Jennifer Lyon

Monday, January 24th, 2022
Weekend Roundup

So it’s been a happy and sad weekend. A little story–you guys remember the security guard I got in trouble from? So yesterday I came home stressed and knew I needed to go do one more stressful thing that day (more on that in a minute). So had about 40 minutes before I had to leave again. I ate two cookies (no one here will judge me right?), unloaded the dishwasher, then said looked at my dog who has been good as gold even though we’re leaving her for long stretches of time during the days. I said, “Maggie, screw it, we’re going for a walk and I’ll deal with the next thing when we get back.”

Maggie did the happy dance and showed me where her leash was in case I forgot :-)

We headed back to the field, and this time, I stayed where I’m allowed to go. As I left the field to go home, I passed the new housing track guarded the security guard who’d previously scolded me. I waived to her. She got out of her car and started chatting. She was really nice. And all I could think was–on this day packed with stress, that one decision I made a week or two ago about not making this woman’s job harder paid off. She told me about her two dogs and her mom. It was a true break and gave a real lift to my day.

Sometimes, it pays to be nice. It cost me nothing but a tiny sliver of worthless pride in admitting I was wrong when I was wrong.

So one of the sad and hard things happening is one of my kid’s dogs is really sick. I can’t fix this. Money can’t fix this. Love can’t fix this. But I’m doing my best to show them the love and care they need. And I went over and told this special dog how much she’s meant to me taking care of my kids. We might get lucky and get more time with her, I don’t know.

But what I do know was this security guard got out of her car and offered me a moment of friendship when I really needed it (and didn’t even know it!) Life can be hard sometimes, but those moments of kindness and effort by people are priceless. The way we treat people can come back to us in such truly unexpected ways.

And to turn this to writing; readers LOVE these moments. We can use these small moments to help our characters make big decisions.

But for me yesterday, that moment of friendship helped me through a hard day. And I think I’ll always remember it. It didn’t alter the course of my life like it might in a book, but it gave me the reset I needed to be there for the kid that needed me.

So our weekend had a few tough moments and a few potentially exciting ones that I just can’t talk about yet. How was your weekend?

8 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. Silver James
    January 24th, 2022 at 1:51 pm · Link

    Sick furbabies is NEVER easy. They really are like our kids and/or grandkids. This special dog will always have a place in the hearts of her people. Yay for the security guard. Sometimes, angels are totally unaware. Big hugs to you and you and sending good thoughts. Excited to hear about the potential excitement when you can share! 🤗

    My weekend was terribly bland. And that’s okay. Sometimes we just need those days. I totally vegged. Totally felt guilty. Got over it. Enjoyed some Stormy time though he and his Big Daddy were preoccupied with playing their new electronic version of Battleship! Boys. What can I say? ;)

    I didn’t really write. I didn’t watch anything particularl special on TV. I’m listening my way through Ilona Andrews’ Innkeepers series, which has turned out better than I anticipated. Sadly, I’m on the last book now.

    Cheers to a brighter and more productive week for us all! 🥰

  2. Viki S.
    January 24th, 2022 at 4:02 pm · Link

    I am so very sorry to hear about your ailing grand-dog. They are just as much a part of our families as the humans are so I honestly know how difficult this time is. As you said, you may have more time with her.

    Having a new friend like the security guard is a true blessing. You never know when God will plant the seed of friendship and comfort in your path.

    You have sparked my curiosity. Hope you can share the potentially exciting news soon :).

    My weekend was ok. Saturday it went down to -11F. A bit cold, even for me.

    I got my hair done and the rest was normal household stuff. Hubs on the other hand went over and played with Harrison in the snow yesterday. We got more than 7 new inches and today another 5. Tomorrow we’re supposed to get 3-5 more. Hubs DIL and Harrison played again today when she got home from work (early). They sent me some videos and they were so cute. Having tons of fun.

    Have a fantastic afternoon!

  3. Jenn
    January 24th, 2022 at 6:47 pm · Link

    Silver, thank you my friend. We (ok my son and daughter in law) made the right choice today for their beloved girl. I spent part of the day with them, and I’m so proud of them for taking such good care of her even when it means making the toughest choice.

    Yes, a bland weekend is okay. We all need down time. You’ve had a lot of different pressures and worries in your life too, and a day off is truly for mental/emotional health.

    Find a great series to listen too is so wonderful…until that last book :-) I feel your pain!

    Stormy is such a blessing and I had to smile and LG and him consumed with electronic battleship. Love that!

    I’m with you on the rest of this week moving in a more positive and productive direction. For my part, I feel better than yesterday.

  4. Jenn
    January 24th, 2022 at 6:56 pm · Link

    Viki, I know you understand. We let her go today, but we’re at peace with the choice. Well I should say my son and daughter in law are, I’m in a support role here, but I loved that dog, and I love them. Most moms understand.

    It’s true that God plants those people we need like that. And I try to stop for a second and appreciate it like I did yesterday.

    That’s like Holy Crap Cold to me!!

    Yay for your hair and that is so cute that Harrison and his fan club (Grandpa!!) played in the snow. I love that his mom did too after she got home from work. He’s such a loved child, and that also makes me happy. I bet those videos are so cute!

    I’m having a much better afternoon and hope you have a great evening!

  5. Viki S.
    January 25th, 2022 at 3:29 am · Link

    Jenn – I want to extend my condolences on the passing of your son’s/family’s fur baby. We have to do what is best for them even when it breaks us. The loving memories will always be there. Hugs to all.

  6. B.E. Sanderson
    January 25th, 2022 at 8:25 am · Link

    Oh no. :HUGS: I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a furbaby always sucks. Even if it’s a grand-furbaby. I’m so glad you got to take a moment and receive kindness from your new friend. :hugs:

  7. Jenn
    January 25th, 2022 at 12:55 pm · Link

    Viki, thank you. That means a lot. They have 14 years of great memories and that’s something we’re all grateful for.

  8. Jenn
    January 25th, 2022 at 12:59 pm · Link

    B.E., thank you. It’s all been hard, but it’s worth it for the years of love and joy she gave my son and daughter-in-law. I got a chance to thank her for that before they let her go, and that meant a lot to me.

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