Friday’s Fave Five #78

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I’ve been sick this past week so this post is quite late. It’s not Friday. But you know that!

Susanne hosts Living to Tell the Story and encourages others to share blessings of the week on Fridays. Here are a few of mine from this week.

Pictures from the past My mom went to be with the Lord almost 14 years ago. This week a friend sent me some photos of my mom enjoying fellowship at a Sunday School class Christmas party from fifteen years ago. A bonus that I didn’t notice at first was a partial shot of my dad in the corner of one of the pictures. Thank you, Beth. Your kind gesture blessed me and made my day.

My wonderful Mom

My wonderful Mom

Supplement sale One of the supplements I take that seems to help my fibromyalgia is a bit pricey. This week I found it on sale for about half of what I normally pay!

Medication provided Our doctor has put my husband on an expensive new medication, and it is helping him. We were praying about how to come up with the $300 + extra a month to pay for it, and God provided several months’ worth at no charge to us!

Answers to prayer Parenting adults is not like parenting juveniles. We no longer ‘control’ the decisions of our offspring, nor do we want to. But this does not mean we are no longer affected by the burdens and concerns of our children.

This week one of our daughters who has been diligently searching and praying for a better job, had a promising job interview. Is this job God’s answer for her need? I don’t know, but I am praying with eager anticipation, waiting to see how God will meet her need and other needs in the lives of all my children.

On the mend I have been dealing with an exhausting cough for over seven weeks. My primary source of nutrition has been the myriad cough drops and green tea I’ve consumed to try and soothe the persistent coughing fits! However…the last couple of days I seem to be getting better. Yay! I’m thankful for good doctors, helpful treatments, and the Great Physician.

No new photos this week because I wasn’t feeling well enough to go out in frigid temps to take pictures. I found a few more favorites from several months ago as I was organizing and backing up files this week.

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Grandson ‘modeling” Cows Canada sleeper

Banff National Park Clouds lifting

Banff National Park Clouds lifting

Banff National Park misty peaks

Banff National Park misty peaks

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Banff National Park cloudy cap

Here are this week’s Valentine cards from Purple Grandma Designs.

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Friday’s Fave Five #74 plus A Few Alberta Photos Day 5

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

I didn’t get many guesses on my new word last week. The word new to me was frore which means frozen or frosty. Cool word, eh? I used in in of my photo titles. I’ll let you know when I use another new word in future posts.

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Warm homes It’s been in the minus 20’s C this week – brrrr! I am grateful for our warm homes on these bitterly cold days. Some of the missionary stories I’ve read speak of the winter weather conditions in Canada in the 1800’s. These dedicated pioneers often had only open fireplaces in log cabins to keep warm inside, and buffalo robes to bundle up in when braving the elements. Their lives depended on them making proper preparations just to live. Central heat is truly a blessing.

Time with my daughters Saturday we visited Greenland Garden Center and enjoyed looking at all the beautifully decorated Christmas trees. It was a fun outing with the girls.

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My wonderful daughters

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Love the colours of this tree!

Tea Those who know me well know that I love tea. My food sensitivities prevent me from enjoying black tea very often, but I really like green tea, and am learning to enjoy rooibos teas. This week I received some new flavors of green tea, rooibos tea, and fruit infused tisanes. They’ve been especially enjoyable on these cold days.

Those senior discounts When do senior discounts kick in? I’ve found out it depends on the organization offering the discount. Thus far I have encountered discounts for those over 50, 55, 60, 62, or 65, depending on the place. Also, you must ask for the discount in most places now since some people were offended if the cashier asked if they qualified for the senior discount, and they were, say, only 45. I mean, honestly, if an 18-year-old is serving you and you have greying hair, to them you must be a senior, right? Anyway, I got some great deals this week due to coupons and that senior discount.

Answers to prayer I was looking for some particular items for my grandchildren and was having a hard time finding them. After praying about them, the Lord directed me to just the right thing at a wonderful price.

Cards and Photos Here are some Purple Grandma Designs cards I made this week and a few photos from over the past month. This is my last post for a few weeks. I hope you all have a Blessed Christmas!

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More beautiful Banff

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Ice fog everywhere

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Stunning drive

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Old and new

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Shadows on the pond

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A Few Alberta Photos Day 4

Tomorrow will be my last post for a few weeks. Hope you are blessed by the beauty of God’s creation in these photos.

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. Psalm 24:1

www.esvbible.org/Psalm+24 

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Sunlight and shadow

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Winter’s first kiss

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Beyond the valley

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Vivid contrast

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Beautiful Banff National Park

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Frozen fence

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In the spotlight

Friday’s Fave Five #70

fff-delicate-leavesIt’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

Family time We celebrated daughter # 3’s birthday this week. As we were gathered around the table the topic drifted to hair.

“Do you remember when we were kids and I thought since mom’s razor was just for legs that nothing would happen when I ran it down my arm hair from shoulder to wrist?” “My arm itched like crazy the next day!”

“Yeah, and I wondered what would happen when I swiped it across my forehead and was shocked when I looked in the mirror and saw I was missing an eyebrow, and then tried to arrange my bangs so no one would notice.”

And the time when as a three-year-old, the birthday girl “borrowed” mom’s scissors, opened them widely and, placing the blades flat on her forehead right at her hairline, cut a perfect V in her bangs all the way to the scalp.

When “someone” turned on the gas grill on without opening the lid, waited a few minutes, then opened it and threw in a match. After the “whoosh,” her once straight hair was singed and curly.

Ah, memories! We laughed so hard tears were streaming down our faces.

A new RN Daughter #4 passed her NCLEX nursing exam and is now officially an RN. My father-in-law was a physician and my mother-in-law a nurse and perhaps hoped that some of their children or grandchildren would follow the medical route, but until now, none did. We have plenty of doctors in the family, but none of the medical variety. And now we have a nurse!

Remembrance Day Today is Remembrance Day in Canada (Veterans Day in the US.) When we first moved to Canada almost 30 years ago I remember being impressed at how seriously Canadians commemorate Remembrance Day. Red paper poppies are purchased to help support our war veterans and worn in the lapels of young and old. Schools hold assemblies to educate and solemnly recall the sacrifices others have made. Urban, suburban, exurban, and rural communities all suspend normal activities at 11 a.m. on November 11th to reflect, remember and give thanks. Wreaths are laid at cenotaphs throughout the land and those who fought for the freedoms and rights of our country are honored. The poem, “In Flanders Fields” is quoted and the phrase “Lest we forget” is repeated and tweeted throughout the day. (“Lest we forget” is quoted from an 1897 poem, “Recessional” by Rudyard Kipling and was likely inspired by the passages in Deuteronomy 4 and 6.)

Thank you to all who have served. Lest we forget. Lest we forget.

African violets My mom was a gardener par excellence. She loved growing flowers, but especially enjoyed nurturing and growing African violets. We had a small kitchen and no dining room so the table was pushed up against the exterior wall of the kitchen under a very large picture window. My dad built three or four shelves across that north-facing window and there mom tended her many African violet plants.

Until very recently I have been known as the botanical equivalent of the Angel of Death. I love flowers, but my heart would sink when anyone gave me a living plant. I knew they had just passed the death sentence on that lovely bit of nature. My family all joked about it. My husband would shake his head and ask, “How long do you think this one will last?”

But when we moved from Calgary to Edmonton seven years ago something changed. Some might even call it a miracle of sorts; I no longer automatically made plants die! First, my husband built me raised planters and encouraged me to start an herb garden as part of my post-surgical therapy. I was extremely skeptical, but to my absolute shock, not only did my plants survive, they thrived.

Indoor plants were still iffy. But somehow, over these past few years, I have two African violet plants that have done very well. I watched them grow and prosper and I remembered Mom. I remembered Mom transplanting hers when they outgrew the pot. I remember her trimming off the flowers when they wilted, and pinching off broken or damaged leaves. I remember her fertilizing the plants, gently brushing the dust off the leaves, and carefully avoiding getting the leaves wet when she watered her violets. I even remember her talking to her plants, and boy, did we ever tease her about that!

My African violets are outgrowing their latest pots and need something now, and I’m not certain what. Sure, I can google it or call a garden center or ask around, but I really, really, wish I could ask my mom. Not only would she have told me the right thing to do for my plants, she would have been proud and probably amazed that I haven’t killed these violets, and may even be developing a green thumb!

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Cards and Photos Here are some more cards I made this week when I had to lay low and be quiet. The photos are from various photography opportunities over the past month.

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Lake Louise

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Quiet abandon

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Splendor

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Majesty

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Friday’s Fave Five #68

It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

  1. Visitors We were married in a double wedding with my husband’s sister and her husband. We are still good friends and still enjoy spending time together. Last week they came up from South Carolina so my brother-in-law could teach a block class. After that week was over we headed to the mountains for a few days of R and R.
  2. Visiting My sister-in-law and I had a good week of visiting together and meeting with ladies in the church and with other ladies in ministry.
  3. Cards I make cards to give away to encourage friends and family. I’ve named my ‘business / ministry’ Purple Grandma Designs and have been trying to sell enough cards to at least pay for my supplies. Lately I’ve sold several, and also been able to share some with people in our church who were discouraged. It’s nice to have a creative outlet and a ministry all in one.img_2795 img_2803 img_2805 img_2832
  4. Soaking The place we stayed in Canmore had outdoor hot tubs directly outside of the spa / exercise area. Though it was cold and sometimes snowy, we really enjoyed easing our muscle strains in those steaming hot tubs.
  5. Photos We had cloudy and snowy weather driving into Canmore, and sunny, clear weather driving home. I had abundant opportunity to photograph the magnificent nature which surrounded us. I’ll share some of the photos this week and some next week.
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    Vermillion Lakes

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    More Vermillion Lakes

    Banff National Park

    Banff National Park

    Mount Rundle

    Mount Rundle

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    Edge of the field

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