Friday’s Fave Five

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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.

It just hit me that Valentine’s Day is less than a week away! I better get busy! Meanwhile, here are some highlights of the last week.

1. The gym is not necessarily a favorite in itself. I don’t usually look forward to going, but I am usually glad I went. I had only been a handful of times since my ablation surgery last August, but I’ve been there more the last few weeks. I need to work up to at least three times a week.

2. Headphones. With a shift in my dear husband’s work responsibilities, he’s working from home more. His mom stays in the room that used to be his office, so he does his work at the dining table. A lot of his work is done on the phone, and since my computer desk is just a few feet from the table, I can’t help but overhear. I generally have it quiet when I am writing – not even any background music on. I found some headphones that don’t block out sound completely, but they muffle it enough that I “can hear myself think” as my mom used to say.

3. Aloe gel. I accidentally sloshed boiling hot liquid on my arm while taking something out of the microwave. I’m thankful it wasn’t any more severe than it was. I was afraid it was going to blister, but now I don’t think it will. We had some aloe gel for sunburns on hand, and that’s been helping.



You can kind of see the streaks where the hot water ran down my arm. I ran to the sink to run cold water on it, then used an ice pack off and on, then looked online and found out that’s not what you’re supposed to do. :-/ But I do think that helped cool it down.

(Update: In just a day the redness has faded quite a bit, though the area is still sensitive to hot and cold. Yay!)

4. Cobbled together meals that turned out ok. I thought I bought  a bag of shredded cabbage, but when I went to put it in the meal I was preparing, I saw that it was shredded lettuce instead. That wouldn’t work in this meal, and I had already started some parts of it, so I tried to think of what other recipes I had that used these same main ingredients. I came up with one, and then realized I was out of one of the key ingredients it called for, honey. A quick online search told me I could substitute the Karo’s syrup I had on hand for honey and that worked great – in fact, I liked it even better.

5. A restful Sunday. For some reason, last Saturday night I had trouble getting and then staying asleep. I thought I’d be struggling through church, but only got sleepy the last little bit. We got McAllister’s Deli on the way home for lunch, and my dear husband had loaded and started the dishwasher after breakfast, and it was so nice to just eat lunch and then take a good, refreshing nap.

Bonus: The Olympics!

Happy Friday!

P.S.: I’d love for those of you who are Christian fiction fans to share your thoughts on How Christian Do You Like Your Christian Fiction?

8 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I’m glad your arm is improving. Burns & scalds can be so painful. I love having the internet to answer all those tricky cooking questions. I can see how shredded cabbage and lettuce could get mixed up lol. Have a good weekend.

  2. It’s so tricky when there’s an extra person in the house while you’re trying to go through your normal routines. My house is far from quiet through the day, but our usual noise isn’t the same as Daniel’s shows or podcasts. Glad you found a solution that allows you some degree of normalcy.

  3. My husband uses a good pair of noise reducing headphones too when he works from home on a weekend. Very helpful!

    Yes aloe vera gel is wonderful for burns! And i remember my doc telling me once that lukewarm water was ok after getting a scald but not cold water. I’m glad it wasn’t any worse for you!

    i don’t read a lot of Christian fiction as i find it is almost ALWAYS either too sappy and predictable or too preachy. I guess my fave Christian fiction is the guy who wrote This Present Darkness and most of Francine Rivers books. My fave of hers was Redeeming Love which i believe if i remember correctly was an allegory of Hosea.

  4. I’m glad you had the aloe vera gel there…do you keep it in the fridge? That is really soothing for a burn like that. Also, if you would have a good medicinal quality of lavender essential oil that works really well, too. I used it on a really severe burn on my arm and there wasn’t even any scar afterward. I understand what you called your cobbled up meal. I have some of those too! I go to Google and tell them what I have on hand and what can I make with those ingredients, sometimes, too. Those turn out well, too. Have a great weekend, Barbara.

  5. Aloe vera is definitely a great salve to use for burns. Did you know that Vitamin E gel also works great. My 10 month old son grabbed a hot cookie in his hand and burned himself. I rubbed Vitamin E on it right away and he immediately stopped crying.
    I’m proud of you for keeping up at the gym 🙂 I always say AFTER a walk or hike, “I’m glad I went. I feel better.” It’s the motivation we need, right?
    Yes, YAY for the Olympics!

  6. Ouch glad that your burn was not worse! I forget about aloe vera sunburn gels even though I do have them in the cupboard. Good job getting back to the gym. I only go three times a week and it’s made such a huge difference. Enjoying the Olympics too!

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