Friday, January 15, 2021

Friday's Fave Five #617

Welcome to Friday's Fave Five!  Time to pause and reflect on the blessings in our lives the last week.  Are you ready to join in developing a life of noticing the good things and being thankful to God for them?  

~ books that I can't put down ~ I love when I hit upon a book that is so good I find it hard to put down, that I pick every time I have a spare minute just to get another page or chapter in, that I stay up past my bedtime because I just got read a bit more.  It's not often that I come upon stories that hit me like that but I have found one this week.  It's an older one but Winter Garden by Kristen Hanna has stole my heart and ripped it to shreds.  I'm still finishing it up so no spoilers please if you've read it!

~ gettin' 'er done ~ there has been some specific chores that have needed doing around the Living to Tell house that I have been avoiding for awhile.  I've been chipping away at them and I'm starting to see a bit of progress.  Which is encouraging and motivates me to keep at it.

~ hugs from little arms ~ one of the dayhome kids has been especially affectionate this week and has regularly run up to me and given me big hugs.  Don't know why it's happening but I'll take them.  There is something truly special when a child spontaneously gives you a piece of their affections.

~ finding a purchase I forgot about ~ I finished burning one of my favorite winter scents awhile back and until I went rooting thru the cupboard shelf that has my candles for something totally different,  I totally forgot I had purchased another at the end of the season last year.  I was a happy camper as there is none left of this  scent in the store until next season.  

~ great lotion at a great deal ~  On a trip to Winner's before Christmas I scored a favorite lotion in a scent I absolutely love for a great deal.  They are usually sold in salons for an arm and a leg but I got it for around half the price.  A couple days later I wished I would have bought another but of course they are out of them probably never to return.  I was sure kicking myself.  But when returning a sweater for my Mom to Marshalls this week, lo and behold, there they were.  Didn't hesitate whatsoever to grab another bottle. Great lotion with a great smell at a great deal.  Now that made me happy.

What were your 5 favorite blessings this week?


Wendy said...

Always good to get something you like and at a discounted price! Yes hugs definitely make things feel better. Have a good weekend Susanne.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Hugs from the littles are so heartfelt. They’re the best!

Faith said...

I have read every single Kristen Hannah book and Winter Garden was one of my FAVES! SO GOOD!! ENJOY it.

Yay for scoring good deals on fave lotions and candles!

I love the hugs of little people!!

I also love that you got to check things off your list of things to get's a good month for that!


Deb said...

I love having a book I can't put down. I look for that one and also look forward to you review. I do have at least one of that author's other books. Little hugs from little people are the best! It's always good to get big chores finished. I have some of those I need to tackle as well. Hope you have a great weekend!

Barbara Harper said...

I love books like that. I have not read that author, but will look her up. I like tasks that can be broken down into smaller bits. Much easier to work them in that way. Spontaneous hugs from little ones are so sweet. How nice to find the candle you wanted! And lotion at a good price.

Karen said...

I'm so glad you're liking Winter Garden! It's one of my favorite KH books, and when I saw it on your list earlier, I didn't want to say anything. I hate it when someone builds a book up and then it doesn't meet my expectations. I think WG and The Forgotten Garden are my all time favorites of her books.

Lotion and candles are among my favorite things. I'm glad you treated yourself, because I know you like them, too, 'twin.'

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on scoring your precious hugs. A little thing that isn't so little!! And always fun to find something like a candle or lotion scent that you love. --Ann

Willow said...

Ok, I have another author to put on my look up list!

Ooo! Hugs! One of my grandkids is a hugger. I love it.

I love candles too, but we can't do scented ones. But even the cheery light from a candle is soothing.

Congrats on getting those chores done. Now, could you send me some of your inspiration? :)

nikkipolani said...

I love it when we "discover" something we already had and can enjoy. That candle scent sounds lovely.

Those little hugs are more precious than ever when we have such a lockdown on connecting with people. I'm glad you had some encouraging gifts of grace this week.