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 an odd week. It hasn’t been bad at all. We’re just plugging away at everyday life. But as I thought about the Friday’s Fave Five, my mind went blank. Usually I try to keep a running list through the week of what I want to share. This week, by Thursday, I only had one.

But … God is always good, and there are always things to be thankful for. Sometimes they are obvious; sometimes you have to spend more thought.

So here’s what I am thankful for this week:

1. Sibling provision. My brother and one sister are out of work due to the virus—my brother has been for several weeks now. Unemployment processing in his state was backed up. I just heard this week that his unemployment checks finally started coming through. My sister’s store cut hours at first and then closed a couple of weeks ago. Her employer is still paying her for now.

2. Free courses. Serious Writer is offering some free writing classes through the end of April. I just signed up for one and hope to start it soon.

3. Grilled pork loin. My husband prepared this in the sou vide cooker our son made for him and then browned them on the grill.

4. Sunshine. I know I say this off and on. I know rain is necessary. But it sure brightens my spirit to have clear blue skies and sunshine. The temperatures have been crossing back and forth between cool and warm. I always enjoy this stretch of nice weather before the heat of summer kicks in.

5. My roses are exploding.

This one is about to bloom even more.

We’re continuing to find everything we need except Clorox wipes. Thankfully I had plenty on hand already, and we haven’t run out yet. We’re trying new things like boil-in-bag rice when our regular jasmine rice wasn’t available. I made way too much the first time, but now I know about how much to expect out of each bag.

What’s a blessing from your week?

12 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Hello. I love those roses! So beautiful! Glad your brother is starting to get unemployment finally. Sunny days are always nice. Have a great weekend!

  2. It’s such a helpful practice to look for reasons to be thankful. The sunshine always makes me feel better too. One of the biggest blessings this week has been a close friend who has been ill the last two weeks being well again. (She suspects coronavirus but hasn’t been tested.)

  3. Your roses are gorgeous. Ours are just starting to show leaves, so we have a ways to go. That is good news about your brother and sister. I’m grateful that my family members are all well-provided for as well, especially my kids. It’s hard for young families at this time. I’ve been enjoying some workshops online, too. I’m going to check out the one you linked to. Enjoy your weekend, Barbara!

  4. such gorgeous roses!

    I too love the sunshine and tomorrow it’s supposed to be sunny all day and in the mid 60s!! yay!! Makes this hiker mom happy!

    I’m glad your brother is finally getting his unemployment checks and that your sis continues to get paid. We too as special educators in PreK are continuing to get paid although if this quarantine lingers past June we may not be. We REALLY need to be back for summer school program.

    I love free online classes!

    Enjoy the weekend!

  5. I’m glad your siblings are being helped through this crisis. Our Government has done a lot to support people but it’s taking time for people to access the schemes and then receive benefits. Your roses are beautiful. Yes sunshine definitely improves my mood too.

  6. Oh those roses look lovely. We are not yet rose ready weather wise in our area but my clematis, honeysuckle, Japanese peony and Jack Frost are starting to come up. Some weeks the blessing require a little more looking but really we do have so much in our lives to be thankful for. Your list was lovely little touches of good things in your week.

  7. Oh, how happy are those roses! I’m glad you are finding your way with shortages. I’m sorry to hear about your sibling’s troubles. Such a shock to all systems to have so many suddenly jobless. Good to hear he’s getting some relief.

  8. Your roses are beautiful! I think I can smell their fragrance right through the internet.
    I agree that sometimes we forget the blessings, and like you, I often arrive at Thursday night and can’t think of a single thing. It is a good exercise to make myself remember back over the week and realize there are always blessings.
    Enjoy your wonderful spring weather.

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