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 #66

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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. Reading a new book. I purchased a new book this week entitled Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ. I’m about half way through and thus far it has been excellent.

2.Going through old files. When we originally converted our garage into an office for my husband seven years ago, he had a filing cabinet in the office. Last summer we got rid of the cabinet, but are just now sorting through the files. It’s been fun and nostalgic to find things from our early years in Canada in the late 80’s.

3. A few last squash. We have thoroughly enjoyed our thin-skinned yellow crook necked squash this year. The return of warmer weather this week means we can squeeze out a few more squash before having to pull out the plants.

4. Getting to hear my daughter sing again. Our oldest daughter has her Master’s degree in Voice Performance. She’s also a skilled administrator, which is her current job. I don’t get to hear her sing in public performances very often, but she will be singing as part of an arts program on Sunday, October 2 in the afternoon.

5. Deals I was in Michaels to use my half price coupon this week. I am collecting Copic sketch markers one by one using coupons and Michaels finally has a few markers back in stock after a long period of time with very few available. While there I noticed some nice packs of cards marked down to 50 cents. I use them to add Bible verses and my own embellishments then give them away to encourage people. When I got to the till the packs were 20 cents each! Yay for deals!

Here are some pictures I took this week.

Cheerful wildflowers

Cheerful wildflowers

Back yard mushrooms

Back yard mushrooms

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Alberta harvest time

 

Rural mailbox 1

Rural mailbox 1

Rural mailbox 2

Rural mailbox 2

Country roads near Leduc

Country roads near Leduc

Pumpjack silhouette

Pumpjack silhouette

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Prairie grasses at harvest time

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Cottony fencepost

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Alberta energy

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Rare autumn red

 

Friday’s Fave Five #23

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On Friday we take a few minutes to share five blessings from the week.  Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts this weekly exercise which has truly encouraged me to both think about our blessings and to thank the Lord for them.

1. Beautiful weather We have had a week of absolutely beautiful weather.  I am so grateful for every day of warmth and sunshine. Thank you, Lord!

2. Harvest We live in a small town outside of the large city of Edmonton.  When you drive out of our town in any direction you see field after field of crops – wheat, canola, barley, and much more.  The farmers have been working hard to bring in the harvest this week.  It is fascinating to me to watch the huge machinery pulling in acre after acre of beautiful crops.  Just as I never tired of the mountain views when we lived in Calgary, I never tire of all the lovely farms around Edmonton.

3. Making cards  When I am having a bad day with my fibromyalgia or my arthritis I sometimes work on making cards.  As a pastor’s wife I have found that my new normal, as determined by my physical limitations, is very different from ministry in my healthy days.  In searching for  new way to minister to the ladies in our church I started writing notes of encouragement, and giving my scripture cards to our ladies on special occasions.  I find making the cards is a good way to start using up my cabinet full of scrapbooking odds and ends, and a therapeutic outlet for me on my down days.

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4. Progress!  My amazing oldest daughter is now down 135 lbs, working closely with her doctor and is swimming and training for a 5 k run.  She’s my accountability partner and I am happy that as of this morning I am down 36 lbs.  Yay!

5. Kale chips Don’t remember if I have mentioned this before but I have discovered kale chips, and absolutely love them.  The recipe is super simple and the result is far tastier than you might imagine.  You rinse the kale, tear the leaves into 1” – 2” pieces, spread them on a kitchen towel or paper towel and dry them as thoroughly as possible.  Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil on them then sprinkle with seasoning (I use pink salt.)  Bake at 275 for 20 minutes and voila! Crispy, delicious, and nutritious chips!

What are some of your blessings from the week?