Sunday, March 31, 2019

Baby Steps

I took a short stroll out to the porch. Checked out my husband's work in the front yard and on our porch. He planted some flowers and cleaned up the shrubs around the ramp. I have a clear path for walking with crutches. Baby steps!

Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Psalm 119:35 ESV

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bath and Wash

Guess who got a bath tonight? Not me. But I did get my hair washed. Thanks to my daughter, who washed my hair as I sat on a chair and leaned over the tub. She gave the dog a bath too. I wish my hair got curly when it was wet!

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV

Friday, March 29, 2019

Taking Care of Me

Our younger daughter came home this weekend to help out. And keep me company while my husband goes back to work. I am feeling the love!

Pictured: Yummy breakfast made with love. Flowers from our Life Group in the background

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 1 Peter 4:10 ESV




Thursday, March 28, 2019

Put My Feet Up

I am taking it easy. Putting my feet up. Higher than my heart. Learning how to use crutches. I will see an orthopedic surgeon early next week. Family and friends are taking good care of me! What a crazy spring BREAK.

Pictured; Cast on left, splint on the right.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer Romans 12:12 ESV

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Down for the Count

Housework can be dangerous. Last week I cut my hand on the washing machine. Today I tripped on the way to do laundry. I don't ever fall. I might stumble, but I recover. But when I go down, I make it count. I sprained one ankle and fractured the other ankle. Seriously?! How is that possible?

Thanks to my husband for coming home early to help me hop to the car and drive me to get x-rays.

Until further notice I am off my left foot. I have crutches. I will see a specialist tomorrow to find out what's next. Meanwhile, my family is on their own for laundry.

Pictured: Sums it up well: What a day!

a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  Ecclesiastes 3:3 ESV


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Birthday Perspectives

What does my friend do on her birthday? She faithfully helps with the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement class, like she always does. Nice we could be together!

Happy birthday to my dear friend!

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:14-15 ESV

Monday, March 25, 2019

Three Years!

Guess who is three years old today?  We love our big, white fluffy member of the family!

Pictured: From when we first met Daisy to now.

Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19 ESV

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Smooth Travels

I'm thankful my husband felt better this afternoon. He was able to drive our daughter back to Seattle, by way of the Bremerton ferry. We had smooth travels and time for dinner near Seattle Pacific University.

Pictured: Beautiful evening sky as we drove through Seattle tonight.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7 ESV

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Spring Break Moment

It's been fun having our daughter home for a quick visit.

Pictured: Two of our daughter's friends stopped by this week.

above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14 ESV

Friday, March 22, 2019

Rest and Recuperate

Just when you think the worst is over, sickness strikes again. My husband came home from work a couple days ago and went straight to bed. Thankfully his symptoms are mild. We trust this will be the last of it.

Pictured: I love this photo of my dear husband from our last trip to Bloedel Reserve.

https://bloedelreserve.org/

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 ESV

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Just Like That

It seems like the trees are budding overnight. There isn't
much transition from winter to spring. Hello, sweet little blossoms!

He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. Psalm 104:19 ESV

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hello Spring!

Hello spring! And thank you Dairy Queen for the free ice cream cone today!

Pictured: Nice to have my daughter home to enjoy free cones together!

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 ESV

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Good for Another 10 Years

I had an unfortunate fight with the washing machine. There is a plug to remove and drain the extra water in our front loader. I drained it all right. Into the garage. But the worst thing was the cut on my hand from the metal around the plug. No stitches needed; fancy tape will do. And a current tetanus shot for good measure.

Pictured:  Bandage covering the three strips of fancy tape on my cut.

a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; Ecclesiastes 3:3 ESV


Monday, March 18, 2019

Thai Birthday Lunch Love

Our schedules finally lined up to meet for lunch. Perfect for celebrating my friend's birthday, just one day late.

Pictured: Cashew chicken combo and green curry from:

Basil Leaf Restaurant

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, Ecclesiastes 2:24

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Back to the Harbor

Nothing like being down and out for a while to appreciate being back in circulation! I enjoyed returning to Harbor Church today.

http://www.harborolympia.com/

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 ESV

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Bubble Tea Love

What a treat to have our daughter bring two friends home for a quick visit! Our dog enjoyed the attention from all of them, too.

Pictured: Bubble Tea in Lacey, Washington.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 ESV

Friday, March 15, 2019

Give a Dog a Bath

If you need to give a dog a bath, try the self-wash at your local Tractor Supply. My husband and I tried it out tonight. They provide the soap, towels, and a dryer. Ten bucks and a punch card to get the tenth one free.  Works great for our pup and us!

https://www.tractorsupply.com/

Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. Proverbs 12:10 ESV

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Beautiful Flowers to Come

I'm glad I stopped to check the progress. See how the hydrangea in front of the hospital are growing. I don't think I have noticed the bud stage before. Shows the promise of beautiful flowers to come!

Pictured: Stopped to take a photo on the way to an appointment at the hospital today.

https://widemargins.blogspot.com/2018/11/and-theyre-back.html

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12:27 ESV

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Thought that Counts

The sports magazine in the free pile at the library is about March Madness, and it is March. My husband might enjoy reading that.

But I missed a minor detail. It was for LAST year. Oh well, file that under "It's the thought that counts."

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 ESV


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Path to Recovery

I am not back to full strength. But I am coughing less and less. I am confident that I am on the path to recovery. It just takes time.

Pictured: My shadow the other day.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 ESV


Monday, March 11, 2019

I am Here

It seems fitting that my internet was down last night and I couldn't post on my blog. I've been down and out with this flu bug for the last several days.

The good news is that I seem to be on the upswing. I will celebrate by taking a shower!

Pictured: "You are here" map at Bloedel Reserve last weekend.

https://bloedelreserve.org/

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 ESV

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Time to Hibernate

I feel like a bear in hibernation. Wake me up when winter and this flu bug are over. I've been in bed the last couple days. My husband is taking good care of me and I think I am on the mend.

Pictured: Get well flowers from my mother-in-law!

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  James 1:2 ESV

Friday, March 08, 2019

One More Blast

I looked out the window out of habit. Not expecting snow. But we had one more blast of snow. Creating dangerous driving conditions and confusion about whether school was in session or not. We had four inches and counting this morning, But by dinner time it is mostly gone. Crazy weather!

my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. Psalm 130:6 ESV

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Another White Morning

I could not believe my eyes early this morning. More snow! Our area woke up to 3 to 5 inches of snow covering everything. Thankfully my husband and son were able to get to work. And by this afternoon it was mostly gone.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28 ESV

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Enough Already

How long will it take for the snow to be all the way gone? These last piles take a while to melt away. But wait, there's more! It snowed today, but didn't stick. Thankfully.

He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me. 2 Samuel 22:20 ESV

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Start with Leftovers

I don't enjoy cooking for one. So what should I have for lunch? I can take some of last night's roasted chicken and vegetables, add an egg and a little milk. Throw it in the oven. Frittata for the win.

Pictured: Today's lunch with enough to spare for tomorrow's lunch. Win, win!

She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. Proverbs 31;14 ESV

Monday, March 04, 2019

Laughter is Good Medicine

I woke up with a headache, which happens regularly on Monday mornings after my shot on Sunday night. All I had was a travel size bottle of ibuprofen. I couldn't get past the child safety so my husband got out a hammer.

But when I bent down to retrieve the lid off the floor, I bumped my head on the wooden stool. Ouch! It didn't help my headache, but our laughter was healing.

All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast. Proverbs 15:15 ESV

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Just the Two of Us

Forget the to-do list. Let's go away for the day! Drive to our favorite garden estate on Bainbridge Island. Walk and talk. Works for us!

Pictured: The nice family we took a photo of returned the favor and took our photo.

https://bloedelreserve.org/

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9:9 ESV

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Still on My List

I have a plan for shopping at thrift stores and rummage sales. Start with my list. Look for those one or two items first. Otherwise I will get distracted.

At yesterday's rummage sale I found my item, a lamp for for my husband's bedside table. One of the volunteers set it aside with my name on it. But when I went to pay, someone had taken it out of my box, paid for it, and left. Next time I will pay for that item and put it in my car if I have more shopping to do. The honor system doesn't work for everybody.

Pictured: Box with my name on it.

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Proverbs 12:19 ESV

Friday, March 01, 2019

Happy Ending

It's fun to run into good friends at a rummage sale. We can shop and talk. My friend told me she found a cell phone in the parking lot and turned it in. I've never misplaced my phone outside our car or home.

But wait, where's my phone? It fell out of my purse on the way in to the sale. So thankful for my honest friend and a story with a happy ending!

a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; Ecclesiastes 3:6 ESV