Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. It's been a bit of a busy week with lots of things on my to-do list but that is the perfect reason to stop and take a breathe and think back over the week to look for some blessings. Those to-do lists may help me accomplish tasks but they can also make it so that I don't slow down to notice the blessings in my life and they go right on by me without me hardly acknowledging them. I'm ready to take a look for this past week's. Take a pause with me and join in. If you need the guidelines please check them here.
1. Amazing post on taking the time to live in the moment. How many times have I been guilty of the "hurry up" syndrome this author talks about. Even though my kids are now grown, the principle of living in the moment is still one to be adopted and put into practice. Found via Becoming Minimalist.
2. Cheery news. With all the bad news coming on the news programs and the papers it's always fun to get a cheery report. Today's made me smile. Somebody in Calgary walked into a Tim Horton's coffee shop and paid for the next 500 cups of coffee, just to lift people's spirits after all the stress of the flooding. This totals to about $900.00! There has now been 4 Tim Horton's in Canada that this has happened at in a week; 3 in Alberta and 1 in Ontario. Love it! I think stuff like this is so fun. I've been in the drive thru at a local Tim's when I pulled up to the window and had been told that my order had been paid for by the car in front of me. This is now not all that unusual here in Alberta. Sometimes the "pass on" has lasted an hour or two at a time during morning rush times. We're a generous sort. How fun it is to be the recipient of that and how much more fun to pass it on to the car behind. It's brings an even greater feeling to do it spontaneously and be the first to start the fun. So to hear that it had gone to an even bigger level by a few kind souls who wanted to remain anonymous, made me smile. And in turn a lot of those people who were the recipients of the free coffees, redonated the money they would have spent on the coffee to the kid's camp donation jars that are on every Tim's counter.
Updated: Another Tim's in Calgary has had a donation of 500 cups paid for. That's now 4 in Alberta, 5 Canada wide. Love, love, love it. Love when, instead of "copycat" crimes, we have copycat kindness and copycat generosity! May it keep going!
3. Cooler evenings. Though we've had some crazy storms and weather, one good thing that comes with it is the cooler evenings off-setting the hot days. It's nice to not have to run the air conditioner and to open up the windows and let in that cool, fresh air.
4. Walks in the park. A couple of evenings this week, right after supper, instead of sitting on the couch, hubby and I have taken the dog for a walk around the lake. Even though we are tired by that point in the day and the couch really calls our names, we forced ourselves out that door. Once there it was lovely and I was so glad we did it. I'm trying to make it into a habit to get out the door before I let my rear hit that living room chair at least 3 times a week. The other 3 times I go to the gym. Jerralea is inspiring me to get consistent.
5. London Calling Candle from Bath and Body Works. Tea with lemon. In a candle. So good. I have mine on the coffee table and even not burning it throws the odd whiff of tea and lemon. I almost expect the queen to be sitting across from me sipping from a dainty cup. Not really but I Love this candle.
What were some of your blessings this week?