Friday’s Fave Five

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

This is our first “normal” week after my mother-in-law’s passing, so we’re still getting used to the changed rhythms of our days. Here are some of the best parts of the week:

1. A memorial service for my mother-in-law. Since her funeral was in ID, we weren’t originally planning to have a service here in TN as well. Not too many people really knew her here. But then we felt that her caregiver, especially, as well as her hospice team might benefit from the closure that such a service offers since they could not attend the one in ID. The pastor of the church we attended the first eight years we lived here as well as our current pastor participated.

2. Lunch with old friends who were in town for an appointment. Nice to catch up with them and the extended family.

3. Frozen meals. We often get a meal or two out on the weekends, but we’d had to eat out quite a bit while out of town. So I figured I ought not to ask to eat out for a while. I got a frozen lasagna which sufficed for two dinners and a frozen Asian beef and broccoli stir-fry which made one dinner and several lunches. It’s nice to have a variety of ready-made meals available.

4. Change of work station. I had mentioned before that when my husband’s job involved working from home more, the only place available was the dining room table, just a few feet from my desktop. It was hard for me to write while listening to one-sided business conversations, and housework noises like the dishwasher, washing machine, and dinner preparation impeded his hearing conference calls. We plan to transition his mom’s room back into his office, but for now he has cleared a table in there to work. He’s even hooked up his computer to her TV, so he has a much bigger screen. Another advantage: he can leave his computer set up without having to clear the table for dinner. He jokes about his long commute to work. 🙂 But it’s worked out much better for both of us.

5. Sorting and organizing. Weeding out expired coupons led to a complete clean-out of our aptly named junk drawer in the kitchen. (How do crumbs accumulate in a drawer that stays closed during dinner preparation?!) It felt good to get that done. Plus we’ve set aside several bags from other rooms in the house to be taken to the thrift store and found new homes for some items. One fun find in the kitchen drawer: a coupon book Jason and Mittu had made for me several years ago. They said they’d probably still honor them even though they’re expired. 🙂

Happy Friday!

9 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. It sounds as though you and Jim are adjusting to the changes that the passing of a family member who has lived in the house with you brings. I’m glad that Jim has set up his office in the vacant room now because I’m sure it makes life better for both of you as far as getting your work done.

    I start in the kitchen today with the decluttering. I’ve completed the pantry, mudroom, and bathroom now. It feels so good to have those rooms done and I am especially looking forward to doing the kitchen. Walking into the rooms that I’ve completed brings such a feeling of calmness.

    Glad that Jason and Mittu will still honor those coupons. 🙂

  2. That’s funny that Jason and Mittu say they’ll still honor those expired coupons. LOL. Sounds like that room will serve everyone better for at home work. I saw on facebook that your mother-in-law went home. You honored her well and may God bless you and comfort you. It’s been a while since I joined up with Faves but linked up again today. Hope you have a good weekend.

  3. It’s nice to have one’s own work station. It’s like way back when we were kids, and getting your ‘own room.’ Nice to fix it up just the way you like it. I’ve wondered about crumbs in the junk drawer, too! and in so many other places. How does that happen? How thoughtful to have a service for your MIL for the caretakers. I’m sure it was nice for all of you to remember her in such an intimate group, too. Enjoy the weekend, Barbara. xo

  4. I’m glad you’re beginning to transition to having your home back to yourselves. I know it must be hard. I think having the memorial service was a good thing to to. I don’t have drawers in my kitchen (no really I don’t lol) so no junk drawer for me but that means junk accumulates elsewhere. I’m working on decluttering the house but it’s a very slow process! Have a good weekend.

  5. It sounds like you are finding a new normal around your house. How nice formyour husband to work from home in his own space.

    That coupon book is precious,! I love those.

    Happy weekend,

  6. That’s nice that you had a memorial service in your own town as well. I know you must feel her loss every day as you adjust to life without her in your home.

    I need a major decluttering of my kitchen junk drawer too. It’s on my radar, just not on my schedule yet. 🙂

  7. I’m glad you did the second memorial for you mother-in-law where you live now. The care givers do need closure too. We had a special service at the nursing home where my dad lived his last four years especially for the staff and other residents. They truly appreciated that.
    I remember having a room dedicated to The Professor’s office when he was working from home years ago. Even with the door closed, I would hesitate to do housework not wanting to disturb him on his calls. I hope your hubby’s ‘office’ works well.
    Happy weekend!

  8. I can sympathize with extraneous noise while one is trying to work from home, though for me, it’s cats asking to go outside now there’s a human to work the door. Glad your husband has a good spot until the room can be made back into his home-office.
    Hurray for easy frozen meals! You’ve done well to tackle decluttering in the midst of travel and resettling.

  9. Sounds like you and Jim are taking some steps to a new normal around your home. It was nice that you had a small service in TN also. The “long commute to work” made me laugh. I like to pick up a frozen meal or two to help on those nights when the day has been crazy. I also like the premade fresh meals that Costco has. They are delicious and way cheaper than eating out.

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