Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A Jonah Day

"It really began the night before with a restless, wakeful vigil of grumbling toothache. When Anne arose in the dull, bitter winter morning she felt that life was flat, stale, and unprofitable.

She went to school in no angelic mood. Her cheek was swollen and her face ached. The schoolroom was cold and smoky, for the fire refused to burn and the children were huddled about it in shivering groups. Anne sent them to their seats with a sharper tone than she had ever used before." L M Montgomery

So began the chapter entitled   "A Jonah Day" from the much loved book Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

The view across the road from the Vet. 

Well I had my own Jonah Day  yesterday. It started off fine. However when I started the car to drive Banjo to the vet (it was a Jonah Day for him too) I realised we were already late for the appointment - with a 20 minute drive still in front of us.  What had happened? I said to my husband as we drove off that the large clock in the lounge room must be in need of a battery change. 

Thankfully the Vet was not fazed by Banjo being half an hour late and we were still able to drop him off for his procedure.

Back home though, I forgot to check whether the clock in the lounge was keeping the right time. It was 11 o'clock before I realised that the clock was an hour and a half behind.  I had lost most of my morning! 

Then when I went to organise that night's dinner. On my menu plan was an easy crockpot recipe, Salisbury Steak. First problem I didn't have enough Soup and Sauce mix left for the recipe. While making another batch of Soup and Sauce mix I accidentally added self-raising flour instead of corn flour. So I had to throw that batch out. Then I discovered I had icing sugar in two canisters. So while I was putting both lots together into one canister I managed to spill icing sugar everywhere. The morning continued like that one small misadventure after the other. By the time I had dinner cooking I was trying to decide whether to press on with the other things I was going to do that day or whether I should just go back to bed and pull the covers over my head!

Well as Marilla told Anne in the story "You take things too much to heart, Anne. We all make mistakes. . .but people forget them. And Jonah days come to everybody." 

I think my real problem yesterday that I had lost time because of the slow clock in the lounge room. As a result I felt uptight regarding all the things I wanted to get done before going to pick Banjo up from the Vet. I was rushing and doing too many things at once. As a result my outer world began to reflect my inner world of chaos. The state of my kitchen was a perfect out-picturing of the state of my mind. 

This is the view taken down beside  the Vet surgery.

So I decided to keep plugging away, but slow down. To try and be mindful - in the sense of being completely present in the task I was doing.  I also decided that some of the things I had scheduled would easily hold over to another day.  The only real pressure on me to do those tasks yesterday was my own.  Once again I had to re-learn the need to release control. 

"Well, never mind. This day's done and there's a new one coming tomorrow, with no mistakes in it yet, as you used to say yourself."


  1. I never read the books, but loved the television mini-series called, Anne of Green Gables. So many charming moments, which reminded people how human we all are. How we have to tolerate the things we may not want to.

    I'm glad you recuperated from your Jonah day. Agreed, we all have those!

    1. I was so besotted with the Anne of Green Gables mini-series. I saw the first mini-series when I was 18. I think the sequel came out a couple of years later. The third and last in the series unfortunately strayed from the books.

  2. It just kept snowballing for you. You explain it so well. It's like we need to stop, take a deep breath and be present. When my mind is a jumble everything else is too.
    I love your last paragraph about a new day tomorrow.

    1. That last paragraph was another quote from the book, it was Marilla Cuthbert speaking to Anne. It is such a good reminder, for me is signifies not giving up while maintaining hopefulness that tomorrow can be a better day. Which by the way mine was ;-)

  3. My grandchildren love the Anne of Green Gables series, Sherri. I bought the DVDs for them a couple of years ago when they were 7 and 5. Your misadventures in the kitchen reminded me of when I made a quiche and forgot to add the eggs :-)

    1. Oh, the poor quiche. Your comment just reminded me of the time that I added pasta sauce to the pasta I had just cooked and then realised I had forgot to drain the water off the pasta. Talk about an Oh No moment.

  4. -sigh- Oh yes, we all have those days! :-)

    Myself, I think I'd have taken the option of simply going back to bed! -grin- No, not literally. But figuratively. Slow down. Drop the "must do" list. Try to r-e-l-a-x.

    But again, this probably comes much more easily, to us, when older.

    1. I agree. Slow down and drop the must do list. Otherwise a day like that can build to a crescendo of emotions that has little to do with the relative importance of the successive small woes.