It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week
with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.
Time just keeps marching on, doesn’t it? Here are a few highlights from this week.
1. Visit with friends. Our church had set up a succession of ladies to bring meals to our pastor and his wife upon their bringing their new baby home from the hospital. I was prepared for the possibility of just dropping off food on my night–sometimes the new mom is sleeping or feeding the baby, etc. And with Covid, it would be understandable if the parents wanted people to keep a distance. But we were able to visit a little while (we wore masks just to be on the safe side and not bring germs in). I was so glad–these are some of my favorite people. We even got to see the new little one.
2. Snow that didn’t impede travel. Northern friends sometimes scoff over this, but Southern cities just don’t have the equipment to keep roads clear during snow and ice. When we were taking care of my m-i-l at home, often an inch or two of snow would keep hospice people from coming. We had snow this week that hung around for three days (unusual here–it’s usually gone within a day), but the roads were fine. Plus we didn’t experience power outages, another factor for snowfall here.
3. A handy husband–not only his handiness, but his willingness to deal with things around the house. Our dishwasher developed a leak that we discovered when the flooring in front of it started buckling. He was thinking dishwashers were only $300 or so, so he didn’t want to put too much money into repairs if buying a new one seemed a better idea. But he investigated—and dishwashers are considerably more than that. Last Saturday, Jim pulled the dishwasher out and took up the affected flooring. He was able to improve the dishwasher problem, but we have to wait on some parts to come in to fix it. He was able to salvage some of the flooring, plus the previous owners had some leftovers.
He put everything back together so I could still use the dishwasher this week.
4. Reading is always a favorite, but I don’t often stop to read (or listen to) a book in the middle of the afternoon. I tend to tuck reading into other times or listen while doing other things. One day this week, I’d had to get up early for a doctor’s appointment, then I went to the store afterward. Plus the day was cold and gray and drizzly. After lunch, I was wiped out. So I leaned back in my desk chair and set my audiobook for 30 minutes. I was close enough to the end, and caught up enough in the story, that I wanted to press on and finish. It was a nice little break in the week.
5. A visit with the kids is always a favorite, too. But just after Jeremy left to go back to RI, Mittu and Timothy contracted Covid, so we haven’t seen them in almost three weeks now except for a couple of Face Times via iPhone (they are still coughing, but overall better. Hopefully we’ll see them this weekend.) We hadn’t seen Jesse just from his being involved in other things, but he came over Sunday for dinner and a haircut. Though it’s nice to visit with everyone together, it’s nice sometimes to visit one on one—and especially after not seeing anyone for so long.
Hope you’ve had a good week!
You’re lucky to have a handy husband – mine wouldn’t know where to start and certainly wouldn’t tackle flooring. He does have the advantage of always earning enough money for us to be able to get someone in to fix problems like that though. I’m sorry to here your family had Covid. I hope they’re feeling better now. It’s the same here in London if we get snow – everything grinds to a halt. It’s been really cold this week but fortunately no snow. Enjoy your weekend.
Doing these Friday posts certainly help you focus on gratitude! Well done!
I’m so glad your husband is most likely able to fix the dishwasher. Mine too is handy, which is great. I don’t think we’ve ever had a repairman of any type here! I had to smile at the little fan in the photo; I think we have the same one, and the sight of it blowing away is familiar 😉 That’s so sweet that you brought a meal to the pastor/wife. That is SO appreciated. Seeing the new baby is an added treat!
It’s a real blessing when our husbands (or our selves!) can fix something that might end up costing a lot if you were to hire someone. Glad he could fix your dishwasher.
I’m super thankful for books and reading time and I also mentioned that in my FFF this week!! Glad you got to enjoy some rest and reading.
I hope Mittu and Timothy continue to heal well.
The last time we had to replace our dishwasher, I was very surprised at how expensive they’ve gotten. I hope we don’t have to do it again anytime soon. I’m always glad when I allow myself to take time to read during the day. It still feels like a luxury, but I’m getting better at it!
I’m still getting accustomed to snow here. We had 6 inches, so we just stayed home (an advantage of being retired) until they roads were plowed and salted. After a week, the snow is still piled up, and who knows how long it will be like that?
It’s nice to have one on one time with people, especially family. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a very fun reason for the others. I hope they are all well now.
Hurray for a handy and willing hubby. He was able to fix a big mess.
Have a good weekend.
A hubby who is able to fix things and willing to do the jobs is definitely a blessing. I’m glad the previous owners had the foresight to put away some flooring. Yes, us northerners wouldn’t think twice about that kind of snow but I can totally see how cities that rarely get snow can easily be affected by even the smallest snow fall. Glad to hear Mittu and Timothy are feeling better.
Hoping for full recovery for all and that you can be together again soon. That’s so nice to get a visit in with your pastor’s family and the newest little one.
Yeah, dishwashers are still about $300 in my mind, too. But I hadn’t looked at purchasing for well over 10 years. In my small household, it was easy to skip having one altogether given cost and maintenance. Your husband has certainly got the skills!
Years (and years) ago, when about an inch fell in Los Angeles, you’d think the world had come to an end. Glad your longer-lasting snow didn’t get in the way of anything.