Thursday, December 29, 2011

Paying the Piper

So much running around, making, cooking, visiting, having a marvelous time. And then, BOOM! Up jumps my old adversary, rheumatoid arthritis. One day I'm full of pep and energy. The next day, stiff, sore, and exhausted.

"Mmwahahahaha," it cackles. "Thought I forgot about you? Having a little too much fun, were we?" Well, here's my response--down, but not out, pal.

I have this lovely hot water bottle cover that my daughter-in-law Michelle knitted for me. A Christmas gift, and a timely one at that. So comforting.

I have the charming glow of candlelight,

a stack of delicious books that were under the tree this year,

a cozy, colorful spot to recover in, and the power of prayer.
Take that, R.A. You don't know who you're messin' with.

24 comments:

Val + the Girls- BK +CK said...

Is that a Lewis Chessman Jodi?
I hope you old Adversary gets lost promptly

Kerrie said...

I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Looks like you have lots of comfort, though. I'll pray. :)

Ostriches Look Funny said...

oh Jodi, feel better. I know how irritating it is not to feel well. Praying for you.

It's Just Dottie said...

I sending up prayers for you!!!
I love all your comforts.
Dottie

Leslie said...

You know I'll be praying...

p.s. Thanks for the prayers for my blood work... no results yet, of course, but at least they got the 5 vials they needed with only 2 sticks - a small miracle for me ( I have terrible veins.)

Leslie said...

p.p.s. i'm spying out those books... they look fascinating.

Amy Danielle said...

Oh Jodi, this is ridiculously stupid on my part, but this post, it just reduced me to tears and blubber and was just what I needed. My RA is flaring up so bad lately, the dr has me on the max dose of meds I can take while pregnant, and the pain, stiffness and swelling are just not letting up. I am trying to make the best of it, but this was such a cheery, fantastic reminder.... Hoping you are soon feeling better, dear friend. {gentle hugs and TONS of love}

Jodi said...

Amy Danielle, not stupid at all! RA pain AND pregnancy hormones? What a difficult combination. God bless that little package growing inside. I'll be praying for you, too. xx

Jodi said...

Leslie, hooray for only two sticks. I have rolling veins, so I know. Love you and praying for good news. The last book in the pile is called "Stillmeadow Sampler", by Gladys Tabor. Are you familiar with her? She's always a cozy read. Mike informed me that two more books are on the way that didn't make it in time for Christmas. Hot dog!

Jodi said...

Val, I had to Google Lewis Chessman to find out. Looks like. Mine is made of stone, made by a local artist who makes replicas of all kinds of ancient thingies. I no longer remember her name, darn it, or I'd tell you.

Jodi said...

Thank you so, so much, Kerrie, JoAnn, and Dottie. I can feel the prayers.

amy said...

aww beautiful jodi, you are one tough cookie. kick it in the teeth. praying for comfort.

Nancy said...

Oh friend! I didn't see this post until this morning. Stopped to whisper prayer for you. Hope today is better than yesterday. Love your attitude--our enemy has no idea who he's messing with!

Emily said...

I'll be praying you can have relief from pain soon. At least you have that cosy place to recover in... I love that quilt.

thickethouse said...

Praying for you, Jodi.........Rest, rest, rest! Be cozy and comforted. May all be well!

Chelsey said...

Praying for you that you'll be feeling better asap!

I love your cable knitted waterbottle cozy and your colourful bed.

Jewels said...

You dear woman, you. Very sorry to know that you're not feeling well. I too, have been here and there tucked into much-needed restings ("right alongside you", sister!), and am just beginning to round the bend back to *better* after all the lovely things and precious ones of Christmastime (sure 'nough, crept up on me too, just as you, unwell as you've been, have so *well* said in that irrepressible Jodian way ;o), and I'm praying that you are now, or will soon be, too.

I had to smile softly, but Cheshire cat-big, at all this delightful beauty that flowed from your good hearty wrestle with that stinker of an adversary, RA, and have to say, that really, I'd be hard-pressed not to crawl into that cosy nest if I felt even the slightest flitterings of *mid afternoon* fatigue!

Felt so bad for you when I got to "stiff, sore, and exhausted", and then next thing I knew I'd hit the following paragraph. And then, well......cutest-you, there in those *adorable* pajamas that coordinate so absolutely perfectly with your *gorgeous* hot water bottle cover.....well, to be honest, I myself couldn't help but feel a powerful surge of joy and strength stir-to-bubbling inside of me at that point, that'll no doubt carry me throughout the rest of this fine day ( and night, rest or no, as the "help" has all up and gone to New England! ;o).

Such *pretty* sharings of comfortings.....

Lovely light of the glow pot.

Beautiful bundle of books (*And*, more to come~~dear me! Happy thought, indeed! Care's reading "The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic" aloud to the little ones just now~~and everyone's loving it! ;o).

And again, and again.....couldn't imagine any nicer nest to rest in (no getting "the moldy feeling" no matter how long you need lie. And, a little friend-made friend and companion right there beside you to cheer you through it all to boot!). So glad to hear, see, and know that you've been able to be snuggled-up in it, reading and dozing, praying~~and, I pray, able to be casting any and all cares upon Him, who knows you and loves you dearest and best.

Much love to you there, from all of us here, too. Smiling and waving to you in the sending of get well cheer. Thinking of you and yours and praying for you. xo

Southern Gal said...

Jodi, I'm so sorry you're bothered with RA right now. But it sounds like you're pretty good at knocking it out! That sweater bottle cover is beautiful. A stack of books and that colorful place of rest would make me feel better, too! Get better soon.

Amy said...

Those pesky issues. . . you do look like you have a good plan to enjoy your time being still. I'm saying a prayer for you now, though, dear, active, vibrant, creative Jodi. Read those books in the midst of candlelight and that wonderfully covered hot water bottle, but then get ready to rumble! I'm sure you'll be back at it all soon enough:) Interestingly, my word for 2012 is slowly. I will pray you have continued peace during your "slowly" time, friend.

Sara said...

Hi Jodi, here's a hug for you and hoping you recover soon from the RA attack, which I have heard can be very debilitating. Wishing you and yours blessings and all good things for 2012. The books look wonderful, as does your colorful cozy corner and the hot water bottle cover!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Dear Jodi, I'm still praying for your recovery from this flare-up. I wonder if you like to listen to books on tape? Perhaps someone can get some for you from the library and you can listen to them. It doesn't require much energy and is soothing. Peace and healing mercies to you!

Kim Hyland said...

Jody, I'm singing your song. I felt it coming and pushed forward through twenty-two total at Christmas dinner, 11 (and counting) days of 15 different overnight guests, revelry and joy galore . . but it struck this morning with a vengeance. Thanks for putting some wonderful perspective on it.
And "Joy & Strength" is a treasure!! I know you'll love it. Happy New Year and a peaceful recovery.

Julie @ OnePennyJumblePacket said...

Love the water bottle cover that Michelle knitted. It's gorgeously cozy looking. Your DIL has some real talent there!

I read your posts out of order, so I'm glad you are feeling better. Happy New Year, my dear friend. Love to you and all of yours.

Jodi said...

Julie, Happy New Year! xox

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