Friday’s Fave Five – July 27

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.

  • It turns denial into acceptance,
  • chaos to order,
  • confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~ Melody Beattie

I want to express gratitude for five favourite things from this week. Join us at Susanne’s place to read other lists and to link up your own list.

Your Turn . . . Any ideas on how to get the blossoms to turn into veggies?

ONE. There are three 4 foot high gardening containers at work. I got permission to use them. I planted broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, chives, zucchini, lemon cucumber and yellow squash. The last three veggie plants are growing big. They’ve been growing for 6 weeks and have lots of blossoms. Today I harvested a cucumber. I am going to eat it in a little bit with tomatoes from a friend’s garden on a bed of greens with a balsamic drizzle. I look forward to more produce.

Your Turn . . . Which Austen book should I reread?

TWO. Next week the Austen in August Reading Challenge starts. I am looking forward to checking some Austen books off my list.

THREE. I’ve been silent since Lent. I am finally back into blogging. The five posts below are what I’ve finished.

Your Turn . . . Are you happy with your blogging? Share some posts that you’ve written this week. I’d love to have a read and comment.

Your Turn . . .  Have you been to Donner Lake? What was your favourite activity? . . . This is Zig Zag Trail and it was a blast to hike.

FOUR. I spent time in Truckee with family last weekend. The weather was cooler especially after spending time in Donner Lake. We also hiked and ate good food. I LOVE the time with my grand children and of course time with the rest of the family. . . . This was my first time to Donner Lake. I am a native Californian (living in northern CA). How is it possible I never knew about it or went here before?

Your Turn . . . What is a must have for when you go on a mini adventure?

FIVE. I recently was gifted a day pack. (I cat sat for two lovelies). I used it last weekend when we hiked. It was the perfect size for wandering along the trails. And I know I will use it when Mary and I go on our monthly fun run/walks. (We walk.) I usually use a full size pack. This mini really is the perfect size for mini adventures.

BONUS. I LOVE this twist on “What If” thinking. What’s your opinion on it?

Thanks for reading. Please, be sure to leave a comment. Also let us know, what is one (or more) of your faves from this past week.

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Austen in August Reading Challenge 2018 Friday’s Fave Five – August 3, 2018

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  • 1. Willow  |  . at .

    Welcome back to FFF and blogging! I’d missed your weekly updates and I’m glad you are posting again!

    Love that bonus quote! “What if” it works out? I’m going to remind myself of that a lot!

    Donner Lake? I know about it, but I’ve never been there. I think I will put it on my must go visit list since I live in CA too. I have an ancestress who was born just north of there…


    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      Hello WiIlow,
      I did think a bit about you and Faith when I was hiking/walking. You two are great examples. Hey, if/when you come north, let me know, maybe we can have a cup of tea (or whatever).
      I like the word ancestress. I never heard that before.


  • 3. Faith  |  . at .

    I’ve never heard of Donner Lake and have only been to CA once, in 1997, thanksgiving week with my then 4 year old daughter, hubby and his extended family. We toured San Fran and LOVED it minus the seemingly constant on again off again drizzle and temps only in the 50s. I do have northern CA on my bucket list as well as San Diego.

    Haven’t read Austen in years! My oldest has all her classics. I’m planning on reading Emma this autumn as i never have read that one.

    I’m glad t see you back to blogging!! I want to do a bit more but I’ve had to teach summer school so my blogging isn’t where i want it to be other than the FFF and some book reviews. I have a devo stirring in my soul and really need to get it down!
    Whenever i hike or go on a mini adventure i have my iced water in my POGO water bottle. I freeze t the night before and it stays cold all day!!
    Happy weekend!


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      Faith – HI!
      When I went hiking/walking at Donner Lake, I thought a bit about you and Willow. You two are great outdoor examples. I doubt I’ll ever get to your level of hiking, but it felt freeing and satisfying to be out there tramping through the forest.

      Great idea about freezing the water bottle. I will do that next time.

      Several years ago I read all the Austen books (for the first time). I enjoyed them all for different reasons.

      Northern CA and San Diego are both great destinations, as is SF.
      A couple of weeks ago, some of us ladies from church spent the day at Ocean Beach in SF. The low was 57 and the high was 62. When I read that I KNEW I was going to freeze on the beach so I brought LOTS of layers. Turns out it wasn’t that bad – when I kept moving. And the guys sent us with enough firewood to have a fire for 5 hours. And it helped that there wasn’t a cold wind.


  • 5. CatladyMarsha  |  . at .

    Welcome back ! The blossoms need to be pollinated. Google it to find the best way to do it based on what you’re growing.


    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      Hi Marsha,
      Oh, yes, my friend Google. I will do that. Thanks for the suggestion. This morning I watered them and noticed LOTS of yellow blossoms on all the plants. I saw 2 bees. SO I backed away until they were done visiting the blossoms. Maybe next week, I’ll see the start of some veggies.


  • 7. lynette yoes  |  . at .

    I’ll have to come over and see your garden. With this heat it should be growing like crazy Thanks for the invite to come back to FFF’s.


    • 8. susan2009  |  . at .

      Yes, do come visit, Lynette. Plus I want to have a walk with you. Let’s get that on the calendar before full time school starts.
      I am off to see if you’ve posted your FFF yet.


  • 9. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    Good to hear from you again! I forgot about the Austen in August challenge. I’ll have to give that some thought. My favorite Austen book is Persuaded.

    My husband’s brother and s-i-l live in CA, and they have mentioned both Truckee and Donner Lake.

    I love that twist on What if thinking, too.

    You asked my my blog about Christmas Christian fiction recommendations. I have lots of good Christmas Christian fiction to recommend!

    Evergreen: A Christiansen Winter Novella by Susan May Warren
    The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren
    Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh
    One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg
    Sarah’s Song by Karen Kingsbury
    Finding Father Christmas/Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn
    Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II by Cara Putnam, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer
    A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Liz Curtis Higgs
    The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson
    Christmas at Harrington‘s by Melody Carlson


    • 10. susan2009  |  . at .

      THANKS for all the suggestions, Barbara. I am sure we’ll find one book from this list.
      I hope to see you participating in the Austen in August challenge.


  • 11. wendyj59  |  . at .

    Nice post. I think many of us have ups and downs at times with our blogs, it’s that thing called life that gets in the way lol. I like the take on the what ifs?


    • 12. susan2009  |  . at .

      So true, Wendy, life does get in the way. I just need to keep getting back up on the blogging horse.


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