I’m sorry I was MIA around here last week. After getting my son and his family moved the previous weekend, I came home completely wiped out and under the weather for most of the week. I had a few weird chest pains and saw my doctor, who thought I probably just strained some muscles helping in the move and, otherwise, had a bug that was going around.
There were many naps, and I watched my share of movies in between a lot of puttering around the house without getting much done. Let me say this before you do:
It is okay to have a non-productive period and give our bodies and souls rest and a chance to heal!
This week has been much better, and I’m slowly returning to normal life. And even though we’ve woken up to snow twice this week, I got outside for a short walk to begin my knee rehab.
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WHAT I ATE
Caraway Cookware – It cleans up so easy!
What sounds good when you’re sick, tired, and cold? Soup!
Well, soup always sounds good to me. I tried this recipe for hearty Hamburger Soup recipe this week.
I also made this No Knead Homemade bread. I let mine rise for at least 12 hours, but it felt like it lacked full flavor. I was pretty sure I added the salt, but maybe I forgot it. Don’t get me wrong, fresh bread is still delish, but I may play with the recipe next time.
WHAT I WATCHED
Does everyone have a sick day movie? Sick-day movies are those you’ve seen at least 100 times and can fall asleep at any point because you know exactly what happens. They should also be low-key in pace and volume, with no loud outbursts.
Hands down, my number one sick-day movie is Sense & Sensibility. I “watched” it a couple of times last week and once this week while I took a much-needed nap.
What’s your top sick day movie?
WHAT I WORE
The big move happened two Saturdays ago, and we stayed over and went to church on Sunday. My outfit was very simple and casual for comfort, and I packed it in a small overnight bag. 😉 I also planned to wear it to a doctor’s appointment at the end of the week, but I rescheduled because of the snow. However, since I was already dressed, I snapped a quick picture.
WHAT’S IN MY SHOPPING CART
I’ve been trying to be less “check-out” happy with my online shopping lately. So I’m trying to put things I want in a shopping cart and then leave it for at least a week before clicking, “check out now.” You’ll find several items in my shopping carts across the interwebs, including a carry case I want to try for personal manicure supplies and inexpensive straight-leg sweats to replace two old favorites which recently succumbed to the dreaded chub-rub wear-thru.
WHAT I BOUGHT
I also had to replace some of my favorite undies as some of mine were getting pretty holey. 😉
Did I ever tell you about the time I taped my favorite underwear together with panty liners? It’s a true story I’ll save for another time, but I bought this multi-pack in size XXL since I didn’t want a repeat story.
Although, I’m not good to do what needs doing. 😉
Last weekend grandson number five, Josiah, turned 7! He celebrated with friends at SkyZone but chose to celebrate with us at Culvers on Sunday afternoon. I can’t believe he was so happy to have his picture taken (he’s usually the one who says “no” when the camera comes out), but he was pretty pumped about getting his requested rubber band bracelet-making kit.
WHAT’S KEEPING ME GOING
I’m still adjusting to our new normal of not having my youngest son and the four grandbabies close. It’s a grieving process and one that still has me crying when I least expect it.
But even in my grief, I can’t help but feel like God has something new for me in this season too. This song and this version have been my jam lately. Jesus and I have had some intense communion getting down with this. (In case you’re wondering, this is my favorite style of music.)
It’s a new season, it’s a new day.
Fresh anointing, is flowing my way.
It’s a season of power and prosperity;
It’‘s a new season, coming to me.
I don’t believe in a “prosperity” gospel even though the lyrics say, “a season of power and prosperity.” I like to think that, in this case, it means “favor.” When we seek God and are willing to walk in His will, His favor and anointing will be on us, even when we’re walking through hard things.
The song also has a tagline that says,
All that is lost will be returned to you a hundredfold,
tried in the fire, but we’re coming out gold.
Regardless of what we’re facing, the strongholds that threaten to keep us bound by our fears, addictions, or spiritual warfare, the hope we find when we a willing to accept God’s plan for us is FREEING!
So when Martha breaks out in Diana Ross’s “I’m coming out,” I refuse to hear that phrase as the world does. Instead, it’s a proclamation that I will not be bound by confusion, doubt, and fear. I have assurance in God’s favor.
That being said, I still don’t know what He’s calling me to do. If only God would send emails, send a text, or have someone drop in with a word of knowledge. 😉 But I reckon he would say to me, “Now Paula, where’s the faith in that?”
Have a great week, my friend! Remember, God loves you, and so do I.