Friday, April 20, 2018

More April favorites

It's time for Friday Fave Five, that day of the week to look back at the past week and find five things to be grateful for. Thank you to Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for hosting this weekly exercise.

Rest ~ A stern text from my boss and a gentle scolding from my physician have led me to take some time off and allow others to take care of things. It feels good to give my body the time and care it needs to heal.

An old favorite ~ My mind has still been a bit foggy, so reading has been limited to magazines mostly.  My aunt brought me a stack of my favorites, such a treat! I've also picked up one of my favorite books from childhood -- The Secret Garden -- and I'm enjoying it all over again. It's fitting to be reading the story in the Spring, when my own gardens are beginning to awaken.

SPRING! is springing up! ~ Yesterday, I went outside and took some photos of what's happening in the gardens!

Neighbors ~ The nicer weather has everybody outside again. It's nice catching up with neighbors I haven't seen much over the winter, comparing notes on gardens, family and other news.

Coffee ~ I still have to be careful with caffeine, but I've been able to have small cups of coffee in the morning and it tastes heavenly! Decaf just doesn't cut it for me. I foolishly toyed with the idea of using this opportunity to give up coffee, but. . . what was I thinking?? Love my coffee in the morning!

How was your week? 

Happy Friday everyone!



Patti said...

Oh, Karen, I'm so glad that you are giving your body the rest time it needs to recuperate from your illness. It's so hard to give ourselves the permission to rest and do less, so I'm glad your boss and your doctor gave you the push you needed.

The Secret Garden is one of my all-time favorite reads. I love it just as much as an adult as I did as a kid.

Yes, seeing the neighbors out and about is a real treat after a long winter, when everyone is buttoned up tight in the house. We are enjoying that as well.

Blessings to you,

Dianna said...

I'm glad that you are listening to your doctor about the rest you need for your body to heal. It really is important and I know you have a lot of people who are there to help take care of things for you.

Your flower pictures are so pretty...cheerful, don't you think?

Have a wonderfully relaxing weekend, my friend!

Mereknits said...

Glad you are resting my friend, that is the only way to heal. Take good care of yourself.

Faith said...

I'm sorry to hear you've been ill!!

YAY for coffee. I just read a good article about the very excellent benefits for women who drink dark roasted organic coffee!! 3 mugs a day is recommended. YAY! I don't do decaf as i don't like the chemicals involved.

Yay for spring and flowers blooming and i pray you get better super soon.

Mildred said...

Please take care of yourself; glad you are allowing others to help you. Your flower photos are so pretty. This is a nice time of year to enjoy a stroll around the yard seeing what has popped thru the soil and listening to the birds. We recently discovered for my husband, that regular coffee raises his blood sugar, so we are going with half-decaf and it's not bad.
Wishing you a restful weekend.

Wendy said...

Sorry to hear you've been unwell but glad to hear you are taking advice and taking the time to recuperate. I hope you are soon feeling back to normal. I'm sure it helps to have some nice weather. Take it easy.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Praying that you get better soon and are restored to good health.

God bless.

Willow said...

I'm glad you are getting rest. Our bodies need rest to heal (as I've been telling my daughter the past three days). Gotta love bosses who send texts telling you to rest!
I love your spring flower photos! What encouragement they are--proof that new life is here.
And I agree about the coffee. Love our morning coffees.

Susanne said...

So glad you have a supportive boss and that you are getting that rest! Praying you are better soon. I think I would drop if I had to totally get rid of coffee. Sigh. Your garden flowers look beautiful. Every year I say I'm going to put in bulbs for spring flowers and every year I don't and then regret it in the spring.

Barbara H. said...

It's good that your boss is supportive of your need for rest rather than pushing you to come back soon. I know what you mean about being fuzzy-minded after surgery or illness. Glad you're getting some rest time in. I just read The Secret Garden for the first time earlier this year. It's so encouraging to see signs of life and growth outside. I've had to go decaf since I developed an abnormal heart rhythm - even after surgery it still flares up sometimes. It took some practice, but I love it now.

Leslie said...

I'm glad that you are healing well and resting. It takes a while to get back to normal after surgery. It's funny that you mentioned magazines, I woke up at 3.30 this morning thinking about the Celebrate magazine that was sitting on my table. It was such a great issue of recipes and tablescapes... and I was laying there thinking, maybe I'll bake those rose cookies today. : ) (It's the issue with a delicious looking coconut cake on the cover)

Girl... How could you even think about breaking up with morning coffee!! haha. I've cut my coffee intake down to 2 cups a day, morning and after dinner.. that's the best I can do. : )

Feel better!!