Friday’s Fave Five

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

It’s time for another pause in the week to reflect on the good God has blessed us with. Here are five favorite things from the week:

1. Clean windows, curtains, and help. Our shower curtain and bathroom curtain needed to be washed, and I threw in the bedroom curtains for good measure. I planned to clean the windows and blinds while they were bare. I found a lot of mildew on the bedroom windowsill plus a little on the frame, so I asked my husband if he would take care of that part while I went to the store. When I came back, he had completely cleaned both bedroom and bathroom windows and later dusted the blinds. That was a tremendous help in itself, but I especially appreciated having that done since all of the curtains needed to be ironed as well. Plus there’s always a sense of satisfaction when that kind of task is completed for a while.

2. A little more organizing. I have a catch-all basket on the kitchen counter and another on my desk. They were both full, so I cleared them out and cleaned off my desk as well. I’m always surprised by a couple of things buried in them.

3. Frozen meals. I try to keep a couple on hand for those busy days when I am tired by dinnertime. I’m thankful we have such a variety of good quality meals to choose from these days.

4. A warm coat. I don’t like to wear it often because it’s so heavy and bulky. But it’s been quite cold out this week (in the teens a couple of times), and I was glad to have a warm coat. Sometimes I’ve wondered if it’s extravagant to have a couple of jackets in different weights plus a heavy coat plus a couple of sweaters. But they are all used, as our temperatures vary so much here. I’m thankful for all of them.

5. Sunshine has been obscured a lot this week, making it even more valued when it can be seen and enjoyed.

Updated to add a bonus: I can’t believe I forget this! We had a small (3.8) earthquake about 45 miles from us, which is not a favorite. It was pretty scary. But I was grateful that it was small and the effects we felt only lasted a few seconds (though they seemed long at the time). And I am grateful Jim was home and Facebook friends had updates and reports within a very short time.

That’s my week! What’s one good thing from yours?

12 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. We are preparing to put our house on the market and have been packing and decluttering. We’re finally beginning to see real progress .

  2. His manager was able to get their vacation time they missed last year paid out so yesterdays cheque was $800 more after taxes, which paid off our little debt and the rest went into savings. We are facing some uncertainties right now with DH’s job so being debt free is comforting.

  3. I’m so jealous that you have clean windows, curtains, and blinds. Mine are AWFUL. I do clean my windows occasionally, but haven’t cleaned the blinds in…I don’t know how long (and would hate to admit it if I did know, ha.) I have no one to blame but myself though. Maybe it’s a task I’ll schedule in for this spring!

    • Well, those were just two windows. The rest will probably be done in the spring. I’m ashamed to say I don’t think I get to them even once a year. It’s more like when it occurs to me it has been a while, or when I get close enough to them to see spiderwebs or dust.

  4. Well done on getting the windows done. We’re planning on moving and there are so many cleaning jobs that need doing and so much stuff to be decluttered. Glad the earthquake didn’t cause any major problems. Enjoy the weekend.

  5. Awesome of your husband to do the windows!! We had blinds in our bedroom the first year we built the house, i took them down and haven’t regretted it, we use semi sheer curtains from May -November and then room darkening/thermal drapes in the colder months. Did you know if you hang up your drapes/curtains while wet there’s no need to iron them?? The wrinkles fall right out. I’ve been doing that since being on my own (since 1986!!) i learned that trick from my mother.

    I love a good warm coat. I too have several different kinds because of living in the northeast. I even have a flannel lined raincoat for cold months and a regular rain jacket for warmer months,

    Wow!! Glad your earthquake didn’t cause damage!!

    Have a restful weekend,

  6. An earthquake??! I totally missed that. Glad there was no damage from it. I too envy you your nice clean windows! I like to “tidy up,” but I’m not so great on the deeper cleaning like that. One good thing from my week … we are making progress on planning a trip to Peru for a week in Oct. I’ve longed to see Machu Picchu in person since seeing it in my third grade social studies book. I’m thrilled to think it may just actually happen!

  7. Oh wow – all that cleaning inspires me! Kudos to your husband for helping so much. Wow, Earthquakes can be unsettling to be sure. We lived in California for a number of years so felt some pretty good sized ones including the 1989 Earthquake that really did a number in the Bay Area. We were about an hour south east of San Francisco. I don’t think I will ever forget that experience. I was also in a pretty strong earthquake in Mexico City years back when I was there with a some high school friends on vacation. I hope you and yours have a great weekend!

  8. We had once an earthquake years ago ! Everybody was on the street, except me I slept. Next morning in the office we talked about that and another had thought that her dog, sleeping on her bed had scratched himself and that’s why the bed shook !

  9. Because our house is for sale and we never know when someone will want to come see it, we have to keep it clean, uncluttered and ready to show. It’s lovely to look at, but it does get tiring.
    I’m glad you had no damage from the earthquake (says the woman from SoCal, ie. earthquake country) It can be disconcerting to feel the earth rolling around under you.

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