Friday, September 12, 2008

Blogging, Blessings and Stupid Stuff

First, the main blessing: Nobody was hurt. More of this later, the cause of the blessing to be filed under "Stupid Stuff".
Another Blessing comes from the blogging world. Well, I'm sure she had parents. Let me rephrase that - I found her through the blogging world. She's a blessing to many of us in the blogging world, to blogging crafters and crafters who read crafting blog. She's Linda Walsh, a true blogging queen who somehow manages about a zillion blogs.
She steps "behind the scenes", letting others take the center stage that she sets for them. She's never asked us for fees, favors or even thanks. Through her sites, she introduces us to one another, publicizes our websites and blogs and encourages us to try new techniques and crafts.
Today she has featured me on her I Love Crafts and Craft Blogs blog. Please pay her a visit, check out her blogs and let her know she's appreciated! Thank you!
On to stupid stuff. Specifically, my stupid stuff. Yesterday I totalled my van. I was always taught that if you do something I aptly totalled the Honda in front of me, too. Stupid, stupid. Stooopid. That's not all. I let my insurance coverage lapse. Told ya - stooooopid. I was coming home from getting my Remicade infusion, knew I was still feeling tired from the three-plus hours that the infusion takes and from the Benadryl they give me before each infusion. What I didn't realize was that my focus on driving wasn't as clear as it "normally" is. The car in front of the young man who was immediately in front of me signalled to turn left. I wasn't going fast but I slowed down as I approached. The car turned but the one in front of me didn't. I don't know why he didn't go on. It doesn't matter. What matters is that I obviously applied my brakes too late and plowed into the back of his vehicle.
Hubby thinks my battery must have been crushed on impact, releasing acid onto the mess of wires, etc. that lived under the hood of my van. I remember smelling something burning but it wasn't until a gentleman urged me to get out of my van, calmly informing me it was about to catch on fire, that I realized what it was.
The impact forced the passenger side doors on the other vehicle together. His car is driveable but the passenger doors won't open. Hubby and I think the frame is probably bent, thus rendering the vehicle a total loss.
First and foremost, I thank God for protecting us, that neither of us were hurt. I thank Him that neither the young driver (nor his father, when he arrived at the scene) ranted and raved at me for being careless. I thank Him for getting the paramedics there so quickly, that they could check both of us out and that they were a calming influence on my shattered nerves. I thank Him that the officers on the scene were polite and soon had traffic flowing once again. I thank Him that he somehow let my husband know (through one of those "funny feelings") that something was wrong and told him to call me as I was talking with paramedics and that he works only minutes from where the accident took place so he could be there with me. I thank Him that the vehicle I hit was a '92 Honda and not a brand-spanking-new Hummer. I thank Him that my husband was more concerned about me than the loss of our vehicle. I thank Him for readers like YOU who keep us all covered in prayer.


Linda said...

Sher, thank you so much for this post. I am truly humbled. Maybe it's the shyness in me or my upbringing, but I love being in the background and helping everyone to do well. That is what I derive my happiness from. My motto for the crafting community is "what helps one of us helps all of us" and I truly believe that. Thanks again for the post and link back to my blog. I appreciate that. Have a wonderful day.



Ohh My, Sher,
I am also thankful that you are Okay?? How are you? Do you have any injuries??
I'll email you.
Hugs, Deb

countrygirl3031 said...

Oh Sher...I'm so glad that everyone was ok. That's all that matters. Cars can be replaced, people can't.

Hugz...and take care of yourself!

oliveoyl64 said...

Well shoot. Sorry to hear about the accident. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt.

Take care of yourself.


Janet C. Fish said...

Sher, I am very grateful that you weren't hurt. Everything else can be covered somehow, but there's no replacement for you.

I'm grateful that I met you, then got to meet you in person. I'm grateful that we've maintained our friendship. I'm grateful you are part of my life. I'm grateful that you are okay!

Love, Janet said...

Oh my, how awful. And no insurance? In our state, that is a crime, I hope you aren't in trouble with the law too!! good luck.

misselaineous said...

Sher, So sorry to hear of your accident, but also very happy that you or the young man were not badly injured. Cars can be replaced, but where would we be without our "Grinnin' Gramma" ??? My youngest son's 1st accident was caused by oggling a girls soccer team crossing the road at our local college...he called it his "stupid-ent"...a word that will forever be in our family dictionary :o} Stuff happens...better day tomorrow! *elaine*

Bebe said...

Hi Sher!

Oh my gosh, girl, I am sooooo glad you are okay!! That could have been a lot worse!!! The car can be replaced, but you can't!! Accidents happen every day so don't be too hard on yourself about it. We've all had our good days and bad. It is a blessing that neither you nor the other driver were seriously hurt. But I know you must have been shaken up badly by it. (((((HUGS)))))

Bebe :)

Judy said...

Oh I'm so sorry but I'm so thankful you are safe. What a awful accident. Take care!

LINDA said...

Oh my goodness. He was certainly watching over you. By the grace of God, you are able to thank Him.
I will pray for a speedy recovery for you both.