Friday's Fave Five


How about joining in with us by linking up over at Susanne's or leaving a comment below, and share FIVE of your favorite things from the past week.

I've had some blessings this week, mostly God showing me how to focus on Him when I am in pain with my hip/back/neck (yes, I have a lot of issues). My biggest blessing this week was July 30th, my 9 year wedding anniversary. My favorites focus around this anniversary. 

Five blessings that came from 9 years of marriage are:

More Mature Me: I wasn't very good at relationships in the past and never really thought I would settle down, though I wanted to. Being married has shown me that relationships need to be taken seriously and when you commit, you commit. For better or for worse! You can't run from them and you can't brush issues under the rug or all you'll be doing is carrying those issues into another relationship.

Children: I've never had children of my own but when I married Joe, he had a 7 year old daughter and a 12 year old son. His children lived with their mother but we shared custody and they have been a blessing to me as I learned patience, forgiveness and grace through them.

Companion: I know if the Lord called Joe home before me, I would survive. Lets face it, we all would. We don't need someone but it's nice to have someone. I love having someone to go with to get coffee or take a walk or just hang out with at home and talk. I would be quite lonely without my husband.

Learning: I've learned a lot in 9 years of marriage. I've learned how to share....everything. I've learned patience and most of all trust. And I'm still learning. Marriage isn't always easy, it's not always (or usually) some fairy tale like books portray it to be. It's work, it's commitment and it's patience.

Love: I truly learned what love really is.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

So, through the blessings I've had this week, my marriage is the #1 blessing. I look forward to many more years with my husband!!


What is a Best Friend?

I've often thought about what a best friend is to me.

 I have friends and I have good friends....then there is the BFF. A lot of women consider their husband their best friend. My husband is my good friend, but he isn't my best friend....a best friend, to me, is someone whom I can share everything with and I can't share my frustrations about him with him! And my husband doesn't want to hear my PMS woes or about some television show I may like to watch where one of the characters is super good looking! Every woman needs a best friend (even if it is a male) to whom she can pour her heart out to about anything and that includes any relationship she is in. * For those who may get offended at the husband comment....your husband certainly can be your best friend, I'm just saying that mine is not...he is my true friend and I love our friendship but I am glad I have two girlfriends who are my BFFs *

What do I consider “best friend” material? Easy.

~I know she will “be there” for me no matter what the hour
~I can be completely honest with her – about anything and everything
~She never tries to change me, only loves me and accept me for who I am
~She encourages me for positive changes I make in my life
~She encourages me to go after my dreams and goals
~She offers advice in love and accepts whatever decision I make
~We can get into an argument and/or disagree yet still love each other

Everyone should have at least one best friend. I have two!



Homemaker Monday!

Faith from Gold in the Clouds tagged me to participate in this fun writing exercise.  She was tagged by Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  This one is a "Homemaking" theme.  

Aprons - Y/N If Y what does your favorite look like?
I have a few aprons but I don't wear them. Couldn't even tell ya what they look like!!

Baking - Favorite thing to bake?
I don't mind baking; my favorite is baking bread (from scratch)....not bread like sliced bread for toast but apple-cinnamon bread, banana bread, etc.

Clothesline - Y/N
Nah. I don't have one but wouldn't use it anyway. I grew up at my grandparents' and gram always used (still does) a clothesline but my experience is with birds pooping on the clean clothes. Too much work!!

Donuts - Have you ever made them?
No, I always wanted to try but I get lazy...or forget.

Everyday - One homemaking thing you do everyday?
Wash dishes and keep counters in kitchen clean, every day!

Freezer - Do you have a separate deep freeze?
Yep, thank goodness because our small freezer in our fridge doesn't hold everything.

Garbage Disposal - Y/N
No

Handbook - What is your favorite homemaking resource?
Google, HA!!

Ironing - Love it or hate it?
Hate, hate, hate, HATE!!

Junk drawer- Y/N - Where is it?
Of course! In my kitchen.

Kitchen - Color and decorating scheme?
My husband is the decorator in this family. Our kitchen is a warm color but I couldn't begin to tell you what it is! No particular theme.

Mop - Y/N
Hate mopping, never do it. I have swifter but use only when necessary. Otherwise I'm on my hands and knees scrubbing.

Nylons - Wash by hand or in washing machine?
[Smirk] I don't wear them!

Oven - Do you use the window to check on things or do you open the door?
I hope the door.

Pizza - What do you put on yours?
My husband makes homemade pizzas and sometimes it's garlic but usually cheese and sauce, sometimes Roma tomatoes with Riccotta cheese.

Quiet - What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Read!!

Recipe Card Box - Y/N
Yes I have an old box that I found at grandma's and use index cards for recipes.

Style of house
Beats me!

Tablecloth and napkins - Y/N
Paper napkins and tablecloth only on special occasions because I run a daycare and have to move it every time the kids eat or play with playdough or color/paint.

Under the kitchen sink - Organized or toxic wasteland?
I try to keep it organized but sometimes if I'm in a rush I toss things in.

Vacuum
 -  How many times per week? 
Every morning before my daycare kids arrive (we have dogs and cats).

Wash - How many loads per week?
 Good grief it's only my husband and myself and I think I do laundry like 3-4 times a week! Then again, I get spit up on or have kid germs on me so my clothes go right in the basket!

X's - Do you make a daily to do list and check it off as you do things?
I used to but now it's all in my head.

Yard - Y/N - Who does what?
Husband takes care of mowing, weed eating, etc. I pick up dog poop.

Zzz's - What is the last homemaking task you do for the day before you go to bed?
Wash dishes and get the coffee set for the next morning!



Friday's Favorite Fives

Hello everyone, happy Friday! I hope my readers had a good week. Mine was pretty good. The weather was hot and humid here in upstate NY for a few days but on Thursday it cooled down and I loved it!

Here are my faves for the week. I hope you'll share yours!  Friday's Favorite Fives is hosted by http://www.susannesspace.blogspot.com/


Quiet Time
My work day usually begins at 7:15am but during the summer my Fridays don't begin until 8am so I still get up at the same time to do my typical routine, but I have extra time to have my coffee and relax and enjoy quiet time. I love my quiet mornings!!

Hope
My mother gave me a small flower plant on Mother's Day (the name escapes me) and it grew nicely. I already have had to repot it once. The plant lost it's flowers recently (the flowers fall off easily) but the rest of the plant still thrived and is quite pretty. This plant sits on my back enclosed porch, getting some sun but not too much.

Last night I noticed a tiny red bud peeking out of the plant and this morning it bloomed into a small flower!! I was so excited because I didn't think that plant would flower again. That little bud reminded me that things aren't always as they appear. When I thought the plant would remain green, color began to bloom!!


CPR/First Aid Training
This week I finally renewed my CPR/First Aid Training certificate. I know, I know, I have a daycare and shouldn't have let it get outdated, but it's finally done! The greatest thing was that the EMT came right to the house! He trains privately and you pay him what you can afford. I liked that training better than group training because it was one-on-one; I could ask all the questions I wanted without a time limit and I didn't have to have other people watching me.

Thunderstorm
A few days ago we had a nice thunderstorm and I was happy that it lasted into the evening because my favorite thing to do during a storm is curl up somewhere and read while sipping on coffee (well, this time\ it was tea). So cozy and comforting to be inside while a storm rages on outside.

Visitor
My aunt from Tennessee is driving in tomorrow! I see her at least once a year and enjoy her visits. We have a lot in common and I miss her since she lives so far away. This visit she is going to help me get situated with my sewing machine (I'm going to attempt to make pajamas) and we're going to have a glass of wine on my back porch and chat. I love special times with my aunt!

 Aunt Deb, me (in pink-ish shirt) and my sister

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

 

Trying New Things

My husband and I started eating healthier in the last couple of months. My husband's goal is to lose weight (which he has!) and keep in shape. My goal is to maintain my weight, get in shape, and feel healthier (I suffer with GERD and other issues that flare up when I eat junk).

During this time of eating healthier, I was introduced to some foods that I have never, ever tasted before (that I remember). To name a few........

Cannellini Beans – There are like tan colored beans that come in a can. They're quite bland but if you “do it up” right, they taste pretty good. A good idea is to drain the beans (always drain them!) then put in a bowl and mix in a can of (drained) tuna, chopped red onion and mix with Italian or Caesar dressing. However, lately my husband has just drained them and eaten them “as is”. Too bland for me, blech!! *Tip: These beans are cheaper at Aldi than they are at Hannaford!

Black Beans – Um. Yeah, no. I'm good with Cannellini and green beans thank-you-very-much. Ok, ok the black beans aren't that bad. They're pretty tasteless but I'm just not into them.

Cooked Spinach – YUM! I've had spinach leaves before, like in a salad, but never in my 36 years have I eaten cooked spinach (unless my mother made me try them as a kid and I repressed the memory) . My husband hates it. I love it. Of course I put a nice wad of butter in it and add salt and pepper but hey, I'm still eating something healthy! *These are not good the third day

Almonds – Can you believe I've only ever eaten an almond in the awesome candy bar, Almond Joy? Yep, true story. But recently, my husband bought a bag of unsalted almonds and I loved them. Of course when I eat them I picture them covered in chocolate but I guess this way is healthier.

So for now, I'm enjoying healthy eating and trying new things (for the most part, ha ha). Please let me know any healthy foods you enjoy and if I haven't had it I'll give it a try!


Did You Know........Part I

Here are a few random things about myself that my friends and family may not know (or care, HA!) - Not sure if anyone else is as quirky (or "crazy") as I am!
    I am extremely over-the-top claustrophobic. I am so over-the-top that sometimes I get claustrophobic being inside my own body!

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    I hate to sweat; it's disgusting and makes me want to crawl out of my skin.

    I hate going to the movies. I can't sit still for that long, I don't like sitting with crowds of loud and sometimes smelly people; I always get stuck sitting behind a tall person, near a loud child, or near loud and obnoxious people; and I can't stand the volume.

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    I cannot stand when another person's feet touch mine {shudder}.
     
    I can't stand spit and drool whether from babies or old people....it severely grosses me out.

     

Friday's Favorite Fives!!




Good afternoon everyone! I'm happy to be back to blogging. For awhile, I was posting here and there and feeling kind of “dry” in my writing as well as comparing my blog/writing to others. I was feeling a little “blah” about that but thanks to some encouragement by my friend Faith, I'm back and loving it!! Please hop over to her blog at http://goldintheclouds-faith.blogspot.com/

I'm linking up over at Susanne's with other women who share 5 faves/blessings from the past week.  Here are my favorites for the week!! 

RUNNING
Last Sunday (hey, I count that day as part of “this past week”) my 16 yr old stepdaughter ran the 15k in the Utica Boilermaker. This was her first time running and she did awesome! She ran it in 74:13. She has been on the High School track team for 2 years, running both indoor and outdoor track, and is very well trained. I am very proud of her!

COOL WEATHER
This week we had cooler NY weather and I was thankful for that (a LITTLE cooler...not much). The mornings were more tolerable (it gets very hot and muggy in my old house) and the evening walks with my dogs were definitely more tolerable! I could take 70's with sun the entire summer with maybe one week of 80's and I would be very happy.

READING
This week I took out book #5 of The Walk series by Richard Paul Evanns. I had read #'s 1-4 and have been (im)patiently waiting for the final book of this series. I took the book out of the library on Wednesday evening. I was finished reading it by Thursday. Best series EVER!!! I will be writing a blog post about this one for sure. If you haven't read it....DO IT!!

NIGHT OUT
Tonight my husband and I are taking my stepdaughter out to dinner and then later watching local fireworks. The dinner is to celebrate her running last Sunday and the fireworks are to top the evening off. Of course in between dinner and fireworks I plan on getting some sort of yummy caffeinated beverage!!

COOKOUT
Tomorrow my husband and I are heading to our friends' house for a family cookout. We are like family so they are including us. The hostess is one of my four best friends and one of her sisters (who is attending) is another of my best friends. I've known the family since I was a small child so I look forward to hanging out with them (minus one sister and her husband and daughter who won't be there).

Happy weekend everyone!!!!!!!!!!!