Friday’s Fave Five #57

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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.

1. I’m an introvert A couple of years ago my daughters brought me the personality tests they had taken at work. I took the tests and was surprised to learn I was unquestionably an introvert. In some ways this should not have been a surprise since I was excruciatingly shy as a kid. But I was also bossy (sorry, Sis) and by the time I got to university, was involved in leadership on several levels. I have always required blocks of quiet, down time to recharge after interacting with people, but did not know this was a primary identifier of introversion.

Those test results also showed my abilities were almost a 50 – 50 divide between organized, structured strengths, and creative, artistic strengths. I have recently clued in to the fact that disorder makes me feel somewhat anxious, so I have begun my summer project of sorting and purging my belongings. My artistic side objects. Which side will win? I’ll keep you posted!

2. Pirates Yesterday I had a visit from Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Tink, and the crocodile, all expressed through the imaginings of two very enthusiastic borrowed grandchildren. My deck was the Jolly Roger, my unplanted flower bed the right location for buried treasure, and a random board, the plank! Argh, Matey!

3. Delicious peach tea My traveling daughter brought me some Charleston Plantation Peach Tea from her trip. The Charleston Tea Plantation http://www.charlestonteaplantation.com/ is the only tea plantation in North America and is located on Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston, SC. I love both tea and peaches and this variety is scrumptious Mmmmm. 

Plantation Peach Tea

4. Light My tree has been cut down, but oh, what light now comes in the living room window! This will be especially appreciated in the winter.

5. Car stuff An elderly gentleman backed into my car last week. No injuries, just that sinking feeling you get when you see something is going to happen but are powerless to prevent it. I have been getting estimates on the repairs, and wow! what an education I have been receiving! I feel like I’m in a Peanuts movie where all the “Whaa, wha, whaa, wha” noises come from the mouths of the adults. No idea what most of their lingo means, but I’m glad it’s all written down so those more educated in these things can interpret properly.

Here are a few pictures I caught during this rainy week.

After the storm

After the storm

Slipping into sunset

Slipping into sunset

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Friday’s Fave Five #27

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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.

1. At my six week post-op appointment I was cleared to drive again! It was nice to go out and do a bit of Christmas shopping. I was concerned about walking on the ice, but went slowly (still have to use a cane for another six weeks) and had no problems.

2. My house helpers lent a hand and we got the tree decorated. (We had planned to do it as a family but several of us came down with the cold/flu that is going around and had to cancel the family tree-trimming.) I’ve scaled back on decorating this year due to my surgery, but the door wreath is up, the mantle is resplendent with candles, sleigh bells and pine, the hall flower arrangement is in place and the red and green decorations modestly adorn the tree in the living room. Pretty!

3. I am enjoying the freedom of walking without having to use a walker or crutches. I need the cane when venturing away from the house, but can freelance it inside the house. Physio starts on Tuesday. I ended up about an inch shorter in my ‘bad’ leg before surgery and my body had (painfully) adjusted to the mechanics of walking in light of that difference. Now my legs are the same length and my body is talking to me. “Yo, woman! What’s with the legs being the same length now? You’re making all the muscles on my right side adjust! I don’t like it! I think I will tense up and cause you pain.” Physio will help alleviate the muscle tension and pain as well as strengthen the weakened muscles which were cut during surgery.

4. This will be an unusual Christmas for us. Our son and his family minister in China, and our youngest daughter is currently over there with them studying nursing. Two of our other daughters will be on a fun trip to Scotland during Christmas, and our remaining daughter wants to wait to open gifts until after shopping at the Boxing Day sales the day after Christmas (think Black Friday for Canadians.) This year we have invited several young couples and singles who have no family nearby to join us for a Christmas dinner. Oh, and we are going to try a three continent Skype call with family on Christmas Day. Should be fun.

5. My car has had to have a lot of repairs these past few months. This last time was especially expensive. Four different times the mechanic called to tell us of another issue that needed to be fixed. Because neither my husband nor I know much about auto mechanics we were concerned that the dealership could possibly be making things up. How would we know? God laid it on my husband’s mind to call a mechanic friend we know to ask for his assessment. Thankfully we were not being taken advantage of and everything is now working well. One of the problems we had was that the heat would not blow warm air if the temperatures were below zero (32 F.) Now this can be a BIG problem in the winter here. A working heater is essential for safe driving in Canadian winters. My husband had not mentioned this particular problem when the car was taken in due to bigger issues, but the problem was solved when the other things were taken care of!! I’m very thankful to have a car with a working heater.

Have a blessed Christmas!