I’m glad to be back in the swing of Susanne’s Friday’s Fave 5. Counting blessings and saying Thank You is a great weekly exercise. Thanks Susanne for leading the FFF team!
1. Such a change in the Island’s weather this week. We’ve gone from very cold temperatures and deep snow
Rainy weather in winter isn’t so great for photography but I must admit the break from the deep winter bite has been welcome. And it’s looks as if it will continue into next week which is longer than an average Jan. thaw. It’s been so mild that Roger’s been looking out over our garden patch with longing eyes. But for now, he’ll have to be satisfied with Veseys Seeds catalogue.
I’ve never had what is commonly called a “green thumb” so whenever my African Violet reblooms, I’m very thankful and, I must confess, slightly astonished. I have quite a record for killing houseplants. Last March, James and Nora gave me a beautiful orchid for my birthday.
The orchid didn’t do anything all year long. I thought I had killed it. I wondered about throwing it out – it was just a bare stalk. But, I’m glad I didn’t because, lo and behold, look what’s happening now.
3. It will be a few months before my eyes are treated to this beauty again.
I feel so blessed that Vanco’s tulip farm is just a few minutes away. It’s a photographer’s dream in the springtime.
And this time of year, we enjoy their gorgeous bouquets. The tulips have arrived in our grocery stores. There’s nothing more cheery in the dead of winter than a bright bouquet of tulips on the kitchen table – a beautiful promise of spring.
4. I have tulips on my list for town this afternoon, plus groceries, library (yay!) and a little babysitting time with my sweet grandgirlie. Here’s a picture from a couple of weeks ago – we had her overnight for New Years.
Breakfast with Nan – notice a spoon in each hand. She makes it quite clear she doesn’t need any help. We couldn’t find a bib big enough, so a dish towel sufficed. I think I’ll add a pretty big-girl bib to the list today too!
5. It’s a busy day but I’ll still fit my exercise in somehow. You may be wondering at my new found discipline. Well, to tell you the truth, so am I!
I’ve had a long history with Leslie Sansone and her walking videos – they’re perfect for me. You can do them at your own pace. But I’ve always done them in fits and starts. I’ve never been as consistent as I would like. But I’ve finally discovered the key to consistency.
“Yes . . . . money,” she said, in a sheepish voice. 🙂
A group of fitness folk in our community each chipped in $20 as an incentive for our New Year exercise resolutions. The co-ordinator of the group will draw a name from a hat each week for ten weeks. If you have completed your exercise goals for the week (3 hours minimum) and send an email letting her know, then your name could be drawn for $50.
It’s amazing how this is working for me. I suppose it would be better if I was motivated by loftier goals like better health, more energy, and losing a few holiday pounds (ahem!) but that’s never worked for long in the past. I always lose the New Year enthusiasm. But this year?? I just don’t want to miss that draw! So I’m doing my exercises. It’s definitely a win for better health whether my name is ever picked. It’s actually a bit comical that it’s working so well for me. But I’m glad 🙂
Well – that’s it for my Friday faves this week. Hope you enjoyed them!
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