Hello lovely ladies, it's Friday again. It comes around so quickly, I feel time is running away from me!
On Friday I always stop and think back over the week and give thanks for the good things, and remember what made me smile this week.
I always start with a postcard as I am in a postcard exchange club called Postcrossing and a postcard in my postbox is always worth a smile.
Seen the situation in the Ukraine, I decided to show you a card from that country. It was sent to me on the 12th of January, but I didn't receive it until the 16th of February. It took that long to arrive (But it arrived!)
I have written in my profile that I like 'doors and windows', so Maria, who sent me this card , has chosen this beautiful old door for me.
She apologizes for her limited English, but then mentions that she is only 13 years old. She lives in the capital Kiyv (Kiev), far away from the current conflict. But nevertheless...
The stamp is beautiful:
It is part of a series of Europa stamps called Endangered National Wildlife. They were issued in June 2021 and were designed by Olga Symonenko.
If you want to learn more about the Ukraine. This website explains it succinctly and with maps and facts. Have a look.
So what has my week been like? Up and down as with everything. Here are some collages of my (not at all boring) life:
Once a month we get together with our friends D and P. We do see them in between as they only live a five minute walk away. But we like to have a good ol' chat and catch up, so we went to our favorite Italian restaurant. Unfortunately they were fully booked, so we got into the car and drove to Duende, where we had lunch the other day. They serve really good food. Hubby and I both had a slow-cooked pork shank (codillo in Spanish) and it was delicious!
Saturday I made Toad-In-The-Hole again as it is hubby's favorite, and it is a dish that doesn't upset his bowels. (Something we now have to consider).
In the evening we met for our English-Spanish conversation group Intercambio. We were given the use of a small teaching space in the center of the village. (The key of which was still in my purse when I flew to Holland, so I had to post it back!). I had brought some cake and drinks.
I didn't make a collage for Sunday as nothing really happened. We went to (Spanish) church in the morning, had dinner and watched an online church service later in the day (English), did our Bible study, wasted time with our tablets and went to bed. Nothing worth photographing.
On Monday we went to see our other friends as there are lots of flowering almond trees near their house and I wanted to photograph some white blossom for the photo club's monthly photo competition. This month the theme is 'white'.
They have this sweet cat that has a broken tail. Poor thing. Its tail stands in a 90 degree angle (but it doesn't seem to bother her) so they call her Cocktail!
Hubby is still working in the derelict cave house (Now not so derelict anymore) and we had an omelet for lunch (our chickens are giving us so many eggs!).
My bestie Antonia has children all over the world, but this week her daughters from Germany, France and Italy had all come to visit with husbands and babies. And we all congregated at the house of the daughter who lives here. She has married a Dutchman and his parents were visiting. (We know the parents quite well by now) so we had a very happy reunion in the sun.
On Wednesday I cooked a meat and potato pie. I did the meat bit in the Instant Pot and then I covered it with some puff pastry and stuck it in the oven. Very nice indeed.
In the afternoon I had a haircut. I have quite thin, floppy and difficult hair since my chemo, so I tend to keep it short.
Then this morning hubby woke up with a fever and abdo pain. I did not want a repeat of last year's peritonitis, so we got in the car and went to the hospital. They checked him over, did a scan, and eventually diagnosed a bladder infection.(Phew!) They gave him some IV antibiotics and at 2 pm he was sent on his way. I was not allowed into the hospital, so I waited outside and read my book in the sunshine. Then I drove to a nearby restaurant and had a (non-alcoholic) beer. I was halfway through my lunch when hubby called that he could go home. Hurray! He's already feeling better. We're both glad it is nothing serious.
That was my week. It was good. I hope yours has been good too.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of the Ukraine.
I'm going to link up with Annie at A Stitch In Time to share my smiles.
Have a great weekend,