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The Best-Laid Plans Are Tentative at Best


“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

I had really good intentions this week. Maybe that’s why we ended up in hell for a while.

The saying is right up there with Steinbeck’s….

The best-laid schemes plans of mice and men often go awry.”

And so it was this week. There were good intentions and best-laid plans. Heck, the table was practically set!

Heading into the week thoughts were on the baking and making of good food, the joining of good friends, a long weekend in the good woods, some good puzzling, and a good, old-fashioned, awesome egg hunt around a great pond!

Who needs the White House lawn when you have this?


Instead, our intentions and plans were ransacked by reality. Spring Break was anything but a break and I had to remind myself (more than once) why I named this blog what I did, when we ended up with this…..


…..a trip to the ER Thursday night that lasted well into the wee-hours of Friday morning.

De-hy-dration. Not eating a full meal for nearly a week, having fever and losing body fluids from every possible body-crevice will put your girl on a fast-track to needing nutrients from an IV bag for sure but it was the nosebleed that just-would-not-stop that sealed the deal and sent us to the hospital.

Damn you this year’s flu!

Both A & B strains have descended upon our house for the third time this season even though we’ve all been inoculated.

“Go back to the science lab!” I say to the medical team that concocted this most ineffectual vaccine!

“You missed the mark — completely!”

The second time we visited our doctor this week, she advised us that this year’s flu shot was approximately, only, 10% effective.

Taking the world on with a smile. I needed to remind myself. Did I mention in-between doctor visits, the diagnosis of flu and bronchitis and just before our jaunt to the hospital that it was my girl’s birthday this week also?

“Roll with it.”  I kept telling myself. Take it all, on with a smile.”

When you have kids, some days just get like this and sometimes those days turn into weeks. Patience and flexibility are key. Plan B is always helpful. Life after all, is full of surprises, the good and the not so good.

As a parent you accept that the best-laid plans are well, tentative at best.

So, I’m taking the world– my world — on with a smile. And even though it’s mostly just on the outside for now, I know, as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, this too shall pass.

Happy Easter!~ Happy Passover!~ Happy Birthday!~ Happy Holidays!

  1. J
    March 31, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Oh, my gosh, Karen. Poor Hannah (and you!). Our young one was down with it, too, all week, but nowhere near as bad as yours. Sheesh. That field trip is going to go down in history…


    • March 31, 2013 at 8:29 am

      For sure J! Most of the kiddies that braved it & did not come home during the field trip (at least 10 bailed!) ended up sick this week. Poor babies 😦


  2. March 31, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Ahhh sorry about your week Karen. It sounds nerve-racking! I hope she is feeling better and nobody else got sick? Maybe you could have a ‘do-over’ next weekend if everyone feels up to it. 🙂


    • March 31, 2013 at 8:54 am

      LOL…. yes Andy, a “do-over”! Sounds about right. Thanks.


  3. Anonymous
    March 31, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Karen,hopefully in the next few days ,Hannah will be feeling better,and you all will be back on track again.
    Get well soon Hannah,


  4. Shandra
    April 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    So Sorry to hear this! Peace and blessings and HEALING over your home and selves. Shandra


  5. April 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    OH goodness – so sorry to hear this. Sending healing thoughts. And wow – your lake is fabulous.


    • April 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Thank you Lady. My girl is on the mend…back in action. The lake is really a wee pond but we love it all the same. Hope you had a nice visit in Paris.


  6. singleworkingmomswm
    April 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Poor Hannah, poor mom! Such tough stuff, and yes, we can make plans but we must always prepare in our minds for them to be broken. 🙂 I totally understand this. Just now getting to read your blog, as with my own turmoil going on I’ve had to put a lot of my reading and all of my writing aside for awhile. But, this week things are looking up, and I hope your side of the world is, too, my dear friend!! Lots of hugs and love to you. XOXO Kasey in Cali ♥


  7. April 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks Kasey …. I was starting to worry a bit & wondering how things were going for you. Glad to hear this week is a better one. One minute, one day, one week at a time. 🙂


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