Friday’s fave Five #104

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

1. Seeing improvement – The iron infusions appear to be producing results. My stamina is slowly increasing, the underlying muscle pain is subsiding, and I am thoroughly enjoying the renewed healthy-looking countenance. I still feel quite tired in the mornings but perhaps a recently diagnosed tooth infection has been contributing to that. I am so very grateful for each answer, each treatment, and each bit of improvement.

2. Book club – My daughters and their friends host a book club I’m participating in. We had to set aside getting together for a while due to complexities in all our lives but are scheduled to resume meeting next month. This time around we are reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook and am listening through a second time for clarity and detail.

A film has been made of this book. I’m not sure if it has been released yet but I will probably end up seeing it unless reviews indicate it portrays objectionable elements. (The producers would have to twist things around to do that, but isn’t that what happens sometimes with films?)

There are not many movies based on books that I have enjoyed once reading the book. My husband and I recently watched Unbroken and found it disappointing. Laura Hillenbrand’s book is full of rich detail and carefully crafted phrases which, woven and layered together, create a deeply satisfying literary canvas. Most of the movies based on books that I have seen have to either give you the Dummies version for sake of time or want to deviate from the storyline in the name of artistic expression. I don’t have high expectations for this film either, but we’ll see.

3. New gluten free discoveries – Trying packaged gluten free foods can be…..interesting. I understand that those who must eat gluten, dairy, soy, and egg free need to be more creative with baking and may not have much to choose from in prepared foods. So many of these items I’ve tried have grainy textures, are extremely dry, or are strange tasting. I’ve recently learned I’m not fond of the taste and texture brown rice pasta, but I do have a couple of other new-to-me Italian GF pasta products on hand to try soon.

After chatting with the dietician at the Ellerslie Sobeys earlier this month, I bought some Schar brand products from Germany. The cheese bites – small crackers in several shapes – are very tasty with no weird textures or flavours. Their Honeygrams also have great flavor and a texture fairly close to graham crackers

Tate brand gluten free cookies out of the States are exceptional. Both the Ginger Zinger and Chocolate Chip varieties have the taste and appearance of home baked cookies like no other GF cookies I’ve tried. I found the Zingers at the Italian Centre and the Chocolate Chip at Ellerslie Sobeys.

4. New dishwasher on the way – My new dishwasher is ordered and is scheduled to be installed at the end of the month. After chatting with the sales lady while she wrote up my order, she volunteered to give me free delivery instead of the usual $50 charge. And that was an unexpected blessing!

5. Yard clean up – The wonderful young woman who helps me around the house called me on Saturday morning. She and her husband and three small children wanted to volunteer to come over and clean up our yard. What a blessing their help was! The day was sunny and warm, so my husband and I prepared a simple picnic style lunch to enjoy with our friends on the deck at lunchtime.

Here are a few special order and other Mother’s Day cards I made this year.

7 thoughts on “Friday’s fave Five #104

  1. Hey!! You made it on Friday!! So glad you are feeling some better. I remember from my own anemia experiences that it does take awhile to feel better.


  2. Glad your health is improving. Your cards are lovely. I recently read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and loved it. The film is already out here in the UK – just have to find time to go and see it. Nice bonus on your dishwasher. Have a good weekend.


  3. Love the cards!!! So pretty! Glad you are feeling,better and trying better foods! I buy gf pasta and feel so much better after eating it. I LOVE rice noodles and find they don’t long to cook at all….serve with roasted or steamed veggies and they are great


  4. Your cards are beautiful! I’m glad you are feeling better each week.
    My daughters must eat gluten free and they too are finding new options all the time. They just gave up on trying bread–haven’t been able to find anything that doesn’t have weird texture.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you!


  5. Glad to hear you are experiencing some improvement with the iron. It’s hard being tired all the time. I loved that book and hope the movie will be good too. I find though that they rarely are because you just can’t fit into a couple of hours everything a book has. And after reading one author’s experience with what they did with his book after they made it into a movie (read changing the whole essence of it ) I don’t expect movies to be like their books. Lovely cards.


  6. Those cards are lovely! I’m so glad the iron infusions seem to be helping. My d-i-l had to eat gluten-free, too, and finding packaged foods is indeed challenging. But a lot of GF baked goods recipes have a whole plethora of ingredients. I’ve found that putting a heaping tablespoon of sour cream or a small snack-sized pudding cup in a GF cake mix helps a lot as long as dairy isn’t a problem for the intended eaters. I have heard great things about that book but have never read it yet. Some day! What fun to have a book club nearby with your daughters and friends. Yay for new dishwashers and for friends who volunteer to clean up the yard!


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