Friday, August 07, 2020

Friday's Fave Five #596

It's Friday so that means you are in the right place at the right time.  If you are looking to cultivate a grateful heart and a thankful lifestyle then this is the place to help that goal along.  Join our Friday's Fave Five crew as we pause a moment and look back over the week and take note of the good blessings God has sent our way.  Our days may be long and hard or they may just be zipping by with us not even being aware.  But that is the beauty of pausing and focusing.  It helps to slow us down, to notice when times are good so that when times aren't so great we've developed a habit, a practice of noting our blessings and then being thankful to God for providing them.  Please join in with us with 5 of your favorite blessings of the past week.  

So I personally don't go in any particular order, I just list them as I think of them but you do you wish on your post.

~ Turkish Apple Tea ~ I've shared before one of my favorite teas is a tea call Pickwick Carmelised PearPickwick Tea is a Dutch tea company and I found it at our local Dutch European Import Store and Bakery.  When I went to buy another box last time, the Turkish Apple jumped out at me so it came home with me.  Tea in the evening for me, relaxes me and helps me to not sit and munch all evening long so I always love finding teas that replace that need for sweets and mindlessly eating.  And I've found another favorite.  So good.  

~ short work week ~ Because of the little thing called COVID, I didn't take holidays this year because my dayhome had already been shut for 3 months.  I didn't feel right 6 weeks after re-opening to shut once again for vacation.  But I took those 5 days and added them to the next 3 long weekends so I ended up with a 5 day weekend last week and will have one in September too and and extra day at Thanksgiving.  While not as long as my holiday week usually is, it was still really nice.  Though we are not going anywhere just knowing I have time off feels wonderful.  The weather was gorgeous so we had some nice bike rides, read a lot, and just wound down.  And it made this work week only 3 days long.  

~ assisted living visits opening ~ In Alberta they have loosened the restrictions a bit to be able to visit your loved one who are in  assisted living homes.  So now I can actually visit my Dad in his room.  I just have to call and tell them when I'm planning on coming so they can take me thru all the questions and protocol and then instead of a 15 minute visit I can stay as long as he wants me to.  Still have to wear a medical grade mask but they supply those.

~ listening ear ~ I had something I really needed to talk to someone about and my sister was so kind to lend me her listening ear.  I really appreciated her being there for me and letting me talk something thru.  Sometimes you just need to hear yourself say it out loud and she let me do that.

~ a really good night's sleep ~ for whatever reason, the last bit I haven't had such a great sleep, waking up several times throughout the night.  This makes for a very tired me right from the get go.  But the other night, I went to bed a little bit earlier and managed to fall right asleep and then slept like a log right through to the morning buzzer.  I actually woke up refreshed and raring to go.  It was wonderful.  

What were your favorite blessings from the last week.  If you do a post for FFF please free to link on and then visit the others in the group.  Have a great weekend everyone!


Gattina said...

I love the Turkish apple tea, but the one from Lipton I get here is not as good as the one in Turkey ! We have the same troubles and restrictions like you with this dammit Coronovirus, now we even had to step back because the number of infected people has increased.
I don't go on holidays this year either becauuse if I go I don't know i I can get home again sometimes while you are going in a country during your stay it's getting orange or red and then you are stuck for 2 weeks and tests ! Happened to friends, they went to France and suddenly were stuck there !

aspiritofsimplicity said...

That tea looks delicious! I feel so badly for those who are in assisted living and their families. It must be so difficult to not be able to see one another.

Faith said...

Great quote and timely for me!!

I'm not a huge fan of tea especially Apple but i do love flavored iced teas. I do enjoy hot tea ( cinnamon is my fave) on a cold winter evening or when i have a sore Throat. Glad you found a fave!

Yay for days off and biking, reading, relaxing.

I've needed many a listening ear this week and my boss has actually been the one I've turned to. God is doing something there. She believes in God but Don't know where she stands with the whole personal Savior thing but I've been able to share little nuggets of Truth wth her as i walk through this abuse case. God sure has perfect situations for us to use our pain for His glory!! And thank you for all your prayers and encouraging words. I so appreciate it and hope we can meet in person one day.

Deb said...

So glad you have a sister who listens. I would love to be closer to my sisters. Glad you had an extra day off. Have a good weekend. I had lots of trouble with blogger doing my post, so couldn't link to you. Weird. I hope that I can figure out the blogger problems before next Friday. have a good weekend.

Wendy said...

I think we all need a break from time to time so I'm glad you are able to make those long weekends every now and again. Sometimes it's the simple things like a good cup of tea that lift our spirits. Enjoy your weekend Susanne.

ellen b. said...

A sleep through the night is a gift for sure. Glad you had that listening ear. I think that was a smart way to divide up your vacation. Hope you have a nice weekend!

Karen said...

Your plan to take several long weekends sounds like a great idea. You'll have lots of mini vacations to look forward to.

How nice that you can spend more time with your dad. I'm sure he really likes that as well. I've found that after such a long period of isolation I'm not as eager to just spend time casually, but rather look for opportunities for family and close friends. It's nice your sister was there for you when you needed an ear. So true, that sometimes we know the answers, we just need to talk it out until it makes its way to the surface.

Enjoy your weekend!

Willow said...

Oh I'm glad you have your sister to 'bounce thoughts off'. Just having a sister is a blessing and having one who is a friend as well is the best.
Sleeping through the night--yes, that is a fave, for sure. Please let me in on your secret.
Bike rides, long weekends, tea. More great things this week~

Barbara Harper said...

I didn't get to FFF this week--I've hardly been at the computer the last three days. I missed it!

My husband sprinkled some extra vacation days on a few Fridays one month--those long weekends were nice.

That is so good that restrictions were lessened for assisted living visits! And it's great to have just the right listening ear when you need it. Sleeping all the way through the night is becoming a rarity for me--getting enough sleep is a blessing.

nikkipolani said...

Some friends brought me some apple tea from France and I love love love it. But I can't get any here. Wonder if your Turkish Apple tea is anything like...

So glad you can visit your Dad without time restrictions. And hope he's encouraged too!

Good sleep and sense of refreshment -- certainly cannot be taken for granted! Glad you received this blessing.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

You always have the best teas!