Friday’s Fave Five

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Welcome to Friday’s Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, in which we can share five of our favorite things from the last week,  wonderful exercise in looking for and appreciating the good things God blesses us with. Click on the button to learn more, then go to Susanne’s to read others’ faves and link up your own.

It’s been another lovely spring week here: we had a bit of rain, but the temperatures have been just perfect, and more and more things are blooming. Such a respite between winter and summer! Here are some other favorites parts of the week:

1. Hanging plants and replanted pots. We got them a little earlier than usual.

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Lowes had these all together in one pot, so it was handy to just transfer it all over. It has some pink and blue flowers, too, though I happened to catch them at a moment when they’re not blooming.

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2. Cleaned patio. Because we live in a humid area and had a lot of rain, we had a lot of mold and just general crud, I think, on the patio out back. We hadn’t been out there much all winter, but I wanted it cleaned up before we started doing much outside. My dear hard-working husband pressure-washed and then bleached it last Saturday, and it looks so enormously better.

3. New shoes. I have such a hard time finding shoes I like that fit well and don’t cost an arm and a leg. My favorite “buy one, get one free” place has gone to “buy one, get one half off,” but I found a few pairs and a new cute purse, too. An added bonus: for various reasons I haven’t been able to wear sandals since having TM: something about my muscle tone or something caused them to slip around on my feet. But I’ve missed them during the summer as my feet get so hot. I found some that seemed to work really well in the store: hope they continue to!

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I realized later that a purse with a pattern is not going to be as versatile as the generic all-black one I bought it to replace…but it is too cute not to keep. 🙂

4. A Josh Groban concert. No, not live, but on Live From Lincoln Center on the PBS station. I don’t like just every little thing he sings, but he has such a gorgeous voice with quite a range. I didn’t know until I turned the concert on that he’s one of my husband’s least favorite singers, but he indulged me (major points for hubby there. 🙂 )

5. Sorting and organizing. I got my bookshelves in good shape when we moved 2 1/2 years ago, but I had accumulated more, so I had s few shelves with double rows. We put a small bookcase in our bedroom, so I put a couple of categories of books in there, and now there is space for everything and they’re more organized. Plus some things are finally coming together for my sewing/craft room, and I got to do some organizing in there that felt really good.

I almost listed a funeral. That sounds odd to say…I don’t like funerals per se and hate death, but funerals can be very good for putting things in perspective. I mentioned here that someone I didn’t know terribly well but had interacted with and respected online, a young mom of five, had passed away, and the camp ministry her husband worked for had the recorded service online for those who could not attend. It was a comfort and a blessing in many ways.

10 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Hurrah for new shoes! I like the purse. My purses never match what I wear. I have a weakness for Vera Bradley prints, so I’m almost always carrying something bright and paisley or floral.

    Our weather has been summer-like this week–hot and humid. A cold front blew threw last night, though, so it’s more springlike today.

    I think Josh Groban has a gorgeous voice, too, although the only time I listen to him is at Christmas time (I have a CD).

    Have a lovely Friday!

  2. Looks like you’re into spring — spring cleaning and sorting, spring shoes! NICE. I know what you mean about a funeral. Really provides perspective. Have a good week ahead.

  3. Oh I LOVE your shoes and the purse is adorable!! black and white goes with anything and dots are very trendy right now!! I’m getting ready this weekend to put my tomato seedlings into the deck container pot I bought…i hope I have some tomatoes by July!! There’s nothing like sprucing up the patio/deck!! yay for hubby! enjoy your weekend.

  4. I’m loving the polka dotted purse! Polka dots is a pretty forgiving pattern so I’d be wearing it with everything! Glad you found some sandals. They look like they’d offer good support yet still have a cute summery look to them. I can’t imagine not wearing sandals in the summer.

    We’re not yet at the point where we can turn on the outside water sources as it still can get to freezing at night but cleaning the deck is a sure sign to me of nice days coming. I can hardly wait to get the winter dirt and dust off of it!

  5. I know just what you mean about comfortable AND affordable shoes. Well done on finding THREE! And I concur on Josh Groban — I love the Italian pieces he sings so I can concentrate on the beauty of his voice and not the (often) silly lyrics. So nice your husband got the patio ready and “accompanied” you to the concert despite his taste in music.

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