Saturday, June 2, 2012

Distracted by Boredom?

Day 11 since my surgery and I am going stir crazy. Recovery was going well until I decided to over-do it a little by walking up and down steps to get outside and next door. Soooo...I have been re-confined to my bed for the last three days and the rest of this weekend. I have a new appreciation for people who have to stay home or inside for any reason and any length of time.

I am not someone who struggles with depression but I can see how easy it would be for someone to find themselves in a dark place while recovering. Luckily, it comes natural for me to encourage myself when I feel myself slipping. Plus, I have had lots of amazing people from our church to bring dinner (and dessert) every night and my mom lives next door so she is always just a few seconds away.

I had plans to write and be productive while laying in the bed but can I just be honest? Those plans have not been fulfilled. Is it possible to be distracted by boredom? I've had all this "free" time placed in my lap and I can't even focus enough to read much less put organized thoughts down on paper.

Since my words are few, I will share my week with you again with pictures.

I took this pic on my last day outside this past week. I miss my garden but it will be exciting to see how much everything has grown in my absence!

My hubby built this little shed for feed and garden tools. I love old doors so when he made this new door out of old wood, it made me happy :)

My daughter's horse loves to peek in on the new rabbits. I think they've become friends.

Can you tell I would much rather be outdoors?

I joined a photo challenge on instagram and today's theme was "empty". I found this pile of empty containers that were once filled with dinners brought by special friends this week. 

My mom and I are giving my sister a baby "sprinkle" (instead of a shower since big sister is sharing her stuff) in a few weeks. My mom brought over some things that could be completed from my recliner and without exerting too much energy. :)  These are note cards for advice or encouragement from those who attend. They will be hung on a tabletop "tree" once completed.

And here they are again put together much nicer for a better pic. I love the colors of ribbon we are using to match the nursery. We also completed the super cute invitations (pic later).

Image credit: sergeyp / 123RF Stock Photo

I did get one thing written this week - one of my monthly articles for Blissfully Domestic. Stay tuned for some great summer pedicure ideas!

Last but certainly not least, I will be joining an online Bible study tomorrow with Melissa Taylor and others using Glynnis Whitwer's new book "I Used to Be So Organized." I have never been organized (at least the way I want to be) so I am hoping I can still pick up a some helpful tips and encouragement. Interested in joining this nine week study? Read more about it here.

I hope you've had a fabulous week! School is out for us and we are ready to get on with our summer activities! A few more weeks of rest and recovery and we will be on our way to Sea World San Antonio (hopefully)! :) Until then, lots of movies and books and pizza! And luckily for the kids we live in the country so there's plenty to do outside - four wheelers, fishing, swimming, basketball, etc.

Do you have any special plans for summer?

13 friends had this to say:

Brandee Shafer said...

I've been a bit out of the loop: didn't realize you'd had surgery. Glad you're on the mend!

Shelly said...

Thank you, Brandee! Hope you are doing well! :)

Kim @ Homesteader's Heart said...

It's funny, on the few occasions when my kids are all with my hubby somewhere I think of all the things I'll get done but when it actually happens I get nothing done. LOL!

I hope you are able to get outside soon and breath in all that you've missed.
I'm going to check out that study. It looks good.
Have a lovely day Shelly!

Shelly said...

Thanks, Kim! I'll be watching to see if you join the study! :)

AmyAlves said...

Hi Shelly!
The Lord is so good! I'm excited to see what He brings out of you as you continue your recovery process. :) Thanks for sharing with us sister! ~ Blessings, Amy

Being a Child of God..... said...

Sorry there was a set back this week in recovery. Praying for your complete recovery.

Shelly said...

Amy, yes He is! Thanks for stopping by and checking on me! :) xoxo

Shelly said...

Dawn @Being a Child of God...Thanks, friend! I so appreciate the prayers and right back at ya, girl! Hugs!

Shannon Milholland said...

Ugh - I do not do well when confined either. I get bored so easily and long to accomplish something! I love your thought on being distracted by boredom. I think that's definitely possible! It's almost like inactivity breeds more inactivity.

Marni Arnold said...

I never thought of this...that the reason we can get depressed is because we are in the midst of recovery. gave me something to think about dear friend!

So glad to hear you are recovering...and I am glad weave connected!

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Denise J. Hughes said...

"Is it possible to be distracted by boredom?"

Golly, I think you're right! I never thought about it that way before. Distracted by boredom. Strange, but true.

Love the pics. And a baby sprinkle? I love it. Few things make me happier than getting to plan a baby shower. :) I go into full-on party-planning mode.

And I know about over-doing-it. I've had to learn the hard way to "be still and just heal." I pray your recovery continues smoothly.

Deanna said...

Hello there! I am going through those who have clicked to 'follow' at my blog and there you were! not sure when it was that youvisited at my blog -seeming a good while ago. At any rate, nice to meet you. I find you're recovering from a hysterectomy. I have once did the same too -back in early 2011. Mine was a partial one however. A conditioned that continued to worsen called adnomyosis. My recovery was ROUGH, lots of blood loss unfortunately! And I read what you wrote about the easy tendency for depression to set in during recovery, oh yes I know. I am So happy that you are being encouraged though, and what a WONDERFUL wonderful church family you have and one great momma who lives close to you too!

Perhaps I'll see you back around at my blog, and until then take care ... I hope to revisit you soon!

OH- one more thing.... Love your garden pictures!!!! they are lovely! I'm new at setting out to a life long goal of mine- veggie gardening!