Sunset!

I had to do a normal ordinary errand this afternoon. It was pretty icy out on the drive, but once I got onto borough roads, things were not too bad. I had noticed the sky was turning pink, but had no idea how stunning it would be! My entire drive was washed in hues of pink and I grinned the entire time. I recalled a book where the main character shared how God loves beautiful things. She encouraged her young friend to look at a sunset and be blessed by the wonder.

As I drove, tonight, I was blessed. There were red and pink and lavender hues eventually muting into the darkness of early night. I wasn’t able to pull over and take a picture since it wasn’t entirely safe out there, but I found one I’ve used before. This one is from almost a year ago.

We really do live in a magnificent magical wonderful world!img_5230

Baking again!

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Mum’s oven works again! The very nice man who came to fix it well, fixed it. It was simple for him to do, but he did agree with my other friends that it wasn’t an easy job for someone who didn’t know much about electricity. He also mentioned houses built up til even the early 80’s here on the Peninsula were not often up to any sort of code. He also looked at the washing machine, because it needs worked on, too. He was very glad it wasn’t hardwired into the wall as well!

So, this week, I am full of thanks for Mike from Peninsula Appliance Service (their website fixitak.com is down….perhaps they need to find someone  who can fix it!).

Fritz and Feathers

This was a lovely weekend full of snow and scenes of beauty. I made a fairly large snow person and named him Fritz. He just looked like a Fritz! I also discovered he’s not as tall as I thought. After working on him in late Saturday afternoon, I thought he might be about 5 feet tall. He’s under that, but it also rained part of Sunday! When I go the paper, I stopped by the bird feeder. I managed to get this very close up shot of a lady grosbeak. She was incredibly brave, I took three photos and got closer and closer til she finally flew off. Her mate was in a tree above her whistling a warning. They have gorgeous tones in their song. I ended the weekend by going out for a walk in the moonlight. I even found a ‘bench’ of snow to sit on! (the plow made it last night.)

It is fun to find amazing fun things in the world around us. It’s even more fun to be in those things experiencing them!

Financial Thanks

Many of the problems I encounter are fixable or at least manageable. Unfortunately, I tend to get lost in the murky waters of medical finances. My navigation system doesn’t always work in that area as I’d prefer to take a bill, pay it, and be done. Mum recently received a bill from the local hospital that confused me. It was larger than I’d expected and I couldn’t just ‘pay’ it. I asked for help in figuring out what all the amounts stood for and was told it didn’t make sense and to ‘take it to the hospital’. So, I did. The cashier in the financial assistance hallway was surprised. She, in turn, made a phone call to someone else. Asking for help. The person she called was also surprised. Eventually, the woman hung up the phone, turned to me, and told me it had been adjusted. She followed those words with a most astonishing announcement. When I was told it was adjusted, she seemed almost hesitant about telling me the remainder due, as if I might not pay it. Eventually, I learned mom’s bill had been dropped from 4 figures to $56.

I was shocked and paid it on the spot.

When people are knowledgeable about a task you need help with, ask for help. It really does save a great deal of time and sometimes it can save you money!  Blessings all around.

Chimes

I love wind chimes. I like different sizes and shapes and their varied tones when the breeze moves them. I find enjoyment when I listen to something musical in things a bit out of the norm. Earrings also charm me when they ding as they dangle. I have tiny cowbells as well as itty jingle bells for the holidays. One of my favorite sweatshirts was a gift and also makes music. The hard plastic ends on the string are bell like when they clink together, making me smile. Today, I was given another blessing of sound. One of the wonderful women at our local post office saw some earrings and bought them for me, to help me remember I’m being thought of and cared for. I was humbled by the gift and fell in love when I put them on. The long little silver beads (which kind of look like halves of a bitty pair of scissors!) faintly chime when I move! They sound like an echo of fairy bells, reminding me of joy.

Winter blessings!

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More than the lovely day full of snow, I am grateful for my gloves. Simple small blessings from a friend several summers back. It was June and Kelly handed me a pair of North Face  gloves. I’d never owned a pair like them, shoot I’d never owned a pair of any name brand glove or mitten! I took them back to Oregon and wore them. I decided they needed to come back to AK with me. I wasn’t sure I’d need them in the summer, but well….You never know!

When I came home last November, they were with me again.  I’ve used them quite a bit in the last year. Driving, moving snow, walking, and making snowmen. Every time I put them on, I thank my friend who had no idea how important this simple pair of black gloves would be.

For Want of a Staple..

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Sometimes a simple project can escalate and help is the only solution. With the recent winds and cold, the plastic sheeting (commonly called visqueen up north) I put on the opening of the tiny ‘wood shed’ the boys built for mum was shredding off. I had split and stacked the dry wood inside and didn’t want it to get covered in snow. Or rain!

Since I needed to go to town, I added a tarp to the the things on my list. Back at the house, I merrily stapled the grey plastic over the ‘doorway’. About 6 staples in, the stapler stopped. I took it apart, reloaded it, shook it, and nothing seemed to work. Since I had to check the mail, I took the thing with me. The post office ladies can solve almost any problem!

Alas, it was determined it was finally broken. The Nikiski Hardware has been closed since the owner’s death and I didn’t want to go clear to Kenai again. I wasn’t sure the local grocery store would have one and I’d just been there. I was sad and when one is sad one finds good things to enjoy. Good things like fresh popcorn. I needed to go the direction of the popcorn anyway, so I heeded the call.

While I was getting my popcorn, I asked one of my friends (Bill, an employee there, who has also been featured elsewhere in this blog with his wife, Rose..but, I digress!) if they sold staple guns.  He laughed, made a phone call, and sent me next door to another small business. They had what I needed! I was in a haze of thankful!

I got back to the house, finished my project before it got chilly, and was entirely grateful for each of the hands who helped me along my way. I’m still dazed by how many people assisted me in completing this small silly thing!

Overabundance of blessings!