Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. I'm not going to be too wordy on this week's post. Not because I don't have lots to be thankful for but because my brain is mush and I need to go to sleep. Lots going on with work and I'm a bit overwhelmed so I need to get my rest so I can stay healthy. But onto the blessings from the past week.
~ family Thanksgiving ~ Two of the 3 kids were able to make it home for Thanksgiving and we joined my sister's family to have lunch with Mom at her supportive living home. It was so nice to be able to celebrate a holiday all together again. Last time we were able to do this was last Thanksgiving. It seems every holiday someone was a direct contact with someone who got covid or someone was not feeling 100% so we weren't allowed in the facility. It would have been perfect if my Oldest girl could have made it home but she's a 7 hour drive away so it's not just a day or overnight trip for her. But am very thankful that most of us were able to be there.
~ simplified meal ~ Because of having the meal at the facility where they really have no means to keep a meal hot or even to reheat near the room we had, we went real simple with our meal. Ham, crockpot ranch potatoes, salad, buns and dessert. And it was absolutely delicious. So much less stress than cooking a full out turkey dinner (though we do love a full out turkey meal!) and trying to transport it and keep it hot and so much less expensive than a turkey dinner takeout from a restaurant that, as we learned from last year, left some of the menfolk not quite filled up.
~ unexpected day off ~ I had an unexpected day off yesterday and it was much needed. I have been overwhelmed with paperwork and to do lists as I prepare to get my family dayhome licensed. So. much. work! Very grateful for an extra day.
~ shared interest ~ I came across a show on Netflix that is a reboot of a show me and the girls enjoyed watching together when they were younger. I immediately txted my oldest who was excited to know and to watch and the very next day my youngest texted me to tell me. It was fun to know that the girls too thought it was a fun memory of something we watched together trying to figure out the mystery of who was "The Mole". I'm sure we'll be texting our guesses back and forth each week. Hopefully the reboot won't be disappointing as I have noticed the rating has gone from I think a PG or PG13 to MA.
~ decision made and moving forward ~ This whole year I have been struggling with a decision concerning my career that has produced a lot of stress in my life. The constant back and forth, worry, grieving, anger and indecision were starting to be not mentally healthy for me. Last month I weighed all the pros and cons I could think of for both directions and finally came to a decision. While neither choice was absolutely ideal, the choice I made is livable and it has at least allowed me to move forward instead of standing still like a deer caught in the headlights.
What have been your favorite blessings this last week?