Friday’s Fave Five #67

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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. Visit with a friend. My husband co-pastors with another man. These two men each prefer the other and use their diverse gifts to work together for the body of Christ in our local church. The other pastor’s wife has MS and I struggle with fibromyalgia and arthritis. We two wives don’t always make it to church and certainly don’t get to spend much time together. This week we were able to enjoy a nice, edifying visit together.

2. Not getting lost. I am hopelessly directionally challenged. Well, maybe not hopelessly, since I was able to drive twice this week into new areas and not get lost! For someone like me, that is very encouraging.

3. Local cuisine. Our small town was established by Francophones and has purposely developed a French theme. A few months ago a new Quebec French restaurant (called Chartier) opened (with help from a very popular local crowd funding campaign.) We took some friends there to eat last week, and the place was buzzing! The whole staff is intent on offering locally sourced (when possible) foods and have been exceptionally careful to work with patrons who have food allergies and restrictions. My gluten-free duck grunt was absolutely delicious, and everyone else at the table raved about their meals.

4. Harvest moon. After our meal last Friday night, we drove around the perimeter of our town to look at both the recent development and the surrounding fields. It was neat to see the combines and other machinery working into the night to bring in the harvest. While we were watching the farmers work, we saw the mood rise. The beautiful orangey full moon was a harvest moon. I didn’t have my camera with me so I simply sat back and enjoyed the beauty of the evening.

5. College football. Call me crazy, but I enjoy watching US college football when I have a chance. It’s been fun to watch my home state team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, play very well. Go Bucks!

Here are some pictures from this past week.

Bird boxes

bird boxes

waiting for harvest

waves of ripened grain

along the fenceline

along the fence line

dried and ready

dried and ready

Alberta's changing colors

Alberta’s changing colors

already cut

already taken in

cut and dried

in the shadow of the cloud

in the shadow of the cloud

whispers of red

whispers of red

I love fences

I love fences

 

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Friday’s Fave Five #24

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On Fridays we stop and share five blessings from the week.  Suzanne came up with this idea and hosts this weekly time at Living to Tell the Story.

1. Hip, hip hooray!  I have a surgery date!! My hip replacement is scheduled for November 21.  I go in for a 4-6 hour teaching session at the hip and knee clinic next Thursday where they will go over physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, and other topics to help us before and after surgery.

2. Drive in the country My husband took me for a drive in the country. Along our route we stopped to take autumn pictures.  The next day my daughter asked me if I wanted to go for a drive in the country with her!  We also stopped to take pictures.  Loving the two for one weekend special!

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3.  Directionally dysfunctional I am directionally dysfunctional.  My family knows this.  Most of my friends know this. Until I have driven (not riding along as a passenger, but actually doing the driving myself) the route several times, I generally get lost, make wrong turns, or otherwise get turned around.  And yes, I use Google Maps which are somewhat helpful.

GPS, on the other hand has not proven to be all it’s cracked up to be.  If the funky voice would tell me, “Slam on the brakes and turn left RIGHT NOW!” I could probably use it.  However, it tells me, “Turn left in 50 metres.”  I look ahead and in what seems to me to be 50 meters are three roads all turning left.  Which one is the correct one?  If I choose the wrong one how do I get back on track?  I choose.  Oops, wrong road. The funky voice, growing more irritating now, tries to smooth over my mistake.  What it really wants to do is snort and call me an imbecile, but instead in faux soothing tones it tells me “In 50 metres turn left then turn right.”  Again I look ahead and see two roads in close proximity which both turn left, but branch off in widely divergent paths.  I again make the wrong choice.  I am now a human version of an unimaginably tangled ball of yarn.  Whimpering, I pull off the road and call my husband, or CAA, or anyone with access to a computer and google maps.

So you will understand my absolute euphoria over the fact that I found my way, forty minutes away, to the west side of Edmonton, to a place I had never been before, and afterward to a favorite gluten free store further north in the city, and finally back home, WITHOUT GETTING LOST OR MAKING ANY WRONG TURNS!  I shall note it in my diary for it may never happen again.

4.  Friends I am so grateful that friends don’t all have to be in the same age group.  I have been blessed by friendship with ladies both older and younger than me.  Yesterday I enjoyed sweet Christian fellowship with a young woman the age of my own daughters and came away from our time together encouraged in the Lord.

5. Mental exercises My youngest daughter has introduced me to Lumosity and I am enjoying the challenge of these mental exercises.  I may actually improve my ‘brain fitness’ but right now I am just having fun playing the games. It might not be as fun if I paid to play but I am accessing only the free section of the program.