Friday, March 22, 2019

Friday's Fave Five

When I was working full time, Friday was a day to collapse and thank God I made it through another week. Since joining the Friday's Fave Five meme, it's a day of renewal, celebrating the week and looking for moments where love abounds.

the first day of Spring! and some bright yellow tulips that were on my desk when I got into work ~ They were from our director, a little celebration of my seventh anniversary on the job. I love my job, working with some wonderful young women who provide mental health care to families. And the fact that it's part-time and I have a lot of flexibility makes it a good fit for this time in my life.

becoming reacquainted with a favorite author ~ Our book club selection this month was The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchey. It's been years since I'd read one of her books. It was a delightful read and being set in a little Irish village it was so appropriate for the month of St. Patrick's Day.

singing Irish ballads ~ Speaking of St. Patrick's Day, Dan and I celebrated with family at a church dinner. There was the traditional corned beef and cabbage, an auction, and an Irish band. One of my favorite parts is the sing-a-long. Some of the soft ballads feel like prayers.

an impromptu visit to an art exhibit ~ There's an art gallery at our local library where local artists display their work. Yesterday, I went to pick up a book that was on hold and I took a few minutes to go through the gallery. I was blown away by the paintings of artist Cheryl St. John. If you want to take a few minutes and escape, visit her website! 

a long overdue hug ~ with someone I've been missing. Such an easy gesture. There's some kind of scientific evidence that supports this, that hugs release stress and make us happier (if you are hugging someone you know. If it's a stranger, the opposite is true!) Which begs the question, why aren't we hugging each other more?!

Hugs to you! and Susanne for hosting Friday's Fave Five each week,


Dewena said...

I love the paintings shown in your link! Such a beautiful style of painting. Those were the aspens your part of the country is famous for, right? I would love to see them someday. I've still been listening to Irish music too this week, something about it touches my heart. Makes mush out of me, really. I think I have tulips on the brain too, this week. Will you be able to plant those pretty yellow ones outside and have them live? I hope so!

Faith said...

Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE Those paintings from the link you provided. They are just gorgeous! How fun that she was displayed in your local library.

I LOVED every single one of Maeve Binchy's books. I have read them all except for the one about the lilac bus and the light a candle one. My oldest daughter is actually reading one of hers right now :)
If you love books I highly recommend Where the Crawdads Sing. My review will be going up later tonight.

Irish ballads are so beautiful I think.

I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend....i love those yellow tulips..tulips are my absolute fave flower behind lilacs.

Barbara Harper said...

Sounds like a great place to work! I've never read Maeve Binchey - I'll have to look her up. I love Irish music, especially the ballads. The Irish Tenors are some of our favorites. How neat to have an art exhibit at the library! Cheryl's art is lovely. I think I must be an exception to the hugging statistics. :-) I've never been much of a hugger and often feel awkward about it except with immediate family. But I have some friends who prefer to greet that way, so I do.

Lisa Faules said...

The paintings are amazing! What a treat to see them in person. Our library also displays local artist’s work. I’m ashamed to admit sometimes I’m in such a hurry to get in and out I forget to look. I will definitely make the time to look at what is there. I’ve never read Maverick Binchy. I’ll see what I can find of hers On my next trip to the library. The yellow tulips are lovely. Hope you have a nice weekend.

Patti said...

Hi Karen, I have missed popping by, but since deleting my blog, I have taken a long, much-needed social media break. I'm feeling like it's time to end that break, at least as far as visiting blogs. I may go public with the blog I've been writing privately for several years. But, even if I don't do that, I look forward to seeing what my blog friends have been up to.

I have never read any of Maeve Binchy's works, but I am taking part in a reading challenge this year, and a few of her works fit the categories, so I've marked them to-read (Quentin's for a 1-word title, for instance).

Your St. Patrick's Day celebration sounds amazing. I love Irish music.

The yellow flowers are gorgeous...such a welcome sight after a long winter.

Blessings to you,

Mereknits said...

I have to say that Fridays are my day off and I am usually so tired from my week I can hardly enjoy them. Glad yout week went well Karen, sending you love.

Melinda said...

Spring is a time for renewal.

Hugs are the best! I was the recipient
of TWO from one of my students last Friday
and after a rough day they were very welcome.

Hugs to you my friend.

M : )

Dianna said...

I am so far behind in blog reading, Karen. I apologize for it taking me so long to get here. How thoughtful of your co-workers to remember your anniversary date of working there. And yellow tulips are so cheerful!

I love the way you and Dan celebrated St. Patrick's Day with your dad. Such a sweet time, I am sure.

Cheryl St. John's artwork is just simply stunning! Thank you for including the link to her website!

Hugs are great! :)

ellen b. said...

What a very nice gesture to give you those flowers on your 7th anniversary! Sounds like a great week with good food, lovely art and appreciation. I'm looking forward to what Spring brings! I'm very late in visiting for Friday's Fave Five!

Susanne said...

What a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! And tulips are one of my favorite flowers. What a sweet thing to find on your desk. Sounds like you love your job and they appreciate you!