Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘warm weather’

My goal is to post FFF each week to make myself intentionally stop and recall blessings of the previous week. It’s amazing to me how often I have to rack my brain to think of five I want to write about when each week is full of God’s grace as well as many blessings Suzanne sponsors this exercise at Living to Tell the Story and invites you to participate too!

1.Warm weather October weather in Alberta can be really cold or it can be very pleasant. Though we’ve had snow a couple of times this fall, we’ve also enjoyed some beautiful warm days. With my current limited mobility I am grateful for every day without ice and snow so I can enjoy the sunshine and take my short daily walks unhindered.

2. Phone visit with a friend A dear friend lives thousands of miles away and recently suggested a phone chat to catch up. We thoroughly enjoyed talking together and plan to continue these visits on a regular basis.

3. Ride in the country I was feeling under the weather on a particularly warm and beautiful day. Since my husband has a lighter schedule this week he willingly took me for a drive in the country so I could enjoy the warm day. Though I will be so very glad to be cleared to drive again, I am thankful for my husband’s kindness in driving me around during my convalescence.

4. Healing My hip continues to heal and strengthen. I am now able to do more physio, walk around more, and put more weight on the leg. I am hoping to receive the green light for full weight bearing at my November 1 appointment. I am also extremely grateful for continually increasing mental acuity now that I am completely off the pain meds.

5. Handicap helps A century ago my hip condition would have meant I was relegated to the rocking chair by the pot-bellied stove and labeled as a cripple. I am so thankful that we live at a time when my hip replacement revision surgery was possible and for the many handicap-friendly aids loaned to me to help me have a safe and successful recovery.

Photos from this week – from the mountains….to the prairies….

Mountain view

Dusting of snow

Valley view

Larch branches

Sunlight and shadow

Autumn abates

Fence line fluff

Nature’s cotton candy

Pastoral peacefulness

 

 

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

fff-fall-background

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.

img_4349

Brightening beam

img_4235

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.

img_4375

img_4384

img_4380

img_4377

img_4386

img_4372

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!

img_4336

Good morning, sun!

img_4343

Sunrise awakens

img_4311

Illumination

img_4260

Brightness ensues

img_4306

Rural radiance

img_4314

Daybreak emerges

img_4265

Dawn encroaches

Read Full Post »

FFF daisies

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 missed a couple of weeks and did not want to miss another. Technically it’s still Friday here, though I am posting this much later in the day than I usually do.

1. Goodbye ice! I’m so happy for the beautiful, beautiful weather we have been enjoying. Other than a stubborn mound of crusty snow lingering in our front yard, winter is gone and I can get out and walk around unencumbered by icy conditions. I know I counted this as a blessing a couple of weeks ago, but we had a big dump of snow right after that post, but that snow has vanished so I am once again grateful for the disappearance of snow.

2. Yummy cupcake One of my daughters treated me to a gluten free cupcake from a bakery. It was iced with a mound of strawberry buttercream icing and tasted marvelous!

3. Help for my husband My daughter has a new job, at least for a few months, as an administrative assistant for my husband. I am SO VERY grateful that she is helping him. Due to the nature of our ministries over the years my husband has never had a secretary. I helped him with some things, but the majority of things an assistant would normally take care of my hubby ended up doing. A few months ago we tracked his hours and realized he was working about 70 hours a week between the college and the church, and that without much assistance. Having someone to relieve most of the office work has been a huge blessing.

4. Deals! At the Superstore today I came across a whole rack of clothing marked down to $1.94 each. Some of the garments were beautiful and originally priced for $20 or more. Most of the pieces were infant and toddler sizes so I was able to restock my baby shower gift box with some nice things.

5. Sparkling teapots I was able to spring clean my small collection of teapots which rests atop my kitchen cabinets. My young house helper climbed up on a chair (and sometimes on the counter) to haul them all down and to clean the shelves. A good wash through the dishwasher has the teapots sparkling like new! Tea, anyone?

 

 

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

FFF tulipsI’ve missed a couple of Fridays but wanted to make sure to post today.  Thanks to Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story several of us have taken up the offer to post five blessings from the previous week.

1. Family arriving!  I am very excited that our family from China begins arriving starting tonight.  Our son will be teaching a block course at the college starting on Monday and is due to land here in the wee hours of the morning.  Our daughter follows on Monday, and our daughter-in-law and grandchildren will come at the end of the month after spending time with her family.

2.  Wonderful warm weather The weather has been warm, with long days and lots of sunshine and my raised garden has taken off.  New this year for me is a yellow zucchini plant, which is growing so fast it looks like it is taking over the garden!  The tiny yellow squash are developing nicely.  DSC09277DSC09276

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  New ministry website Several colleagues and I have launched a website aimed at encouraging women in ministry.  If you’d like to check it out it’s http://www.picturesofsilver.wordpress.com.

4. Improved health  God has granted me good health the past few weeks.  It’s hard not to think there is an association between the warmer weather and relief from fibromyalgia and arthritis symptoms.  I’ve also been very careful to avoid any known food intolerances which likely factors in to improved health.  Plus, now that my thyroid issues have evened out I’m losing weight again.  Yipee!!

5. Waiting for surgery On of the prerequisites for hip replacement surgery is to be all caught up with dental cleaning and repair.  I’ve visited the dentist several times over the past two weeks and am good to go.  Now I’m waiting for a specific surgery date.

Happy Fourth to my American friends and family!

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: