Friday’s Fave Five #7

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Welcome to Friday’s Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, in which we can share five of our favorite things from the last week, a wonderful exercise in looking for and appreciating the good things God blesses us with. Click on the button to learn more, then go to Susanne’s to read others’ faves and link up your own.

1. Real maple products!  One of my friends, a young mom who grew up in Quebec and now lives here in western Canada, came with her toddler for a visit this week.  Meg blessed me with some of my all-time favorite treats, real maple cream and real maple sugar.

I grew up in northeastern Ohio where sugar maple trees abound and maple products are produced.  Fond childhood memories include attending the Geauga County Maple Festival in the spring.  A sugaring off shack in the town square held a huge caldron of maple sap being cooked down into maple syrup over an open fire.  Hot maple syrup ladled over fresh fluffy pancakes and eaten in a covered pavilion in the town square was blissful.  The amber syrup mingled maple goodness with the slightest tinge of a smoky accent.  I still recall the intoxicating odor of boiling maple syrup wafting through the crisp spring air.

And I am so happy that with all my food intolerances I can still enjoy real maple products!

2. Sunshine!  I almost always find at least some relief from my fibromyalgia symptoms on sunny days.  I am so very thankful for sunny days and look forward to the end of winter weather and the ushering in of sunny spring.

3. Answers!  Several writing projects have been on hold because of the return of ‘brain fog’ associated with fibromyalgia.  These past few weeks everything has seemed dark and my mind cannot think clearly, much less creatively.  My wonderful doctor listens to me and ordered some blood work.  Results showed I have hypothyroid function.  Yay!  An answer!  I’m told it takes a while to get this hormone to the correct dose, but we are starting small and will keep monitoring the progress.

4. Simple joys!  My friend, Meg, brought her little daughter, Charisse, to visit Purple Grandma.  Charisse is 2 ½ and has become delightfully interactive and conversant. We read, sorted crayons by color, drew smiley faces and frowny faces, chatted, and enjoyed lunch together.  So much fun!

5. Vehicles that work!  Over the past few weeks we have had to make repairs on our two vehicles 4 different times.  When it is as cold outside as it has been here lately, you want a reliable vehicle.  My car’s heater has the perverse habit of gracing us with heated air only when it is above zero (32F.)  Fix number one:  worked for a few days then back to not working.  So if it’s not fix number one (least expensive) we move on to fix number two (more expensive than #1 but not as expensive as #3) and yay!  It worked….until it stopped working two weeks later.  After experiencing the heater’s failed effort to produce heat inside the car when temperatures outside hovered at minus 35, we are ready to spring for fix #3.  But wait!  Soon it will be above zero every day!  So does that mean we don’t fix it?  Well at least we might be able to save up to pay for this fix!  And the biggest blessing of all?  The cars were not both broken down at the same time!

5 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five #7

    • Today was also a mostly sunny day with mush warmer temperatures. My daughter took me shopping and we ended up in our shirtsleeves, not exactly basking in the sun, but certainly enjoying and appreciating it!


  1. Thanks, Deb: what a joy to hear that our daughter, granddaughter, and maple products all were numbered among your blessings this week! I too have many fond memories of maple production in central NY. Dad just turned 78, but he (with the help of two of my brothers) is still making maple — as you just enjoyed. When I was a teen, we had a yellow and white dog who “helped” with every project. After a hard day tramping around in the woods tapping or gathering sap, our reward was a small paper cup of hot maple syrup fresh from the evaporator to sip and savor. I would share with Yeller. The first time Brad visited my home, he discovered the wonders of maple, and used to tease me that he married me for an unlimited supply of it. Twelve years later, he became hypoglycemic, and now has to limit his indulgence to small tastes. He offered to return me to my Dad, since he couldn’t have the maple any more; but Dad said, “Nope, the warranty has run out, you’re stuck with her!” Maple activities were important in our NB and QC ministries also, of course. There are delicate variations in taste from every producer and every maple-producing area. It reminds me of God’s infinite variety in creation. How neat that He would include such sweet pleasures in His world!


    • Enjoying all of that wonderful maple goodness prompted me to think back on those special childhood maple memories. A man at the end of our road produced his own maple syrup and would sell it in gallon sized tins. His product was displayed in a tiny wooden shelter by his driveway and you would honk your horn and one of the family would come out to take your money. Sounds like NE Ohio and central NY have similarities. Our area also had a big apple industry.

      I always love having Meg and Charisse stop by for a visit!

      Ha! Your dad and husband had a sense of humor!


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