Friday’s Fave Five

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

Wow, it has been a busy but fun first week of May. Here are some of my favorite parts:

1. An impromptu family reunion. I have four sisters, two in TX and two in SC. One from TX was flying to SC on business and planned to rent a car to visit the two sisters in SC. Since I am just a few hours away, we talked about me driving to SC or meeting them halfway around Asheville, NC. Since none of them had met my grandson, Timothy, yet, and I figured his family could probably make it to Asheville easier than they could make it to SC, I proposed that we meet there. Then I just found out Friday that my other sister, stepfather, and nephew from TX were flying in to spend the weekend in SC and would meet us in Asheville, too! I wished then that I had planned to go all the way to SC for the weekend. But I didn’t know if the rest of the family here in TN could have done that, especially changing plans the afternoon before. So we stayed with our original plan and met in NC for lunch at a restaurant, then went to a mall that had a play place for Timothy to run around a bit and for the rest of us to visit a little longer. All of us were there except my oldest son and my brother and his wife, who all live further north, and a niece. We had such a great time visiting. Every time I am with my family of origin, I’m reminded how much I enjoy them and tell myself we need to do this more often.

2. Good weather on the drive home. Heavy rain and even hail was forecast for last Sat. afternoon, but thankfully it stopped before our drive home. Those winding mountain roads are enough of a challenge without slippery precipitation and visibility problems.

3. Cookies at the mall. When we lived in SC, the mall was just five minutes away, and I used to get these cookies frequently. It’s probably good that the mall here is further away. I had completely forgotten about this place. But they had one near where we were at the Asheville mall, and one sister got a box-full to share. And she let me take the leftovers home! Love their peanut butter especially!


4. An afternoon at the movies. My husband has had trouble watching movies in theaters ever since his retina detached a few years ago. Normally we all prefer to watch them at home, anyway – we can pause them for bathroom breaks and spend less. 🙂 But there was one Jesse and I wanted to see now, so we went this last week while Jim was away for the day. This theater has been revamped since the last time I was there: you can now order food in the theater and watch the movie in recliners! The whole experience was fun. Then we walked around the mall a bit, something I haven’t done in ages, and brought home take-out from a favorite Asian place in the mall. All in all it was an enjoyable break in the routine.

5. Roses blooming. My rose bushes just exploded with blooms recently. I didn’t get a photo while they were in their prime, but this gives you an idea. Thankfully, with pruning the flowers off after they’re spent, these will keep putting out new ones well into September.


Happy Friday!


9 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I am so happy for you, Barbara, that you were able to spend time with your family! What a blessing for you! And isn’t Asheville just the perfect place for a reunion. Such a lovely and quaint town.

    What fun for you to go to the movies with your son! I love that!

    You are far ahead of us when it comes to the blooms. Your roses are just gorgeous!

  2. So many happy things in this post, Barbara. I’m so glad you’re able to enjoy your freedom to travel and do fun things with Jim. My three siblings all live fairly close to me but we haven’t all been together in a few months so hopefully we can have a mini-reunion in June. Have a great weekend.

  3. Wonderful things to be thankful for Barbara! Family time, mall trips, cookies!! My 3 younger sisters all live within 1-2 hrs of me so we get together often but for my husband’s side we tend to need to plan. It’s always fun with family reunions!!

    Happy Mother’s Day!,

  4. Your rosebushes are beautiful. Plants are just beginning to leaf out here, so it will be awhile before we have any flowers. How fun to have your family reunion, and that you have four sisters! I have just brothers, and I always thought it would fun to have lots of girls in the family. Happy Mother’s Day, Barbara.

  5. What a good week you’ve had! Your roses are gorgeous; I love that you can enjoy them for a long time now. Your reunion sounds wonderful too. And I remember when our mall used to have that cookie place. Delicious!!

  6. How lovely that you got to spend such great family time! Our mall has not had a cookie place for many years but we enjoy the soft pretzel that is new there and will sometimes go just to have one of those. Glad you had safe travels home. The roses are gorgeous!

  7. I’m amazed that so many of your family were able to gather for that “impromptu” reunion! But sometimes last minute plans fare better than those planned well in advance. And now you’ve got me craving peanut butter cookies!

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