This is what I need to keep reminding myself. It is easy for me to become very stressed with the day to day things that seem to happen. Like someone leaving the deck gate open and two big Bulldogs playing a game of tug of war with the rectangular table and chairs cover. It took me a moment to find out what all the beige strips were on the lawn. I was not the happiest of campers when I did find out what it was. I need to try and remember these are really very small things in the big picture. It is harder when it is my porch spindles they are eating which now have to be hand milled out of mahogany, but still in the same it is only a material object that can be albeit expensively, replaced. It is not a matter of human life unless I let the stress win and I have a heart attack. So I must keep repeating to myself that this is small, and will not matter 100 years from now. I have to remember that the important things are what matters, family, health, shelter, faith, security and most of all love. We are so very blessed to have those things so we are very lucky. If you drive up and my porch is missing a spindle or two or three, or there are random strips of canvas in the yard, don’t be alarmed. We will get it fixed and cleaned up but for now we are focusing on more important things, the real things, which really are not things at all!