So, it’s been a while since I’ve published any of my random babbling…a long while. It was tough to find time for blogging last year. 2017 was, shall we say, a challenging year for our little family.
It started, quite literally, the first week of January when we dropped $1,500 on our beloved Princess Lucy Love who needed a mast cell tumor removed and biopsied (not to worry- it was a grade 1 and she’s doing fine), and ended with a record-setting Category 5 hurricane sweeping across our little chunk of limestone, leaving us temporarily homeless and still without internet in our new home.
I could tell you about all the stuff that happened in between, but you would probably think I was making it up and quite honestly, I just don’t want to relive any of it. Plus, I’m continually striving to live “in the moment” and just be happy with “being”. But, let it suffice to say that 2017 included four different home addresses for us inside of one zip code, a seven-week stay in a hotel room following Hurricane Irma, retaining the services of a lawyer to resolve an ongoing matter with a former landlord, and being stuck in some kind of gridlock with the homeowner’s insurance at our current residence that is preventing us from getting a much-needed new roof and keeping the four of us cramped in a one-bedroom home.
But, back to living in the moment…
The lack of internet at home is what brings us to this moment. The boys and I are, as we speak, camped out at our favorite coffee shop using their internet, which is where you can find us a couple days every week doing schoolwork and writing the random web content assignment.
My little web content writing business has dwindled a bit since September 7. Funny how that happens when you’re not connected to the…um…web. Thank goodness for my local client. He keeps me moderately busy. He’s from the Ukraine and has a sexy name and an even sexier accent and sometimes he wears this cowboy hat and…wait, what was I talking about?
…oh yeah… something about the moment and grim living arrangements…
To top it all off, it has been an exceptionally gray, wet and icky January by TCI standards- in fact, it is raining at this precise moment- pouring actually.
However, when I am able to focus on the moment, I know there are plenty of things to be grateful for. We are all together and healthy. And when the weather is nice, oh man is it nice! Caribbean winters are the reason you endure Caribbean summers.
So, what do you do “in the moment” on a little island when you have no cable or internet at home, you can’t travel because you have too many irons in the fire on-island, and you can’t exactly invite anyone to visit you because you simply don’t have space to put them yet?
There are always the beaches, which have recovered quite nicely since September. Thank goodness for the pool, that my kids are highly entertaining at times, and for the Nikon Randy gave me last Christmas. I’m always finding something
interesting to snap a picture of and having that camera has taught me to appreciate the small things.
No, really, I literally mean the small things. Lizards, the resident cats, a new colorful bloom in the garden. Even the tiny (looking) flamingos I can see at a distance from the deck every morning. Having the ability to capture those images- those moments I want to immortalize- helps me look for and recognize the beauty in each moment.
It always there. Sometimes you just have to look harder than you do other times.
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” -John Lennon