Friday’s Fave Five June 16, 2017

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Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture. – Kak Sri

I have not had adversity this week, so I will keep this quote handy for a day when I do. And I can also use gratitude to paint my week even in more lovely hues. Please read on for my week’s most grateful memories.

ONE. Visitor. My daughter spent the weekend with me. I always have a TON of ideas of how to spend our time. One thing we did was to make three new recipes – all salads. I need more salads in my life and was happy that Elizabeth was cool with my agenda item. I wrote this post about salads and linked to the three we tried. And I must confess that 3 new food loves were part of these salads: kalamata olives, blood orange balsamic vinegar and mango peach salsa.

TWO. Celebration. Last weekend was also a time of celebration. One friend finished high school (Jordan) and another (Marsha) celebrated her 70th birthday (at the zoo). I am part of a community and I LOVE that I get to be part of celebrating milestones in the lives of my friends.

Beautiful tiles capture the beauty of the various plants

THREE. Field trip. I don’t think that I will ever be over the excitement of going on a field trip. My team and I organized an all church trip to the Davis arboretum. The age range was wide (7-80 years old). The activities were varied: played cards, walked, loved on the dog who came, photographed the beauty around us, chatted and chatted, and climbed trees.  And we all ate lunch together. FUN time. But I forgot my kite!

FOUR. Vacation plans. Several months ago I got a GREAT deal on airfare and cruise. I mean a STEAL. So did two others and we are looking forward to our trip in the Fall. Yesterday I got together with Scotti. We are narrowing down our excursions and finalizing details (packing list, fancy clothes, suitcase requirements, etc). I am grateful for this vacation and the folks I will accompany.

FIVE. Read. Last week was so busy that I didn’t get to read at all. I made up for it this week. And I got a special treat. I have been waiting for Elly Griffiths newest book, The Chalk Pit. I am 11/24 on the library’s waiting list. A friend, Marsha, mentioned that she has the book because her book club is reading it this month. Marsha surprised me with the book, knowing I could finish it before she needed it this weekend.

Your Turn . . . What is on your gratitude list this week? Join in with your own list in the comments. Or go here to find out what Friday’s Fave Five is all about.

I am linking to Friday’s Fave Five at Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.

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  • 1. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    How fun to have your daughter visit and to try new recipes with her! The celebrations and field trips sound like such fun, too. Reading is my favorite activity. I made progress on a couple of books this week, too. Sounds like you have a great vacation to look forward to!


    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      It is a treat for me to be able to cook with someone else. And the treat is doubled when a recipe or two turns out to be a keeper.


  • 3. Willow  |  . at .

    It sounds like you had a great week with that visit with your daughter and your field trips to the zoo and arboretum.
    Oooh, now I’m curious where you are heading for your vacation!
    Enjoy your weekend!


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      I didn’t mean to sound so mysterious about my fall vacation. We are going to Spain. Someplace I have always wanted to visit and now finally get to do so.


  • 5. Gattina  |  . at .

    Looks like if you had a nice week !


  • 6. Susanne  |  . at .

    I’m not a fan of kalamata olives preferring black ones but the balsamic vinegar and salsa sound wonderful. I’ll have to follow your link as I always like trying new salads out. Your trip sounds fun…who doesn’t love a great deal on a vacation!



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