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April 20, 2012

Thankfulness in the face of a bunch of interesting simultaneous phenomena

- Thankful for our electric kettle - because we have no hot water coming out of the pipes, and the kettle makes it a lot easier to wash the dinner dishes properly.

- Thankful for my kind husband - because though I let our oil tanks run completely out of oil, he didn't get mad at me.

- Thankful for a big sink in my laundry room - because my washing machine broke (an hour before we found out we had no oil left either). The sink means I don't have to go find a river with a big rock by it.

- Thankful for my dryer which IS working - because washing a whole load of laundry by hand in the sink leaves the clothes super-duper wet.

- Thankful for a nice dry cleaner's lady 2 minutes from my house, who can get red wine stains out of a beige carpet.

- Thankful for sleep - because my daughter wasn't feeling well and went to sleep before dinner and that means her head & stomach aren't hurting anymore.

- Thankful for bug bites - because they aren't a contagious skin virus and will go away on their own.

- Thankful for a mild sore throat and headache - because they went away after a day and were not the beginnings of Scarlet Fever.

- Thankful for empty heating oil tanks - because it means we have a house in which to live (and thankful we can afford to fill them again when the company opens their office again on Monday).

- Thankful my son is across the ocean for all but 6 weeks of a consecutive 12-month period - because I have a son, and we love each other, and he's healthy and learning and growing.

Though the washing machine refuses to turn 
   and there is no oil in the heating tank, 
though the hot water fails 
   and my son is across the ocean, 
though there are bug bites that itch 
   and minor illnesses, 
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, 
   I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 à la Katherine today

That's all. Good night.

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April 07, 2012

Spring Break in Portugal

Our first Spring Break since 1998 as only three travellers. We missed Jason! At least he got to spend his spring break with his grandparents.

Also our first time visiting Portugal. The air was soft and gentle, delivering enchanting spring fragrances. The food was delicious, including the traditional custard tarts, pastéis de nata (that's the pural; singular is pastel de nata). We walked our legs off touring Lisbon, then enjoyed some real downtime in the Algarve (southern coast). Here are a few photo impressions, mostly taken by my husband.

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Rossio Square pavement patterns, Lisbon

 


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Church of Sao Roque, Lisbon

 


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Regal Cat inside St. George's Castle, Lisbon

 


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Peacocks inside St. George's Castle, Lisbon

 


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St. Jeronimo's Monastery Cloister, Lisbon

 


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On the way to the Tower of Belém, Lisbon

 


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Tower of Belém, Lisbon

 


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Wisteria in Botanic Garden, Lisbon

 


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The Algarve

 


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Beach find in the Algarve

 


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Mermaid feet

 

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