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.

This has been a sick week, literally. My husband has had some type of awful sinus/sore throat ailment all week. To give you some idea: we’ve gone through nine boxes of tissues this week. I haven’t had quite that: mine has been more sinus pressure, scratchy throat, headache, bone-deep tiredness. Acetaminophen has been my best friend this week. I thought I might be catching the flu, but it doesn’t seem to be that. Anyway, we made it through the week and are glad to have the weekend coming up. Here are some highlights of the last week.

1. Sick days aren’t fun in themselves, but it’s nice to have “permission” to just rest, read, sleep as needed. We took Sunday to stay home and do just that. I think that’s the main reason my ailments weren’t any worse: since they had just started that day, I think I headed them off. And I got a lot of good reading done, resulting in three book reviews this week.

2. Pumpkin day, as Timothy calls it. None of us grew up carving pumpkins, but my daughter-in-law wanted to try it a few years ago, so we have been doing it every year since. It’s fun when family traditions expand with new members! I was always afraid of the darker associations with Halloween when the kids were little, but these days I don’t think most people think of that when they see cute and clever pumpkin faces. Along with carving pumpkins, it has become almost a tradition to have homemade caramel corn and apple cider to snack on through the evening.  Here are the results of our labors:

Jim always goes political:

I chose an owl, both because my mom used to collect owls, plus this looked pretty simple. I’m not good with the intricate designs.

Jason made his own design from a photo he had taken of Mittu. Amazing!

Mittu made a cat, and even painted the cat and the moon:

Timothy used paint pens for some of his design, plus they found some cute stickers of various eyes and mouths, so he decorated three sides of his pumpkin. 🙂 Plus they found these cute googly eye lights, and Mittu cut holes for them for him.

Also while we were out on the porch, we saw our annual visitor: this funny little bird comes and roosts on the corner of our porch a few nights every year. I don’t know what it is or even if it is the same one. It doesn’t seem to disturb him when we’re out there.

Yes, there is also the beginning of a wasp’s nest there, too – I hope Jim can get to it this weekend.

3. A surprise visit. Jason and Mittu were traveling this week, and I had wanted to have them over before they left. Between Jim being sick plus traveling himself a couple of days, it didn’t work out. But they stopped here on their way out, so I got to visit with them for a bit and see them off. Then they FaceTimed from their hotel that night and Timothy gave me a tour of their room. So fun to see life through the eyes of a child.

4. Homemade lasagna. We have frozen lasagna and Hamburger Helper lasagna sometimes, and they are good, but there’s nothing like the real thing!

5. When God speaks to my heart through His Word. In one sense He always does. But sometimes I’ll be praying or burdened about something in particular just before my quiet time, and in my regular reading for the day God will address that very thing

Have a good Friday!

8 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I love your pumpkins. I so regret not doing more with that when my children were small. We could have carved pumpkins without doing witches and ghouls and bad faces!! And we would have made such memories. Oh well – we were trying to do the right thing, and maybe have a better understanding of it now than we did then.
    Glad you are feeling some better.

  2. I love when God speaks to us just when we need it!!

    Those pumpkins are amazing!!!! I just set pumpkins out ( real ones outdoors and fake ones inside) but i do have a fake lighted jack o lantern ( happy face to shine the Light of Jesus and dispel the darkness) sitting on a hay bale on the front porch for when we get trick or treaters. I think celebrating Halloween falls under the conviction area…..some Christians have no problem with it and think of it as a day to shine the Light and dress up in silly costumes and others ( like us when the girls were small) just did harvest things. We didn’t allow them to trick or treat as we didn’t want them going to strangers houses nor eating a lot of junk food. They didn’t miss it either!! Once they were older, they dressed up in their senior year as a fave character as that is what the school allowed. Only seniors got to dress up.

    Glad you are feeling better!! I read a couple of your book reviews!! I love reading.

  3. Oh, my, every pumpkin is great. So glad you have photo to showcase them. My kids and I carved pumpkins when they were little, but they were just faces. A few years ago I took all the supplies to a friend and her husband because they had never carved before. I have decorated pumpkins with my oldest grand daughter but with paints, melted crayons, and other art supplies. I am going to a pumpkin patch today. I am going to get a pumpkin to carve. I will ask my daughter to do the same. (We live together). I never heard of googly eye lights.
    Homemade lasagna is a TREAT.
    Wow, that is a lot of kleenix. So glad you both are on the mend. And it was FUN that you were able to get in so much reading and writing.
    God is such a communicator. I LOVE when I read “answers” during my daily quiet time. Such an intimate blessing.
    Have a great week.

  4. Wow, the pumpkins all look great! Such talent! I looked for ways to make Halloween fun for my kids — and now my grandkids. I don’t like that it’s become an adult holiday and so scary. But there are ways to keep the fun in it.

    That’s an unusual bird, but very pretty. Love #5. I had that experience last week, and it has carried me through some tough days this week.

    Have a good weekend, Barbara, and I hope you and Jim are feeling better.

  5. I’m sorry that you and your hubby have been sick, Barbara. I hope by now you are both feeling much better.

    Loved the pumpkin carvings! Isn’t it amazing how some people can do such intricate things like your son did of your daughter-in-law? Our granddaughter made her own beautiful design and carved it and it turned out lovely. And I loved the picture of Timothy with the carved pumpkins! Fun memories…and I love it that you have the same foods each year at this time. That makes them special.

    Love it that Timothy gave you a tour of their hotel room on Facetime. How fun! Reminds me of the summer that my father-in-law passed away and our son’s family and other family members and we all stayed at the same hotel. Our youngest granddaughter came to our room and demonstrated how to turn on all the lights. It sounds pretty elementary, but as I learned when we traveled the last couple of weeks I found myself wishing that she was with us because it seems like every hotel has a different lighting system. 🙂

    I, too, love it when God speaks to my heart as I am reading His Word. It makes the passage come alive for me.

  6. Yes, I love how God speaks to our hearts exactly when we need something.
    Wow! Those pumpkins are amazing! I don’t do pumpkins anymore, but when we did, we were lucky if we had a face of any kind.
    It is fun to ‘see’ life in the eyes of a child. They see things so differently and show us what they think is important.

  7. I’m glad you took the quiet “sick day” and am glad you’re on the mend. WOW on those pumpkins! I’ve never been a pumpkin carver either, and these all look really impressive. Your little bird “pet” is sweet!

  8. So totally agree with #5. Those pumpkins are great and the one with Mittu’s face is really amazing! Timothy’s is awesome. Glad you took that day to rest and let your body fight off the sick. I don’t think we do that often enough in our North American culture.

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