Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday's Fave Five

I'm grateful for the opportunity that Friday's Fave Five provides to slow down and look at some of the blessings in my week.

1. Our trip to California for my sister-in-law's birthday tops my list. I wrote about it in our last post, and still have some more pictures to share, which I hope to get to this weekend. We stayed at a lovely guest ranch and visited a few wineries, in addition to the birthday celebration.What made the weekend even more special was that Joe and Sam were there, too. It was great spending time with those two.

2. A bit more mundane, but a huge blessing for me, is my new vacuum cleaner! After conducting an informal survey among Facebook friends, the favorite handsdown is the Shark.  I bought the Navigator Liftaway, and I'm loving it! It's easy to use, the attachments are great, and it's perfect for our floors, which are primarily hardwood with a few area rugs.

3. Dan and I are doing some rearranging, and I now have my own office space. We've been sharing our office, and with two desks and Lilly's dog bed, it's been rather cozy. He moved his desk and files downstairs, so now I will have room for an easy chair and reading lamp. I have lots of cleaning and organizing to do!  I still share the space with Lilly, but us girls like to stick together;)

4. I picked a bunch more tomatoes from the garden. This weekend, I'm going to make some tomato basil soup (basil from the garden as well). I should have plenty of both to freeze, too.

5. As if on cue, our temperatures dropped today, the first day of Fall. The weekend is going to be much cooler. It's my favorite time of year. Bring on the pumpkins and the hot lattes!

Happy Friday everyone!


Faith said...

definitely not cooler yet here in NYS but i am actuallymhopibg it will be next week. We will be in NH for our youngest daughter's Parents Weekend at UNH and the weather is supposed to be 85!!! and they are north of us!!!

Sounds like you had a great trip to CA. I have only been there once ( san francisco) in 1998 for a week long Thanksgivng holiday. i enjoyed San Fran.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend

Susan said...

Hurray for fall and the pumpkins. I wrote a post (this week in honour of the 1st day fall) about three pumpkin foods I was grateful 4. I meant to have a pumpkin spice latte and forgot all about it.

Somewhere I have a copy of Simple Abundance. Because you reminded me, I am going to take a look at the chapter on fall.

What a treat it will be to be able to pull out home made tomato basil soup from the freezer. Your taste buds will be quite happy.

The mundane is a great thing to be thankful for especially those things that we frequently use. Hurray on finding a good fit with a new vacuum.

Have a great week, Karen.

Mildred said...

Hi Karen, I am returning from a long blog break. Oh, your fresh tomato/basil soup sounds so tasty! We are still hot in Georgia...I cannot wait til sweater weather! God bless your afternoon.

Susanne said...

We had a cooler week last week too but it's supposed to get hotter again this week. Typical for here. Yum, you'll have to share that tomato basil soup recipe. I still have a ton of tomatoes on the bushes and they should be turning red this week with the heat that is forecast. Your trip to California sounds like fun. I love my vacuum and am thankful for it all the time. Can you imagine hauling rugs out to beat them clean or just trying to sweep floors?

Willow said...

I love the cooler temperatures of autumn although here on the east coast where we are visiting the weather hasn't gotten the's still hot here. When I get home maybe it will be cool enough to enjoy a pumpkin latte.
Your new office arrangement sounds like it is going to work well.
Have a great week!