Hi everyone! Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. We're here again encouraging one another in looking for the good things in our lives whether they are easy or not to find, whether they are obvious or whether we have to more intentional search them out or remember them. Please join us.
~sunshine and warmth ~ well after a week of rain and grey skies we have been slammed into a heat wave. And while I realize that the term is quite relative and that these temperatures are actually cooling off for some of you, 34*C (93.2*F) which we hit today, is our August type of weather. And not often do we actually hit 34* even then! We've actually had to turn the air conditioner on already which is unusual for this time.
~ hibiscus ~ even though we start melting in this kind of heat my hibiscus has soaked it in and is looking gorgeous! I've never grown hibiscus before. We are not actually zoned for it and I've had to bring the pot in on those nights that dip below 10*C (50*F) but they can be grown here as a seasonal plant outdoors and then brought in for the winter or just let die out in the fall. Now they are super expensive around these parts and this was gifted to me or I never would have bought it for myself. I'll try and help it survive over the winter indoors but around here it really is survival of the fittest when it comes to plant life. However they sure are making me happy right now.
~ evening walks ~ since this whole covid thing shut my gym down permanently I have struggled to keep up with any fitness routine. While I was also shut down for 3 months I would go on long daily walks with my hubby, but when I got back to work the long hours made longer with extra cleaning and the daily stress just saw me slipping out of my usual routines. But since we have a new dog with a puppy's great surplus of energy, I've decided that I was going to try and walk every evening with him so he could burn some of that off before bed. Though some nights it's been hard, once I'm out the door, it has become an enjoyable part of the evening.
~ crisp cotton scented linen sprays ~ I use it on the mattress pad between changes, the couch, the spot on the rug where the dog likes to sit. Anywhere that needs a little freshening. It's not an over powering scent like some of the other ones can be and just makes things fresh.
~ new bicycle seat ~ I've been looking for a new gel seat cover since last summer but have not been able to find one anywhere. Apparently there is a bike parts shortage. So I bit the bullet and bought a new gel seat. So far so good. They said I could return it if after using it a week I didn't like it. But I think it will do especially seeing that the seat itself actually contains gel. And this one I chose also has a spring system in it. Now if all that doesn't make for a more comfortable ride I am out of luck.
What have been your favorite blessings this week?