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Ducks and More Ducks

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These duck photos are from my archives.  They were all photographed at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC. I love watching birds but I seldom get to see any variety.  I have to travel a distance before I have any photo opportunities to capture birds other than pigeons, crows, seagulls and sparrows. I guess that is true of anyone who is a city dweller and would like to photograph birds.  I think the detail on the feathers of these ducks is so beautiful. Joining in with Eileen and others at  Saturday's Critters and Weekend Reflections . Thank you for stopping by.

Beautiful Nairobi Sky

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African skies have some of the most beautiful sights Today I'm featuring two fabulous sky shots taken by photographer Curtis Masafu of Eyeland Pictures in Nairobi, Kenya. Joining in with Skywatch Friday  and Friday Foto Friends Happy weekend to you all!

Miss Sally ~ Home At Last!

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I'm happy to say that Miss Sally ( Part 1 here and Part 2 here ) has made it home after almost a full month in hospital.  It was touch and go on several occasions but by God's grace Miss Sally has recovered and gone home. Her discharge date was delayed by two days. The hospital had ordered some medicines from Nairobi and wanted to both administer the medicines and run tests to ensure a good red blood cell count. January 22, 2018 ~ Miss Sally is overjoyed to be home again. It has been difficult for me to focus on much over these past few weeks since Christmas other than Miss Sally's condition, my own sickness and praying for a few other needs. On good days I have done a lot of reading, crocheting or cooking and baking. On other days I've just managed to do a bit of house work here and there. Lovely fields of green near where Miss Sally was in hospital (near Bomet, Kenya). Miss Sally is not out of the woods yet.  She will need to have a better die

Sally's Miracles - Part 2

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This is Part 2 of the story of the elderly lady named Sally that I introduced you to about a week ago. If you missed Part 1 and are interested you can pick up the beginning of story here . I left off in Part 1 by saying how Sally began having health issues and had to be admitted to hospital more than once.  I guess that can hardly be surprising at the ripe old age of  103 years but she had been a vibrant, energetic woman throughout her life so this was a new thing.  Sally began having unexplainable fainting spells and weakness.  Once admitted to hospital she was alternatively placed in a private ward or an in Intensive Care Unit depending on her particular condition which would change if she was in the hospital for any length of time. A week and a half or so before Christmas 2017 she was discharged to go home from one of her hospital stays.  She was extremely happy because she wanted to spend Christmas in her own home. Of course anyone can understand that. But it wasn't meant t

What's Happening This Week?

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While I've been convalescing I have been very busy with my hands. I've already shared some photos in this post but have added to my work. Another crocheted afghan. This is another lap cover for when one is watching television on a chilly night. I've spread it across an armchair so you can see the colour and the pattern. This is Toffee Brickle in Caron Big Cakes yarn. It took awhile for these colours to grow on me but now I really like the blend because the brightness "lifts" the grey, cloudy days when there is little to no sunshine outside. I enjoy this pattern once past the first 2-3 rows and have already purchased yarn in Mint Fudge colour to make a 3rd and final afghan for the year. I haven't started making it yet. I also made several knitted dishcloths. I seem to go through quite a lot of these. It's probably because I like to hand wash all the dishes rather than put them through the dishwasher. I also use a bit of bleach in the w

Sally's Miracles ~ Part 1

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And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.  Mark 1:35 (ESV)  ~~~~~~~~ Some of my long time readers know that I do some missions work in the country of Kenya, East Africa.  I've been doing small projects here and there for approximately 10 years.  The work is done on a small scale and I do not have any financial partners in carrying out the work though from time to time friends have assisted. The sky is beautiful almost every day here and you will often find goats in the middle of the highway near Marigat (north of Nakuru) in Kenya. During the 10 year period, I have been engaged in many different aspects of humanitarian work and in all cases I work with local pastors and lay leaders in small villages. Primarily the work has been based in and around the small city of Kericho in the Great Rift Valley but has also extended to the northern and northeastern areas of Kenya w

My Week

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It's been a busy week of homemaking and staying indoors as I'm still feeling a bit poorly.  Alterations for my niece. Baked cinnamon buns Added frosting so I could use up the cream cheese. I didn't realize I put it on so messily. Rustic bannock bread to go with the soup in the Instant Pot. A version of comforting hamburger soup bubbling away. Third book finished in 2018 . Second afghan under way. I won't be making any more baked desserts as it isn't good for  my blood sugar but it sure tasted good! I hope you are having a good week wherever you are. Joining in with  Our World Tuesday .

Two Loaves

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I was surprised to discover I hadn't made any basic white bread for quite some time. Years in fact. I more or less know how long because I inevitably post the bread images and recipes here.  This bread I've made before and you can find it by using "bread" in the blog search box (upper left corner).  My last few bread baking sessions have focussed on making healthier breads but on Wednesday I felt like some good white bread. I didn't think to take photos until the baking was done.  I could hardly wait to taste the bread but it needed to cool first. When I finally had a taste the bread was very moist inside and crunchy on the outside. Just perfect. Is there anything better than warm bread with butter or jam or both on a cool day? Next time I go shopping I will see if there is any multigrain flour in the shop. I haven't looked for it since the grocery store changed hands. If there is none I can purchase some whole wheat flour and perhaps a small bag of white f