Friday, April 23, 2010

Life's Lemons


Kristin & Chris Ann from Love Feast Table have a weekly theme on Fridays. It is Fancy Friday...but not just anything fancy, this week is Fancy Friday Lemons. I had planned on blogging about the new Rhubarb~Lemonade recipe that I had found. I was going to have a couple of girlfriends over, serve my new lemonade and sit on my work-in-progress back patio. However...I was handed a lemon this week. Now, lemons are beautiful, vibrant, and smell beautiful! I even read in a magazine today that squeezing a lemon and breathing in the aroma released from the oils in the lemon peel is considered a stress relief. However...when you bite into a lemon...it is sour...and sour is good...with a little sugar to ease it down. I was going to bow out and not join in this week, however the theme couldn't be more fitting for me on this day.

My Lemon is:



ASTHMA


Two weeks ago I was admitted to the hospital with a severe asthma attack. I was there for 1 night and then sent home on meds. Well…on Wednesday I ended up back in the hospital with it again…this time with only 25% breathing capacity…which is really bad. This bout had me there for 2 nights. I got home late this afternoon.



Now, I could sit here and feel sorry for myself and get depressed about all the meds I have to be on, or that I don’t get to enjoy the beautiful spring weather, or that my meds make me bloat up like a balloon.

Or….I could take my lemon and make something beautiful with it.






I was able to spend a couple of days relaxing, reading magazines…


Putting together a beautiful, bright, cheery, puzzle…




Catch up on some TV shows, talked to plenty of friends via text and email.

And on day 3, today, I started thinking about the beautiful lemony projects I have been working on at home.


My herbs that I planted a week ago have began to sprout through the soil.


The pretty little lemony table I bought a week ago is a great place to house some of those herbs.


My bistro table on my front porch is currently sporting some beautiful yellow flowers I recently picked up.


My back porch is coming together with some bright cheery d├ęcor I have been finding.

I have this yummy lemon scented WoodWick candle to burn whenever I need a stress relief.

I have this wonderful Jura Cappresso E8 coffee machine at home, with our own fresh roasted coffee beans...and I don't have to drink nasty hospital coffee every day!

Oh, and I have these 2 beautiful little faces to come home to. What can be more inspiring than that?


I will get through this. Asthma will not conquer me. My life isn’t over yet. I have too many things to live for, and many more lemony concoctions to create!

How about you? What do you create with life’s lemons?


2 comments:

  1. Janelle!
    We are so glad you posted! Your post is beautiful and personal. We love how you've turned your lemon around! We hope and pray you're feeling better!
    Have a great weekend!
    Kristin and Chris Ann

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  2. Beautiful post! Being in the hospital is no fun...I've been there a few times myself! But you manage to make it sound like a mini-vacation! Good for you!

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