Friday’s Fave Five

Welcome to the first FFF of a new month. Susanne at Living to Tell the Story invites us to look back over the week and name five of the best things from it. It’s a good practice in counting our blessings before they pass by, forgotten.

Here, then, are a few of my favorite parts of the last week:

1. A fixed dishwasher. I’ve mentioned my husband’s ongoing attempts to repair our dishwasher. He had one last thing to try before giving up. Thankfully, he was successful. We’ve run the dishwasher a few times now with no leaks.

2. Dinner at Jason and Mittu‘s, which we hadn’t done since Christmas time due to Covid at their house. Thankfully, everyone is well again. We enjoyed grilled hamburgers with several sides and rousing games of Uno and Dutch Blitz.

3. A negative Covid test. I’d had very mild symptoms for a few days, but decided to use a home Covid test before the visit with the kids mentioned above and before Jim had to travel (his first flight since the pandemic started). Thankfully, the test was negative.

4. Two organizing projects done. The first one involved the kitchen pantry and one cabinet and drawer. I had three specific goals: I wanted to get either the air fryer or instant pot (or both!) off the countertop, to get some newly accumulated baking supplies together in one location, and to take the cookie cutters and pumpkin-carving equipment, which are only used once a year or so, out of prime space in the big kitchen drawer. I was able to do all of those except the instant pot. Plus I got rid of some things and rearranged what remained in better ways. I even found a couple of things I had forgotten I had (like Valentine cupcake decorations—good timing!

Then, I had two under-bed storage boxes in our bedroom closet–because they wouldn’t fit under out bed. I had some gift-wrapping supplies in them, but was consolidating all that stuff somewhere else. The under-bed storage units did fit under the bed in the guest room, and I’ll use them for some supplies from the shed that I want to bring in. The extra space in the closet provided a better place for my husband’s shoes and an extra shelf on his side. Then I dusted everything I could reach in there—amazing how much dust gets into a closet.

5. The Olympic games. I don’t pay attention to sports generally, but I do like the Olympics. I watched some of the figure skating qualifications last night and look forward to the opening ceremony tonight.

What’s something good from your week?

12 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. oh Barbara I’m so thankful your covid test was negative!
    And how fun to get together with your grandson for burgers and games. Glad you could finally see them!
    I had something similar happen with our washer. last weekend it was leaking from underneath. Dave looked, tested, etc and could find nothing wrong. We prayed, we waited 2 days and then our daughter did a small load. no leak. then i did a big load. no leak. Thankfully it seems fine now so we are saying maybe the Lord gave us an added blessing. I totally forgot to mention it on my FFF until I saw your dishwasher issue. Glad your leak has stopped!!
    I love when I can clean up clutter and organize closets, drawers, etc. Sounds like you did a great job!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  2. So nice having mechanically talented family members – yay for a functioning dishwasher.

    The bummer with organizing the kitchen is that it’s not a one-time deal… You had clear goals and got a bonus with the valentines stuff too! Hope the new homes for your relocated tools work out. Limited counter space is why I haven’t bought any new small appliances.

    • Yes—I remember the slow-dawning realization a while back that organization isn’t a destination but a process. Even if I could get the whole house organized to my liking all at one time, it would need it again as items are used or added to or replaced. Thankfully, usually these days organizing is not so much redoing a whole closet or something, but rather a sudden idea that, “You know, I think this would work better there.”

      I’m extremely thankful for mechanically talented family members. I’d be in a heap of trouble (or at least non-functioning appliances) without them.

  3. It’s been awhile since I’ve played Uno, but I remember it being fun. Our daughter gave us Bananagrams for Christmas, so Jeff and I have had some fun games of that this past month. I could play it every night but he likes to pace himself. ha. (i.e., I love word games and he doesn’t.)

  4. Yay for the organizing, and yes, it is an ongoing process.
    What a relief to have a negative test. And what a joy to spend an evening with Timothy and his parents.
    I’m relieved with you that your dishwasher is fixed–hurray for hubbies who fix things (like our microwave this morning).
    Enjoy a peaceful weekend.

  5. Yay on the dishwasher! Would you believe that I’ve come through the pandemic having never (yet) taken a covid test? Pretty sure I’ve had it twice though. I’m glad you don’t! I hope to see a bit of the olympics too. Last time they were on I had a really hard time finding when/how to watch. It seemed much was streamed various ways that didn’t work for us. Like you, I love the figure skating.

  6. It sounds like you had a lovely time at your son and daughter-in-law’s home. Dinner and games always fun. So glad your dishwasher is fixed. You inspire me with your organizing projects. Glad you had a good week. Have a nice weekend and I will see you again soon.

  7. Barbara, don’t you just love it when the last attempt to fix an appliance finally works? 🙂 I’m so glad your Covid test was negative. And good job with the organizing projects … one of these days I need to go through my entire kitchen and rethink what gets used most and the best location for it all.

  8. I need to do some organizing in my kitchen, so thank you for the motivation! As you commented above, it is an ongoing process, isn’t it? It’s time to assess what we use and don’t use and take it from there. Those negative Covid tests are something to celebrate! Yay for the now-functioning dishwasher!!

  9. Glad your family are recovered and you had a negative test. Your organising was impressive. I love it when a plan comes together. And yay for fixing the dishwasher.

  10. That’s great that you could repair your dishwasher yourself ! Oherwise the reparations cost more then a new one ! I don’t watch the Olympics or any other sport, I am even angry that so many channels show them !

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