Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday's Fave Five #295


Welcome to Friday's Fave Five.  Already it is the middle of August.  Already!!  Where oh where has the summer gone.  And because it's just whipping by I feel doubly glad that I have FFF to help me take a moment to slow down and take note of the blessings in my life.  To take note of special moments or things that I am grateful for, big or small.  Please join in!  Details here

1.  This amazing post that gets a standing ovation from me.  It's so easy to start telling ourselves that what we have is not good enough, or that we need more or different or newer or better or what ever else it is that we convince ourselves with.  I'd loved this woman's word:  "perspectacles".   And how much did I love the answer her child gave to the question "What do we do in a kitchen!"  Lots and lots, that's how much!  I like to think that maybe, just maybe, doing this fave five each and every week helps point us a bit towards having our perspectacles on.

2.  Movie out with a friend.  Two months late but I was finally able to treat my friend to a show for her birthday.  Her birthday was back in June.  I know, I know...my bad.  But the movie we wanted to see then left before we both had a free night and there wasn't another that both of us wanted to go to... that is until "The Hundred Foot Journey" came.  We both loved it.  The photography of the French countryside and the preparation of the food was just beautiful and it was a nice story and surprisingly had the theatre laughing out loud throughout.  I didn't realize it would have some comedy to it.  That was a nice surprise.  And it was fun to get out and celebrate with a good friend.

3.  Passports quickly in.   Hubby and I stopped at the passport office on our little getaway last week and finally bit the bullet and applied for ours.  Amazingly we only had about a 5 minute wait before we were able to get to the counter.  The gentleman told us we were very lucky.  Usually on Fridays, which is the day we were there, the lineup filled the waiting area and went out the door and around the building. All. day. long.   And in just 9 working days we had our passports.  Now I'm excited about the possibilities looming before us.

4.  Cool nights.  It has been hot around here...well relatively speaking.  I'm sure I have a few bloggy friends who would laugh at my definition of hot.  It's been in the 80's during the day but blessedly cooling off at night most of the time.  We do have air conditioning but hubby and I prefer to turn it off at night unless it's unbearable hot and open the window and let "real" air in.  So nice to have a coolness from outside and not a frigid kind of cold like air conditioners deliver.  And an added blessing, this year the magpies have not been fighting on our front lawn at the crack of dawn like they had been in past summers, and waking me up with that window open.  So thankful they've worked out their issues or at the least moved it away from my bedroom window.

5.  Reading, reading, reading.  I've had wonderful times during the last week where I've been able to sneak in a little extra reading time which is always a bonus in my world.  Even though it's been a busy and stressful week, there were still pockets of time that I could eek out and read my book.  Reading is crucial to me.  I can't go a day without so I'm especially thankful for these moments.

What were your favorites this week?





15 comments:

Willow said...

We just received our new passports this week! All set for the next ten years of travel! Where are you going???

In my fave fives, I didn't even mention books I've read--I should have! Just too much to share.

Have a great weekend!

nikkipolani said...

Ahhh! I was hoping reading would get into your summer somewhere. I chuckled when you commented that we both had 80F temps with very different reactions (so much cooler for me and so hot for you!). Glad you had pleasanter weather this week.

Karen said...

Smiling about those magpies. Love the description.

The post you recommended is awesome. Wow. Perspectables, I need to remember that.

I really want to see the 100 Foot Journey! My friends told me not to go hungry, the food scenes will make you salivate.

How exciting to get your passport! Think of all the possibilities!

ellen b. said...

Perspectibles, cooler nights, quiet magpies, passports, a movie out, and time to read. Sounds perfect to me.

Gattina said...

Fortunately I need a new passport only all 10 years, it takes 6 weeks at least to get it ! I am freezing here for the moment ! It's too cold for the season !

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Perspectacles -- I love that! You know I love reading, reading, reading, too. And we saw Hundred Foot Journey, too. I really enjoyed it.

Have a great week ahead, Susanne!

Ann said...

Having passports is great. You are always ready to go if the opportunity presents itself. And always wonderful to have reading time.

Sandra said...

I will have to check out the post when I have a few minutes, sounds interesting.

Yay for new passports, I actually need to get ours done, but haven't had a chance for that either.

Have a wonderful Friday night Susanne :)

Mia said...

I've seen that article going around Facebook and it's really great. Enjoyed it very much!

Wow, so exciting to have your passports! A dear girl who used to be in our youth group turned 18 and we thought the most fitting present would be to taker her to get her passport- because you are literally giving someone the world!! :) Can't wait to hear where in the world those passports will take you adventuring first!

Mia said...

I've seen that article going around Facebook and it's really great. Enjoyed it very much!

Wow, so exciting to have your passports! A dear girl who used to be in our youth group turned 18 and we thought the most fitting present would be to taker her to get her passport- because you are literally giving someone the world!! :) Can't wait to hear where in the world those passports will take you adventuring first!

Barbara H. said...

Since it is almost midnight, it doesn't look like I am going to get to do a FFF today as I'd hoped. It has been a full and fun week with my oldest son here for his birthday and everyone else taking vacation days. I'll have to catch up next week.

I saw that first post, too - good thoughts.

You must be planning some international travel? Exciting!

Reading is a fave for me as well.

Deb said...

So glad I was able to join with you for FFF this week, even if I am a little late in doing so. I loved that blog post your references. Yes, it truly is all about perspective. Glad your week went well. Will look forward to hearing about your travel plans. Coming down to visit the U.S.? Have a great coming week with many, many faves!

Jerralea said...

Reading is crucial to me, too. I love to read every day if at all possible.

I love to have the windows open and fresh air as well. It is just not going to happen here for another couple of months ...

Love the idea of perspectacle!

Faith said...

Wow!! Here in NY it took us 3 weeks to get our passports. You are one blessed lady!! Enjoy whatever trip you are planning!! I love the windows open as well and we've not needed much AC at all this summer....which is a total blessing. We've had a beautiful summer here... Not too dry and not too much rain!! I love reading too although the last 2 books I. Picked up in the last week did not capture my attention at all so I just started a new one that Dave bought me for Xmas. Hopefully it will draw me in! Enjoy your upcoming week!

Melanie Lopata said...

Cool nights are the best! I like cool days as well :)

I love reading especially when the weather is cooler and I can curl up with coffee and a blanket.

I love that...."Perspecatcles"