July 12, 2020

In the book of Ecclesiastes, there’s a wonderful chapter that talks about being a time for different things.  One of those statements says there’s a time of peace.  To me, at least today, that’s like also saying there’s a time to take a vacation.  Well, I’m getting ready to take a much overdue vacation.

Sandra and I have talked a lot lately about how busy we have been the last year and a half since we moved to Longview, Texas from Arkansas. We said we thought we were moving here to retire, but that both of us have been busier than we were previously when we were both working full time. It reminds me of a statement I heard my Daddy make several times after he retired.  He would say, “It looks like I am going to have to go back to work so I can rest sometimes.”

My cardiologist told me a month ago I needed to slow down and get the stress out of my system.  He was right, and now I am taking his advice.

I’ve had several issues bothering me physically and mentally.  My arthritis in my fingers and hands has gotten so bad that I can hardly use my keyboard anymore.  My fingers are so numb that I can not tell how hard I am pressing down on keys.  Sometimes I don’t leave a letter, and sometimes I will leave 7 or 8 letters in a row.  By the time I correct all my misspelled words and punctuation it takes me two hours to type out a 500-word blog post.  That is both frustrating and stressful. My arthritis is being treated with some new medicines, but so far I have not seen much improvement.

Sandra and I both decided I need a vacation. I don’t know how long I will be on rest, but hopefully not too long.

In the interim, I have some guest writers lined up to write some articles to post.  I am not going to try for two posts a week as I have been doing, on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s.  But I will have one post a week, on Sundays, written.

I ask you to keep reading my posts and share them with your friends. Also, I ask your prayers for Sandra and me both.

God Bless You,
Spencer and Sandra Plumley

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