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My Plans Have More Holes Than A Cheese Grater

Updated on May 12, 2016

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I Went To Finish One Project

Things just started to go in the wrong direction

No matter what I did

The day got worse instead of better

I learned to take a step back

Relax and try again

Telling myself stay focused

Easy

Easy

No that is not going to work

I have a wheel barrel that has a flat tire

I bought a replacement wheel

So I am trying to take off the wheel

The nut is rusted on

Then I have an older wheel barrel and that wheel is gone too

This one has a machine screw

So I will have to drill it out

No time for that now

What I thought was an easy fix

Just isn't

Improvising I used a plastic trash barrel with wheels

It sound good but it got to heavy to push

Half way to my back yard it toppled over

I had to pick up the leaves and branches

For the second time

Little things like this slow down my day

It just wasn't meant to be

At least for today

I have to clean up for lunch

I feel my body talking to me quietly

I am starting to feel it

Time to pack it up

To be continued...

I will be back at it

Tomorrow or my next morning free

We shall see






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    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 months ago from The Caribbean

      "It just wasn't meant to be"? Sometimes we discover later that it was the best way for it to be; I can relate.

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      Nellieanna Hay 8 months ago from TEXAS

      Yes, sometimes it seems that 'things' are working against one's plans. But it's a wise person who lets go of the frustration of it and gives it time. Time almost always helps to resolve it, as we see a way around the glitch, - OR - it lets us see that it wasn't all that important anyway!

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      DREAM ON 8 months ago

      MsDora I let things unfold and keep a watchful eye to surprises I didn't see before. Sometimes changing my interests to another project and later tackling this one again. Thank you for sharing and may your day bring more happiness.

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      DREAM ON 8 months ago

      Nellieanna Most people would buy a new wheel barrel and throw out the old. I like to be creative and try to fix or make one that has never been made before. A different wheel maybe bigger or wider than ever thought of before. I have a lot of thought connected to ( depression era) where people didn't have money to spend they had to make do. Find a way. Save their money for other things. It takes time to think and be creative. The wheel barrel is still in good shape other than the wheel. It is an old metal one. I remember stories from my parents who lived through the depression where they appreciated the value of a hard earned dollar. I think I push my thinking to extreme. Thank you for your responses. Happy Sunday.

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      Nellieanna Hay 8 months ago from TEXAS

      I was born in the middle of the Great Depression, in 1932. My parents were born in the early 1890s and grew up knowing how to improvise and 'make-do'. It was a way of life, especially during the Depression. I could name so many things they did to get by and to use the little money coming in from their hard efforts to first pay for the ranch i(their source of income) nstead of having any luxuries. In fact Mother used to say that Dad never spent money on luxuries and she never spent money on necessities! haha -- But they started with nothing and built a life for themselves and four children, whom they all sent through college. That was one of their goals, in fact.

      So it was second-nature to save and conserve things and to figure out a 'way around' a problem as they went along. I was the youngest by many years and probably didn't have it as hard as my elder siblings but I learned and know I can always find or create a way, no matter what.

      In my life, I also came to realize that, at times, though, it is the best decision to replace something rather than fixing it, - depending on the value of one's time then. It's not only physical resources one must conserve, - but time must be invested in the best ways, as well as one's health and peace of mind. Not many things are worth getting 'uptight' about. Sometimes it's simply not all that important or worth the investment of one's self, time or money! It takes experience to know when to let go and when to 'dig in'. But when it's natural for oneself to see, find or create solutions, to conserve things and to figure out a way, naturally happens that one does so. It often takes less time and effort to do that than it takes to locate replacements! Many things that seem so important at the moment dissolve overnight. And it feels so good to know one has consciously made valuable choices and followed through with them, whichever way it goes!

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      DREAM ON 8 months ago

      Nellieanna I think most young people think needs and wants are the same. For me I appreciate having less and see beauty all around us that so many people don't see. They are to busy always wanting bigger, faster, better more and more. Thank you again.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 8 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      I am not very fond of garden work. However I do my share when needed. My hubby has a friend who loves gardening and every May he comes and put tomato plants into our greenhouse.

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      DREAM ON 8 months ago

      Gypsy Rose Lee I like the fresh air and the exercise. I especially find it fun to get down and dirty. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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      Nellieanna Hay 8 months ago from TEXAS

      Michael, that is a very good observation about needs and wants. It is most typical of young people to have that confusion, but it doesn't justify it.

      I've heard it expressed as putting one person's whims ahead of another's needs. Whose are which (whims or needs) may be a matter of opinion in the situations involved, but when one knows that one's own vital inner resources are placed at stake to satisfy someone's wants or whims or to fulfill their theories of how it 'ought to be' for themselves, one must take care of one's own vital needs. It's a personal responsibility.

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      Nellieanna Hay 8 months ago from TEXAS

      Michael, that is a very good observation about needs and wants!

      I've heard it expressed as putting one person's whims ahead of another's needs. Whose are which (whims or needs) may be a matter of opinion in the situations involved. But if and when one knows that one's own needs and vital inner resources are placed at stake to satisfy someone's wants or whims and/or to fulfill their theories of how it 'ought to be' for themselves, one must take care of one's own vital needs and wish them well. It's a personal responsibility.

      Yes, it is most typical of young people to that view and confusion, but it doesn't justify it. Knowing how to fulfill one’s real spiritual needs is a blessing and a strength. It’s arises from one’s own inner resources and is within one’s own capability and responsibility. It can’t be imported from someone else’s innards. No one else has the right to impose on or to diminish one’s own inner strength to try to satisfy their own wants which can only arise for them from within themselves.

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      DREAM ON 8 months ago

      Nellieanna I found that most of the things I wanted in time I really didn't need. Most of the things I needed I already had. I just never noticed it before. I also found giving to others makes me feel better. My biggest loves are life lessons and wonderful inner joys not material things. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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      Nellieanna Hay 8 months ago from TEXAS

      Yes, Michael, I see that in you. You seek and find what is truly of value!

      I know how to live happily with or without most material ’things’. I enjoy those I have and can have, but I’ve done without and all that really mattered or matterd are the non-material blessings one enjoys abundantly, if one notices and appreciates them. The inner-resources which give joy to everything is beyond ‘riches’. Those are the ones it is wise to value and protect. In fact, even the ability to feel loss and pain are priceless gifts, though we often forget to view them as such. Without the ability to feel those, we would lack the capacity to fully feel the joys and pleasures! Life is truly ‘all that’. To have it all, one must accept it all - in that inner way.

      Even some life lessons are difficult, but they enrich one’s experience and ability to embrace it ALL, as it is - and to truly and honestly love it - LIFE.

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      Nellieanna Hay 8 months ago from TEXAS

      Michael, I didn't think my previous comment about wants vs. needs posted, so I re-posted it, with a few changes. Would you kindly delete the first one? I would appreciate it! haha - it's bad enough to write such lengthy comments, but to repeat them? Not good!! SHELLS.

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      Shannon 8 months ago from Texas

      Love the title. All I can say is mine too! LOL I am thrilled when something goes according to plan. And even then, I have to allow for the unexpected or spontaneous happenings. It's good to have some flexibility. It's also good to find other ways. I have to do that often.

      Oh. . .you asked about the virtual dementia tour, at least I think you were one who asked robustly posted about it. I published the hub . Had to write while it was still fresh in my mind. Talk about new perspectives. I mean, I expected that much. But it was more. We talked about things we did afterward and the resemblance to things dementia patients do was astounding. From placing things in strange places to startling noises to wandering even. If you get a chance, I recommend you take one.

    • Dream on 8 months ago

      Nellieanna My comments aren't posting on the usual HubPage section. I have to sign in again. Today is a challenge . One I didn't expect. Thank you for your comments.

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      DREAM ON 8 months ago

      Shanmarie My comments are coming under a different heading. The letter pile. This is new to me. I am learning to embrace change. I have a lot of ideas that simply get pushed aside do to life's daily surprises. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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      Shannon 8 months ago from Texas

      I have had one or two be moved to that site as well. Sometimes change is downright irritating. LOL But it's often for the better. And even when it's not, there's not always anything we can do about it other than embrace it as best we can.

    • Dream on 8 months ago

      Shanmarie Another busy day. Accomplishing all I can. Thank you for reading and sharing.

    • Nellieanna 8 months ago

      It seems pretty arbitrary if you didn't ask for the LetterPile. Anyway, your posts are here.

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