It's Friday and time to look back over the past week for the blessings in my world. So often the things I'm most grateful for are the ordinary moments. It's the beauty that I find there that make me feel that I have a most extraordinary life.
1. Summer is here to stay, marked by 90 plus degree heat, the first G&T's of the season, and lots of time working in the gardens. I planted three new rosebushes a few weeks ago. This one is a floribunda called Anna's Promise, named after a character on Downton Abbey. It has a sweet fragrance and the color is a bit deeper than this photo shows.
2. Mornings with Lilly. I've never been much of a morning person, but that has changed in the past couple of years. Perhaps it's because I now have the luxury of enjoying the first couple of hours in solitude, before the day gets started. Well, almost in solitude. Lilly is my morning companion. "We" read devotions together, water plants, (I) enjoy coffee, and slowly slip into the day.
3. Good company. Emily and Marcus worked late one evening, so we had these two cuties to keep us company. It was a nice evening for a stroll, followed by sitting on the back deck.
4. Good neighbors. One of our neighbors thinned his iris beds this week and offered up the extras to anyone who wants them. He has some beautiful colors, and I am thrilled to have some more perennials to put in my garden.
5. Neat finds at garage sales. It's in my blood, like the thrill of the hunt. I love a good garage sale. Today I found the following items and paid a total of a whopping $2 for everything. The three mugs match one that I already have, so now I have a set! The canvas backpack is a perfect size and I'm going to offer it to my daughter first. She may like that it's small and easy to carry when she's toting kids and diaper bag. And the book is by the daughter of Anne Lindbergh. She has written some lovely children's books and this one will go in my library, to be shared with my grandkids one day.
How was your week? Join us for Friday's Fave Five and share your highlights.