Hi everyone. Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. Our little gathering place where we pause in our busy week and take time to notice the blessings in our lives from the past week. First off, I would like to thank all those who sent get well wishes in last week's post. I had a verified flu and it was brutal. I cannot remember when I have slept for practically 3 days and nights straight. Yikes. But it's a new week and moving on from being sick!
5 Blessings I took note of in the last week:
~turkey noodle soup~ why is it when we are sick a bowl of chicken or turkey noodle soup goes down so good. Though I ate next to nothing due to lack of appetite a nice hot bowl of turkey noodle tasted so good.
~sick days with only 1 refund~ I had 2 personal days left for the year and for the third I only had to refund one parent because she had to pay someone else to watch her little one. This was a huge blessing as refunding 3 families for numerous days would not have been a good thing for me right now, as I'm sure most families can relate to at Christmas time. It was a relief not to be worrying about this when one is sick.
~a little Christmas downsizing~ because of not feeling well, the Christmas decorating really took a back seat this year. I barely got my tree up before I was down for the count. (And even the tree took a downsize. We had a huge tree and this year Hubby said he'd just had enough of what he called the "monster tree". We went and got a smaller one and it was so much easier to decorate.) As I've gotten feeling better, I've slowly bought a few other decorating things out here and there. This allowed me to take stock of what I've got and really get tough with the amount of stuff I keep. I culled out some tree stuff and some decor stuff I decided I no longer want and it feels so good to make that decision to rid myself of the overflow of Christmas items. I don't know why I figure I have to keep every little thing. Not feeling well helped me to get on with the deciding of what it was that I really liked and what was just ok and needed to find another home.
So much nicer not taking up the whole window
nice and simple, love it!
~pared down Christmas shopping~ this year we had already decided to pare down quite a bit in the number of gifts we give to the "kids". Usually we used to give a book, a clothing, and a fun item. But they are all adults now and there really is no need for that kind of expense and extravagance anymore. We decided one gift each this year and a small stocking stuffer. This turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise because now I was about a week and a half behind in everything from being sick. But because we aren't buying as many gifts there is less shopping to do, so I really only have a couple more things to get.
~good weather~ here in southern Alberta we have had unusually warm weather this December, though they say that will change soon. But I am grateful for this time of warmth because it makes all the running around easier. No snow and ice to shovel, brush off cars and scrape from windows before going out shopping. And hopefully good travelling weather for my family that is arriving next week.
What have been the blessings that you have noticed in your week?