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!

Friday’s Fave Five

Welcome to Friday’s Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, in which we can share five of our favorite things from the last week, a wonderful exercise in looking for and appreciating the good things God blesses us with. Click on the button to learn more, then go to Susanne’s to read others’ faves and link up your own.

I’m trying to begin using this feature on Fridays.  Thanks Barbara H for the idea and thanks Susanne for starting it!  

1.  I am very grateful that the days are getting longer.  Many of us from ‘the true North, strong and free’ suffer from various degrees of seasonal affective disorder – SAD – in December and January.  Not only are we enjoying a few more minutes of sunlight each day, but we have been blessed with almost record breaking warm weather the past two weeks.  A nice break in our normally long and snowy winters!

2.  My hip needs to be replaced and I currently have limited mobility.  This fact, coupled with icy sidewalks, means I don’t go out on my own right now.  I am extremely grateful for my family and friends who willingly drive me and offer me an arm for stability when I am out.  Their service is a huge blessing to me.

3.  After my kids were grown I gave them each a box of ornaments from their childhood and began doing themed Christmas trees. Each Christmas I decide on the colors for the next year then keep my eyes open for ornaments and decor at the after Christmas specials.  This year I was so excited to find some lovely bits at 90% off.  My colors for next year?  Green, red, and gold.

4.  My many food intolerances make meal planning a challenge at times.  I try to make a pot of soup each week and use that for my lunches.  As I made my latest pot of chicken vegetable soup, I added some dried herbs harvested from my herb garden.  The aroma was wonderful and made me eager to plan this years’ herb garden.  Thanks to my husband I have lovely raised boxes to plant in.  Now what herbs shall I plant this year? Hmmmm.

5.  When we moved from Calgary almost five years ago we packed and moved almost 8,000 books from my husband’s study and my children’s book and biographical library.  My husband’s theological books and church history volumes are now part of the college library and many of the children’s books have been divvied up among our children.  I’ve just begun reorganizing my almost 1000 missionary biographies and reading (or rereading them) as prep for writing my missionary stories for kids.  It dawned on me the other day that this time of limited mobility is the perfect time for all of this reading.  I have been abundantly blessed by reading about these missionaries!