Friday’s Fave Five October 5, 2018

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Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices. ~ Robert Braathe

This week I am choosing an attitude of gratitude by sharing five things from my week. These are five things for which I am grateful. If you’d like to join, go here.

ONE. Milky Coffee.  Usually I drink 1-2 cups a month. This week I have been having a cup a day at work. Even though I accidentally bought decaf, it is a comforting beverage, especially with all the milk I put in.

Your Turn . . .  Is there a beverage you drink everyday? The main beverages I drink are water and hot tea.

TWO. Single Serve Coffee Maker. A friend gifted my this and it uses both ground coffee and K cups. Since it is a single serve machine, it is small and fits just right in my limited space kitchen. I learned that I can get 15 ounces of delicious brew from each K cup. Now that I own a coffee maker, I might have more than (my new average of) one cup a day.

Your Turn . . . Is there a kitchen appliance you can’t do with out? Some friends have been astounded that I didn’t have a coffee maker. 

THREE. Cemetery Tour. Some senior folks from church had to cancel last-minute, but 4 of us made it to Sacramento’s historic, downtown cemetery. Our guide, Melanie, dressed in period costume. We were fascinated by the dozen or so stories she told about our capital’s citizens.. I want to go back because there is more to hear.

Your Turn . . . Does your town offer historic tours at the cemetery? Have you been?

FOUR. HARD RAIN. It only lasted 15 minutes or so. The rain flooded the sidewalks but was quickly absorbed into the ground. Thunder, lightning, and the pound of the rain were delightful to experience. Don’t you love the smell that rain brings? I just learned there is a name for it: petrichor. The term derives from the Greek words petra, meaning “stone” and ichor, which is the fluid that flows in the veins of Greek gods. Of course, researchers have a more scientific explanation.

Your Turn . . . What is your view on rain? . . . Did you know that the smell associated with rain has a name?

FIVE. #Write31Days. It began on October 1st. I am still on track and have even pre-written several posts. I am enjoying thinking about Acts of Kindness, Intentional and Random. Here is the list of posts I’ve written so far. Kindness is . . .

  1. Organizing Meals
  2. Delivering Meals
  3. Calling Someone
  4. Organizing a Sock Drive
  5. Baking a Birthday Cake for Someone You Don’t Know

Your Turn . . . Are you participating in #Write31Days2018?  . . . Have you ever? Why or why not?

You don’t have to answer all my questions. But please do reflect on the good things your week yielded.

It would be kind of you to leave a comment.

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather Large Amount of Gratitude. ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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Kindness is Organizing a Sock Drive Kindness is Baking a Birthday Cake for Someone You Don’t Know

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  • 1. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    I drink decaf instant coffee – decaf due to heart rhythm issues. I usually have one after breakfast and one after lunch. After lunch time is my dessert time, and I enjoy coffee with a little something sweet, especially since I drink the coffee unsweetened (I had to earn that with gestational diabetes one pregnancy, so figured I’d keep it up). I drink more when the weather is cold. I keep thinking I need to learn to drink hot tea, to have a little more variety in warm drinks – but so far I haven’t liked it.

    I didn’t know there was such a thing as cemetery tours! Sounds interesting!

    I love the smell of rain. I did not know there was a specific name for it – thank you! Our weather seems to come in clusters – several days of rain, followed by several days of sunshine. I don’t mind rain if I don’t have to get out in it, but overcast days several days in a row can get me down a little bit.

    I did Write31Days three years, but not the last several. I thought about it this year when I heard it was the last one, but as I sat down to brainstorm, nothing seemed right – it seemed like I was trying for force it. But I am working on another writing project and felt it would be better to use the time there. Your topic is a needed one!


  • 2. wendyj59  |  . at .

    Phew here goes:
    I’m not a coffee drinker, never have been but I couldn’t function without tea so I have to have a kettle! (Although a saucepan on the hob works in times of power cuts.)
    I love the 4 slice toaster our kids bought us – we used to have a 2 slice and when everyone’s home for breakfast preparing toast took ages.
    I don’t think our cemetery organises tours but there are some famous cemeteries in London which might do – not something I’ve ever checked out.
    I do like the smell when it’s freshly rained but I prefer it when it rains overnight lol. Didn’t know the smell had a name though.
    As you know I’m doing the 31 day 5 minute challenge and keeping up so far. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts.
    Have a good weekend.


  • 3. Faith  |  . at .

    I drink 42-54 oz of water a day plus 3 mugs of coffee each morning. I also drink pure orange juice at times and flavored iced teas minus sugar. For my coffee i use unsweetened almond milk and raw honey if a sweetener is needed.

    I could NEVER do without my coffee brewer in the kitchen or the panini press.

    I love rain… the summer..not so much after November 30th as by then here in the Northeast it is usually freezing rain which is very dangerous to drive on.

    Never have done the 31 day challenge because working full time pretty much mixes that!! I think it’s great so many stay at home moms do it though!!

    Our town, the town of Colonie ( google it) has two regions: north and south, we live in the north. Just in the north part of town we have over 10 cemeteries and that isn’t counting the private ones. No idea if they give tours. But in my neighborhood we have one that is on the historic registry as a man is buried there who rode his horse to warn various towns of coming enemy soldiers during the revolutionary war, kinda neat!!

    Enjoy the long holiday weekend!


  • 4. Willow  |  . at .

    I drink a mostly decaf coffee blend every morning. Love my coffee! Also, I drink various herbal teas.
    Appliances? Besides the coffee pot? My tea kettle! I use my blender a lot, too.
    I haven’t walked around any cemeteries in my town although I’ve been to Los Angeles (and lived there) and walked around those cemeteries. (We do occasionally bike through our local cemetery which is not far from our house)
    Rain? Well, I’m from Southern California, so I love the very occasional rain we get. Our rain this week was gentle traces. Just enough to get things wet. But I have lived in Oregon and in Indonesia, so yeah I know rain. The downpours of the tropics and the sound of it beating on the tin roofs. The constant drizzle and mist of the Pacific Northwest. Real Oregonians don’t carry umbrellas. it’s not worth the bother.



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