Tuesday, September 25, 2007
What a day!
Yesterday morning as I was waiting for my mom to pick me up to go shopping, I noticed a smell. Like burning wires. I looked around and didn't see anything. Then the smell went away and I assumed, as usual, that I'm nuts. Then a little later I noticed it again. I looked at the plug for the computer and the surge protector for the phone, printer and the cable box thingee and WHOA there was smoke! I called my husband at work because I wasn't sure if I had to just pull the plug or do something else in addition to that.
He works at what we call "The Shredder." They shred metal and steel and sell the scrap back to the steel mills. He was across the yard burning some car down to a 4X4 piece of steel, so his best friend (my best friend's husband) picked up the phone and said what's going on Jul? I told him the wires were smoking but they stopped. Then all of a sudden - Whoomp - they caught fire! I yelled, Billy yelled and I pulled the plug. Lost the phone. He ran to Kenny in a full-on mad dash and started yelling to him: Just go - just go. Kenny's looking at him like he's nuts. Then his cell phone rings and it's me. I figured this was an emergency. They're not supposed to use cell phones in the yard but they all carry them in case of emergency. This was one of those times.
I told him what happened. The fire was out as soon as I pulled the plugs. But he came home anyway to be sure. Everything was fine, PTL. And he said that he would replace the plug in the evening. So I went ALL day with no computer. That's harder than one might think.
I couldn't check blogs until 9:00. I hate that! You know I like my routine. We wanted to make blooming onions for dinner since we were having brats on the grill. I didn't have a recipe. Not in any of my cookbooks. Now since I had never made blooming onions I wasn't sure how the best way would be to cut the onions. Or what to put in my batter. Times like this call for Food Searches on the web! So I had to wing it. Came out pretty good. In case anyone was wondering - I used my Pampered Chef apple corer/slicer contraption which worked pretty well - dredge the onion in flour first - then let it soak in your batter for awhile. But to tell the truth, it would have been a lot easier to just slice the onions into rings and then dredge and batter.
But ANYWAY, I'm getting off subject. All I could think of was: what if I hadn't have been here? If I was still working outside of the home, I wouldn't have been here. I could have lost my house and everything in it including my cats! You know the bible teaches you to pray about everything. Before making any decisions, pray about it. When we decided it was time for me to quit my job I prayed constantly about it. Tell me Lord what to do. And I got my answer. So, I quit. But, then I questioned myself. Did you really hear the answer? Or did you just want to quit so you found an answer? There's a big difference! All I could think was that I might be like Sarah in the bible. Giving her maid Hagar to Abraham to bear the children God promised them they would have. She went looking for an answer. But yesterday I thought - you know it was God who enabled me to be home when that happened. I was meant to be here.
So, I praise God for that. For sparing my home and animals. For reaffirming our decision that I work in the home and not out of it. But most importantly, I am thankful that I have enough sense to know it wasn't just coincidence. I am thankful that each day my walk with the Lord grows a little stronger and that I'm not so cocky that I don't realize I need Him in all aspects of my life!