Friday’s Fave Five #96

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. Dinner out. We had a week-long guest who treated us to dinner last Saturday. It was delicious, and my petite steak was cooked to perfection. I’ve had to learn which restaurants take my food sensitivities seriously and which don’t. This place did, which made dining out a happy experience for me.

2. Shopping. Yesterday my daughter took me grocery shopping. I pushed a cart and selected my own items, something I have not been able to do for the past 4 months. I also graduated to changing a laundry load on my own, and knocked off a bunch of ironing this week. I still need help with many things, but it is wonderful to add to the list of things I can now do.

3. Unexpected generosity. Someone anonymously paid for two weeks of my cleaning helper’s wages. This young lady has been a cheerful and exceedingly capable helper to me as I continue to heal. When she told me of the gift I burst into tears of joy and gratitude. Benefactor, if you read this blog, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

4. Lunch out. After grocery shopping yesterday, my daughter suggested we get lunch out at our favorite restaurant in town. I was feeling quite tired from shopping, and I’m not a spontaneous person, but it sounded like a nice idea, so we went for it. My meal was excellent as usual, and I had plenty for both lunch and supper from that one meal. It was extra-special to spend some ‘girl time’ with one of my lovely daughters!

5. Evaluating I see the surgeon again on Wednesday. I feel my leg is strengthening, but I am still struggling with lack of stamina and overall strength. It will be interesting to see if one leg is longer than the other after this surgery, but it’s hard to tell that until I am walking on it normally. I’m also looking forward to adding more physio to gain strength and balance. Dealing with my fibromyalgia in addition provides an interesting challenge. If I push too hard my muscles are in agony and I am unable to do my physio for several days. If I don’t push enough, my strengthening will be delayed. I need a great deal of wisdom as I go forward, as well as listening carefully to the way my body responds to the exercise.

Photos from the past few weeks:

Vibrant colours

Balcony view

Cattail convention

Mountain corona

Prairie standard

Magnificent mountains

6 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five #96

  1. I hope you get completely healed up really soon!!!
    I have a friend with fibromyalgia and the only things that help her are various essential oils and working out with gentle aerobics, power walking, biking, stretches like simple yoga. It sounds like you are listening to your body.

    how fun to combine a shopping trip with a lunch date!
    enjoy the weekend


  2. Your photos are works of art. Thanks so much for sharing some of the beauty of where you live!

    And what a beautiful gift you received with someone paying 2 weeks of your cleaning helper’s wages. It was definitely a love pat from God through that benefactor.

    It is a shame that some restaurants don’t pay serious attention to food sensitivities/allergies. My daughter has to pay attention when she eats out and too many times she gets ill afterwards. So it is a BIG treat and blessing that you know which places you can trust.

    Congrats on achieving another milestone: shopping and laundry. Praying that you have an excellent evaluation at your next appointment and that you continue listening to your body. Listening to the body’s cues is a skill we all need to develop.
    Have a good week.


  3. Sounds like you had a good week with unexpected help, time with your daughter and progress with your recovery. I think listening to your body is one of the most important things – it’s no good pushing yourself too hard and causing a setback. I hope the evaluation goes well.


  4. Petite steak is one of my favorite restaurant meals. How nice to have a guest treat you to one! And to have an impromptu lunch with your daughter. It’s so nice to be able to get back to some of our normal duties after surgery or an illness. I can appreciate the need for wisdom between pushing too hard and not hard enough – praying for you about that. It’s so good to hear things are improving bit by bit every week. What a sweet gift to have your helper’s cleaning wages paid.


  5. I love your photos! And your captions are always clever.
    It is lovely to be able to have lunches or dinners with our daughters!
    As I have a food allergy, I will mention it to the server and if I sense maybe he/she isn’t taking me seriously, I make a joke of showing the epi-pen and commenting that a mistake just wouldn’t be ‘pretty’. Works well for me.
    The balancing of your physio takes wisdom. I hope this week goes well for you.


  6. Your photos are lovely. That is quite the dilemma between taking care of the fibromyalgia and pushing hard enough to get stronger with your post surgery. Praying you have wisdom. What a blessing that someone paid the cleaning lady for you.


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