Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful week. Being as it's Friday, let's take a moment and pause to reflect and think of all the blessings God has sent your way this week. Whether you're week has been awesome or harder, there is always something to be grateful for. Sometimes it's obvious and very easy to find, sometimes we have to dig deep to look for them. Hardship can make it difficult but honestly, sometimes just the mundane everyday drift can make it just as hard to look for blessings in our lives. Let's be intentional of developing the habit of keeping our eyes open to those touches of God in our lives and to be grateful for them.
~ coffee cupping class ~ On Saturday Hubby and I enjoyed a date a local coffee roaster and tea shop. They offered a free cupping class and I jumped on the opportunity to get in on it. In a cupping class you learn about coffee and it's history, what makes coffees from around the world taste different, what roasting does, how the pros taste coffee to determine quality. Yes there is actually standards and testing to become a pro. And then you learn to use your sense of smell and taste to find the flavor notes of the coffees you are tasting. Who knew, but there is actually a proper way of taking in the scent of the fresh grounds and a proper way of tasting it that involves a whole lot of slurping noise. Of course this is for fun and there is no way one can learn everything in a one hour class or become anywhere near the level you need to be to be a pro. But lots of fun was had and I learned lots. The classes are small, only 5 at the time we went, but that just encouraged everyone to participate in sharing what they were smelling and tasting. Pictures weren't allowed or I'd have taken some to share. It was a great thing to do for a date. Highly recommend if you like coffee and have a local roaster in your area offering classes.
~ finding these two beauties ~ my sister talked me into going back to the garden center on Saturday and though I was just going to keep her company I found these two beauties that I just could not leave behind. I've never see either of them and it's my favorite pot this year. Can' wait until they grow. The picture doesn't do it justice.
Compact Tropical Rose and Midnight Gold Petunia
~ Sunday rest time ~ working full time, sometimes Sunday, which should be a day of rest in my mind, turns into just another day of running around and catching up with the to do list. But this last Sunday, I made sure that everything got done on Saturday and it truly was a day of rest. We went to church, then came home and had a simple but delicious lunch. The weather was so lovely that we spent almost the whole afternoon outside just enjoying a coffee, reading and doing the odd thing in the garden. It truly was a day of rest.
~ to do list plan ~ I've been overwhelmed this past while with the length of my to do list and the lack of motivation to even start any of the tasks on it. This last week I decided to take the bull by the horns and to break each task down into much smaller units. I used to be the type of person that if I was going to do a job I wanted to get it all done in one fell swoop, but that has not worked for me lately. So I needed to change my tactics. Now I can tackle much less intimidating chunks and hopefully feel the sense of accomplishment I get from crossing things off the list and before I know it the whole job will be done. Fingers crossed.
~ exchange of books ~ another successful free little library tour where I found a couple of books I'm interested in and where I was able to leave behind some books I no longer feel the need to hang on to. Love the Little Free Libraries!
What have been your favorite blessings this week?