow can tell the Dr's SO much!it's amazing what kind of information they can get. Elizabeth is braver then I am, I promise you that, they'd have to sedate me for that procedure, but she gets her braveness from you! Praying all will come out fine, and that they find some answers so your Sweet Elizabeth can start feeling better soon. I can see you hugging her right now, and caressing her cheek and looking into her beautiful face and saying the words ever child loves to hear"I'm here now, and I love you honey" You are such an amazing lady!

Laurie in Ca. said...

You are so right Nita, Hope is just around the corner. I am proud of Elizabeth's courage. It must have hurt enough to scream but she did so good. I hear you on the plumbing as ours has been a total work in progress for 3 months. $4000.00 that pretty much wiped out any savings but it all works so good now. We will be in heaven before anything breaks again:) I love you girl and pray for you so often. How is the new grandson doing?

Love and Hugs, Laurie

kimberly said...

love the words, encouragement and sharing, nita....and i love harold and maude.....remember it soooo well!
prayers for elizabeth.....and you!

Patti said...

Nita I didn't form our Etsy Group > I was contacted by Brenda wondering if I would be interested starting a group here in my area.

You can check out how to do it on Etsy under "teams"

I think Brenda just searched for women in our area on Etsy and there we were. We actually have 12 members but some of them work and cannot attend the meetings regularly. It is fun and we support and inspire one another. We also share ideas for each others work. I love. Yes you should start a team you will love it too.
Hope you and Elizabeth are doing well and i feel for you with your explosion. That happened to us in CA. NOT fun!
THinking of you sweet Nita
Hugs and God Bless You

Flassie's Fil'a said...

It was so sweet of you to stop by.
Thank You for your comment!

I found a link to a hat giveaway.
It's up on my blog if you are
anyone would like to try and win.

God Bless You and Yours!!!

whitey said...

I was watching a TV program the other day with a group of story tellers and they discussed that fact that many people have quit telling the stories of past generations and some folklore legends. There is a DVD you can get it was really wonderful listening to them one gal talked about her Cuban mother it was hilarious I will see if I can find the link and send it to you.
Sewer problems stink but it sounds like you made the most of it!

Amy said...


I am with you and Elizabeth in thoughts always!!!!!

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Hi Nita,
Let us know how everything is with the tests. I think about you so much!


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