Friday’s Fave Five #73

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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 used a word in this post that is new to me. Can you find it?)

Gluten-free waffles When you buy or order gluten-free foods you are always taking a chance that the item is truly gluten-free and that it tastes good. Often it not only does not taste good, the flavor is minimal or weird, and the texture is sandy. This week I discovered Nature’s Path Organic Gluten-free Pumpkin Spice Waffles. Good flavour! No weird textures! Yum!!

Combined church service Last Sunday night we had a combined church service with five area churches that are like-minded in the essentials of the faith. Meadowlands Baptist Church is the host church for Foundation Baptist College where my husband works. That church has been instrumental in starting or providing pulpit supply for many churches over the past 15 or so years. It was a blessed evening of fellowship, testimonies, singing, and a message from Ephesians. Ephesians 4:3 reminds us to “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” We were blessed by that unity last Sunday.

Beautiful scenery We’ve had quite a few foggy days over the month. When the weather is colder and foggy, the trees and bushes are covered with ice fog, what we used to call hoar frost. This morning we had a layer of snow on top of a layer of hoar frost. It made the trees and bushes look like they had been sprayed with that flocking you used to find at Christmastime. This morning the fog lifted for a while and we had blue skies. The clean, white branches against the brilliant blue skies were beautiful!

Sparkling grasses

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Clean, soft sheets There is nothing quite like sleeping on freshly laundered soft sheets. Ahhh!

A deal on something needed Today I picked up a supplement I needed. When I got to the store, they were having a 25% off sale!

Cards and Photos Here are some Purple Grandma Designs cards I made this week. There is a Christmas-themed Bible verse on the front or inside each Christmas card.

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Here are a few more photos from today.

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Flocked tree

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Beautiful contrast

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Glimpsing the pond

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Frore and sharp

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Cold and old

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Forlorn in the fog

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Frosted cerulean

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Friday’s Fave Five #40

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. New baby Newborns are so sweet!  Last week I was finally able to meet Tommy, newborn son of my friends in ministry, Duncan and Meg.

2. Successful luncheon Foundation Baptist College held a friendship Luncheon last Saturday. My husband is president of the college but promotion and event planning are not among his natural skills. God has arranged things these past few months so that our oldest daughter was hired as administrative assistant at the college, and planned the luncheon as her first project. It was a lot of hard work, but was a great success. Best of all, I am watching the pressure of working two jobs with no assistance lift from my husband’s shoulders as Laura takes on more responsibilities.

3. Week at the cabin Sunday afternoon my husband and I left for a week of rest at a friend’s modern cabin near Torrington, AB. He has been able to rest, sleep, relax, and enjoy down time. Each day we have driven on different rural roads looking for broken down farm and homestead buildings, which I love to photograph. Good thing he has been so willing to drive or I would still be wandering around rural south-central Alberta trying to find my way back to the cabin. It’s been a lovely week!

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4. 911 Last week I made my first ever 911 call. I stopped by our local tax office to show a newly arrived document to our tax prparer. As I was parking I caught a glimpse of someone with a red jacket or shirt going into the office. One minute later I walked into the office, but no one was in sight. I called out a few times, but no one answered. Then I noticed that the cash register was standing open. I called out again, but still no answer. Hmmm. Something does not seem right. So I went back to my car and called 911. The RCMP came and discovered the owner and a computer repair man in a back room where they could not hear people at the front of the office. The cash register? It had been broken for a while and won’t close properly. (You can tell I live in a small town!) I thought maybe I had overreacted, but the normally reserved owner thanked me profusely for caring and gave me a big hug. Whew! Glad all was well!

5. Gluten-free success Travelling can be ‘iffy’ for those who have to eat gluten-free. Though we are preparing breakfast and supper at the cabin, we have eaten lunches out this week. Edo Japan in Olds, The Red Ox in Innisfail, and Country Cousins in Torrington all successfully accommodated my gluten-free requirements and provided good meals which did not make me sick.