Friday’s Fave Five – February 19, 2021

Some weeks drag, others seem to pass by in the blink of a eye. This was one of the latter. (On that note, we seem to be moving through February at an equally swift pace. Strange, for a short month that usually seems so long.)

Anyway, it’s time for Friday’s Fave Five—an opportunity to look back, with gratitude, at the week that was.

Warmer temperatures. The cold snap broke and Gerry is able to get out on the hiking trails again. It’s good for him—and me!

Fresh bread and homemade soup. Gone are the days when baking bread was an all-day thing and soup had to simmer for hours on the stove. Enter no-knead bread recipes and the Instant Pot. Now homemade soup and warm, fresh bread is an easy supper time meal.

Virtual medical appointments. There are some things that can be handled quickly and easily over the phone. I give two thumbs up to this new way of doing things.

Zoom. Around here, we Zoom regularly. Whether it’s one-on-one conversation with my spiritual advisor, our Bible study groups, or Sunday morning church, Zoom helps keep us connected in this time where connection is a challenge.

Watercolour. I’ve got a lot to learn, and I’m still trying to decide where I want to put my focus, but I’m enjoying the process of washing pigment on paper and letting it play. I’m leaning toward abstract but enjoy dabbling with landscapes too.

We have entered the season of Lent and, while it’s not a tradition that has been part of my life, I’m leaning in to a Lenten journey this year. Do you observe Lent? I’d love to hear about your practice.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Really like the painting!

  2. Homemade soup and fresh bread sounds great! And yes I’m a fan of Zoom too. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Homemade bread and soup….always a great winter evening dinner!

    For Lent ( my church isn’t catholic so we don’t officially observe it…..we focus on the crucifixion and Of course the ResurrectiOn of our blessed Redeemer!!) but this year i am going to limit my viewing of social media and spend more time reading Scripture

    Have a happy weekend!

  4. Yum! Soup and bread!!!
    One thing post-pandemic that I hope stays is indeed virtual options for certain appointments and meetings. So much more efficient.

  5. I am Catholic and was raised to observe Lent in the traditional way — ashes and give something up, or do something extra. I don’t usually practice it in this way anymore. This year, I’m following a Bible study online, reading through Isaiah. It’s a time when I challenge myself to renewal and re-centering myself.

  6. I love that watercolour landscape. I too am learning a bit about watercolour. This week I did some practice on wet paper.
    Our cold and snow is supposed to go away starting tomorrow…I hope so!
    I didn’t grow up observing Lent, but the past few years I have found it a good focus as we move toward Easter.
    Happy weekend to you!

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