When Best Laid Plans Go Awry


There’s a quote from Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men that applies to my life this year: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  In other words, though you may be planning for things to go one way, sometimes life laughs and hands you something else.  (Okay, this actually happens to me on a regular basis – not just this year!)

My real-life example is the medical complications I’ve been dealing with since March.  Though they’re certainly minor in the grand scheme of things and are not life-threatening – something which I’m very thankful for – they have done a number on my plans and creative productivity.

I’d planned to have a robust blog calendar, keeping up with my twice-weekly posting schedule.  I’d planned on making and doing many things with my hands, and have had to slow down instead.  And now the day is here – the one I hoped wouldn’t come: it’s time for surgery.  I’ll be having carpal tunnel release surgery on my right wrist next week, and my left wrist will likely follow a month later. 

This will impact things here at my blog, but I’m hopeful that with some assistance from my helpful hubby I’ll be able to pop in from time to time with some posts that I’ll dictate and he’ll build and publish.  I’ll also be debuting a series of posts called Another Look, so please keep an eye out for those.

I’m not sure how long my recovery will take, but please rest assured that I’ll be back to business as usual here as soon as I’m able.  I’m hopeful that once these procedures and my recovery are complete I’ll be back (unfettered) to bringing you art, crafts, recipes, travel & ethnic market write-ups, giveaways, photo haikus and more!  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy what hubby and I cook up during my recovery!

Oh, and please comment and share your favorite books and movies!  Which ones do you consider must-read and must see?  I will have a lot of time to kill, and would appreciate the distraction since I can’t create art, bake, build blogs, and do my other usual activities.  Thank you in advance…

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted August 2, 2012 at 6:28 am by Pam | Permalink

    Here is to a speedy recovery! Will miss your inspiration. You won’t be distracted by work and will be able to think of all kinds of projects to share with us later….

  2. Posted August 2, 2012 at 7:25 am by Linda Dunn | Permalink

    O honey. Good luck and godspeed. Meanwhile, for company, I recommend downloads from the radio: anything by Krista Tippet (On Being), Terri Gross, or RadioLab. Selected Shorts and the Moth (short stories from life, told live) are wonderful. All free. Also recovery is a great time for tv-series catch-up. (For me it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica.) Follow your whims, dig in wherever your whimsy takes you.

  3. Posted August 2, 2012 at 11:03 am by Jani N. Howe | Permalink

    Dear Melody — It is helping me already to know I’m not the only one a bit hampered this year with health issues. Minor, yes, but still, they eat away at my inspiration AND my energy greatly. I’ve had carpal tunnel release surgery about 4 yrs. ago, it’s no fun, but heals quickly, thank goodness. I opted NOT to have my left hand done – yet, it seems to be OK for the nonce. Now it’s tendonitis in my hip, and I’m slogging through. Much good luck to you, dear Melody! By the way, those amazing watercolor pencils all happened to be colors I do not have — I tend to buy more basic colors, penny-pinching, and to have Hooker’s Green — glorious!! Thanks again, heal well. Jani

  4. Posted August 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm by Judith Henry | Permalink

    I’m sending healing thoughts your way. You asked about a few books and movies. If you haven’t read Chris Cleave’s book “Little Bee,” I’d recommend it. It’s exquisitely written. If you have Netflix ( watching movies in pajamas is the best!), I’d suggest The Good Wife series; Bridesmaids; and My Dog Tulip. Take good care of yourself!

  5. Posted August 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I’ll work on dreaming up some new things to post once I’ve recovered!

  6. Posted August 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for the well wishes, and for your suggestions. I’ve written them down, and will check them out. I appreciate your input!

  7. Posted August 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm by Melody | Permalink

    It’s tough, isn’t it? On the one hand you don’t want to complain, since it could be much worse, but it’s not great. Hee hee! I’m glad to hear you healed quickly when you had this surgery, and will be hoping for the same.
    I’m also glad to hear you’re enjoying the watercolor pencils you won in last month’s giveaway. How cool that all the colors are new for you – woo too!

  8. Posted August 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for the healing thoughts, they’re much appreciated. I actually did read “Little Bee” – I happened to pick it randomly at the library. Oh my, what a story. Heartbreaking, memorable, and very well written. That story hasn’t left me yet, and likely never will…
    Thank you for the suggestions – I’ll add them to my list!

  9. Posted August 4, 2012 at 8:09 am by Barbara | Permalink

    Wishing you well as you start on the road to recovery. Let those cute little bunnies cuddle and love you back to good health. Will be thinking of you next week.

  10. Posted August 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for your well wishes, and for thinking of me!