Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Fave Five

Another week of good stuff to share with Susanne and the Friday Fave Five crowd. Link up here, if you would like to join in and celebrate the blessings in your week.

1.  Music, music, music!  First, I should say that I'm not the musician in the family, that Dan is and my sons both have an appreciation for and talent for it, too.  However, like most people, I have my favorite songs and genres, though I just don't have much of an ear for quality and tone.  Dan does! and so we finally bit the bullet and bought a sound system for our home.  I love that we can sit on the back porch and listen to our favorite playlists, or have it playing in different areas of the house. (Listening to Kenny Chesney right now;)

2.  A good, rockin' thunderstorm.  Earlier this week, a good downpour cooled everything off and we slept with the windows open for the first time in weeks.  It's cooler again today and our flowers and plants are very happy.

3. Not as bad as it could've been.  I went downstairs to throw in some laundry earlier this week, and as I stepped into the laundry room, stepped into a HUGE puddle of water.  We're still not positive what the source was -- which is hugely disconcerting -- but, it was clean water and nothing was damaged. Hard to see this as a blessing, but we have had worse!

4. Learning some stuff.  Classes started this week through an online learning program that our library is connected with.  As patrons, we can choose form over two thousand classes and take them for FREE!  I'm taking Intro to Microsoft Word -- I use Word all the time, but there are parts of it that are still a mystery to me -- and a Travel Writing class, because I just can't seem to get enough:)

5. Morning walks. My walking partner, Joan, and I are getting back to our normal routine, walking at the open space a couple mornings a week.  We go way back -- we were neighbors when Dan and I bought our first house right after we were married.  Joan was a stay-at-home-mom with five kids, and I was a workin' girl.  I wanted to be her and she wanted to be me, haha! Then, I was the SAHM and she went into Real Estate, and helped us find our next three homes.  Now, we're both grandmas and empty nesters, and good friends:)  I love how life happens.

How was your week?



Kathie said...

Hi Karen,

Loved your Friday Faves! I'm also an empty nester - and a nanny - with some great friends in the same situation. It's wonderful to sustain those kinds of friendships over the years. They're priceless!

Travel Writing class sounds so interesting- not that I travel that much - but I do love to read about travel :)

I'm kind of looking forward to getting back into routine - it won't happen here til Sept. I enjoy holiday but there's something nice about the ordinary routine of life.

Hope you have a great week!

Patti Gardner said...

The new sound system sounds great! I would love something like that. I currently listen to Pandora on my laptop. If my laptop is in the kitchen, I can connect it to a small set of speakers on top of the frig. If I'm in any other room, though, I have to listen from the computer itself, and that isn't very loud. So, I'm rather envious of you being able to sit on the porch and listen to music.

A good rainstorm would be delightful. From about May through October, we get virtually no rain here in southwest Idaho. We desperately need it.

I'm glad your water situation didn't cause any damage. I do hope you can figure out where it came from.

The travel writing class sounds interesting. I would love to hear more about that. Is it something you are planning to do for a job? Or just for fun?

Your friendship with Joan sounds lovely. To have a longtime friend is a real joy.

Happy weekend to you,

Barbara H. said...

The sound system sounds wonderful! I can't play an instrument, either, but love to listen to music.

I can imagine how disconcerting it was to find a puddle of water in the laundry room and not know how it got there! Glad it was clean and doesn't seem to be a major problem.

The online learning problem looks so cool! Would love to get in on something like that!

Loved how you and your friend wished you were in the other situation - then you were - then you were both in the same situation. Longtime friendships are a treasure!

Jerralea said...

Sounds like the perfect walking buddy! How funny you wanted each other's lives ... and still remained friends!

Mari said...

Your sounds system sounds wonderful! I would love one.
That puddle is crazy - hope that's the end of it!
How nice to have a walking partner, and one that you know so well is even better.

Karen Sanderson said...

Pretty good week...things are getting amped up for a new school year (I work at a university)...both with students and my new classes. Had a pizza party with friends (then right back to the diet). Walked and danced quite a bit (I do tap), and getting ready to take my morning walk right now.

Mereknits said...

Karen, I have missed you and your fun stories and lovley positive attitude about life. Thank you for checking on me, you are a dear friend.

Willow said...

Those classes through the library are a great incentive!
I'm glad you're getting back to walking regularly. I would have a hard time not walking. Now we walk in the evenings when The Professor is home. But how I miss having my walking buddy--ellenb.
Yikes--that pool of water in the laundry. I hope the floor is ok.

Kas Sartori said...

I'm a new reader of your Fri Fav blog & LOVE your idea of enumerating positives at the week's end!
I'd love a thunderstorm but here in Calif. we have only sunshine in summer. This week was in the 80s & I was able to resume my walks too! One surprise for me was running into an old friend while walking; we made plans to meet again and pull together a Creative Cluster meeting with the other 2 women who used to gather with us to encourage our individual creativity. Also, like you, I'm also looking forward to Senior classes. Ours will be in film and art history w/ my husband; our local community college offers many opportunities for seniors to learn.
Sometimes puddles remind us that things could be worse, as you mentioned. My husband has been quite ill lately, but this week he had a couple very good days, with enough energy to go out to breakfast with me and also to fix a sagging gate at our house. I was very grateful to see him resume a couple normal activities!

I look forward to your next post--I expect it will be equally thought provoking.

Susanne said...

Love the idea of being able to use the sound system in different parts of the house. I'm not a big music person but my hubby sure is and is always putting playlists together. After this summer of rain and thunderstorms I think I am now over it. It seems we had thunderstorm and/or downpour warnings more often than not but everything sure is green so that is a huge bonus in our normally dry summers. Those classes sound interesting. Good on you for having the motivation to take those.