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

1.Small town I love living in a small town. It’s not perfect, but people tend to look out for each other, greet each other, and rally together to support local causes. This week a very popular restaurant in town posted on their facebook page that they would trade baked goods for any extra mint from area residents’ gardens. How fun is that! Since my summer has been rerouted from regular activities to recovery, I have not been able to poke around in my garden, and had plenty of mint to share. Even though the baked goods were not gluten free, my family enjoyed the delicious breads, rolls and muffins given in trade for the mint.

2.More local stuff Two of my daughters are involved in the local arts council, one representing drama and one voice. Recently my daughter became aware that even though there are many families with young children in our town, there is no community children’s choir. She has taught voice lessons and coached musical theater for several years and decided to start a kids’ choir this fall. The local newspaper did a full-page piece on her which has generated even more interest than what she was already getting. This is very nostalgic for me as most of my kids participated in a community choir years ago.

3.Drive in the country Yesterday my husband took me for a drive in the country. I haven’t been out much since the surgery, which made this jaunt particularly enjoyable. We capped the drive with a take-out meal from Edo Japan. Though I could not get out and walk around, I was able to get a few photos from my seat in the car. What a refreshing afternoon!

4.Short lived flu Our youngest daughter had a flu last weekend which I picked up mid-week. Because I am still recovering from surgery I was concerned at first that the pounding headache was some sort of surgical side effect, but after talking with my daughter I realized I had identical symptoms that she did. Thankfully the headache dissipated after 24 hours.

5.Paring down on meds The past few days I have been able to significantly cut back on my pain meds. Though they have been necessary, they affect my mental state and I will be very glad to be off them altogether. Yay for clear thinking and a healing body! My next post-surgical check-up is Wednesday and I am praying for a good report.

Here are a few of those photos from yesterday.

Summer on the prairie

Roadside purple

Fading canola

Anybody home?

Prairie simplicity

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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.

Yes, I am aware that today is actually Saturday. I missed a couple of weeks and did not want to miss another, so better late than never???

Record breaking temps Thankfully they were record breaking warm temperatures! It was odd to get our winter tires put on when the weather was anything but frigid. We shall certainly enjoy it while it lasts! Here is a picture from this morning and one from the unexpected storm three weeks ago.

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Brightening beam

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Uninvited guest

Watching the World Series I grew up in the Cleveland area. My dad and I would often watch the Indians on TV and occasionally head down to the stadium to take in a game. The Tribe was really, really, bad when I was a kid so it sure was fun to watch a superior version in the World Series this past week. My husband, who is not a baseball fan, even watched some with me! I sure was sorry they lost, though.

Cards My two primary card making tools broke within two weeks of each other. I am so grateful that I sold enough cards in the previous month that I could replace them both. I try to give away one card for every card sold to encourage missionaries, church family and those in ministry. It’s exciting to see how the Lord is using and blessing this little ministry. Here are some of my latest. Right now I am taking donations instead of selling them for a set price. Let me know if you are interested or want to place a special order.

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Recovering My husband and I have both felt under the weather this week, but are now both improving. It’s always hard for me to know if an illness is due to a flare in my fibromyalgia and arthritis, a virus, or a bad reaction due to my many food sensitivities. At least I’m no longer spending the whole day feeling like death warmed over (aren’t idioms great!)

Tea and Sunrise I am not a spontaneous person, but my husband is, so I decided I would practice being spontaneous and hopefully be better ready to do something on the spur of the moment the next time he suggests it. This morning the sunrise was beautiful so I convinced him we should grab a coffee and tea and snap a few shots of of the skies. We missed the most colorful part, but enjoyed a short drive outside our town while sipping our beverages and soaking up God’s creation!

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Good morning, sun!

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Sunrise awakens

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Illumination

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Brightness ensues

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Rural radiance

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Daybreak emerges

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Dawn encroaches

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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. Visitors We were married in a double wedding with my husband’s sister and her husband. We are still good friends and still enjoy spending time together. Last week they came up from South Carolina so my brother-in-law could teach a block class. After that week was over we headed to the mountains for a few days of R and R.
  2. Visiting My sister-in-law and I had a good week of visiting together and meeting with ladies in the church and with other ladies in ministry.
  3. Cards I make cards to give away to encourage friends and family. I’ve named my ‘business / ministry’ Purple Grandma Designs and have been trying to sell enough cards to at least pay for my supplies. Lately I’ve sold several, and also been able to share some with people in our church who were discouraged. It’s nice to have a creative outlet and a ministry all in one.img_2795 img_2803 img_2805 img_2832
  4. Soaking The place we stayed in Canmore had outdoor hot tubs directly outside of the spa / exercise area. Though it was cold and sometimes snowy, we really enjoyed easing our muscle strains in those steaming hot tubs.
  5. Photos We had cloudy and snowy weather driving into Canmore, and sunny, clear weather driving home. I had abundant opportunity to photograph the magnificent nature which surrounded us. I’ll share some of the photos this week and some next week.
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    ice fog

    Cloudy mountains

    cloudy mountains

    Vermillion Lakes

    Vermillion Lakes

    More Vermillion Lakes

    More Vermillion Lakes

    Banff National Park

    Banff National Park

    Mount Rundle

    Mount Rundle

    Edge of the field

    Edge of the field

    low clouds

    low clouds

     

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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.

Anniversary trip My husband and I have been away this week celebrating our 37th anniversary. God provided for us in a very special way so we could rent a well-appointed roomy condo in beautiful Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia. We have had a relaxing week of rest and exploration.

Mountains all around. Radium Hot Springs is located between two mountain ranges. Different weather conditions have allowed us to enjoy a wide variety of ‘moods’ of these magnificent mountain ranges.

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Snow-capped beauty

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Storm passing by

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Mists descending

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Magnificent peaks

 

Revisiting the town of Invermere, where we vacationed 25 years ago. My mother-in-law joined us for that vacation, the last significant time we spent with her with her before Alzhe imers took away the wonderful mother she was to all of us. During that vacation Mom used to take our children one at a time to the local bakery to enjoy a treat together. That bakery is still there, owned by the same people, and still creating some amazing breads and pastries. They also have a nice selection of gluten free bread and pastries which I really enjoyed sampling!

An opportunity to photograph the beauty. My husband has taken me out every day to explore and allow me to take pictures. Though we have had sunshine, rain, slush or hail every day, we still found many wonderful things to photograph. I’m including some from day 5 at the end of this post.

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Amazing cloud formation

Building

Rural rustic

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This little guy came right up to the side of the road as we were driving by.

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BC wildflower

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Pretty purple

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Brightening the landscape

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These grow wild along the roadside

Hot tub I got to sit in a hot tub a couple of different times to see if soaking in the warm waters would help my fibromyalgia, which has been flaring up lately. It did not help much, but it felt great to soak.

But…..it’s always nice to arrive home safely!

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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. Thunderstorms We had a lovely thunderstorm last night. When we lived in South Carolina and saw that a storm was brewing, we would gather our small children and sit on the front porch to experience the passing storm. My husband would tell the children that they did not have to be afraid of thunder, for it was simply God talking. (Job 37 and other passages) Thunderstorms are not as common here so we especially appreciated last night’s demonstration of light and sound.

2. Flowers Our wild rose bush and irises are blooming. Such pretty spots of color in the yard!

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3. Answer to prayer Daughter number 3 has been working three part time jobs since losing her job in October. One of those part time jobs will become a full time job with benefits at the end of this month. We are so thankful for this answer to prayer!

4. Meal with friends Eating out can be tricky for people like me who are gluten intolerant. Last week we enjoyed a meal with friends at Red Robin where they seem to take allergies seriously, and I enjoyed a delicious, safe meal.

5. Anniversary I thank God for my husband, who loves God and is serious about his ministries to God’s people. Wednesday was our 37th anniversary. Neither of us was feeling great that day so we nabbed take out at Edo Japan, where they also are careful in preparing meals for those with food sensitivities.

Saturday my oldest daughter and I took a drive in the country on a sometimes rainy day. We had great conversation and I was able to take some pictures. So here are Five Fave Photos from this week:

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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.Rain We have been praying for rain in Alberta. We finally had some last night and today, and could do with more to saturate our parched land. Wildfires are still raging north of us, so we continue to pray for that area to receive a drenching rain to help bring those fires under control.

2. Kiva My son and daughter-in-law introduced me to Kiva through an extremely thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. Kiva allows people to provide microloans to those in impoverished areas. Many of their stories are compelling and I found it difficult to decide which ones I would loan my gift to. I finally settled on two young women from Tajikistan who both wanted a loan to purchase sewing machines to use to earn income. Various individuals can each loan small amounts until the requested goal is met. Once the loan is repaid, the money can be applied to others looking for assistance. My son has a burden for those of us who are blessed with earthly riches to be biblical in helping the poor and others in need. I’m so glad he introduced me to this opportunity.

3. Recovery My daughter is recovering well from her surgery and has been able to return to work.

4. Holiday Another daughter has been enjoying a much deserved holiday to the Charleston, SC area where my husband grew up. Being able to share some of her experiences via social media has been fun.

5. Trees I love trees. Unfortunately, we have had to remove two of the four large trees from our yard due to damage or disease. The surface roots of the remaining evergreen in the front yard has totally taken over one entire side of the yard. Nothing will grow on that side, not even grass, and the roots are an ugly, tangled mass snaking across the entire space. So we have made the hard decision to remove that tree, get all those roots ground up, and replant the entire front yard. I’ll be looking for a couple of smaller dwarf fruit or flowering trees for the front, and will simplify the landscaping since I can no longer get down on my hands and knees to tend to the gardening. Sniff for losing the tree, but yay for new possibilities.

Snapple fact 783 – Men get hiccups more than women.

I wasn’t able to do much with my photography this week, but here are some I was able to take plus one from a couple of weeks ago.

 

Alberta farmland

Alberta skies

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Afternoon rest

Dark purple lilacs

Dark purple lilacs

Friendly fences

Friendly fences

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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. Our ladies’ retreat last weekend was a blessing. It was lovely to spend time with friends from various churches in Alberta and Saskatchewan, to be encouraged in the Word, and to enjoy warm weather in a camp setting.

2. My daughters and son-in-law prepared a nice Mother’s Day dinner, which we celebrated together on Monday night. I cherish time we can spend together as a family.

Because of that warm weather I caved in and planted my seedlings early this year. The rule of thumb in our area is not to plant until the Victoria Day weekend (a week before Memorial Day for my Stateside friends.) Then we had an unexpected night of frost, and all my plants perished. Ah well, back to the drawing board!

3. We purchased our home in the winter so I was absolutely delighted to find dark purple lilacs bloom the first spring we were in this house. Due to the exceptionally warm weather, they have bloomed early this year. I really love the dark purple variety!

Beautiful dark purple lilacs

Beautiful dark purple lilacs

Purple lilacs

Purple lilacs

4. I have not been feeling well and consulted my doctor this week. She is supportive, encouraging, and gives me latitude to work on my health concerns in non-traditional ways. I really appreciate her.

5. My youngest daughter accompanied me to the ladies’ retreat and helped me tend the book table I set up each year at the retreat. I talked in to driving home the back way so I could look for some rural scenes to photograph. I got us lost for a while but we had a good chat and I found a few things to photograph. It was precious time spent with one of my children.

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Weathered

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Beyond the fence

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Rural charm

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Sunset sky

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