Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday five

Time for another Friday five.  So many blessings and so many things to be thankful for, it is hard to know where to begin.  So I guess I'll just jump in.

1.  Happy mail!  Last weekend, a friend on Instagram (@justbeeing_maryjane) offered some of her unused journals to followers -- she posted pictures of the journals with a number on each one.  If we saw one we liked, we were to message her ... the first one to reply would receive that particular journal.  I chose one and Mary Jane messaged me when it was on the way.  I expected a journal in a mailer ... wow, was it ever so much more than that. 
Back of journal I chose
Front of journal
The journal was packaged inside a sweet yellow-checked bag sealed with a pumpkin sticker.  And there was the most gorgeous autumn-themed card made by Mary Jane herself.  The details on this card are so lovely -- the tiny leaf punched out at the lower right corner, and the adorable wooden leaf tied near the top with a bit of baker's twine, and more.

To say that this happy mail made my day would be a huge understatement.  Thanks again so much, Mary Jane!

2.  Buttercup squash from a friend's garden, dropped on my porch this week.  She had five extra and asked if I could use some.  Not wanting to be selfish, I asked for two.  (I had one on hand which I'd purchased at the supermarket.)  My husband's take on this: "I would have asked for all five."  We love buttercup squash -- it's our absolute favorite.
Just a generic photo of squash, pumpkins and gourds from Pixabay
3.  Fall cooking.  It was so nice to make an oven meal this week.  Turkey loaf, baked potatoes, baked buttercup squash.  And on Sunday, for guests, I made Creamy White Chicken Chili in the slow cooker, served with gluten free buttermilk cornbread muffins.  Oh, and another night we had this Roasted Squash Medley with leftover meat loaf.  Love being able to serve these heartier foods after such a long hot summer in which one just didn't want to use the oven or serve hot meals.
White chicken chili
4.  Getting out for a walk every day this week.  This is a biggie!  Several days there was a cold wind blowing, and yesterday snow pellets were stinging our faces, but it was better than the heat and humidity of previous months.  So grateful for a congenial walking companion and a scenic walking route.

Part of our walking route
5.  The thoughtfulness of cousins.  Recently the curtains at our beloved family cottage had to be replaced.  With colorful folk-art motifs, these had been chosen by my grandmother in the 1950s and had a special place in the memories of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  My cousin W. and his wife C. framed pieces of the aging and irreplaceable curtain fabric as keepsakes, and even made some pretty sachets from the smaller pieces.  Such a thoughtful gesture!
Framed curtain fabric
Sweet sachets.  I plan on sharing mine with my daughters.
Our beloved family summer place

There you have this week's Friday five.  I could have shared much more.  It's such a blessing to see God's goodness in our lives each and every day!


  1. Oh what pretty fall colors! Ours here is just beginning to turn but still mostly green in my yard. The journal is absolutely beautiful...I just love pretty little books to write in. And the squash medley sounds delish....I have sweet potatoes to pick up that my son grew for me. I love them all the time but especially in the fall. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. The fabric your grandmother chose all those years ago was obviously quality. What a sweet gesture on your cousin and his wife’s part. Your family cottage looks charming and I am sure that it holds warm memories for many. Glad that you have your walking companion again. Walks go best with companions. Wonderful happy mail! That journal is terrific.

  3. A lovely five. Using up the curtain fabric in such a special way is thoughtful and frugal, too. Your family cottage is in a beautiful setting. Happy mail is always a treat and that's a beautiful journal.

  4. Each one you posted is a blessing. Beautiful.

  5. Well if I didn't already have more journals than I need, the one that you chose is the one I would have chosen too. It is SO pretty. I hope you enjoy it. It was so nice of Mary Jane to share those!


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