Friday, August 9, 2019

Friday's Fave Five

Blogging has been hit or miss for me this summer, so it's been a while since I joined the Friday's Fave Five crowd. Writing FFF posts gives me the opportunity to illuminate the positive parts of the week. It is a touchstone of sorts, especially when the week has been as dark as this one with multiple horrific events. I'm not turning my back on what's been happening. I am stepping up my involvement in groups that demand reasonable, sensible, serious gun control. However, the key to contributing to a peaceful existence -- and that is something I can do -- is to stay centered in God's grace as much as possible.  Here are some moments that stood out this week.

Evening porch time with Lilly ~ One evening, I had settled in my favorite chair in the living room with a book, and Lilly came in from the back porch, obviously wanting me to go outside. I wondered what she had found, and if she could talk she would have been saying, "C'mon! Let's go!!"  Out on the deck, she danced around the porch swing, and with my book in hand I sat down. She jumped up beside me -- unusual for her -- and rolled on her back for a belly rub. It was a perfectly gorgeous evening, and she obviously wanted me outside. I read for an hour while she stretched at the end of the patio to oversee the long shadows on the lawn and the last light of day peeking through the trees.

Water aerobics with the Beatles ~ On Wednesday, our class exercised under a clear blue sky, splashing in the pool to a Beatles play list. It was a great way to start the day. I felt like I was 20 years old wearing a bikini again, although the reality was quite different!

Mornings with Dan ~ For years, my summer mornings have meant coffee and reading devotionals on the back porch. This is the first summer that Dan joins me out there every morning, a time that I've longed to share with him.

Enough ~ The feeling that what we have - our small house, all the necessities, a simple life - is enough.

A new calendar ~ I start with a new planner every September. It's a throwback to the time when the academic year was my "new year." I can't seem to get that out of my system, and I really don't want to. September is a beautiful month for beginnings.

Wishing you peace, and eyes to see your moments of grace,



Faith said...

Enjoyed reading your list of faves especially aboutmyour dog getting you outdoors!! Smart dog!! I've spent the last few evenings outside.

Well since I'm still teaching (5 more days of summer school) and still have one in college, Sept is still the new year to me! I love the months of August, sept and October. Late summer to early autumn. Such a wonderful time at least here on the East Coast.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wendy said...

Aww you have a smart dog! Quiet times are definitely a good thing to fit into busy scheduless. My schedules used to revolve around the September return for schools too but not anymore.

Dianna said...

Hello dear Karen,

When I read #3 my heart rejoiced for you. Those times are so special and I know that your example of living in God's grace plays a big part in that result that you have longed for.

We have had quite a summer and I'll catch you up soon! Promise! xx

Barbara Harper said...

We have no more kids in school, but I remember late August/early September feeling like another new year of sorts. It's nice they do make planners that start in September. So nice to have that morning devotional time with your husband. Funny about the dog wanting your company outside! Love your description of feeling satisfied and content.

Dewena said...

I feel that way about September too, Karen. It's a fresh start, a good time to set goals, maybe even much more so than January 1.

Bless you for including "Enough"! That simple thought makes me so happy, even giddy with happiness, maybe because it's such a revolutionary idea.

I'm glad you did these Friday Faves again, I always enjoyed reading yours.

Susanne said...

Your list this week was just so satisfying to read. Lily made me smile. She's a smart cookie, that one!

Melanie said...

This is beautiful, Karen! I love your list. I could just picture you outside with your doggy and your book. It sounds so peaceful. Sometimes Brian and I sit outside on the front porch with our coffee (him with tea), but that's after we feed the cats (they're "starving" first thing in the morning!) and after Brian has breakfast, too. He's one of those who eats immediately when he gets up. Oh - and of course, this is if and when he has a day off work.

Willow said...

I love your thought about enough. Your home, your porch(!), your family--yes, it's enough and it's obvious you are thankful for those things.
I enjoyed so much reading your FFFs this week.

Lisa said...

You are so right in focusing on the positive and the things you know you can change. To me September is a bonus New Year. It’s fun to start a new planner. I’m such a journal/stationary person any chance to make lists and plans is right up my alley.