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.

Although the official first day of summer isn’t for a couple of weeks yet, to me June 1 begins summer. And my first week of summer by my reckoning has gone quite nicely. Here are some favorite parts of it:

1. Extended book reading time. Most of my reading is done in shorter bits of time here and there. Sunday, in between church, naps, meals, and Face-timing with my oldest son, I finished 2/3 of a book. It felt so luxurious. But my eyes were really blurry afterward, so it’s probably good I can’t do that too often.

2. Pain relief. I occasionally have shooting pains from my knuckles through my fingers in my left hand. It only lasts for seconds, so I haven’t thought much about it. I’ve assumed maybe it was the beginning of arthritis. One day last week, that kind of pain started up in my pinkie knuckle and persisted all night, bringing tears to my eyes as every few seconds pain would whoosh down that pathway. The next day my doctor wasn’t available, but I saw the nurse practitioner. She said that kind of pain was more indicative of nerve inflammation – arthritis is more of an ache in the joints. She gave me an anti-inflammatory prescription, but the pain started subsiding on its own. I don’t know what I did to set that nerve off, but I hope it doesn’t happen again.

3. Frozen meals. I discovered some new frozen meal entrees in the grocery freezer section that only took 15 minutes in the skillet to warm up. They’re probably too expensive to have too often, but they’re cheaper than eating out. It’s nice to have a couple of quick meal options on hand for really busy or tiring days. This one was pretty good:


4. A new file box. I’ve had this file box for scrapbooking paper that I use for cards for years. It’s faded, which is not a big deal, but it started falling apart.



You can find letter-sized file boxes everywhere, but it was hard to track down one that could accommodate the 12×12 scrapbooking size. I finally found one on Joann’s web site. I thought it was too expensive, but a 40% off coupon helped, and I had gift cards there for Mother’s Day. I enjoyed transferring my paper over to its new home. Unfortunately the new files don’t have tabs, but I’m going to see if stick-on labels will adhere to them.

Being able to remove the files from the box helps, too. (Forgive the messiness of my work desk.)

5. A nice summer family evening. My son and daughter-in-law brought dinner over one night along with their inflatable swimming pool for Timothy. He played in the water a while, then rode his little vehicle, then we threw “Pop-its” on the road – these little noisemaker things that sound like little firecrackers.

Happy Friday!

7 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. So glad you discovered the cause of your finger pain. I have arthritis in my elbows, knees, hip, and lower back from Lyme disease and it’s no fun! I keep the joint loose by working out but when it does flare up it’s painful!

    How fun to have some family time in the evening,

    Getting new things to stay organized is always a blessing!

  2. I’m glad you sorted out what was causing your pain in your hand and that it wasn’t arthritis. I love being organised (not always the case though lol). Sounds like a fun family evening you had together. Enjoy the weekend.

  3. I’m so glad for you that you found relief from your pain. It sounds very debilitating. I always like ideas for quick, easy meals, so thanks for sharing. Isn’t it energizing to get organized? It’s time for me to do some of that myself, my desk has become piles on piles. Wishing you lots of enjoyable summer evenings with your family!

  4. That’s good that you found out what causes your pain. I am lucky we have a shop here specialized in frozen meals, they are really delicious and taste home made and it’s cheaper then if I would prepare the meals myself. Lots of seniors buy in this shop so they don’t have to cook.
    I finally have all the documents for Russia ! Somebody told me it’s even more difficult to get a Visa for the States !! lol

  5. I always have a few easy frozen meals on hand. With long days sometimes I just have to have something simple and quick. And it is way cheaper than eating out. Though I have been checking into how to make frozen meals in bags that you just put into the crockpot. I thought that might be a good solution too. Glad you found the source of the pain quickly and that it went away. Hand pain is so hard because we use our hands for everything! You’re Sunday with some extra reading sounds wonderful. Maybe I can squeeze that in today. Sunday goals!

  6. Your work desk looks fine–it’s a WORK desk 🙂 I love it when I can find the right box (tool) for the task. The best part of #2 is that the pain is subsiding. I hope you can figure it out and not have a chronic problem. Reading is a great relaxer and it’s important to make time for it.
    What a blessing it is to live near your grandson!

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