Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday's Fave 5 and Company Girls

Just squeezing in at the end of the afternoon, to join in on Friday's Fave Five.  Looking back at my week, there were many moments of gratitude.  Here are just a few:

1.  Last night, we went to see my mother-in-law, 'we' being Dan, Luke, Emily and I.  Luke has an ear and a heart for music, and enjoys all different kinds.  He made up a CD of his favorite country songs, knowing Dan and I like country music.  We listened to it on the drive down and there were some songs that neither of us had heard of. 

2.  My MIL is doing great!  She had major surgery two and a half weeks ago to have a benign brain tumor removed.  She is in a rehab center for another few days and then will get to go home!

3.  I joined a gym (again) and I'm loving it!  All of the machines have their own t.v.'s, so I can watch House Hunters on HGTV while I work out, guilt-free!

4.  I won't go into details, but I was shown a kindness this week when I least expected it, in fact I was prepared for a confrontation.  The rest of the week, I found myself "paying it forward."  Nice.

5.  This little corner of my living room just blesses me all the time.  It's my favorite reading chair and the bookcase is from my parents' house and holds special mementos.  The books are my grandmother's, my dad's when he was a little boy, and a collection of Dan's favorites.  The pieces of blue delft are from my mom's collection.  There's an eagle statue that Joe received when he got his Eagle Scout award.  And the flag was flown with my brother's unit in Iraq.  The pictures on the left are from  my grandmother's house and I remember them so vividly from when I was a little girl visiting her.

If you'd like to join in, link up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.


I'm also linking up for Coffee Talk with the Company Girls at Home Sanctuary.  They're the nicest group of girls!  Grab a cup of coffee and join us.


Becky said...

I love your Friday Favs. All are wonderful. Memories, health, kindness ... really good stuff. Now, I hope you have a great weekend too.

ellen b. said...

Hi Karen,
Sounds like you had a nice week. How nice that you could all visit your MIL enoying Luke's CD. PTL that your MIL is doing great! It is great to work away and enjoy a good program while you are burning calories!
Lovely corner to escape to!
Have a wonderful weekend...

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like a good week.
Have a wonderful weekend!


Brenda said...

Your gym sounds wonderful! At my gym we have to watch whatever they have on TV. I love your little reading corner, so cozy.

Hazel said...

Thanks for dropping by my nook. You have a beautiful family. Your living room corner sounds charming. How wonderful to encounter something positive when you least expect it - some of life's good surprises!

Mereknits said...

Your week sounds lovley, so gald your Mother in LAw is doing well. Your little corner looks so peaceful a perfect place for a cup of tea and a good book. Have a wonderful weekend,

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, it's always good to meet another fellow blogger. I love your "cozy corner." Looks like such a warm and inviting place to cuddle up and enjoy some "down time."

Blessings to you for a wonderful week-end!

Brenda Kula said...

It's so nice to have a cozy corner where you can relax and reflect. Love that chair!

Lisa notes... said...

How sweet to have a homemade CD. I love those hand-picked favorites. So glad your mil is doing so well. Praise God.

It's wonderful that you were able to both receive and then pay it forward this week. Oh, your “little corner” is so full of special memories. Love it!

Susanne said...

I love your reading corner! What precious momentos!

So glad your MIL is doing fine! Praying she continues to gain her strength and health in the coming weeks.

Each exercise machine has it's own tv? Now that might just motivate me if there was such a thing here. LOL.

mholgate said...

Hi there! I love your heading! What a great little corner to curl up in and read, or just relax! I have a space like that in my living room too. Some day I'd love to have a picture window with a reading nook. Ah, to dream!

Have a great weekend!

Karyn said...

So glad your MIL is doing well!

It is easy to see why that area is your favorite corner!

I love those pictures.

I also am a big fan of country music!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I'm so glad your MIL is doing well, and that you had a nice trip and visit. That corner does look like a wonderful sanctuary. Thanks for sharing it, and all it's precious mementos. Have fun at the gym!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Love the pictures from your grandmother's house.

Jen said...

Love it friend...I will be praying for your MIL...