Friday’s Fave Five – December 1, 2017

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It has been several weeks since I have participated in Friday’s Fave Five. I’ve been on a vacation and then settled back in. Now I am settling back into the routine of writing my Fave List. To join us go to Susanne’s blog, Living to Tell the Story.

One example of something beautiful. I hope to do a post soon of fave sights.

ONE. Vacation. I don’t normally take an extended vacation in November. But I had the pleasurable opportunity to spend time in Madrid, Barcelona, and on a cruise in the Mediterranean.                         Highlights of the trip included Scotti’s skill in finding us unbelievable deals for airfare and the cruise … architectural and historical delights in each place we visited … making friends on the cruise … eating delicious food withOUT gaining any weight … spending time with Scotti and Cheryl (a new friend) … and time away to grieve the loss of a long time friend. I am grateful for these new experiences, time with friends (old and new) and time alone.

Mary and I were thrilled to be a part of this ministry and opportunity to strut our stuff.

TWO. Thanksgiving. In the morning, my walking buddy and I walked a 10K in Run to Feed the Hungry with 29, 117 others. Then we went home to our families.                                                                  Like many others, we had delicious food (some old time faves and a new recipe: Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake (gluten free) and time with loving family. Everyone was able to be at my sister’s home this year and that is always meaningful. I am grateful when we all visit to play, catch up with life and get to know each other better.









THREE. Grandma time. I was able to spend a full day at my son’s home. We did an art project, visited a nearby carousel that was decorated for the holidays, and then decorated their home for Christmas. I am grateful when I get to participate in their life.

We had this treat at San Gines. It is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

FOUR. Auntie time. While in Spain we had hot chocolate and churros (twice). I brought back chocolate for my sister’s three girls. On Sunday we made up a batch of the hot chocolate. My daughter and I brought over Taco Bell churros and french fries for their family and us to try with the hot drink.   The taste experience was a fail: the chocolate was not THICK like we had in Spain and the churros were not great. This was the 1st time I’d had an American churro. In Spain they are salty and doughy.             But the time together was FUN. And I am grateful when I get to try new things with them.

FIVE. Decluttering. I am continuing on that goal. When we put out the Christmas decorations, my daughter helped me to rearrange my priorities (declutter) regarding the boxes and boxes of decorations. I am mostly done with that task. I read that more decluttering happens at the Holidays than any other time. I am grateful my daughter is able to help with the decluttering process and that she likes to decorate for Christmas as much as I do.

BONUS: Instead of shopping on Black Friday, my daughter, a friend (Rachel) and I went for a hike. We celebrated #OptOutside and #GreenFriday. I am grateful that I tried something new and that it was an active something new.

Your Turn … Please share what made your list this week.

What I Wrote Last Week … Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake (gluten free) … 40 Days Until 2018 – What Will You Do?

What I Finished Reading …  War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Year of No Clutter: a memoir by Eve O. Schaub

Related Post … Decorations Can be Emotional Bombs

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Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake (gluten free) Lent Table of Contents

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  • 1. Faith  |  . at .

    Yay for opt outside!!! I did too with my oldest daughter while my husband and youngest went to his sister’s farm to play outside with the animals and cousins! We refuse to shop in malls during the holiday season opting for online whimsical sites or local stores. Although i did have to purchase something via Amazon as couldn’t find it anywhere else but i waited until Sat!

    love the photos of your precious grandchildren. Please warn her parents though ( the one in pink) to not allow “W” sitting. ( it’s the special ed teacher in me) it can ruin her hips and knees during this development. I have knees that can’t come together well due to W sitting as a child as my parents were clueless. Check it out online for better info!

    I love decluttering and tend to do it during my spring cleaning in March or April. This past year i got rid of 8 bags of clothing and a couple bags of knickknack and old dishes.

    Happy weekend!!


  • 2. Karen Clark  |  . at .

    Your trip sounds fabulous. That’s great that you and your walking friend did a 10K. Gives me an idea for a goal with my walking partner;) I feel like I am on a constant mission to declutter, which I guess is the way to do it, to keep on top of things. Perhaps I can convince my daughter to help me with the Christmas decorations this weekend!


  • 3. Phoebe  |  . at .

    What fabulous favourites! I have a cousin who lives in Barcelona. The pace of life is so different over there and he loves living in such a beautiful place. Im so pleased you enjoyed your trip
    Grandma Time is the best. My grandson lives 5,000 miles away back in the Uk… but I skype with him every week. I am so excited for my cuddles when I visit in March
    Congrats on your 10k walk… what an inspiration!
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Phoebe x


  • 4. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    What a wonderful trip! It seems like most American version of dishes in other countries are significantly different. Glad you had a fun time with your family experimenting with it, anyway. My son a d d-i-l have their own tree, but I’m so glad they bring my grandson over to do ours, too. It’s so fun to do it all together. I was thinking that I needed to put aside some of the ornaments that are broken or that we no longer use, but everything got taken to the attic afterward. Maybe when we put things away after Christmas, I’ll be able to. I’m even planning to ask my husband if there are any decorations he’d like for us to scale back on. Even with all the family helping, we were tuckered out afterward! Yay for walking and hiking!


  • 5. Kathie  |  . at .

    Congratulations on your 10k walk – that’s quite an achievement! I like the idea of Green Friday – Black Friday is not such a big deal here on the Island but I noticed there were certainly more people in town that day.

    That hot chocolate looks so thick and yummy!

    I’m writing about my grandchildren this week too – although come to think of it I might write about them every week!! haha – privilege of grandmothering!

    I’m going to look up your gf dessert. My dil has celiac disease so I’m always on the lookout for new recipes.

    Thanks for an interesting and lovely post!


  • 6. a spirit of simplicity  |  . at .

    What a wonderful run for the hungry! Your grandchildren are so sweet!


  • 7. Ann  |  . at .

    Wow – that Spanish hot chocolate sounds wonderful!!! Your grandchildren are precious.


  • 8. Willow  |  . at .

    I didn’t get a chance to do FFF this past week, but I wanted to drop by and read yours to encourage me.
    Hurray for the 10K walk/run AND the hike AND the decluttering!
    Have a great week!



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