Friday’s Fave Five – May 19

It’s early Friday morning. The smoke we were under has dissipated and the sky is clear; we’re in for a great day. Makiya doesn’t have school today and it feels a bit like Saturday. Funny how one small change in routine creates such ripples.

I’m tired. Bone weary tired. I feel it in my body as I’m sitting here in my wing chair tapping out these words. The fact that I don’t have to get M off to school has something to do with it. Kind of like the Friday night letdown I used to feel at the end of the work week when I was feee to just let go. I’m not sure what the day will bring but there’s something on my mind I have a hankering to do. It’s nothing huge, just a small something I’ll suggest once Gerry and Makiya are up.

I’m going to attend a new writers’ group this evening. It’s a good week when one has the opportunity to go to not one, but two, writers’ groups. I’m also going to purchase tickets to the upcoming Saskatchewan Festival of words. Have I told you that Moose Jaw is a writer’s paradise?

Anyway, I haven’t done a Friday’s Fave Five post in a while. Seems like a good time to look back and take note of good things from the week that was, so here we go.

Gerry and I decided to go to one vehicle when we moved to Moose Jaw. The city’s not very big (population approximately 34,000) and we’re both retired. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Factor in a granddaughter who goes to school in a village 24km away and it’s a bit more complicated. It seems like revolving doors around here some days. He comes home; I go out. Rinse and repeat. We’ve gone out together to run a few errands this week and that simple change in routine was great. (My secret plan for today includes more of the same.)

It’s been a topsy-turvey week weather wise—hot enough that we needed to turn the AC on for the first time, and cool enough that I donned sweats and socks one day. The good thing is that the AC that didn’t seem to be functioning at first, is now running smooth as anything and we’re ready for some serious heat.

With the warm days this week, and before we broke down and switched on the air conditioning, I served summer salad cold suppers on a couple of days. Cold cuts, cheese, potato salad, pasta salad, and Jello. Simply delicious!

According to my Goodreads reading challenge, I’m 12 books ahead of schedule. I’m going to surpass the modest goal I set for myself this year and that can only be a good thing. Currently, I’m reading The Cure for Death By Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz and enjoying it thoroughly.

A few perennials are blooming in our yard. I don’t know what they are but am enjoying daily surprises of colour. We’re talking about putting down mulch because weeds are growing as fast as the plants we want to keep. The first year with new home and yard is always an adventure—one I continue to be thrilled we’re taking!

That’s it for this week!


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. sounds like a great week of good blessings…..Family time, running to do chores and errands together….seeing things bloom and reading books! I hope you are now full of energy vs being tired and that you enjoy your weekend!! I had NO idea your neck of the woods got hot enough for AC!! I always think of Canada as being cold. hahahah

  2. I hope your plans for the day went well. It’s always welcome when kids have the day off school and alarm clocks don’t need to be set. That’s wonderful that there are so many ways to connect with other writers there!

    We don’t have many perennials, but we just got some annuals planted. I love how they brighten up the outside. It’s fun in a new house to see what comes up in the yard. We were able to do some of that together, which we don’t usually–it was a fun change.

  3. Yes, the first spring in a new home is exciting as you watch what pops up and wonder at all the surprises.
    You’ve beat us on the AC–we have not had AC-hot days yet.
    I hope you were able to carry through on your fun idea for the day.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  4. It sounds like you are having wonderful weather! We had some hot days last week over here in New England but this week has been cold and windy again. Your perennials sound wonderful.

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