|(This was my first option, between two regular dining chairs)|
It is kind of a long narrow area on the other side of the sink/island, with not enough space for a big table or any real wall space because of the windows for any other kinds of furniture...so I've just kind of lined up some extra chairs there and wanted some kind of little table to break it up a bit...
My first option was here at this end, and please note the needlepoint sign on the wall, created by my paternal grandmother many years ago, which says:
And then at the other end of the area there is this favorite old painting of two sweet little old ladies, sitting in their chairs and visiting. There used to be an engraved title under the picture, which is worn off now with age, but it said "The Gossips"... one of my most favorite pictures which came from my maternal grandmother's home.
Speaking of words that are similar to hospital...hubby actually made a couple of visits to our community hospital this past week...well maybe more than a couple now that I think about it. Once for some x-rays because of some severe back pain (which has now subsided, praise the Lord, but may need some further investigation and treatment in the future), and then one evening via ambulance because of what felt like a heart attack...which turned out to be nothing wrong with his heart, praise God, but apparently some kind of spasm of the esophagus that very much felt like a heart attack...and caused his BP to escalate severely. Folks, any kind of pain in the chest is worth checking out. I'd rather have a false alarm but be in a safe place than to ignore the pain and find out it really was something bad and it be too late to get help. And then the third visit was to have a scheduled colonoscopy: Which turned out fine...here he is in pre-op waiting his turn.
Switching gears a bit...this morning I was rejoicing in this beautiful new day, and then even happier when hubby was able to come out on the deck and enjoy the morning with me. We are truly blessed and very thankful that the Lord has given us this time together. This is nothing to take for granted.
We went into town to pick up a lease vehicle, because we are getting ready to go on a little trip this weekend for a family reunion. We have discovered that we are better off to lease a vehicle when we have any long-distance driving to do than to risk our thirteen year old vehicle breaking down on the road somewhere. We were pretty amazed at this fancy hi-tech vehicle...doesn't even use a real key...I know many of you have these already...but for us it was like something out of the future...it has so many fancy buttons and screens and things that I hope we can manage to drive it without flying into outer space...
With these thoughts in mind I will leave you to contemplate and consider your blessings, as I have been doing mine. This week could have turned out very differently than we'd like, and I want to go on record giving thanks to the Lord for His gracious mercy and grace toward us, His children. None of us is guaranteed tomorrow, therefore we must be prepared for the future and eternity at any time.
Here is a verse that gives encouragement and hope: