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On Fridays I post FFF to stop and recall blessings of the previous week. Suzanne sponsors this exercise at Living to Tell the Story and invites you to participate too!

1. Church – I have been able to attend our Sunday church service the past two weeks. What a blessing to be in personal fellowship with the church family after having to miss for six weeks during my initial stage of recovery from surgery.

2. Doctor’s report – The surgeon gave me a good report and has graduated me to 25% weight bearing on my affected leg. How does one determine how much pressure on the leg equals 25% weight bearing? The physiotherapist gave me a simple formula: gently press down on the scale with the operated leg until the scale registers 25% of your body weight. That amount of pressure is how much you can use when walking. I will still be using a walker or crutches for at least another month.

3. Supplement in town – One of the supplements that has helped my fibromyalgia muscle spasms is now available in my small town. I used to have to drive at least 20 minutes north or south to a supplement store to buy them so I am very glad to be able to get them right here. A bonus is that they are actually a bit cheaper here!

4. Walk to the mailbox – Where we live mail is delivered to super-boxes for a whole street. Our super-box is right across the street from us, but since my surgery, it might as well be a mile away. Since I was a kid I have loved getting mail, and lately have been ordering some cutting dies from China for my card making. It’s so much fun to find one or two of these little packets in our mailbox! Since no one else in my family shares my enthusiasm for mail, I have really felt like I was bothering people to ask them to check the mail. Today I did a trial run out the back door and down the driveway to the mailbox. My husband ‘spotted’ me since we weren’t sure if the incline of the driveway was too steep for me to traverse safely with my walker. Everything went smoothly, and if I go slowly and carefully, I should be able to check my own mail now while getting a spot of exercise in.

5. Messing in the herb garden – Because of my emergency hip replacement surgery and planned slow recovery I have missed most of the outdoor activities of summer. Today I was able to work a bit in my raised bed herb garden, weeding out dead leaves, and thinning out some herbs. I love running my hands through the fragrant herbs, rubbing the leaves to enjoy the unique smell each herb offers. I’ve begun harvesting some of them to dry for use in winter cooking. It was lovely to be outside again for a bit today!

James is one! He was celebrating with my daughter-in-law’s family in the States.

Here are a few of the Purple Grandma Designs cards I have been working on as I recover.

 

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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.

Ladies’ Retreat Our annual Ladies’ Retreat was held last Friday and Saturday based on the theme ‘Rest for Your Souls’ based on Matthew 11:28-30. It was an encouraging time of Bible study and fellowship for ladies from various parts of Alberta.

More herbs and veggies! Update on my herb garden: In addition to peppermint, spearmint, basil, oregano, and chives, I also have lemon verbena (wonderfully fragrant!) rosemary (with you in mind, Emma!) French thyme, summer savory, marjoram, lavender, and what we thought was dill, but ended up being fennel. Not sure how I will use that one since neither Bud nor I am fond of anise.

We also planted (probably overplanted) onions, garlic, Yukon Gold potatoes, one Jenny Linn melon plant, two zucchini plants, one butternut squash plant, and peas and green beans around the edges of the planters. In separate pots we planted three types of kale. Looking forward to my morning smoothies with fresh greens from the garden!

Anniversary Monday was our 36th anniversary and Bud took me to a nice restaurant for dinner that night. He had arranged for a beautiful bouquet of flowers and some white chocolate to be waiting at the table. The restaurant, Blue Rare, easily accommodated my gluten-free and food sensitivity requirements and presented us with a complementary slice of in-house made caramel pecan cheesecake for dessert. When we got back home we found another beautiful bouquet of flowers left by our daughters. A lovely evening!

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Flowers from our daughters

Fab family doctor Once again my family doctor has been an incredible blessing to me as I continue my health journey. A meeting with a new health care professional left me feeling somewhat bullied and quite perplexed. When my doctor learned of this she told me she was going to speak to this person to advocate on my behalf because she was my partner in my health journey and wants me to have continued success.

Fun café In our small town we have a quaint and quirky café called the Crepe and Shake. The owner has converted her garage into a kitchen, offers outdoor only seating, and makes the best French-style crepes (we live in a French-themed village) around. She grows what foods she can on her property and sources as much of it locally as possible. This place is gluten-free friendly, kid and family friendly, and is a favorite warm weather place to eat. For lunch one day last week a friend and I split a salted caramel milkshake and each had a savory crepe. Mmmmm!

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Friday’s Fave Five is hosted by Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story and encourages us to put in writing five blessings from the week.

1. I have not posted for several weeks. Why? So I could spend as much time as possible with these two!  We had a wonderful summer. I was feeling much better than I did last summer, and was able to be more interactive with my grandchildren. Since next summer should be post hip replacement, maybe I can even be more active with them!

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2. My herb garden is winding down. It brought me lots of pleasure thus summer, though not quite like I expected.  It was an herb and vegetable garden, but the zucchini corporate takeover took out my kale, and a mighty wind storm took out my zucchini it all its golden glory (I planted yellow zucchini.)  The entire crown of the plant with its broad, bristly leaves and five golden fingers of zucchini-to-be ended up on the deck.  The plant never recovered. I planted ten peas and only two came up and my green beans elbowed the zucchini for sunlight before the demise of the squash.  Next year my husband is making me a second planter so I have veggies in one and herbs in the other!

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3. I am grateful for the wonderful privilege of having all five of my children together in one place for a few weeks each summer.  Our house was loud and messy, full of comings and goings, laughter and tears, discussions and debates.  We do Christmas in July (well…August this year) complete with holiday dishes, decorations, Christmas crackers (and the antics that go along with the hats and prizes), and Christmas readings. The China-based part of the family has left us until next year.DSC09573

4. Watching college football with my husband is one of my favorite pastimes. It’s that time of year and he is actually able to take a day off each week (well, most weeks) after years of having a too-heavy workload to do this.  I have one thing to say about college football:  Go Buckeyes!!

5. No word yet on my surgery date.  My first hip replacement was 8 years ago this December.  I am praying that I can have this one done before the snow comes since ice and snow hinder my mobility and make walking around on crutches or with a walker a little more tricky. Good news:  I am much more mobile this time than I was before the last surgery.  I’m very grateful for that!

 

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On Fridays we stop to be thankful for a few blessings from the previous week.  Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts this little exercise in thankfulness and it has blessed my soul to participate.  Following are a few highlights from my very busy week.

1.  Hip replacement, here we come! On Monday I was finally able to see the orthopedic surgeon who will be doing my hip replacement surgery.  I am now officially in line for a hip replacement.  The standard wait time here in Alberta after seeing the surgeon is 4 – 6 months.  We have asked to be put on a cancellation list so could be called in earlier if someone else drops out.  I am praying that I can have this done before winter weather arrives.

2.  The herb garden is prospering. My little herb garden is doing well.  A surprise this year is some of the herbs wintered overHerb Garden 2 and have come back up from last year.  This is especially amazing since my herb garden is in a ‘raised bed’ built off the rail of the deck so the cold winter elements totally surround the box.  I thought the thyme had returned, but further growth shows it is the summer savory that made it through the winter.

3.  Fragrant lilacs We purchased this house in February when the entire yard was snowed in.  Lilac 6A surprise that first spring was the beautiful dark pinky-purple lilacs in the back yard.  Since dark purple is my favorite color I delight each spring at these fragrant and beautiful blossoms.

4.  New website Our new website http://www.picturesofsilver.wordpress.com has launched.  Designed  to minister to women in ministry, our goal is to encourage those who labor as pastor’s wives, missionaries, Christian school teachers etc.  We’ve had it up for about a month now and are generating good interest and feedback.

5.  Gluten free blessings On our two week ‘staycation’ we got to rest a lot, eat out more than usual, and take a few rides in the country.  Tuesday my husband drove me around to a couple of gluten free bakeries in Edmonton.  We stopped at a place where he wanted to eat, a place featuring homemade pies and sandwiches (not gluten-free friendly) and then drove to the other end of town where we located the two gluten free bakeries.  One of them in particular, RioVida, has a lot more that just bread and treats and we came away with some delicious gluten free entrees, treats, and bread to freeze and pull out as needed.  Some gluten free foods taste awful so it was delightful to find a place where the food was safe for me to eat and was also delicious!

What blessings did your week hold for you?

 

 

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FFF spring

 

Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts this weekly exercise in recounting a few blessings from the previous week.  It has encouraged and blessed my soul to participate!

1.  WCBF Ladies Retreat – We had wonderful fellowship and great physical and spiritual food at the ladies retreat.  It was a very encouraging time away.

 2.  Changed plans – My husband has been on vacation this week.  We were planning to go away, but Saturday night my leg (the side that needs hip replacement) went into severe and extremely painful spasms so that I could not even walk without someone helping me.  My dear husband set aside his longed-for time away to be with me and help me.  Though not what we had originally planned, we have been having a restful and enjoyable stay-cation at home.                                                                                           Bud and Deb 1985 ish

3.  Anniversary – Sunday I will have been married to this wonderful man for 35 years.  We were both young, idealistic, and immature when we married, but God has taught us and strengthened our love for each other and for Him over these 35 years.  I am so blessed!! (This pic was taken after we had been married about 6 years.  Don’t you love the glasses?)

4. Loving family and friends – Once again my family(especially Sarah) and my church family have blessed us and loved us this past week when I could do very little for myself.  My heartfelt thanks to each of you who have prayed and provided over this past week.

5.  Green landscapes – It has rained all week (Yay! No snow!!) and today dawned sunny and warm.  Everything has greened up this week.  Today I am mobile enough to plant my raised bed herb garden.

“Count your blessings, name them one by one,  count your blessings, see what God has done!”

 

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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!

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