Friday, November 8, 2013

I'm Not Complaining...By Nancy Jill Thames

I think I should order this tee shirt - really. After a rough week I need to share two lessons I've learned.
First, here's what happened. My sweet, precious neighbor had heart valve replacement surgery. Pretty serious, right? So me, over achiever that I am, goes to the store, comes home, unloads groceries, makes homemade ( that's homemade) lasagna, and bakes a pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting topped with walnuts (to make you drool a little). I cut the lasagna into twelve portions and freeze each in waxed paper and foil and along with a package of Texas Toast, a cobb salad, and a Bertolli frozen bag dinner, take two totes full of the food down to my neighbor and her husband. Mind you, I'm still wearing my apron.
I feel so elated to have been a help. Really. Really? They probably thought I was nuts! And what happened? For the next three days I had such a backache that I could hardly move!
How to solve the problem? Next time go to the store on a different day, or buy a frozen lasagna and deliver the goods. OR, buy KFC.
The next lesson I learned was not to get upset over perfectly normal activities of young grandsons. One of mine (no names mentioned) decided he would use the back of my wing back chair as a canvas to color on. Did I get upset at the discovery? You bet I did. I, unfortunately for my family, am a perfectionist.
Here's what happened. The very next day after my rant, I get a giant toothache! It puts me in bed for two days until I have a talk with the Lord and He reveals that it's caused by stress. Has to go somewhere, right?
So I turn my frustration over to Him and the toothache goes away. Thankfully!
But, as an added bad bonus, since I stayed in bed because of the toothache, my hip gets sore. So last night I get up to take some Nupraxin and because I haven't eaten much due to the toothache, while trying to open the bottle I pass out! Pass out and scrape my elbow.
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Still, as my husband pointed out (he was out of town when it happened) at least I didn't get seriously injured from the fall. I'm counting my blessings on that one.
It's funny, because in Book 3 "From the Clutches of Evil"
Jillian Bradley has similar challenges, only they're brought on because of her suspicious nature instead of perfectionism and being over zealous.
In Book 8 "The Long Trip Home" (2014) Jillian will experience illness and the need to cope.
Perhaps what I've been through will be helpful when I write those scenes. We'll soon see.

I hope you have a lovely weekend, dear readers. (And avoid situations like mine this past week!)

                See you in my books!
 ~Nancy Jill Thames
Mystery novelist Nancy Jill Thames has published Christian fiction since 2010. The author of seven books in the Jillian Bradley series, she is an award-winning blogger and listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller’s List. In addition, she won first place in her church's 4th of July celebration for her chocolate cream pie.

When she isn’t plotting her next book, she spends time with her six grandchildren, tags along with her husband on business trips, and plays classical piano for her personal enjoyment. She is an active member of the Leander Writers' Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW),  CenTex Chapter-ACFW, and supports the Central Texas SPCA with a portion of her book sales. She resides with her husband in Leander, Texas.

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  1. Nancy, congratulations on your upcoming book! Sorry about your back AND tooth--aches! But I'd probably be upset too if my grandson used my chair as a canvas. Hopefully one day my girls will decide to get married and give me grand babies! (Hope they read this).


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