Friday’s Fave Five – Week 7, 2014

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What can I say about this past week’s blessings? At first look, our annual women’s tea was the only highlight. Mainly because I hurt my back and I spent a lot of time healing. So I’ll start with the Tea.

The guests were well pampered by their hostess and co-hostess.

The guests were well pampered by their hostess and co-hostess.

ONE. Annual Women’s Missionary Tea. We had 14 tables of 7 women each. Each table had the distinctive flair of the hostess and co-hostess. We were delighted to have Rachel as our speaker. Rachel and her family live abroad overseeing a school that is being built.


This table’s theme was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Dress was whatever . . .  from fancy to casual.

Dress was whatever . . . from fancy to casual.

Rachel’s humour  (stand-up comedian funny), passion for loving on others, and an even deeper passion for following God, reminded us of the importance of relationships and what happens when we follow God’s leading even when it goes against our comfort zone.

I love how Rachel speaks to God like the Person He is. Her enthusiasm, warmth, and creativity impacted all of us. She gave us M&M’s and asked us to pray for Muslim Ministry every time we ate one.

TWO. I discovered a new (to me) show to watch: Sherlock. It was just the thing to watch while I was laid up on the couch doing ‘my” winter Olympic sport of “Ice-Heat-Ice.” I watched the first two seasons on Amazon Prime (for free). Season 3 is not free. So I did some searching and found a free link.  Here is the link to Season 3’s three episodes. 

Question. I haven’t read any Sherlock Holmes books. In the book is Sherlock as “different and difficult” as he is in the shows?


Here is some of my loot. All candy has already been disposed of. 🙂

THREE. We had a Valentine’s party at my small group – kiddy style. I like giving and receiving cards and always look at them at the Dollar Store. Last week while getting something else, I paused to look at the kiddy Valentine Cards. They were sooooo fun and cute. So I asked my Wednesday night group (last week), if they were game for having a party and passing out kiddy cards to each other. They were.

In addition to cards,  we also had decorations, candy, cookies, brownies, all manner of drinks, and “real” food: foil wrapped chicken, rice, and Asian salad. And we even went over our homework. Great class.

FOUR. I read two youth books: Daniel Boone: Wilderness Scout and Harriet the Spy. While looking for this link, I discovered there is a series involving Harriet the Spy. I remember that this used to be a favourite book of my sister.

I read these two because I am still reading my way through my own book cases and thereby decluttering what I won’t keep. Also my brain couldn’t do a lot of focusing while I was “mending” my back. This light reading fit the bill.


BONUS. Here is a picture of some of the crocheted flower magnets we gave out at the Tea. We always give a magnet and this is the 11th one.

FIVE. I discovered Instant Brown Rice. Maybe you’ve already made this before. Or maybe it would never pass your lips. But I was asked to bring rice to accompany the foil wrapped chicken. I did not have the time to go home and make a pot so I bought a box of the instant stuff. I have to say, I was impressed by the flavour. I will definitely make this again especially since I still have 1/3rd of the box left.

FFF feb. As we can both see, I did indeed have 5 blessings from this past week. So glad I took the time to ponder this. Share what your blessing is. To read what others have written, go visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

And to end this, Happy Valentine’s Day to all my FFF friends. Your comments and FFF posts have enriched and encouraged me.

I wrote 3 Ways to Encourage Others on Valentine’s Day & Year Round. Maybe you’ll get another idea that will help you encourage others.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kathie  |  . at .

    So sorry you hurt your back Susan. Hope you recover quickly. You did well to find 5 favorites when you’re in pain.

    Your Missionary Tea sounds lovely – nice to have a funny speaker. And such pretty tables. I like the crocheted flower magnets too.

    Harriet the Spy was one of my childhood favourites too. I haven’t read it for years,

    Hope you’re feeling much better this weekend. And perhaps a little Valentine’s Day chocolate might help the recovery 🙂

    Many blessings!


  • 2. Faith  |  . at .

    Oh I hope your back is starting to heal!! A chiropractor did wonders for mine last year…i highly recommend one that targets your core and gives you some fitness ball exercises to do….it really helps! The women’s tea and the small group party sound perfect!! my husband and I are hosting a Couples Game Night tomorrow evening for my small group of moms and their spouses. It’s always a fun annual event. Yes, I have been cooking/using instant brown rice for years but my new fave is Quinoa….it is AWESOME!( the brand i bought is organic and I chop roasted red peppers into it while it cooks…YUM). My oldest daughter used to read all the Harriet the Spy books and Sherlock (right after Downton Abbey!!!!) is a fave here too. In fact, it’s the only tv we watch all week unless I catch an episode of Law and Order SVU. Happy Heart’s Day to you!!


  • 3. Laura Lee Groves  |  . at .

    Here’s where I got the bucket of bulbs!
    Your tea sounds like SO much fun! You should read Hound of the Baskervilles — it’s fun. Is he as difficult as Sherlock on tv? Well, in some ways and not in others. My sophomores always love to read Hound. Hope you have a great week ahead!


  • 4. Ellen  |  . at .

    We enjoy Sherlock and are always amazed that there are only 3 shows per season and oops…it’s all over for the year.
    Sorry about your back. Hope you are all better by now. I’m long overdue for a nice tea!


  • 5. Willow  |  . at .

    Your five blessings are great. Did you know that Trader Joe’s has the already cooked brown rice in the freezer section? I do use it once in a while in a pinch — like needing it last minute to bring it to a potluck.
    I like your idea of keeping a word document to remember your daily blessings. I’ll have to try something like that.


  • 6. Willow  |  . at .

    I asked my husband about Sherlock. Comparing the books and TV show, he says that the book Sherlock is more of a gentleman although he didn’t fit in. The books gave my daughter nightmares 🙂


  • Your tea event sounds lovely and your Valentine’s party sounds like lots of fun. I hope and pray that your back will be completely healed soon. Thanks for sharing ways to encourage others (I read your other post)!


  • 8. Susanne  |  . at .

    I’m so sorry about your back! May it heal quickly! The missionary tea and the the valentine’s study both sound like they were wonderful times of sharing laughter and learning. Love the M&M idea!


  • 9. miaslovetree  |  . at .

    That women’s missionary tea sounds just lovely! So glad you had a fun, inspiring time. I’ll remember to pray for Muslim Ministries around the world every time I eat M&Ms now.

    I love the show Sherlock!! Benedict Cumberbatch is a favorite of mine. (Though I can’t believe my mom outted me for having nightmares after reading the books… 😉 haha! The Sign of the Four was just plain freaky. ) Sherlock is still a little difficult and quite quirky in the books, but a well trained gentleman all the same.

    And how cute to have a valentine’s day party with the wee little cards. Fun!


  • 10. nikkipolani  |  . at .

    With roomie’s back injury, I’m very familiar with that particular “sport” you’re doing on ice. Hope you will be back to 100% soon! Your tea event sounded like a resounding success with beautiful settings and an engaging speaker with a meaningful message. I like the Sherlock series, too, though I’ve never read any of the books. Just could never get into them.


  • 11. Hazel Ceej  |  . at .

    Women’s tea with such a lovely theme! That would cover all five faves of my week if it happened to me. Sorry about your back. The kiddie Valentine cards must be fun to read. I have watched only a few Sherlock films, not the series. The detective seems more riveting to me in the books.



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