W = Watch and Wait


“Sitting here in limbo waiting for the tide to flow.” Jimmy Cliff

“A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit.  Let him attempt to force the ripening of the fruit, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap!”           Abraham Lincoln



This week is the beginning of watching and waiting.  I take my husband to the doctor to see what improvement he has made.  We will have to jump out of bed at the crack of dawn to wait for an early ferry which will get us to Seattle early enough that we will then have to wait for the doctor.  In the meantime, in these four horrific months I have been watching and waiting to see if my husband’s health improves.  This is a LONG wait!


We are also in the process of moving so we are attempting to connect with Comcast to arrange to have our computers set up.  This means we have to wait in line for our appointment date to arrive, and then sit in the apartment for a couple of hours watching and waiting for the utility man to show up.


Since we are downsizing from a house to an apartment, we will need to have most of our furniture and various mementos auctioned off, so we are waiting and watching for the day when the auctioneer shows up. Wednesday, the big day is finally here!!


Then BLESS OUR NEIGHBORS as they volunteered to move us. They are watching and waiting for us to get rid of all our excess stuff so they can pick a date that works with their work schedules.  So we wait with bated breath on a move date.  In the meantime, I still have to work at moving the things I can move to make our process more efficient. I would rather sit and whittle my thumbs as my energy is WHACKED.







About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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20 Responses to W = Watch and Wait

  1. betty says:

    I just moved a month ago; my energy too was whacked. It is a waiting game indeed to get it all to come together.


    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh Betty, my heart truly goes out to you as I HATE moving! Downsizing is especially draining… the debate continues as to what we need and don’t need. I hope you are settled and happy!

  2. Gulara says:

    A lot of changes coming. I can feel the momentum building up towards a new life. I’m so moved by your neighbours’ generosity and support. Good luck on this new venture. Hope the doctor’s appointment goes well.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Actually Gulara I’m feeling my system flushed of the garbage that I have been holding on to… family possessions and memories… clutter. My husband having to change how he reacts, acts, thinks, and eats. But I am worried about the doctor’s appointment as my husband can’t eat prior to the appointment. The protein helps to keep him from passing out. It will be a long time before he can have some food. Tomorrow, I will be FULLY STRESSED!! Thanks for your wonderful wishes and thoughts!

      • Gulara says:

        I wonder how it went, Gwynn… sending big hugs.

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          John was VERY weak but he survived without passing out. He had a couple of close calls though. I sure wish the doctors could hit a magic button and fix him. He may have to deal with this issue of passing out for the rest of his life… who knows how long that will be.
          Thanks for your KIND thoughts and Hugs!! Big Hugs back at you!!

  3. pat garcia says:

    I can so identify with your chosen quotes for today. It is my experience that when I receive something after having waited for a long time, I am speechless and I cry. Not because I’m sad, but because of the fulfillment that makes me so happy within that I cannot find words to express it. Especially your Charles Stanley quotes touches my heart. I love Charles Stanley.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

  4. Susan Scott says:

    Profound quotes Gwynn. I can see how they would mean a great deal to you. That waiting game requires such patience. Maybe that’s one of the most important lessons we have to learn in this dance of life.
    I wish you well as loose ends get tied up and new beginnings are on the near horizon. And please let your neighbours know that a friend from SA thinks they are the best neighbours anyone could have…

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      As I told Gulara, I think all of this is for a positive reason and change to our lives. But it has been a LONG WAIT!!

      Yes, my neighbors believe in “community” – working together to help one another. We all grew up with this experience, so we all appreciate one another. The world is not always this thoughtful so when I run into this… it is a blessing.

  5. Mary Jo Doig says:

    Wishing you all the best, Gwynn, as so many simultaneous changes embrace you and your husband. I think of you often!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Change can be cathartic… and it is working! All this is for a positive reason, I can feel it. However, I will be SO HAPPY when I can collapse and relax!

      I enjoy reading about the conferences you have experienced lately. What fun to meet these interesting and stimulating people. The BEST with all your projects! Thanks for your support!

  6. Well done with your use of W, Gwynn. I hope your Comcast franchise is better than ours. (I almost wrote “hours,” which is more to the point.) Waiting and waiting for the Comcast tech rep to show up, I finally phoned them, repeatedly, and repeatedly got cut off. The next day when I phoned to get my $20 credit because the guy didn’t show up, the woman on the phone told me I wasn’t eligible for the credit because I had canceled the appointment. This took days and unpleasant conversations with several Comcast reps to straighten out. In the end I got free Showtime for several months.

    Re waiting vs. patience, they are not necessarily the same, and I have found myself waiting for things that are never going to happen. I consider this a flaw in my character composition; I ought to know better. Patience, on the other hand, is a virtue — the ability to stay centered and patient, that’s worthy.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Well, I hope our Comcast experience isn’t THAT bad, on the other hand, I wouldn’t mind receiving SOME service for free. Yes, it is hard to wait for these guys and be patient. Generally, I’m pretty patient.

      Thanks for your comment about my “W.” Now I’m eating breakfast and waiting for the auctioneer to show up. Wish us LUCK!!

  7. Nothing like waiting to put our patience to the test, particularly when we go through major life changes. Slowly, we get there. Ever so slowly.
    Love the quotes, so much truth they convey. The longer we wait for something, the more we appreciate it. Important thing to keep in mind is that we’ll get there.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      How are you dealing in waiting for your son to get well? I hope you are taking care of yourself! I imagine that your patience is ebbing. Well, my house has just been cleaned out of eons of memorabilia and STUFF. One less wait on my list. There IS light at the end of the tunnel.

  8. Waiting is the worst! (That is, impatience is my worst fault.) I feel for you, dear lady, and wish you patience and strength during this time of great change. Thanks for sharing the lovely quotes.
    @RhondaGilmour from
    Late Blooming Rose

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh Rhonda, this has been one HECK of a time. Teeny step at a time, I am getting through this challenge… AND the A to Z Challenge. The funny part is that I think when I am all settled it will feel good to me. Thanks for stopping by with your kind comment. I Love it!

  9. Beth Lapin says:

    Gwynn, I too am in the watch and wait stage, only ours has just begun. First test results lead to the need for more tests, and then their results, and then possible treatments, and then more testing in a few months. It is a test, for sure. Good luck with it all.
    Activities for a Good Life

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Beth, your watch and wait stage sounds FAR more serious than mine. Hopefully my husband will get better, but I have my fingers crossed. I PRAY that you and/or yours gets well. Dealing with all this is traumatic. My heart goes out to you! Thank you for your support!

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