Weekend Plans Cancelled, But It's All Good!

April 20, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Have you ever had something planned, something that you really want to happen, just to have it yanked out from under you? Of course you have--that's just a part of life, and no one is immune from it happening. After the initial disappointment that shoots through your mind, you take a deep breath, smile, and say okay Lord, I am not thrilled with this, but I'm willing to see what You have planned.

Yep, I had that happen this week. You see, the Redneck was going on the church's spring trail ride, and I saw an opportunity to have some alone time over the weekend. I arranged for Obie to go to his father's, and then I set out to make sure I had a lovely time.

I bought some food I had been wanting--ingredients for a veggie omelet, a steak, ice cream, etc. I had all the goodies for a 'spa'--Epsom salts, essential oils, my mani/pedi tools. I had audio books to listen to while I worked on a couple of projects, and I had planned a binge of the first season of Sons Of Anarchy. Seriously, my pajamas were going to be my best friend all weekend.

Thursday afternoon the guys took the truck over to the Redneck's parent's house so he could get the shocks changed out. I stayed home and finished cleaning the house. All was right with the world.

Then the Redneck got THE TEXT.

It was from a friend at church, letting him know that the ride and camp out was being postponed due to bad weather coming in this weekend.


It has been over four years since I have had any real time alone, and I am in need of some solitude, people. I love my family dearly, I just need a small break.

And yet, even though I was disappointed, I couldn't seem to work up a good self pity party over it. I shrugged and said "Well, the Lord's got a plan, we just gotta let Him do what He knows is best." when the Redneck told me. 

Jeremiah 29:11 says,

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Yeah, I know, most folks see that verse as pertaining to big stuff, and it does, but He also has good plans for all the little things in our lives. Come on, He knows how many hairs you have on your head, so He's got an interest in every area of your life.

I was making supper a while later, and the Redneck came up and said, "Well, we can go ahead and put up the yard for Obie and the dogs this weekend, since we will have the time."

I was thrilled. We have been wanting to put up a yard off the patio for months. Once it's up, Obie will have an area where he can go out any time he wants to, and I won't have to be with him constantly. His dogs, Junior and Ufi, can be with him. My oldest dog Punky can be outside, which will cut down on potty accidents. I will finally be able to set out my raised garden bed frames on the outside of the fence, since I had to wait until then so I would know exactly where they go.

As much as I wanted the time off, the yard project will yield greater benefits in the long run for the whole family.

Obie is still going to his father's, and the Redneck loaded up my mare to go for a day ride with some folks from church this morning, so I am getting a little bit of time. I can have alone time later, and it will be even better, because yet one more thing has been completed, and not weighing on my mind. The Redneck and I will have some couple time without Obie here, and my son will have some time with his father. However, the Redneck can buy his OWN steak--I ain't sharing!

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018


  1. Alone time.... Hmmmmm what is that? I could really use some. But how nice that you will get a project done. Redneck must be a sweet man.

    1. Well, let me put it this way. Last spring a bird and his lady began building a nest on top of a vertical pipe outside of the kitchen window. The pipe needed to be replaced to improve drainage. I spent a day knocking down the nest, but that crazy male just kept rebuilding it, zipping up and down. The female showed up in the afternoon, and you could tell she chewed him out for not being farther along. I told the Redneck that night, and he was quiet for bit. He said, "Well, it's not that urgent to replace the pipe, and I hate to cause strife in a marriage, so leave them alone, and we will replace the pipe in the fall after the babies are grown and gone."

      Yep, he's a keeper!


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