Friday’s Fave Five

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. Sunshine! We had so much rain Sunday that it cause some relatively minor flooding in our house. The sun has been out every day since, and  temperatures were mild enough yesterday to go out without a coat. The ground is still a little spongy, though, and sleet and snow are predicted for tonight. The adults are praying the bad weather will hold off until after special meetings at church tonight; the kids are praying it will come early so they’ll be able to get out of school. We’ll see who wins. 🙂

2. Quick restoration of power. We came home Monday evening to find the power out in our neighborhood. I never did hear what caused it. I was ashamed at myself for feeling depressed about it, especially in light of what people are suffering in Haiti. We were only home a short while when my son and daughter-in-law called and invited us over to their house (which did have electricity), and our power was back on by the time we came home a couple of hours later.

3. This battery-powered lantern. We originally got it for camping, but I keep it handy in the living room closet for power outages. I’d like to find more, but I haven’t seen this style lately.

4. This batch of miniature carnations that a grocery store had for sale this week offered a bright spot of cheer.

5. This cute little toile heart from Cindy at My Romantic Home.

Bonus:

6. The PBS Masterpiece Classic production of Jane Austen’s Emma the first part of which aired this past Sunday evening. It’s been more then 30 years since I read Emma, so I don’t know how it compares to the original, and I really like the Gwyneth Paltrow version, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to see a new interpretation. But I really liked this actress when I saw her in Amazing Grace and Daniel Deronda. So far I am liking it (except I prefer the earlier version’s quintessential Mr. Knightly to this one.)

7. The fact that January is almost over! Spring is that much closer!

Happy Friday!

15 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. We have a great battery powered lantern in our home too which is the “light” (har, har) of a little three year old’s life sometimes as he explores the depths of What Lies Beneath His Bed (searching for lost toys).

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. We seemed to have frequent power outages at our last house, not sure why (maybe all the huge trees in our area?). Often we would go somewhere and call home to see if the answering machine was on, then we knew we had power back! 🙂

    Like your lantern and glad you didn’t have damage from the flooding!

  3. Oh thanks for the heads up about Emma. Hopefully I’ll catch the second part this Sunday. Those flowers really are cheery. I hope your power stays on for this next storm. I love our battery operated lanterns! They really come in handy when the power goes out. I’m glad your water issue wasn’t too bad.
    Hope you have some good food stocked up for the storm :0)

  4. I do understand about being a bit depressed when the power goes out. It’s part of being human, I guess, Barbara, but the carnations were certainly enough to brighten even the gloomiest of days up! I looove flowers, though I seldom have fresh ones.
    As always, I love reading your Fave Five!!
    We had gorgeous sunshine yesterday, too!!!

  5. I recently broke our battery powered lantern and broke it. We will have to be investing in another. I hope I can find one that is functional and that I like!

  6. I’m glad your flooding stayed small. We haven’t had a power outage in a while but those lamps look mighty handy for them. I’ll have to look around for them.

    Love the carnations!

  7. HERE is a very similar lantern at Amazon — it’s a coleman, so it might be more than you want to pay – but it is VERY similar! 🙂

    Those pretty pink carnations were JUST the thing for a little cheer you up! I love getting fresh flowers, and the grocery store usually has something for a good price! 🙂

    AMEN to #7!!! Bring it on…. (i do not want snow tomorrow…)

  8. I saw on facebook that you had lost power during the week. I’m glad it didn’t last too long. Do you have your other emergency needs besides the (very cute) lantern? I keep water, food and camp gear.

    The flowers are lovely. We all want spring to get here quickly!

  9. The weather really dictated a lot of your week, didn’t it? Your power outage stories reminded me of our 14 days without, after a hurricane. It changes your perspective. But I love the spot of carnation cheer!

    Oh, I do love Emma! And your perspective on January lines up with mine. I teach, so I always say, “Now, we’re halfway to summer vacation!”

    Happy weekend!

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