Welcome to Friday's Fave Fives. Taking a pause in our busyness to be grateful for the good things we find in our week, whether they be big or small, obvious or maybe disguised. It is a discipline because there are times when we won't feel like having to hunt for blessings, but if we develop the practice in the good times it will come more automatic in the harder times. Please join in with us. If you are new, guidelines are linked in the sidebar.
1. Mellow Days mixed in with the busy. This week has been busy at work, lots happening but yesterday was a bit more laid back. The weather has been beautiful so we spent some time at the playground in the morning and in the afternoon while the little ones napped the older ones had some pool time. This meant I was able to have a coffee and do some reading while I watched them play. It was fun and a bit less chaotic than the previous days this week so I soaked in every minute available.
2. Running Wild with Bear Grylls. This show amuses me and has become a weekly tv indulgence. If you've never seen it or heard of Bear Grylls he's a crazy survival expert known for eating gross stuff to survive and in this show he takes various celebrities on a 2 day journey into the wild with him. They are faced with some of their biggest fears, challenged physically and emotionally, and we learn a thing or two about them along the way. The celebrity's reactions to some of the stuff he will require of them, especially what they have to eat, is sometimes downright hilarious. But the part I really like is when he sits and talks with them at their evening campfire. Being out in the wild seems to really bring out the vulnerability in them and Bear has a knack of drawing them out and they share some pretty personal stuff of their backgrounds and life events that have affected them deep down or got them where they are. It's an interesting show. Most have a great attitude about the adventure and are fun to watch.
3. Corn, corn and more corn. We live in an area that is pretty renowned, at least in Canada, for the delicious corn it produces. Taber, Alberta gets the most sunshine in Canada and the hot days and cooler night produce some of the sweetest, juiciest corn anywhere. They sell it in stands along the main roads all over my city and everyone has their favorite farmers that they buy from. It's so sweet that really you don't need to drown it butter and salt, some people just eat it plain right out of the pot. We've had it every night this week! Peaches and cream and Super Sweet are our favorites but we'll eat all of them as they hit their rotation. Yummy!
4. Baby Shower. Attending my great niece's baby shower. I've always really liked showers. There is something so happy about welcoming a precious little babe, a creation of God, into the world and blessing their parents. It just makes my heart happy.
5. Browsing the book shops. I took a little time last Saturday and headed off to a couple of 2nd hand book shops. I had a box of books to take in to them and of course while there I browsed their shelves. I stuck really hard to my resolution to not get any more books than the what the exchange for mine was worth and I stuck to it pretty good. Pretty proud of myself for that as I left about 4 behind that I really wanted to get. But I have such a huge pile at home to get through first, that I knew I had to be strong. Though challenging, it was lots of fun just looking through all that they had and making the big decisions. A nice, relaxing way to have some quiet "me" time. And then what books the bookshops did not buy from me I took and put them in a "Little Library". We've got quite a few of these around town and I love it. Anyone can have one in front of their homes. You can make and design your own or you can call the local organization and have them give you one of theirs. They'll even help you install it. Then you can paint and decorate it however you like. Just google or pinterest images of free little libraries and there are some really sweet ones out there! I didn't take any books for me this time, but I did find a sweet one for the dayhome kids.
What were your favorite blessings from the week?