Friday’s Fave Five


It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends
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The last Friday of January – we’re almost 1/12 of the way through 2018 already! Last week I wasn’t sure if I could come up with five faves for the week – but there are always things to be thankful for, even if it requires more thought some weeks than others. This week, I have the opposite problem – more than five things to share! So maybe I’ll save a couple for next time. Here are some favorite parts of the last week:

1. A family outing. We went to Ripley’s Mirror Maze in Gatlinburg last Saturday and then had a great lunch at No Way Jose’s Cantina. We had been to the maze once before, about a year ago. In fact, when it was proposed this time, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go – it’s a pretty short maze, and I wasn’t excited about driving all the way to Gatlinburg. But I am so glad we did. Timothy enjoyed it last time, but this time he was super-excited and vocal about it. When we quickly got to the end, we decided we didn’t want it to be over yet, so we trekked back through – I think confusing some who were going the other way. 🙂 All in all a fun morning. Afterwards we crashed at home for an afternoon nap (it’s nice that a child’s schedule coordinates with a grandma’s 🙂 ) and got Five Guys burgers for dinner. 🙂

2. An understanding caregiver. On our way home Saturday we realized we weren’t going to make it by the time my mother-in-law’s caregiver usually left, so we texted her to let her know and apologize. She said it was no problem at all.

3. A good visit with the cardiologist. “Everything looks great, come back in six months.”

4. Sorting, organizing, purging files. I have a two-drawer (pink!) filing cabinet in my sewing/craft room with pattern booklets, leaflets, and pulled-from-magazine instructions for several crafts. I hadn’t tended to it in some time, and there were some things out of place, new things that needed a home, out-of-date items that needed to be thrown out, other things needing to be set aside to give away (one nice thing about getting to “a certain age” is becoming more realistic about what I might actually get to). I’ve been working on that here and there this week, for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or so at a time, and it’s been gratifying both to get it in order and get reacquainted with what I had in there.

5. A new can opener might seem like an odd thing to be thankful for. But my old one was giving me fits, leaving gaps where it didn’t cut through a lid and tearing paper off the side of the can in the meantime. I bought another one, but it wasn’t a whole lot better. My husband got me this one. The blade doesn’t come in contact with the food inside, and the lid doesn’t fall into or dip into the can – and it works great! It took me a few tries to get the hang of it, but now I love it.

And that’s it for this week. Happy Friday!

10 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I am really liking the ladies that come in and care for grandma although she doesn’t like them telling her what she needs to do to remain safe. So glad to hear the cardiologist appointment went well.
    Can openers {{{sigh}}} they seem so difficult to use anymore. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I try to by all poptop lids if I can.
    Have a great weekend Barbara! 🙂

  2. I JUST bought that new can opener this past summer and LOVE it!!!! I love that there’s no sharp edge on the cans too!!

    Whoa…..five guys burgers???? We def no longer eat those….well….dave doesn’t and i gave up beef, since Dave’s heart attack 3 yrs ago. Don’t tell your cardiologist you ate one!! Haha.

    How nice for the caregiver to not be upset that you were running late. A true blessing indeed! Happy weekend, Barbara!

    • Since my heart issues are with the electrical part of it and not a matter of blockage, I have never been told not to eat burgers and fries, though of course it’s wise to use moderation.

  3. Hey, a decent can opener is worth a fave, surely! I have an old Tupperware one that I hated at first but it works similarly to your new one. And thanks for the link.

    Glad you all heard a good time in Gatlinburg. It’s interesting to hear little Timothy’s re-reactions as he grows. How lovely to have an understanding caregiver. This is the same one who braved the snow to be at your place?

  4. I used to have a can opener like that. I have put it in my cart on Amazon. I need to continue with some of the sorting out of things. My craft room has gotten cluttered with crafts and books which I don’t need anymore.
    Thankful for your good report.
    Mama Bear

  5. Having the best quality accessory makes life in the kitchen so much easier. When I need a new piece like a garlic press, I try to find ‘the world’s best’ in that category. Maybe I’ll never have to purchase another one.
    It’s time for me to tackle more papers–I thought we were headed to a paperless society!
    Playing in the maze sounds with Timothy sounds like a great way to spend the day.

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