Friday’s Fave Five

FFF daisies
It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

It’s the last Friday of July! A good time to stop and reflect on the last week. Here are some of the highlights:

1. Under-cabinet lights. I had received these as a gift for Mother’s Day, but we just got them installed last weekend. As easy as they were, I probably could have installed them myself! But I didn’t know that beforehand. Thanks to my husband for putting them up for me. It’s nice to have light on the counters that were previously in the shadows.



2. Reduced price on a desired purchase. When we moved into this house, I purchased some pink toile towels from Target for the master bathroom. The bath towels are still in good shape, but the washcloths are long gone, and the hand towels are getting raggedy. It’s hard to find bath items in a regular old light pink. Decorating pinks either look like bubble gum or have gone from reddish to peachy, and now they have something called blush, which looks like a pinkish beige to me. I haven’t been able to find hand towels with the shade of pink I want in any design. On a recent Internet search, I found some toile ones that looked just like my originals! But they were about twice the price I wanted to pay. They were a “Buy It Now” purchase rather than an auction. I watched them for a few days to see if the seller would drop the price. She didn’t, so I sent her a note to ask if she’d accept a lower price. If she’d take one price I proposed, I’d take two of the towels: if she’d take an even lower price I offered, I’d take all three. She accepted the lowest price! I’m not usually a bargainer, but since I couldn’t find anything like these anywhere else, I ventured forth – and I am glad I did.


3. An uneventful cardiologist’s visit. I had a follow-up visit from last year’s ablation surgery for atrial fibrillation. Everything was routine, and I don’t have to go back for a year unless problems come up. If everything is still okay at that time, I’ll be released from his care back to my primary care doctor. I still have some flutters and palpitations, but they last for just seconds instead of hours, and he said I’d probably always have them.

4. A morning outing. The day of the doctor visit, I was chafing at having to get up early and drive so far for the appointment. But afterward I stopped by Joann’s and used some gift cards, then got take-out lunch at Cracker Barrel, along with my favorite Coca-Cola Cake. So it turned out to be a pleasant morning.

5. Bluetooth headphones or earpieces. This was another gift from a while back that we just got set up. It will be nice to listen to an audiobook or music that way without the long dangly cords from my previous headphones.

Happy Friday!

13 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Score! How excellent that you bargained and got the towels that match what you have.
    The under the cabinet lights do add to the atmosphere.I like well lighted places. I will go have a serious look at the lights now. Maybe it is something I could do without asking one of my kiddos for their time.

    Glad to hear that you doctor’s visit was so routine. Using up gift cards and going to lunch is a great way to treat oneself. Coca Cola cake? Never heard of that?

    Hurray for this gift! These headphones are great. I was recently given Bluetooth headphones, too. I don’t know why I was so resistant to getting them. Now, I wouldn’t go back to my out-of-date, cord head phones. What book are you listening to? I recently finished Don Quixote.

    Do you have a recommendation for a book that is Christian, fiction and has a Christmas theme? I am looking for a good read for our December, women’s reading group.

    Have a refreshing weekend.

    • The under-cabinet lights were battery operated, so no wiring involved. Plus they could be attached with screws or with velcro-like Command strips. We did the latter. Very easy.

      The Coca-cola cake is chocolate and very good! 🙂

      I listened to Don Quixote last year. Not my favorite, but I am glad to have read it. I’m currently listening to The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

      I have lots of good Christmas Christian fiction to recommend!

      Evergreen: A Christiansen Winter Novella by Susan May Warren
      The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren
      Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh
      One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg
      Sarah’s Song by Karen Kingsbury
      Finding Father Christmas/Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn
      Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II by Cara Putnam, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer
      A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Liz Curtis Higgs
      The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson
      Christmas at Harrington‘s by Melody Carlson

      I had copied these from end-of-year reading lists with links, hoping the links to my reviews would come through, but I am sorry they didn’t.

  2. We have some of those under-counter lights, but Mike is waiting to put them up until after we get the cabinets painted. You are making me wish we could get that done!! 🙂
    And great eBay bargain!!

  3. Great find with those ftowels!

    Do those under the counter lights need batteries? Or,do they come with one? I need to get some! Your corner looks so cute!

    Congrats on the good report from cardiologist!

    Happy weekend Barbara!

  4. What a good week! My mom has the under-cabinet lights and they create such a cozy look I think, in the evening especially. So happy with you on the cardiologist report! The towels are so pretty and yes, it’s great when a deal comes together 🙂 I’m sure the seller was glad to sell them, and now they’ve made you happy too.

  5. I always wished I would have got under the cabinet lighting when we got our new cupboards. I’m going to look for these. Yay for the good cardiologist report. Sometimes it sure doesn’t hurt to ask if the vendor will make a deal with you if you take more than one item. The worst they can do is say no.

  6. Love the under the cabinet lighting! And what a beautiful cookie jar! Your kitchen is just so pretty, Barbara. I am glad you had an uneventful cardiology appointment! Praise the Lord! Glad you had such a wonderful week!

  7. The under the cabinet lights are a great idea (and I love the house cookie jar). I’m glad you had a good doctor’s appointment. It’s nice to treat yourself afterward — you deserve it! I enjoy a good bargain, too, but am not much of a bargainer. Obviously, it never hurts to ask. What a find!

  8. The uneventful cardiologist visit is the best news of the week.
    I love how you do little things all the time to improve your home and make it more comfortable.
    A Cracker Barrel is coming to our town and a lot of people are really excited about it.
    I hope this coming week is great for you too.

  9. I don’t know if it’s like that in your State, but here you only find grey and white or brown and black items ! It’s fashion ! Everything looks dull ! I hate that ! I also was looking for rose towels was not easy to find !!

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