Friday’s Fave Five – September 28, 2018

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“It is easy to forget how blessed we are! Maintaining an attitude of gratitude is something we need to do on purpose.” Joyce Meyer

It is time to tell about this week’s fave five blessings. Join us here.

ONE. Delicious food.

  • Veggies. Friends gave us some produce (purple egg-plant, yellow and green striped zucchini, and plump red tomatoes) from their garden. I oven roasted them. My daughter and I ate them all in one go. So of course, I made another batch.
  • Pudding. While in Berkeley last weekend, my daughter (Elizabeth) bought 8 beautifully shaped, big avocados for $0.80 each. (STEAL!) This week she made dairy-free chocolate mousse with the avocados. Wow, our taste buds were so happy. We need more avocados so Elizabeth can make another batch.

TWO. Two art projects. It didn’t work out for us to go camping, so Elizabeth and I spent the weekend in Berkeley with my son and his family. When I am a good grandma, I bring art projects for us to do. This time I was a GREAT grandma as I brought two projects for us to do.I brought a Crazy Character Make-a-Face sticker pad. First, we used the stickers the traditional way by adhering the facial body stickers on the paper faces. Then Elizabeth had us put the stickers onto our faces. This was hilarious.

I also brought a kit where we poured plaster-of-paris

magnets and then painted them. The whole family (minus the baby) participated in the magnet art. Of course my grand daughters were thrilled with us 4 grownups doing the same thing as them.

THREE. Small groups at church. Last Sunday was our kick off. There are 8 groups doing one of 3 topics (The Art of Neighboring, Acts and The Shack). It is so exciting to see the church connecting in this way.

My small group also started up. This week was an overview of our new book. And since we already know each other, we didn’t have to spend a lot of time on getting to know you activities. Instead we made cards. I think it is awesome to help ladies see that they TOO can create. It is not an innate talent.

FOUR. Critique Group. I’ve been part of a bi-weekly writing group for about 8 months. We send each other our work and then meet to go over our suggestions. My writing has improved and I’ve been more diligent about sitting down at the keyboard. Now that #Write31Days is almost here (starts October 1st), it will be good to have this encouraging group, of talented writers backing me up.

My series will be: The Kindness Diary: Exploring 31 RAK’s.

FIVE. PEP Notes: Encouragement Through Cards. 8 ladies and I wrote notes to the folks in our church who are 55 years and older. We call that group P.E.P 55+. PEP stands for People Encouraging People. We finished before 2 hours elapsed. That is the first time we’ve gone through all the names in one sitting. We even had time to chat and eat snacks.

Posts I Wrote This Week: Fun Fall Bucket List 2018

Books I Read This Week: 

  1. How We Eat With Our Eyes and Think With Our Stomach: The Hidden Influences That Shape Your Eating Habits by Melanie Mühl  
  2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Your Turn . . . What brought you joy through shared experiences, laughter, and encouragement?

Entry filed under: Friday's Fave Five (FFF), Gratitude List, Main. Tags: , .

Fun Fall Bucket List 2018 Scattering Kindness: A 31 Day Adventure

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Faith  |  . at .

    Your week looks and sounds super special!! What a fun Grammy you are and how cute the girls look with their silly faces. I’m assuming it’s your daughter in the purple shirt?

    Yeah for roasted veggies…..they’re what’s for dinner tomorrow evening when i return from Vermont.

    I would LOVE that chocolate mousse recipe as i am dairy free and I’m husband is more dairy free now. And that’s a great price for avocados!! I just paid $1.49 for ONE!!! NYS is expensive.

    I love the idea of writing cards for small group activity. You’ve given me an idea for a small service project for my own group!!

    I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing weekend doing the things you love. This is a weird question but do you get autumn in CA where you are? Autumn color and weather i mean?? For us it means sunshine, temps in the 60s and no humidity with lots of orange, yellow, reds and ambers. I’ve only been to CA once for a week in San Francisco during thanksgiving week in 1997 and it was cloudy, sometimes weak sun, temps in 50s and grey. But i LOVED all the places we visited and we hiked in John Muir forest….i think that was the name….


  • 2. ivaleyjeanne  |  . at .

    Hi Susan (and Elizabeth).

    Have you discovered the big beautiful avocados at Grocery Outlet? Lately, they are 2 for $3.00. The chocolate mousse is making my mouth water.



  • 3. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    The roasted veggies and pudding sound great! And nice to have the former gifted to you and the avocados on such a good sale! Your time with your grandkids sounds fun. I would love to find a critique group. God enabled me to go to a writer’s conference back in March, and I had 15 pages of a manuscript critiqued. It was painful, but so good for me.


  • 4. wendyj59  |  . at .

    Looks like you had a great time with the grandkids!


  • 5. Willow  |  . at .

    I love roasted veggies! We added them to coconut lentil curry. The flavors blend so well. I think the roasting adds more flavor, too.
    I’m impressed with all your writing! I’m lucky to get a couple of blog posts written during a week (and this from the former writing teacher!).
    Your time with your grandkids was SO special!


  • 6. Susanne  |  . at .

    Oh yummy, the veggies sounds delicious! I love zucchini boats, have you ever tried those? Tons of recipes on pinterest. Good for you for being disciplined about your writing. I’m sure that is the key that is missing for me. What a fun thing to do with the grandkids. My daughter is 23 and she still cracks up and loves fooling around with stuff like that.



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