Hello and welcome to Friday's Fave Five. Last weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving and while it was wonderful to have an official holiday to remind us to be thankful, I love that this group intentionally makes it a part of their everyday. Developing a habit of looking for your blessings and being thankful and grateful to God for them can transform one's life. It can move us from anxiety and stress into peace and trust. While a thanksgiving holiday can give us wonderful feelings in the moment that we can say a quick thank you for, intentional daily gratitude is a lifestyle, a way to navigate life, our compass when there are difficult times. Please join us a we develop and work to maintain this attitude of consistent gratitude for the good things in our lives.
~ thanksgiving weekend ~ Once again it was a toned down celebration this year. Our son and youngest daughter joined us as they only live a couple hours away but my oldest daughter and her hubby, who live about 6 1/2 hours away were not able to make it. For the first time in forever I did not make a turkey. We opted, with my sister, to instead order turkey dinner takeout from a fave restaurant and have our family dinner at Mom's supportive living home. We booked the community room and enjoyed each other's company around good food. I'm thankful that even in the midst of, again, a holiday with restrictions we were able to bless my Mom and have a family dinner with her. It was the first one since covid all began. She spent last thanksgiving in emergency, Christmas in the hospital, Easter in a hospital setting out of town only being allowed me and my sister to see her. So even though it wasn't our usual, it was still a celebration.
~ kitchen table ~ after years of trying to find an oval shaped table that would work in our eat in kitchen space we finally found one and scored a great price to boot. It was on clearance for a crazy good deal and then 20% off on top of that. Our last table we foolishly didn't measure and it was too big for our space and the rectangle shape made it hard to get around. For years we've been constantly bumping into the corners of it and hurting ourselves and it just made everything look crowded. But for some reason, oval shaped tables were next to impossible to find. This one will not be as large for family gatherings but we'll just have to go back to the old fashioned way of setting up tv trays in the living room and spread out over two rooms when absolutely everyone shows up for celebrations which my hubby prefers anyway compared to everyone trying to squish into the kitchen. We're thankful we got such a great deal on something we've been searching for.
~ cozy sweaters ~ it has definitely turned into fall around here. We had below freezing weather a couple of nights and the days have gotten colder. Though forecasts for the weekend say nice, mild, sunny weather the sun may be warm but the air still has a crispness to it. I love to get out the warmer, cozier sweaters and bundle up in them both in and outside.
~ offered help ~ one of my dayhome parents and her mom offered to winter my rosebud geranium and try to propogate it the spring. I was very grateful for the offer as they are not cheap to buy but I love them. But I don't have the space here or any windowsills on which to give them enough light come spring when they need to be put into pots to grow. It was a very generous offer.
~ mulled cider ~ Our son had given us a gift of Williams Sonoma apple cider concentrate and mulling spices. I simmered some up on Monday with our lunch. It was absolutely warming and delicious. Apple and warm spices are one of my favorite flavor combinations.
What have your favorite blessings from the week been? What are you grateful for?