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.

I don’t know where this week has gone! Without these few moments to reflect on it and remember some highlights, it would be gone from memory, too.

1. Grandparents Day last Sunday. Jason, Mittu, and Timothy brought over a cake, flowers for great-grandma and me, snacks and a personally-drawn, one-of-a-kind piece of artwork made by Timothy for Granddad. 🙂

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Granddad on his tractor, by Timothy.

2. Three nights off from cooking is unusual! I asked for one and my husband offered the other two.

3. Getting plants shaped up. Jim does the yard work, but I try to keep up with the planters and roses. They were badly in need of deadheading and a little snipping. I think our hanging baskets are about done, but a couple of petunias there are staging a final showing.

4. Small victories and answers to prayer, just between God and myself.

5. Using gift cards at Hobby Lobby and starting a new project. Just when I am going to work on it, I don’t know. Here’s a sneak peak:

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Happy Friday!

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Friday’s Fave Five

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

Except for finding out from the dentist yesterday that I am going to have to have a tooth pulled, it has been a really good week, with a balance of getting stuff done and having time to rest. Here are some of the best parts of it:

1. The Ladies’ Christmas Party at our church. Always a highlight of the year.

2. The children’s Christmas pageant at church. They always do pretty much a straight portrayal of the Nativity every year with just the songs and actors changing. But it is always good to be reminded that that’s what it is all about. Plus they’re just so cute. 🙂 Especially the little three year olds in animal costumes. It’s fun, too, to watch the children grow through the years and take on different parts as they get older.

3. A good roast. We don’t have red meat very often for various reasons, but I had been craving roast beef lately. Extremely high beef prices have prevented me from getting any kind of beef in recent months, but I caught a good sale on roasts a couple of weeks ago and put one in the crockpot Sunday. So good. Plus with leftovers for the Sunday evening meal, stir fry the next night, and a few lunches, we definitely got out money’s worth out of it.

4. Online shopping and free shipping. It’s so much more convenient to shop online for many things than to drive from store to store. Plus, I thought perhaps we had missed some of the best deals that would have occurred Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but almost every site I’ve gone to has offered either a sales discount or free shipping or both. Sweet!

5. Mutual admiration. I think I mentioned last week that my youngest son started working at the same place as my middle son. I was a little afraid that they might get on each other’s nerves – that can happen with siblings and coworkers in any circumstances. But it has been a blessing to hear them praising each other, seeing each other in a different light as adults with skills each didn’t know the other had.

It’s also been a good week for making progress on Christmas preparations: a good chunk of the shopping done, cards and letters almost ready to go. We have simplified all of that over the years and learned to start earlier in the month so it doesn’t feel stressed and pressured. I’ll have to have some marathon wrapping sessions when everything comes in, but I have some recorded TV shows to catch up on, so I’ll combine all of that. I hope your Christmas preparations are going well and you have some time to sit in the glow of the Christmas tree with a cup of coffee.

Friday’s Feast

I haven’t done one of these in ages!

Appetizer

If you could live on another continent for 1 year, which one would you choose?

I really like the one I am on. 🙂 But if I had to choose it would probably be Europe. There would be lots of interesting things to see and explore there.

Soup

Which browser do you use to surf the Internet?

Firefox. I also have Internet Explorer through my ISP, but Firefox usually works better. It is nice to have both options, though. Sometimes a site that won’t open in one will open in the other.

Salad

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you know about the history of your country?

Well, I think I know a lot, but if I were tested I probably would score low compared to others. A 6 maybe?

Main Course

Finish this sentence: Love is…

…longsuffering, kind, hopeful, optimistic, enduring; not envious, proud, or self-promoting; not easily provoked…(from I Corinthians 13:4-7).

Dessert

Have you ever been in or near a tornado?

Once. I was at BJU during one of the opening services of second semester in January in the later ’70s when a tornado hit the corner of the amphitorium (biggest building on campus, I think, where everyone gathers for chapel, preaching services, and some programs). Dr. Bob Jones, Jr. was preaching (I think about the devil). I was on the main floor under the balcony and saw ceiling tiles floating down. Everyone’s first instinct was to panic and run, which would have been disastrous in a room of 5,000+ people. Dr. Bob did not shout but said in a very firm, authoritative voice, “Sit down!” Everyone sat! Then he gave his instructions about how to calmly leave the building and where to go.

A funny story I heard later was that there was a guy in the hospital on campus listening as the service was broadcast. He heard the noise of the tornado hitting the building and dashed to the window to see what had happened, when he heard that firm “Sit down!” So he ran back to his bed and sat!

I have always been glad they had such an authority structure that people would listen and heed such instructions at such a time. The results could have been fatal otherwise.

If I remember correctly that corner of the building was the only thing damaged.

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Friday’s Feast # 157

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Appetizer
Say there’s a book written about your life. Who would you want to narrate the audio version?

David Ogden  Stiers. I love the way his voice sounds narrating Beauty and the Beast.

Soup
Take the letters from your favorite kind of nut and write a sentence. (Example: Perhaps every avenue needs understanding today.)

Canaries always sing happily except when sleeping. 

Salad
If you could go back in time and spend one week in another decade, which decade would you choose?

The 50s. Sounds like a fun time, and I like the prominent family values of that era, but it’s not too terribly far removed from modern conveniences. 😀

Main Course
Name a song that brings back memories for you.

My dad wasn’t one to sing around the house much, but every now and then he would break out into “Old Man River,” so that song makes me think of him.

Dessert
Do you prefer to wash your hands in cold water or warm water?

Definitely warm. It will be interesting to see if anyone says cold. Warm water helps to lather up and rinse off better, and to me if the water is too cold it makes my muscles stiffen.

Friday’s Feast #154

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Appetizer
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how polite are you?

I’d like to think about an 8 or so.

Soup
What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?

I laugh out loud frequently, but I can’t remember if I do so today….I know I laughed last night at church when my pastor read some jokes about “aging” because 3 people in the congregation were having birthdays.

Salad
Who is your favorite cartoon character?

Hard to pick just one, but I’m partial to Lady from Lady and the Tramp.

Main Course
Tell about the funniest teacher you ever had.

I honestly can’t remember a teacher whom I would characterize as funny, though I am sure most of them had their funny moments. If I remember one, I’ll edit this answer. 🙂

Dessert
Complete this sentence: I strongly believe that ______________________.

I strongly believe that the Bible is true, that there is one God, and He gave His only Son so that whoever believes on Him may have their sins forgiven and life everlasting.

Friday’s Feast #153

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Describe a toy you remember from your childhood.

I loved Barbie dolls when I was younger, and the one toy that comes to mind was a carrying case for Barbie “stuff” that converted into a closet — even had a rod for clothes to hand on and possibly a drawer for accessories. We made a lot of doll furniture out of empty matchbox cartons and such. I know the stuff they have today looks so much nicer, but I can’t help but think our imaginations were more stimulated by making items for the dolls to use. There even used to be clothing kits for them that we somehow cut out and glued together — does anyone remember those? I don’t remember now how it worked.

I know there is controversy today over whether Barbie is a good role model with her unrealistic figure, but we honestly didn’t think about that much. I don’t remember it being a problem or a topic of conversation.

I wish I had kept my original Barbies — she came on the market when I was about four, so I might have had some of the earlier ones. In one of my rare “I’m too much of a packrat and I need to try not to be” moments I decided to give all my Barbie things to my four younger sisters. I imagine there wasn’t a hair or a tiny plastic high heel left after they got done.

I’d better get on to the other questions…

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how observant are you?

Well… that’s hard to say. Sometimes and some areas of life, very much. But sometimes I miss really obvious things. So I guess that would average out to about a 6 or 7 maybe.

Salad
Where would you rather be at this very moment?

Nowhere. I’m content right here. Though I probably should be in bed.

Main Course
When was the last time you learned something new?

I’ve been learning all sorts of new stuff with the computer and blogging over the last year. I can’t remember what the last specific thing was.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I have ____________ but I haven’t ____________.

I have thought of many possibilities for filling in these blanks but I haven’t decided on any.

Friday’s Feast #152

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Appetizer
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how much do enjoy watching sports on television?

1. Not a sports fan at all, except a little during the Olympics.

Soup
If you could completely memorize any one work of fiction, which one would you pick?

I’d have to choose between the Chronicles of Narnia and A Tale of Two Cities.

Salad
What is your favorite breakfast food?

As far as taste goes, Krispy Kreme donuts, but high sugar things first thing in the morning don’t last long in my system. So I guess if I need to name a real breakfast food, it would be scrambled eggs with bits of ham and cheddar cheese mixed in.

Main Course
Name something fun you can do for less than $10.00.

Read a book!

Dessert
How long does it usually take you to fall asleep?

Oh, it depends. Usually not very long at all, but occasionally it takes a while. Then I like to turn the radio on low or listen to a music tape.

Friday’s Feast #151

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Appetizer
What is your favorite fruit?

Bananas

Soup
Who is someone you consider as a great role model?

Elisabeth Elliot

Salad
If you were to spend one night anywhere within an hour of your home, where would you choose?

The Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.

Main Course
Name something you do too often.

Eat.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I really like ___________ because ____________.

I really like chocolate because it tastes so good.
Sorry not to be more deep than that today. 🙂

Friday’s Feast #150

I haven’t Friday Feasted in a while!

Appetizer
How many pieces of jewelry do you wear most days?

None most days, just around the house or the grocery store. I have some nerve problems in my left hand which makes wearing my wedding ring uncomfortable. 😦 When I do wear jewelry it is usually just one thing.

Soup
What is your favorite instrumental song?

I am trying to think of a song that is only known instrumentally that isn’t a classical piece of music (would there be such a thing? Am I over-analyzing?) I can think of several instrumental versions of songs and hymns that I like — one of my favorites is an old piano arrangement of Kurt Keiser’s ofI am His and He Is Mine” that I have heard on the radio but have never found recorded. At one point I even found his e-mail on a website and wrote and asked him about it, but he couldn’t remember it. I like a lot of the guitar arrangements of hymns here and the Doxology here and probably too many others to name.

Salad
Who has a last name that you like?

I really can’t think of any right now — most people’s last names are ok, though there are a few I would not have wanted to have!! If anything comes to mind later, I’ll add it.

Main Course
Name a popular movie you’ve never seen.

Titanic. I could make a long list here.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: Nothing makes me ___________ like ____________.

Nothing makes me feel cozy like a good book, a comfy sofa, a throw blanket, and some iced tea.

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Friday’s Feast #145

Appetizer
Name a sound you like to hear.

Laughter.

Soup
What is your favorite kind of cheese?

It depends on what I am eating. We use shredded cheddar in a lot of casseroles; I like Monterey Jack in Mexican dishes; I like provolone in wraps a couple of quick-fix dishes with pepperoni. I don’t usually care to eat cheese by itself, though.

Salad
Do you sleep late on Saturday mornings? Why or why not?

Yes!! I get up most other mornings at 5, so “sleeping in” til 6:30 or 7 is luxurious to me. It’s nice to wake up more rested and have more of a laid-back start to at least one day a week.

Main Course
When was the last time you forgot something? What was it, and how long did it take to remember it?

I forgot to set my alarm clock last night, which is a rare occurrence. I don’t know why, unless I was just too groggy from having fallen asleep on the couch last night first. So I woke up an hour and 12 minutes late, and that on a day when I had to be somewhere early!!

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I notice ____________ when _____________.

I notice I move faster when I wake up late. but I wouldn’t want to start many mornings like that!

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