Friday, July 29, 2022

Friday's Fave Five #692

Hello and welcome to Friday's Fave Five!  It's time to hit the pause button and look for the blessings God has brought into our lives during the past week and be grateful and thankful.  And I say both of those are important.  Gratefulness is a feeling or state of being in one's heart, it is more inner.  But thankfulness is an action word.  It puts life into that gratefulness and actually "gives" praise or thanks, an outward showing,  for those blessings.  I can feel grateful for my husband for doing the dishes for me but actually thanking him for doing brings it from an inner thought to an outer action.  It's the same with blessings God gives us.  We can be grateful in our hearts for those blessings but do we take the next step and actually thank Him for them in our lives?   Let's practice both in our lives.  And we can start here by noticing them in the FFF.

~ trying a new local shop ~ a little Indian grocery store opened up within walking distance on our neighborhood right next to our favorite Mexican restaurant so after enjoying our Friday night meal we decided to go next door and take a walk through.  It was really fun walking up and down the aisles and seeing all the different foods and items that we've never seen before.  We tried one of their fresh made sweets to take home.  Surprisingly simple in flavor, it was delicious.  Forgot to get the name of it though.  We also bought a few Indian snack items to try out.  We were surprised to see the India branch of Lay's potato chips and tried the chili lime flavor.  Right up my alley.  There was also a tomato type of flavor that I'll try another time.  Couldn't buy it all in one trip.  And all the Indian spices they had!  I love trying new stores related to all the different cultures in our city.  

~ movie and bbq date ~  We had made a date with our good friends to see the concluding installment of Jurassic Park way back when we found out it was being released.  We had seen the last one with them and were excited to go again.  This was the first time since pre-covid that hubby and I have gone to the movies.  We went to the noon matinee and it was nice because there was only a handful of people there.  We enjoyed the conclusion to this series we've liked.  It was fun to see that some of the main actors from the older version and the newer version were brought together and all the little nods and "Easter eggs" they gave throughout the film to each installment of the series.   Though the theatre had the sound waaaaay too loud.  Painfully loud.  I ended up putting wadded up napkin into my ears. I've never done that before.  We then went to our friend's home and enjoyed a dinner of grilled burgers and salad ending up with an amazing salted caramel ice cream for dessert from our local handmade ice cream shop.  It was a wonderful day to kick off my week of staycation.

~ coffee shop date ~ one of the things we like to do on staycation is take walks to the neighborhood st*rbucks and sit outside with our drinks talking and watching all the cars go by.  It's become kind of a nice tradition to have in the no work week

~ cherry season ~  it's cherry season here and cherries from the Okanagan are now available.  The Okanagan in British Columbia (BC) grows the most delicious fruit, especially cherries.  It's one of my favorite fruits so have been enjoying every bite as their season is so short. 

~ sleeping in ~ one of the things I love most about a staycation is the simple blessing of not having to get up to an early morning alarm.  Not that I sleep in much past an hour after the usual time but it's just the fact of not having to be tied to that alarm is a huge blessing for this night owl. 

What are some of the blessings you are grateful and thankful for from the past week?


a heartful child said...

What a treat to have an Indian market nearby. I don't like spicy things...I don't even like black pepper! The chili lime chips wouldn't have been my thing but I love cardamom so I would have loved to find some of that. I think I would have loved exploring the spices as well.

Gattina said...

I can't even remember when I went to the cinema the last time ! Rick didn't like to go because he couldn't smoke there (!!) he preferred to hire a film and stay home with his snacks. It's true the cinemas are very loud ! It's for deaf people ! I take earplugs along ! Also for concerts, so I can turn up and down the sound !
I think I have never seen a Jurassic park film. But I think that is a film you have to see on a big screen like the film the great blue or something like that which seemed to be boring on a small screen.

Barbara Harper said...

That's a good distinction between thankfulness and gratefulness. We do need both.

So glad you had a good staycation. I'm the same with sleeping in--I usually wake up fairly soon after my normal time, but it's so nice I don't *have* to get up at a certain time.

What a nice movie and bbq date. I haven't been to the movies since before Covid, either. My husband doesn't like to go since his eye surgery a few years ago--he can't focus on the big screen very well. I used to go in the afternoons with my youngest son, but then he had to go get a job and move out. :-)

Deb J. in Utah said...

Hi Susanne. What a nice week of "staycation" you have had. It sounds just right. The walks to St*rbucks and the new shop in your area that you explored sound especially fun. I hope you enjoy the weekend as well and go back to work feeling refreshed and renewed. See you again soon!

ellen b. said...

Sounds like a great staycation. How nice you could have an afternoon date with a lovely dinner to follow that up. Hope your weekend is restful!

Wendy said...

So glad you've been enjoying your staycation. Your movie date and BBQ with friends sounded fun (apart from the loud noise!). Enjoy your weekend.

Willow said...

Your staycation sounds like it was exactly what you needed. Sleeping in a bit, the coffee dates, the movies, the bbq dinner.

I know that if I don't verbalize my thanks, others don't know how I feel. It is important to thank others so they KNOW they are appreciated.

Have a good weekend!

Billie Jo said...

Lovely post! A wonderful reminder. Your staycation sounds lovely. Have a cozy weekend!

Faith said...

oh my daughters and I LOVE to get coffees at Starbucks and sit outside to people watch. Sadly, one of our 5 Starbucks in town (and one of the BEST) is under construction so we haven't been able to go all month to do that. 2 don't have outdoor dining and the other 2 aren't great for outdoor seating. Glad you had a fun staycation with the coffee dates, movie dates, ice cream, and sleeping in!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend! (we are still in MA)

nikkipolani said...

Ahhhh, that sounds like a fantastic staycation! I'm pretty sure we don't get Okanagan cherries, but I've been enjoying whatever our markets have.

I have a friend who never sees movies in theatres for that very reason -- the volume is just too high for his sensitive ears.