Sunday Sundries

Thanks for your kind words.  I’m especially thankful for my local friends who have been wonderful about “leaning in.”  Unlike Ms. Sandberg, I believe we should lean into EACH OTHER, rather than career opportunities, but I share her notion that when we lean in, we’re all stronger and society – and each of us as individuals – is better for it.

Courtesy of Will Kerner; JLC future, present and past presidents

Courtesy of Will Kerner; JLC future, present and past presidents

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; I have the best friends this world can offer.  I’m particularly fortunate to have been president between two of the most loyal, dependable, supportive, collaborative women I’ve ever known.   They’re class acts, and I couldn’t have done this without them – not the past week, not the past two, three years.   If I’ve had any success as president, it’s been because the woman on the right and those before her set me up for success, and I sincerely hope we’ve done just that for the beauty on the left as well.

It’s odd to realize I’m at the end of my tenure as president, but it’s exciting too.  The new leaders are dynamic, energetic, and I look forward to working with them and seeing where the JLC goes in the next year.  I am certain it will be stronger, better and more efficient!

It’s also probably a good thing that I don’t have time to be wistful and wax poetic but so much.  Work is busy, and life is going on, whether it seems appropriate or not.  As Reba put it, “I guess the world didn’t stop for my broken heart.”  For nearly as long as there has been life on this earth, there has been death, and “carrying on” is what I do.  Maybe there is an element of denial in there too, but I don’t think so.  I am just wired to process things differently so that I can be the helper and fixer that I am by nature.

Not one to believe in coincidences, it still somehow took me a few days to realize my friend died on the 13th.  She was so superstitious that she all but stayed in bed and didn’t open the blinds on Fridays when they collided with the 13th, so is it ironic, destiny, or a self-fulfilling prophecy that Death came for her on the 13th?

UntitledI found this bit of luck near the back door.  I’m not sure how  I suddenly became quite the four-leaf clover spotter, but this is the third I’ve found this month without even trying.   Isn’t the lighter green in the center interesting?

Are you superstitious?  Does plucking four leaf clovers make me superstitious?

There are a few songs running ear-worming their way around my head:

  • John Cougar Mellencamp’s Jack ‘n Diane (Oh yeah, life goes on…)
  • Miranda Lambert’s How Dare You
  • Sinatra’s My Way (my friend’s funeral request)
  • Rascal Flatts My Wish

WF51673_2_700x700I might have fallen down the Kate Spade rabbit hole.  I’ve always like her designs, and I’ve been intentionally avoiding the store that finally found podunk in the past year or so, but I accidentally – no,  seriously!! – wandered in today.  To my surprise, I left her Keds there (this time), but I couldn’t resist a belt (not shown online yet), and I’m supremely grateful that I managed not to even touch the PANK frock that kept calling out to me.  (Not linking to the image online because it looked SO MUCH BETTER in person – trust me.)  Unlike the other boutique designer I like, Ms. Spade favors a silhouette that makes the most of a woman’s curves.  I don’t need any more party dresses, not now, not ever…  but I do love her parfum too.  Beauty was my favorite, and it’s been discontinued.

I’ll be missing in action for a few days.  Life isn’t getting the best of me, but I’m not going to have time to post, and don’t have time to compose more posts and set them to publish later.

What’s happening in your world?


11 comments on “Sunday Sundries

  1. nancytimber says:

    I love the phrase “leaning in.” I’ve done a lot of leaning in my life, and The Lord, my family, and good friends have always been there to prop me up.

  2. Jessica says:

    I don’t think it is denial at all…I think rather you are a realist. Death is another part of life, and one that we may as well not focus on too heavily because no matter what…it’s going to happen.

    We just came from an antique horse carriage parade. The dogs thought that the “giant dogs” were pretty neat! Now, its time for more studying.

    Nice find on the 4-leaf clover! Must be the Irish in you!

  3. Bubblesknits says:

    Things have been a little crazy here (unfortunately not in a good way), so I haven’t been keeping up like I should. I’m sorry that you lost a friend. I’m thinking about you. ((hugs))

  4. AlisonH says:

    Congratulations to all of you!

    The last amaryllis of the spring is in full glory. (I write that in challenge to the ones who have only leafed out so far–they may surprise me yet.) Simple pleasures.

  5. Katherine says:

    I’ve done a lot of “leaning in” in my life. Having family and friends to lean on during those rough times is a real blessing. What makes it all worth while though is when the people around me feel they can lean on me.

    I’m deep into Kate Spade handbags lately, and granddaughter Sam loves her perfume!

    Don’t be gone too long. You will be greatly missed!!

  6. kathy b says:

    You sound strong and good dear Channon. Enjoy the walks with the dogs, the leaning in of friends and some nice weather. You will find a way to be just as supportive of JLC in a different role now. Thanks for letting us know you are good, even though we’ll miss some postings from you this week! Love you!

  7. Marjie says:

    Sadly, in my early world, the only helping hand to be found was at the end of my own arm. It’s still sufficient. I’m so glad you have others upon whom to lean, and will be able to help the new League president, but be relieved of the pressure of the post. That will have to help you find time for yourself.

    See you whenever you have time to post again!

  8. vicki says:

    Sorry to hear about your friend! It makes us realize how precious life is. A four leaf clover, a beautiful thing, even if you aren’t superstitious!

  9. I love that Reba song. It’s one of my go to songs when I’m down. I’m so sorry about your friend.

    Another good song that might help? Rascal Flatts, “What hurts the most.”

  10. The song that keeps running thru my head is “Turn, turn turn (To Everything There is a Season)” by the Byrds. An oldie but definitely a goodie.
    Born in the mountains and raised on superstitions and I believe nothing is a coincidence. My faith and friends sustain me thru the tough times and 2014 has certainly doled out some tough times as you know.
    Time, my friend, it takes time..

  11. Sue says:

    I learned early in life not to wait for others to lend a helping hand. I still find it hard to lean on others. It makes for a lonely path at times but I’ve gotten this far….

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