Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Favorites

I'm overdue in joining Susanne's Friday Fave Five this year.  Here are some of the blessings thrown my way this past week.

1.  A softball scrimmage on Sunday.  The weather has been so mild this month, it was hard to believe that we were outside, watching a game, drinking cold beverages and eating peanuts -- in January!

2.  Eating out at a new Italian restaurant last night, with Dan, my Aunt Ann and Luke.  A cozy foursome, red checked table clothes and a gracious Italian waiter.  And the food was delicious!

3.  Finding a new, independent coffee shop.  Dan and I have been there twice and have a favorite table by the window where we can watch the pedestrians and traffic go by on an old fashioned Main Street.

4.  Really, really good chocolate.  My friend gave me a bar of Godiva -- a "just because" present -- and I savored it one.square.at.a.time.

5.  Rediscovering the joy in quilting.  Working the needle through layers of fabric and batting has a meditative, peaceful quality.  I do a lot of thinking and praying when I quilt.

I hope your week was full of blessings, too.

14 comments:

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
WHAT A NICE WEEK YOU HAD......I FORGOT LUKE IS HOME STILL ON VACATION
THAT MUST BE GREAT FOR YOU.....WHEN I CROCHET MY MIND REALLY GOES WANDERING
AND SOLVING PROBLEMS, AND SO MANY MORE THINGS......BUT....ITS A RELAXING TIME AND I DON'T FEEL STRESS
JUST COMFORTABLE.....OF COURSE A NICE HOT CUP OF TEA HELPS IT ALONG.......
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND....LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ

Jerralea said...

Sounds like a good week to me - coffee, chocolate - and did I hear italian food?

Enjoy the weather while you can!

Mereknits said...

Sounds like a wonderful week. Hope you still have some chocolate for the weekend,
Meredith

ellen b. said...

Hello Karen! I like your favorites. I'm ready to be able to get off our snowy hill and have a nice meal out. Coffee, chocolate and good food...fabulous!

Faith said...

what a great list of faves...especially the chocolate and coffee shop! love it!!

Marilyn said...

Softball?!! I know we've been having weather that is conducive to this sort of activity! I'm ready for spring, but we do need some moisture in some form out here. Have a nice weekend.♥♫

Karyn said...

Wow, Softball in January! That's taking advantage of the unseasonable weather.

Your coffee shop sounds nice. Actually, sitting by the window with your guy is what really sounds great.

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like a great week.
I am very thankful for the weekend.
Enjoy yours!

Melinda

Hope said...

Those are great favourites. I LOVE Italian food. And the coffee shop sounds cozy. I LOVE old fashioned Main Streets!

Mereknits said...

Hi again Karen,

To answer your question I usually watch TV while I knit or crochet. When I weave I find that I like to have nothing on. I love the idea of audio books, but I am a bit hearing impaired so I am afraid I would lose a lot of what was going on. With TV I can watch and listen so it helps. I also like to sit outside and knit/crochet and just be outside, that is of course when it is nice out.

I have been knitting a long time so I do not really have to pay that much attention, but crochet is another matter, I really have to focus.

Hope you are having a great weekend,
Meredith

Susan@FruitfulWords said...

I hope you post pictures of your quilt when it is done. I have made 2, a baby quilt and one made with blue jeans. Neither were hand pierced. I don't know if I'd have the patience to do it by hand. How awesome, though, that you've found a way to pray and think. I used to do that while walking and have gotten out of the habit.

Have a great week, Karen.

Leslie said...

What a great week. I love some great chocolate also. It's great to rediscover a craft that you love. Can't wait to see what you are making.
Have a great new week.

Susanne said...

Isn't the weather weird this year? Who would think for January that you could do that in your part of the country?

Eating out, Italian food, coffee out with hubby and chocolate. Sounds like a great week to me! I admire your willpower with the once square at a time of chocolate. I can do one square at a time too, but I tend to do all the squares one after the other. LOL.

kathy b said...

New to your blog, Love your style and sense of purpose. Itailian food..mmmm , did that inspire your spaghetti sauce making?