Friday’s Fave Five

On Fridays I post FFF to stop and recall blessings of the previous week. Suzanne sponsors this exercise at Living to Tell the Story and invites you to participate too!

1. Family in Houston I have family living in the Houston area. Though they were affected by Hurricane Harvey (like everyone else in the area) they are all safe, for which I am grateful.

We live in the town of Beaumont, Alberta. There is also a Beaumont, Texas east of Houston. A distraught mother was trying to get news of her family in Beaumont, Texas, and was somehow connected to the Beaumont, Alberta emergency dispatcher. Instead of rerouting her, he took the time to track down her family (after contacting emergency services in Beaumont, Texas.) He made sure she found out about her family (they were safe) and did not pass her off to someone else or tell her she had the ‘wrong number.’ Pretty impressive and admirable. The Canadian way, as they say.

2. Orchids and ice cubes I learned something new and wonderful about orchids lately – you water them with ice cubes! Probably most of you knew this, but I was surprised and delighted to learn that I could water them by adding three ice cubes once a week. With my former reputation as a house plant killer, this was welcome news indeed. I received a beautiful orchid plant shortly after my surgery and it’s still looking great (thanks to the weekly ice cube watering!)

3. Out and about My recovery from surgery continues slowly, as requested by my surgeon. I am doing better on crutches when I occasionally try them out, made it to church for the third week in a row, and have begun to do an errand or two each week when someone is available to drive me. Last week my husband and I enjoyed breakfast at I-hop, where I found a gluten-free friendly selection on the senior’s menu. My stamina is still fairly low so these jaunts wear me out, but I am hoping to gradually build up that stamina as I carefully and regularly get out and about.

4. Eggs Our local drug store has the best regular price on a dozen eggs of anyone in town. A bonus is that on Tuesdays seniors receive an additional 20% off. This past week I asked my husband to pop in and get a couple dozen eggs. Our store had a buy one get one free special on the eggs because they have a best by date of mid-September. They also gave the senior special so we got those eggs for less than a dollar a dozen. Nice deal and an unexpected blessing.

5. God’s peace in the midst of challenges Our family is experiencing some challenges. It is a comfort and a blessing to know God’s peace as we face these challenges. Things may be unexpected or unwanted by us, but God has a purpose in all He ordains. We are praying for His will and leadership in all He brings our way.

I did not get out to take any photos this week. Hopefully soon!

5 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I learned something new today!! I did NOT know that about orchids and ice cubes!! Thanks!!

    I hope you continue to heal well and that whatever your family is facing that God will give you much wisdom and patience.

    I am blessed to be able to get free eggs from one of my sister’s who raises cage free and grass fed only chickens!! When I can’t connect with her (we live about an hour and a half apart) i buy them from the local farmers market but they are pricey!! (for the cage free ones I mean which is all i buy now).

    I’m glad to know your Texas friends and family are safe!

    Enjoy the weekend.


  2. Wow, what a great thing that dispatcher did. Glad your family in TX is all safe, as is my own. I did not know that about orchids! I tend to get either too much or too little water. What a great deal on eggs! Glad your stamina is improving and you’re able to get out a bit. I have been experiencing #5 as well – in circumstances I have no control over, it’s wonderful to just admit that and trust in His care of the situation. In fact, that’s best even for those situation in which I might think I do have a measure of control as well! Ultimately all the control is His, and it’s benevolent towards His children.


  3. Thanks for posting about the heroic action the Alberta dispatcher took. That was a kind and thought-filled thing he did.
    I will tuck away that watering advice for orchids. I didn’t know that ice cubes were the preferred method of watering.
    It is so nice that more and more restaurants are adding gluten-free options to their menus. My daughter has to eat that way so we are always on the lookout for such things. I found out this week that some charcoal brands add gluten to their briquettes. Isn’t that sad?
    It is good to hear that you are getting stronger and able to get out more. I admire your patience in this process.
    Have a good long weekend.


  4. I have been having trouble posting on your blog. I think it’s my problem though not yours.
    I am glad you are recovering so well from the surgery.
    Hurray for that dispatcher who went above and beyond to help that mother!


  5. Well I didn’t know that about orchids either. I’ve always been afraid to get one thinking I would kill it. That is awesome about the Alberta dispatcher going the extra mile. I’m sure it was so appreciated and won’t be forgotten. Good to hear you are slowly getting out and about. Saying a prayer for you and your family.


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