Susanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts a “Friday Fave Five” in which we share our five favorite things from the past week. Click on the button to read more of the details, and you can visit Susanne to see the list of others’ favorites or to join in.
1. French green beans. I forgot to mention these last week, but one of the meals I had at a restaurant in Charleston came with these long, thin green-bean looking vegetables that had a crunch to them and were really good. They weren’t French-cut or julienned — they were whole, but thinner than regular green beans. I asked the waiter what they were, and he rattled off some French name I did not get (Funny, but the restaurant’s online menu I saw later listed them just as “thin green beans.” 🙂 ) Then when we got home, I saw a package of fresh “French beans” in the produce section of the grocery store that looked just like what I’d had. Searching online I saw multitudes of ways to prepare them, and tried sauteing them with a little canola oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and minced onion. They were so good. Jeremy, who is not a green bean fan, loved them, as did Jim. Jesse didn’t like the crunch, though.
2. My TomTom GPS. I got it for Christmas and had my first opportunity to use it yesterday. Most of my driving is within a square that encompasses home, church, school, and Jason and Mittu’s, with grocery stores and W-Mart in-between. But when I do need directions, this beats having to look at printed-out ones while driving or calling Jeremy up to look up online where I need to go.
3. Celebrate magazine, edited by Phyllis Hoffman, who is also the editor of a couple of my favorites, the revived Victoria magazine as well as Southern Lady (busy woman!). Lots of really neat ideas for holidays, themed parties, as well as everyday celebrations. (No, this is not a paid plug. 🙂 )
4. Taking the car to be worked on to four different places and only being out $46 so far. Jeremy ran over something in his car Sunday night and punctured his exhaust pipe. That’s not a favorite. We took it to our mechanics Monday morning: they don’t work on exhausts, but they recommended someone. We took it there, and it only cost $46 to fix. But they saw some other dented things under there they thought our regular mechanic should look at. He did and said those things were ok, but it looked like there was a transmission leak — but they don’t do transmissions. They didn’t charge us for their time and they recommended a transmission place which, it turned out, was owned by a family whose kids graduated from our Christian school. Evidently he just tightened a hose and didn’t charge us, but said a radiator hose was collapsed. So we took it back to our regular mechanics yesterday and they still have it. Don’t know what the charge for that will be, but it didn’t sound major, and they’re usually pretty reasonable.
5. A light week. I had planned to get a lot of stuff done this week — but it didn’t happen. A lot of tiredness at the beginning of the week, not feeling well a day or so, the aforementioned running around, and assorted other things left me not getting much done but the basics. But the good part of that is that it wasn’t a busy, pressured week with things I had to get done. So while I was disappointed on one hand, on the other hand it was a week I could afford it, time-wise.
I am also glad it didn’t snow here today, though the school kids were all disappointed. 🙂