Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday's Fave Five #602

It's Friday, time to look back over our week.  Time to intentionally look for every good thing that has been a part of lives this week.  Looking for blessings in the good times sets up habits in our lives that help us through the harder times.  Let's face it, when the walls are crashing down (as they will at some point), when we are in the mundane trenches of raising kids, working jobs, overwhelming to-do lists and now the stress of lives that flipped upside down in a matter of weeks, if we haven't developed habits of looking for what is actually good, what God has sent to bless us, at the joy that comes from simple things that make us smile, what makes us think that all of a sudden in the hard times we will be able to come up with the fortitude to all of a sudden do it?  Now that was one long sentence but one big life principle.  So on that note let's get grateful for our blessings from the last week!

~ outside fun times ~ our nights and morning have cooled right down here, but the days are still lovely.  This has afforded lots of outside time for the childcare kids and I to run off  pent up energy.  It also keeps us out of the house, which means less time spent cleaning and disinfecting for me at the end of the day

~ a good night's sleep ~ after a few nights of waking up through out the night, a night of good deep sleep right through to the morning alarm was pure heaven!  

~ an afternoon shopping ~ I know this is just a totally frivolous favorite but I used to really enjoy just taking an afternoon to myself and browsing in favorite stores.  It was down time for me, something that helped me escape from the stress of the week, I got some time to myself and once in a while I got to treat myself to something new.  I haven't done this since the whole covid thing.  But Saturday, I had to go downtown to take back a library book and renew my card and the Winner's store was calling my name, so I headed over.  I found a shower curtain I love.  I've been looking for a couple of years for one in the colors I wanted so I was super pleased about that.  

~ free library card renewal ~ this year, I think due to COVID, the city is renewing library cards for free.  Yay, another year of books and for actual free!

~ date night out ~ Hubby and I enjoyed a nice dinner out on a patio last week.  Though we've done a bit of takeout over the last month, we've only eaten at a restaurant once since March and that was to take our brother in law out for his birthday.  Friday we decided that we'd have a nice dinner out for date night.  We were able to get a table on the patio of a restaurant we like, there was only one other couple out there and it was a gorgeous warm evening.  It was real blessing to be able to be out with Hubby enjoying a meal and each other's company away from the house.  I'm grateful, especially now, for these dinners out.

What have your favorite blessings been this week?



Wendy said...

How nice to get out for a meal. I think we've managed it once since all this craziness started. Wow you had to pay for your library card before? Ours have always been free. Yes I'm sure you appreciate being able to get the kids outdoors. Hope you continue to enjoy the weather to do that for a little bit longer. Enjoy your weekend Susanne.

Deb said...

Hi Susanne. Sounds like a good week. I sure do know what you mean about sleeping all night, and how blessful and helpful that is. Browsing in a favorite store is also something I enjoy - glad you got to do it last week. The temperatures are cooling down here as well - fall is on the way, and we are supposed to get some rain today, so we are thankful for that. Glad you had a nice dinner with your husband. Hope the weekend is good too!

ellen b. said...

Shopping success and a dinner out sounds wonderful to me. Glad you could enjoy those things. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Willow said...

I love your opening statement. Yes! The habit of gratitude must become the norm.
We actually had dinner inside a restaurant last weekend. It kinda felt weird but it was fun.
Yay on your shopping success!

Faith said...

I can totally relate about the playing outdoors and the awesome sleeping through the night nights!

Yay for a trip to shop and browse and wow....our town and city library cards here in NY are free!!

My Dave and I also had a date night!!
It's so much fun to get dressed up and go out!!

Enjoy your weekend!!

Gattina said...

I can imagine that it is far easier for you when the kids can spend their energy outside. I have to drag my hubby out of the house like a reluctant donkey ! That's why I prefe to go out with my friens and bring him a plate home !!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

We’ve been spending as much time as possible outside at school where I work.

Barbara Harper said...

I was so sorry to miss FFF this week. I was in the hospital most of Thursday and Friday, but am home and doing fine now.

We're starting to experience some coolness now, too--feels so nice outside. I don't shop often, but I know what you mean--it's a nice treat sometimes. Glad you got to go.

Our library cards are free, but they make us renew them every year. I don't know when my renewal comes up, but I'm hoping they'll waive that due to COVID. If it's due to be renewed, you can't reserve books online until you renew.

The date night sounds fun! If I went to a restaurant, it would have to be outside.