Friday’s Fave Five #69

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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

Friday Fave Five #25

 

unnamedIt’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

I haven’t posted FFF in over a month because my surgery date got moved up a month from November 21 to October 24.  I had a lot of pre-surgery prep to take care of in less than two weeks, but by God’s grace, and with the help of others, it all got done. As of today I am 4 weeks postsurgical and I have a new hip!! God answered a prayer that I would be able to have the surgery before the snow stuck and that’s exactly what happened!

I am exceedingly grateful for all of my church family and friends in the area who have volunteered to help me with physio and household duties these first weeks.  Not only has their help been invaluable, but their fellowship has lifted my spirits.

One must follow certain rules to successfully maneuver through the waters of post-surgery hip replacement. The invisible line of a 90⁰ angle cannot be broken or the patient runs a very real risk of undoing the surgery.  No bending down to pick up something you drop, no twisting, and no crossing the leg inward past the center line of your body.  There’s a very particular way one must get into and out of bed, and special toilet seats, shower seats and cushions must be used when sitting.  No more than 50% of the patient’s weight is to be put on the replacement side so crutches or a walker are used these first weeks.  Oh, and getting into and out of a car also has very particular mechanics!  I am so, so grateful that all of these things are available and that I do not have to be the old granny in the rocking chair by the fireplace for the rest of my life.  Imagine that!  A new, working hip!!

I had this same surgery on the other hip 8 years ago. It did not go smoothly at first.  Right after I got back to my room I threw up on my dear husband.  When that got me up to move around a few hours after surgery I was so weak and dizzy I almost passed out.   I lost so much blood that I had to have transfusions, and my incision would not stop draining so had to stay in hospital for 11 days.

This time was completely different.  I was in hospital for three days and did not need a transfusion nor did I get sick to my stomach.  In-hospital physio went well and I felt prepared and ready to go home when the time came.  So thankful!!

The morning after surgery I woke up to the most beautiful sunrise.  I called it my get well gift from the Lord.  Here are a few shots from that morning. These are in the order I saw them as the beautiful colors unfolded outside my window.

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Finally, I am grateful beyond words for the wonderful support of my husband and daughters who have lovingly assisted me with every detail of living these past few weeks and for my church family who have supplied meals and other help as I recover.  I am blessed and grateful for the many expressions of love from so many.