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.

I was so sorry to have missed last week! With preparations for a church baby shower, two family birthdays, and a visit from my out-of-town son, I just didn’t have time to sit down and compose a post then. But I am glad to be back now with a full week and heart. Here are some of the best parts:

1. My son’s visit. He’s here for a little over a week!

2. My son’s birthday. He wasn’t here on his actual birthday, but we celebrated a few days late.


We had a grilled hamburger feast, and Timothy wanted to do a pinata. I thought it would fall apart with one whack, but it took a while to break through! Jason and Mittu had filled it with a little candy but also some little fun things like small bubble solutions, little finger lights, etc.



2. My birthday! It was nice to have the family all together for it. We usually can’t go out to eat dinner due to Jim’s mom needing someone with her, but we asked her daytime caregiver to come back that evening. We went to one of my favorite restaurants right on a lake. The view was gorgeous and the food was great. It seems like every time we go to a restaurant lately, something is wrong with someone’s order, but this time everything came out right.



My daughter-in-law made my lovely cake!

3. Family time. I always enjoy having everyone together to talk, play games, or just hang out. Besides my oldest son being here, my husband took the week off, and Jason and Jesse took a day or two off as well. We didn’t have any “big” outings this week, but we’re looking forward to a picnic this weekend.

4. A rediscovered lamp. My sewing room has never had enough light, even when I open the blinds and turn on two lamps and the closet light. But it’s better in the afternoons when the sun is on that side of the house and more light comes in the window. One day last week, however, I needed to work in there in the morning and was frustrated over the lack of light. I remembered that my husband had gotten me a lamp for my work table a long time ago, but I had not put it out because there wasn’t a place for it. But I got it out and tried it. Even though there is still not a good place for it, it helped so much having light right where I needed it. I found out the lamp has three settings, too, so I can adjust it just right.

5. A ceiling fan for my bedroom. I have wanted one for a long time and finally got one for my birthday.

Happy Friday!

11 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Awww, Barbara…Happy Birthday! It sounds as if you have had a wonderful celebration and having family together all week has been a blessing. I’m not certain if this is the first time that all of your sons have been in one picture, but they look enough alike that they could be triplets…well, if they were the same age. ~wink~ I am glad you had such a wonderful week!

  2. I’ve been thinking of you all week with your son here and your birthday. Love to see these photos. That’s quite a cake, my friend! I’m glad you are having a wonderful week and that you were able to arrange for Jim’s mom to be cared for so you could go out. We will celebrate your birthday late together but we will!

  3. Happy belated birthday greetings, Barb. Sounds like it couldn’t have been a better celebration with a home made cake, going out to dinner, and family. I like your candles. I have never seen those before.
    Hurray for enough light and making it work with a lamp you already have.
    What a blessing to have so many family members around. I imagine there is a lot of laughter going on. Is there a game y’all especially like to play?
    How fun to have have a piñata. Nice idea to put things in other than candy. I recently bought finger lights to put in some OCC boxes and they are FUN.
    So glad your week wasn’t as busy as the previous one and that you survived it!
    Hope your week is refreshing.

  4. Happy Birthday, Barbara! Love seeing the pics of your whole family together! I know how special it is to have EVERYONE there to celebrate. Our kids all live less than an hour from us, but it’s still hard to find a time when they can all come! I’m loving seeing Timothy growing up!

  5. Happy Birthday Barbara!! I’m so sorry i missed the FFF but we were busy moving our youngest into her new dorm for her 2nd yr at UNH. NH is just gorgeous so we lingered and then went back to MA to spend another night with Dave’s folks. We are finally back in NY and i am finally getting caught up on blogs on this sunny Sunday. It looks like you had an amazing week of family, dinner on a lake ( my fave!!!) and a new ceiling fan! I’ve waited 28 yrs for one….maybe I’ll get one for MY next birthday, ha!

  6. Happy belated birthday, Barbara! So nice that you could get out for your birthday and what a blessing that all the family could be together for that. That’s a great family photo. Your can sure tell your sons are from the same family.

  7. That was a nice week indeed for you ! I wish you a happy (very) belayed birthday ! But with my mammoth trip I am late with comments and now the fatigue comes out !

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