Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Fun and Not So Fun

For those of you of a certain age, you may have joined "the horrible yucky procedure" club. This is the procedure that is not nearly as horrible as the preparation! If you've been there, you know of which I speak. If you haven't, you don't want to know until you have to do it. I don't want to go into any gory details, but suffice it to say that all is well and I feel fine. The most excellent news is that I don't have to do a repeat for 10 years! Perhaps the Lord will return before then, or they will have come up with a less traumatic way to deal with the prep.

I hadn't had any solid food for 36 hours, so I overreacted and ate too much tonight, with my fairly new blogging friend, rainyd. That 's the fun part --

Rainyd and I became acquainted when she came over to catch up on Kristen's story when she was unable to post for those last weeks of pregnancy and first weeks of twin motherhood. We discovered a common bond when I realized she goes to school where one of my good friends, a professor in our program, moved to a different state to be the director of another social work program. It is truly a small world.

Rainyd had a trip to make and decided to drive an extra 3 hours each way in order to meet me. What an honor that was for me. She and her son and I had a short visit. We weren't at all sure it was going to work out, because I had this medical procedure scheduled, but where there's a will there's a way, and we made it happen.

DC made a comment the other day that got me thinking about dirt. Dirt is dirty. It makes a lot of work for us. It is a result of the fall, I am sure. But God redeemed dirt and from it comes such beauty. . .

Columbine , the Colorado State Flower . . .

Up Close and Personal

Iris - various colors . . .

Inside and Out ...

And the Alpine Forget-Me-Nots growing in profusion . . .

We are often admonished to "bloom where we are planted." When we experience the beauty of what God and we can do together, starting with a bit of dirt and some seeds, we must realize that we can live in this dirty world and bloom, making the world a better place by "letting the beauty of Jesus be seen in us."


Nadine said...

What a treat to meet a blogging friend. I hope to one day meet some of mine - including you.

Lovely flowers. I love flower pictures.

Mary said...


I'm glad that you were able to get this procedure done and out of the way for now. Thank goodness the results were all fine. No, I haven't had it done but know about it.

I'm really happy you were able to meet your blogging friend. It's nice to meet friends we make online. I have done this twice and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Thanks for your kind words on my post tonight. A lot of work to do on this one. Please pray.

Love and hugs,

nancygrayce said...

Oh, glad that's over with! My husband had it last week and had 5 polyps removed, which means he has to have it again in 3 years. He wasn't pleased to hear that!

Your state flower is absolutely beautiful! I worked in my yard today clipping border grass with hand clippers and tonight my hand is very painful. Overuse, I shouldn't do yard work! :)

Linds said...

I don't think I have ever seen a Columbine before...it is beautiful!

How lovely you could meet up with a blogging friend! I know what fun it can be! And a lovely way to counteract the rest of the day and the procedure!But at least that is out of the way now.

Penless Thoughts said...

How wonderful about meeting the new friend. I love what you have written here about how God takes us "as we were" and turns us into something beautiful and of value for His sake!

Mimi said...

I'm glad for you that you bit the bullet and had the procedure done...my husband had his done and now he is really bugging me to have it done...but I keep stalling it off...
Your flowers are beautiful...and I guess we have both been thinking about dirt this week..
I think it is wonderful that you were able to meet one of your blogging buds in person...

Midlife Mom said...

I know of which you speak, or however that statement goes! You are right when you say the prep is much worse then the actual procedure! :o(
What fun to meet a fellow blogger. That was really nice of her to drive those extra miles so that you two could get together.
Your flowers are just gorgeous! I love Forget Me Nots, they are one of my favorites, so delicate and pretty. I have tried and tried to get them to grow here but they always seem to winter kill. I'm going to try again this year and plant them right up beside the house and see if that protects them.
We are getting lots of rain these last few days and again today. Things will surely be green and lush when it stops and the sun finally comes out. We need it though so I'm not complaining.
Hope you're having a good week. I continue to pray for Kristen and her unspoken request!

Christa said...

OK been there done that. I know you're glad it's over.

Glad you got to meet your blogging friend, that is always fun.

Beautiful pictures of beautiful flowers. Have a great day, God bless

Robin said...

Oh Columbine are my most favorite flower - and the ones in your picture are breathtaking!

How fun to meet a blogger friend. I get to do that later this month at the She Speaks conference. I can hardly wait!

I'm glad your procedures all turned out well. I'm getting to the age where I need to start thinking about some of those yucky things.

Linda said...

Oh Dawn, I know that "procedure" is somewhere in my near future. I'm not thinking about it right now, but I'm so glad yours went well and there are no problems.
I love your analogy with the dirt. Isn't it amazing that the Lord can take something we think is just a nuisance and use it to bring great blessing.
Thanks for the lovely invite. If you were within a three hour drive of me, I'd be there!!

Nancy said...

I love your reflection at the end of your post and the flower photos are just beautiful!

Lucky you to meet a blogging friend. I'm still hoping that will happen to me someday!

Good luck with the yucky procedure... I hated it and already dread the next time I have to go- it's been 3 years.

Timalee said...

I love what you wrote about "blooming where we are planted" despite the dirt. Sometimes I feel it easier to try to run away from the dirt!

Your flower pictures are beautiful, especially the Columbine.

Maine Mom said...

I'm glad the procedure is over for you and I'm glad you were able to get together with Rainyd. I think I would overeat, too if I had to fast for 36 hours!

Fresh Girl said...

I'm so glad you got to meet up with a blogging friend! This must be the week for meeting people we've already "met" online. I had lunch Monday with a friend I've known almost 12 years, but had only seen in person once.

Those flowers are so beautiful, especially the Columbine.

Dawn, is your email address different now that you've retired? Just didn't want to reply to a comment and have go somewhere you aren't. ;)

Karen said...

What fun! (the lunch, not the *procedure*)

I adore the forget-me-nots.

Barb said...

So you had a colonoscopy. Good for you. Bev posted all about hers a few months ago, so I know the preparation is less than wonderful, but it's a very smart thing to do.

How nice of her to drive all that extra time to meet you. I'm sure it was fun. So far, you're the only blogging friend I've met in real life. I've talked to quite a few, but only managed to meet you so far.

I love our state flower. For ages, I didn't know it's illegal to pick them when they're growing in the wild, but you know, they're actually quite easy to grow at home if you just buy a plant. And of course, they're a perrenial so they come back year after year. The blue one is my very favorite.

Lala's world said...

I would love to meet you and some of my other blogging buddies one day! what a neat treat!

love the pictures...love your state flower I don't think I have ever seen a picture of one before!

Diane J. said...

Glad you got a good medical report. I've had that particular test twice and I agree, the prep is much worse than the actual procedure.

It's always nice to meet a blogger IRL. I've been blessed to meet 2 of my blogging buddies IRL.

Your flowers are gorgeous, and good job with the photography. My iris bloomed weeks ago.

Have a good rest of your week. :o)

Love and hugs,


PEA said...

Oh no, not THE procedure!!! lol I haven't had the "pleasure" of having experienced it but my mom has a few times and tells me it's not pleasant at all! I'm so glad to hear that all is well with you and no need for a repeat performance for 10 years:-)

Oh Dawn, how absolutely wonderful that you got to meet another blogging friend! Love the picture of both of you. Isn't it amazing the friendships that we've formed but never would have happened if we hadn't started blogging!!

Love all the flower pictures...the columbine are just gorgeous. My gran use to always have Forget Me Nots growing at the front of her house so they remind me of her:-) xoxo

Judith said...

Thanks again for another blogging bouquet. I enjoy your flowers so much, How good that you and your new friend took time to be together. So often we let those
moments get lost in however we're spending our time.

Prayers still going up.

Becky said...

Hey Dawn! Those flowers are amazing. I love the two-toned.