Sunday evening.  ”Schlep (also schlepp or shlep), informal.  Verb (schlepped, schlepping):  to haul or carry (something heavy or awkward) ie:  she schlepped her groceries home.” I’m officially a schlepper — if you didn’t already know this about me, now you know.  :  )

Moving to NY isn’t the first chance I’ve had to hone my skills.  I actually started learning the fine art of schlepping while we lived in Shanghai.  Walking through the streets of Shanghai, hauling various important purchases from who-knows-where (but, for sure, I haggled for those items!), all the way back to our apartment, helped me figure out how to go about this particular activity.  It really helped when my friend, Debbie, gave me some small plastic devices (aka: thing-a-ma-jigs) which had a hook on each end.  The hooks are for holding plastic bags, so you can load up several plastic bags on each end, and then you just hold the plastic piece in the middle, which by now is well-balanced with bags on each end.  It’s one of those things which makes you think:  ”It’s so simple, why didn’t I think of that?”  Of course, it would help if I had those here in NY, but I do not….. I didn’t know when I left Plano on October 1st, heading to Winston-Salem for a Wake Forest football game vs. GA Tech, that I would need to schlep along those silly plastic devices!  That was the last time I was home in TX — who knew we’d end up in NY?  Now, if I can just remember to ask Lee Anne to search for them and bring them along when she next comes to NY.  I also practiced my skills when we lived in Tokyo — extra practice, all in preparation for…. now!

Yes, today I schlepped.  I walked over to TJ Maxx and Food Emporium.  When I start out, I always think I’ll just be getting a few items, and then I end up with several bags that, when added all together, weigh way too much!  So, schlepping is the only descriptive word: “carrying something heavy or awkward.”

This afternoon Jim cooked a great French-baked-chicken.  So, while I was busy schlepping, Jim prepared and put that chicken in the oven, making its way onto our list of favorite recipes.

Rob continues to hang in there.  He’s feeling fairly well except for the throat issue that seems to crop up after Cisplatin/Adriamycin.  So, we’ll see what transpires as this week progresses.

Meanwhile, I am thankful for the upcoming event this week — Lee Anne’s 24th birthday!  Always and definitely an occasion for celebration….. thank you, Lord!

2nd Timothy 1:9:  For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

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5 Responses to Schleppin’

  1. Sylvia Gilley says:

    You and Rob continue to bless and inspire me. Thank you. Please give Lee Anne a birthday hug for me!!! She is so beautiful–inside and out!!! Love, Sylvia

  2. Merri says:

    So, you are a schlepper! You go girl! It is 40 degrees, foggy, misty rain in the good ole South. Nope, I’ll not write about the cold but count my blessings that the snow and ice went north. Not a problem for you, you lived in Conneticut. Plus you are young. I think I have lived in my long johns this winter. I’m so interested in your blog. You are very good. Of course, I send the best to Rob and pray for the good Lord’s healing powers. To you and Jim, courage and strength. Of course now I will have to add strength for schlepping!! Love you, Merri

  3. deb says:

    LOL !! I have a whole bags of thing-a-ma-bobs! Several heading your way!

  4. Peggy Guthrie says:

    Well-said, Roslyn, on so many levels! I love you guys and am praying continually – with great frequency or regularity, says Encarta dictionary. I get that mixed up with continuously, which is how the Lord is standing as our advocate in heaven – continuing without changing, stopping, or being interrupted!

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