Friday, July 12, 2024

Friday's Fave Five #794

Welcome to Friday's Fave Five.  Please join us as we intentional pause the busyness in our days and choose to acknowledge and appreciate the blessings God gave us during the past week.  Doing this practice on a regular basis helps us to stay mindfully aware of the good gifts in our lives.  Practicing it during the good times helps us to get into the habit so that when more difficult times come or those weeks that are so incredibly mundane and routine roll around, we already know how to look for the blessings hidden underneath.  Participating in FFF is a little nudge each week to help that habit develop.  Please join in with us.  

~  celebrating Mom's birthday ~ This week was my Mom's 92nd birthday.  Though it was very low key this year due to her health we still took her some flowers and a sweet treat.  She was able to chat with all four of her adult grandkids thanks to video on snapchat or by phone, which was a real blessing for her and made her so happy.  I'm thankful that we had another year with her.  

~ weekend bike rides ~ Last weekend was the last days of my week off and though the week didn't have such great weather the weekend turned out beautiful.  We managed a bike ride on both days and also had some nice walks.  We bbq'd some burgers and just enjoyed the last moments before we both had to go back to work.

~  flowers finally starting to show off ~  After a cooler and rainy June and start to July this week we were hit with a heat wave.  It was the kick the flowers needed to finally start to bloom properly and the pots are finally starting to fill in.  This is a few of my favorites this year.

~ lazy, hazy days of summer ~ summer days are some of my favorites with work.  The kids and I are outside a lot and summer time is water time which they love and it keeps them happily occupied for hours.  Then because of all the outside time and warmth they are ready for a rest after lunch.  The days go by fast.

~ confirmation of a decision ~ I tend to get really hung up with decision making at times. I tend to rehash the scenarios to death and get frozen with indecision.  Not such a big deal to some people but for me it can be a real stumbling block.   So it's really nice when something happens or someone says something that just confirms to me I was making the right choice or points me in the direction I need to go.  I had that happen this week and it was such a relief to have that.  

What were your favorite blessings of the week?

Monday, July 08, 2024

July Reading Possibilites

How is the first week of July already gone?  I didn't even get a reading possibility post done for June and I have to admit it wasn't a great reading month with only 1 book read.  I just have to much happening with other responsibilities.  But the one I did read was good and it knocked another off my purchased pile.  So new month, new start.

Again, for July, my focus is going to be on the purchased book pile in my closet with a few others thrown in along the way.  Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how I want to look at it, on our vacation last week we stopped in at a book store and 2 books came home with me.   What can I say?  They just jumped in my bag.  Wink, wink. 

For July, I picked a mix of summery sounding ones and a couple I really want to get to.  Four of the six are out of my purchased pile and the other two I found in Little Free Libraries.  Hopefully I'll finish more than one this month!


          ~ Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto (finished)
          ~ For a Lifetime by Garielle Meyer
          ~ That Summer in Berlin by Lecia Cornwall
          ~  Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon


          ~ The Summer Sisters by Sara Richardson
          ~ People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry


          ~ When You Love a Prodigal by Judy Douglass (continued as a study)


          ~ Hello Stranger by Katherine Center
          ~ Go As A River by Shelley Read


What is in your summer reading pile?

Friday, July 05, 2024

Friday's Fave Five #793

Hello Friday and hi to everyone joining us for this week's Friday's Fave Five.  Taking a pause even during some time off helps me to stay in focus of my blessings of the week.  Won't you join us as we share five blessings from the last week and give thanks to God for them?

~ week off ~ Of course my most obvious blessing is some time off.  I've so needed it and have been enjoying every moment this week.  It's been a staycation for the most part but just the fact that I can stay up, sleep in, read and putz around catching up on my to do list in my own time is priceless to me.  

~ chores knocked off one by one ~  and speaking of to do lists, some long awaited chores have gotten knocked off one by one.  Love drawing a line through jobs on a to do list.  And doing them at my own leisure is bonus!

~ big city trip ~  Well a week off not going absolutely anywhere wouldn't be quite the same so Hubby and I took off to visit two of our kids who live a couple hours away in the big city.  Just that short distance still feels like a vacation away.  And the though the weather was quite crummy with lots of rain, clouds, colder temps and even some hail it was a nice getaway.  We didn't get to do any hiking like I was hoping because of the weather but we did get to do some shopping at some of our favorite places, relaxing and spending time with the adult kids.

~ movie in luxury style ~  One evening we went to a new movie theatre in my son's neighborhood and enjoyed a movie night out with him and his girlfriend at a show we all wanted to see.  It was quite the experience with every seat being a recliner.  Son brought blankets and I have to say it was the most comfortable, cozy movie theatre experience ever.  And the movie was really good too.  (A Quiet Place: Day One).  I usually avoid scary and/or alien movies at all costs but this 3 parter has been really good.  It baffles me how they can act so well without barely any dialogue and still have me totally absorbed and every emotion involved.  In fact, I commented to my son's girlfriend that is was just not fair that a thriller movie had me crying at one point and not out of fear.

-games night ~ both nights when we were there we played a new to me game called "Play Nine".  Super fun, family friendly (for ages 8+) fairly easy to catch on to, and really doesn't have a whole lot to do with golf other than lowest score wins.  It was a lot of fun just to be silly & get to know our Son's girlfriend in a casual, fun way.  

Well I still have 4 days of vacation left.  I'm going to savor every moment.  Hopefully there will be lots of coffee, reading, walking, bike riding and maybe another couple things crossed off the to do list.  What were your favorite blessings this week?


Saturday, June 29, 2024

Something Worth Doing: A novel of an early suffragist by Jane Kirkpatrick ~ Book Review

Abigail Scott was a young 19 year old school teacher when she married Ben Duniway much to the dismay of her father who wanted to marry her off to an older man whom Abigail did not like.  Ben, for the most part, is supportive of Abigail's dreams which is unusual for a husband of the times.  But though Abigail gave up her school teaching to raise a family and help Ben in his horse training business she knows she was born for more than that.  When Ben makes some bad business decisions and then gets injured, Abigail is forced to become the breadwinner of the family.  While raising their 6 children Abigail starts a private school, runs a millinery which requires her to make buying trips, runs the farm along with trying to write a novel and owning a newspaper.  When she sees how women are treated Abigail believes that in order for women to have better lives they must be able to secure the right to vote.  Her life's focus, writing and eventual public speaking turns to fighting for women's rights and winning that right to vote.  But is the cost to her family too great?

This book was based on the true story of Abigail Scott Duniway who worked for over 40 years for women's suffrage in the state of Oregon.  Her life of persistence and vision in the face of insurmountable odds speaks to how deeply she felt the importance and passion of what she considered her mission. The story is very well researched, documenting how hard it was for women and much admiration comes from me to women like Abigail who fought so hard in those very tough times for all women but I must admit I was just not pulled in.  There was something about the pacing of it that did not make it flow for me making it a bit choppy.  I found the personality of Abigail grating throughout the book and very selfish at times and therefore could not cheer on some decisions she made.  I felt for her family at times who's needs always came second to Abigail's and that of her work.    And because of that I felt conflicted throughout the story.  While admiring and realizing it is because of the work of women like her that I have certain rights as a woman today, I also didn't connect with her or much liked her and the way she at times treated her own family.  The book is definitely worth reading, however, just to gain the sense of the uphill climbs these women faced, the sacrifices they personally made and how hard they worked and for how long to gain the right to vote for all women. 

I rated it a 7.5/10

Friday, June 28, 2024

Friday's Fave Five #792

Welcome to Friday's Fave Five.  How wonderful to be able to gather once again with blogging friends, old and new, to ponder the last week and find blessings in our ordinary days.  Over the years my prayer has been that my heart, and yours, has been able to develop the habit of noticing how God touches our ever so ordinary days with His love and grace and brings blessing in all it's different forms.  Sometimes it's huge and noticeable tangible and sometimes it is just the fact that with His grace we made it through a difficult day.  I pray I have been better at being more thankful more quickly than when I first started this journey.  May the thankful attitude we've worked to develop help us and lift us in the hard times and fill our hearts with joy in the good.  If you've never joined in please do join us!

~ anniversary dinner out ~ we celebrated our anniversary on the weekend by going to have a delicious dinner at this steakhouse.  It's definitely a special occasion place to us, we don't go there often.  I got the Sirloin Oscar (my usual when we go there) and Hubby got the Rib steak.  It was cooked perfectly and the whole meal was delicious.  I'm thankful we were able to go out and enjoy this special meal together to celebrate our 41 years. 

~ encouraging conversation and prayer with a church friend ~ Sunday after church we chatted with some friends we have known for many a year.  They recently walked a very similar road with an aging parent as what I am going through right now and they shared some good insight and prayer with us.  I'm thankful when God puts just the right people in our path at just the right time to uplift and encourage us.

~ rain ~ we've had a bit of rain over the last week and I'm so thankful for it not just for us, but especially for the city where my son and daughter live.  They had a major feeder water main break under a main road and the whole large city (population of over 1.6 million) has been on water conservation for weeks.  No watering lawns.  River water stations have been set up around the city so that at least gardens could be watered. Those in the area have had to get their potable water from water trucks set up in the neighborhoods.  Sure makes one realize what a blessing it is to have water delivered to our homes where we just have to turn on a tap.  

~ ice cold watermelon ~ such a delicious treat on a hot day!

~ new fave summer coffee ~  White Choc Macadamia Cream Cold Brew is my latest favorite.  Though next time I will get it half or a quarter sweet.  I realize what a privilege it is to purchase overly expensive coffees from a coffee shop and I'm thankful my family gives me gift cards as presents so that I can enjoy these treats once in awhile.  

What were your favorite blessings from the past week?

Friday, June 21, 2024

Friday's Fave Five #791

Hello and welcome to Friday's Fave Five.  It's that time in our week to slow down, take a pause and look at what was a blessing in our lives over the past week.  And in the recognition of those blessings to take the time to be grateful to God.  Please join us as we work to develop consistency with this in our hearts.

~ anniversary ~ this week hubby and I celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary.  We've walked through a lot together in that 41 years and we've made some wonderful memories. So thankful for the man God put in my life.

~ sunshine and blue skies ~ after days of cold, cloudy and rainy days the sun broke through yesterday with warmth and gorgeous blue skies.  Sometimes it just the simple things like this that can make a day.  

~ father's day lunch with two of the kids ~ Two of the three adult kids were able to make it home on the weekend (two live a couple hours away but the third lives 7 hours away by car).  They took their Dad for lunch to a favorite restaurant and I got to tag along.  I'm so grateful they still make time for us on special occasions and are able to come home.  And I'm thankful for our phones with "free" Canada wide calling that lets those that are too far away to call and have nice long chats.  

~ fun flavored sparkling waters ~  I found some sparkling water at my grocery store with some fun flavors modeled after alcoholic beverages.  Moscow Mule, Tequila Sunrise, and Mojito were the 3 flavors they had.  So far I tried the mule and it was really good.  I love me a good sparkling water and it's nice to have fun flavors.

~ pockets of time to knock off small chores ~ there has been a lot going on lately and while I've been maintaining the weekly main stuff, some of those pesky once in a while chores have fallen by the wayside for way too long.  This week I determined to take some little ones and just start getting them done one by one when I've got a few minutes here and there.  This week I found time for 3 of them and it feels good to get them out of the way.  Funny how those little things add up to weigh ya down but once you do them ya wonder why you put it off for so long.

What were your favorite blessings from your last week?

Friday, June 14, 2024

Friday's Fave Five #790

Happy Friday and welcome to Friday's Fave Five.  First off I'm sorry I didn't make it around to everyone's posts from last week.  There was not much computer time to be had between different things happening that required a lot of emotional and mental space.  But it's a new week so hopefully it will be a nice quiet one.  Now on to some blessings.  They are there waiting to be noticed in spite of a draining or difficult week.  Please join in as we share five of our favorite blessings from the last week.

~ time with my sister ~ Saturday my sister and I spent an enjoyable couple of hours browsing the aisles of a local garden center.  Though we both enjoy each other's company, ibut f you knew us, you'd soon know my sis and I are quite the opposites and we don't have a lot of activities that we both enjoy but flowers is one of them so it was a lovely way to spend together. And I came away with these beauties that I couldn't resist.

~ gorgeous days ~  it has a beautiful week here.  Sunshine, but not overly hot.  The night's still cool enough that we haven't had to turn the a/c on.  I've been enjoying every moment we can outside with the dayhome kidlets.

~ special treats ~ Tuesday we noticed the shaved ice truck parked at the school across the street and Hubby had the idea to treat the dayhome kids.  So we all walked over and the kids were thrilled with their ice cold treats.  I love how generous my hubby is and how he loves to make kids happy and give them memories.

~unexpected cash back ~ a few months ago I made a purchase of a play fort couch for my dayhome at C*stco.  It was a significant cost item but I thought it was a great deal compared to elsewhere so I took the plunge and bought it right away knowing they would probably be out if I hesitated.  Sure enough they quickly ran out.  Weeks later they restocked and it went down in price by $60 and I inwardly groaned.  I didn't get around to taking my receipt in and seeing if they would refund the difference, just got too busy and forgot about it.  Lo and behold, an email comes telling us the price adjustment with a Digital Shop Card for the amount of $60.  

~ all good ~ I had a little minor mishap with my car vs a shopping cart.  So thankful no one was hurt and my car just got a tiny mark on the fender Hubby couldn't even see until I pointed it out.  Nothing a little car touch up paint won't handle.  

What were your favorite blessings of the last week?