Friday’s Fave Five

It’s been another up-and-down week, weather-wise. We’ve had lows in the 20s and highs in the 70s. Thankfully the rain didn’t come the same nights as the hard freeze warnings.

Everything else has been more even, thankfully. Some of us enjoy pausing on Fridays with Susanne and friends at Living to Tell the Story to reflect on the blessings of the week, lest they slip from memory too soon.

1. Belated Pi Day. Since Jim was away and I was busy on March 14 (3.14, or pi), we missed “Pie Day.” But later in the week, Mittu made quiche for dinner and a chocolate pie with pretzel crust for dessert. That met my craving for both pie and quiche!

2. Stretches. It seems like all my muscles are tightening up lately. I searched YouTube for “senior stretches” and tried out a few. They seemed to help. I also saw some other exercises I might try. I have some walking DVDs with Lesley Sansone, but I’ve used them so much I know exactly what she’s going to say. Even if I turn off the sound and listen to other music or an audiobook, I am just mind-numbingly bored. So trying different short exercise videos on YouTube might help with that.

3. Sunday lunch with the family. We picked up some whole pork loin on sale, and Jim put it in a teriyaki marinade in his sous vide cooker that Jeremy had made him, then finished it off on the grill. All our local kids were free to come over and eat with us.

4. A good Sunday. Jason Mittu, and Timothy came with us to the church we’re currently visiting; not only did I know all the songs, but they were some of my favorites; the sermon was really good; we had lunch with the family; and then I had a long nap when everyone left. Jim and I puttered around the kitchen for something to eat (which we usually do on Sunday nights) and then watched America’s Funniest Home Videos. It was just a really nice day all around.

5. A good critique group session. This week was my turn to present something. I sent in my “problem chapter” that’s been stalling my work so far. Even though I’ve spent more time on it than the other chapters, it still wasn’t coming together. I was able to pour a lot of time in it the week before, and after earnest prayer, tried some changes. The group didn’t think it was terrible, so that was encouraging. ๐Ÿ™‚ They gave me some great feedback and further ideas to shape it up better.

If you’re an aspiring writer, I can’t encourage you strongly enough to find or form a critique group!

And that’s it for a good week overall. How was yours?

8 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. When my husband was writing some science fiction for short story publications and some poems (He actually made it into Assimov’s magazine!!) he kept saying every writer should have a good critique group. He loved his They met monthly after work in a local coffee shop. Glad you found a good one for your writings!

    YAY for family Sunday dinners, good food, Pi Day and a great church service.

    Sounds like you had a week of special blessings.

  2. It sounds like a good week! It’s amazing how much better I feel at church when I know the songs sung that day ๐Ÿ™‚ Your pie and quiche sound so good. And that’s wonderful that you have a supportive and helpful writing critique group!!! Have a great weekend.

  3. I am so glad for you that you have your critique group. They are really important and encouraging.
    Sunday dinners, or any dinners, with family is always a fave!
    Exercise and fitness are important, even more so as we age. I have a friend who does 50 crunches every morning on the floor because it helps her stay fit and also keeps her able to get up off the floor if she falls down. Good idea!
    Have a good weekend!

  4. Ooh, that sous vide pork loin sounds amazing. Glad you were able to enjoy that with your family.

    Isn’t it great to have such easy access to exercise resources? There’s plenty of junk out there, but sounds like you’ve found some helpful ones.

    Nice to hear you’d had a good Sunday with worship and family time. Have you settled at a particular church or visiting longer term?

  5. So glad you have a good writing group. That is so important. Sounds like you had a very nice Sunday with your family. Glad you have found some stretches to help you feel better. Youtube can be a great resource. I hope you have a good weekend. See you again soon!

  6. I had some Leslie Sansone DVDs as well. She’s perky but I was bored as well so I donated them to the library. I have Silver Sneakers with my Medicare Advantage plan and they are great. You also can find them on You Tube. They are short workouts and often geared to a certain part of the body.

    Your family Sunday sounded wonderful! The pork loin must have been very good. And Mittu’s chocolate pie and quiche had my mouth watering!

    Yes, I’m loving our temps lately So nice to go without a jacket or coat.

    Have a great weekend, my friend!

  7. I love how your family always celebrates things with special foods. What great memories you are building for Timothy! I used to loved stretching but have gotten out of it as of late. I really need to get back into it. It really does feel good. Your family dinner and Sunday in general sounds wonderful. I need to start intentionally making Sunday a rest day.

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