Friday’s Fave Five – November 12 – A Friends and Family Edition

Yesterday was a holiday here in Canada so it’s a Friday that feels like a Monday. This, after turning the clocks back last weekend and it’s a recipe for discombobulation. Seems like a good time to look back at the week that was and find things to be thankful for with another edition of Friday’s Fave Five.

Our granddaughter, Makiya. It didn’t take long for us to adjust to having her living with us (for the time being). This girl claimed a special place in my heart the moment I first set my eyes on her soon after she was born and the gift of seeing her every day is a rich one. One day this week, I decided to serve breakfast for supper and she jumped at the opportunity to get in the kitchen and make dinner for her family.

Our daughter, Laurinda. So, too, is it a gift having her living with us (also for the time being). Enjoying mother-daughter talks in person is even better than the hours we used to spend on the phone every week. Some nights, she takes over the kitchen too. Bonus!

My husband, Gerry. This man is generous, patient, and easygoing (For the most part. He is human, after all. 🙂 ). Increasing the size of our household has not come without adjustments required on all of our parts. We are being intentional about taking time together just for ourselves—what’s not to like about that?

Bananagrams. I love this game. Gerry doesn’t play so the only time I indulge is when the girls are around. Yesterday, being a statutory holiday, Laurinda was home and we enjoyed a Bananagram marathon. She’s a master and, yes, she won the majority of games but it was grand fun nonetheless.

Friends. This week I enjoyed a pedi with a friend and coffee together the next day, lunch out with another, and good conversation with both. I lean toward being a hermit, especially during the darker months. Good friends keep me from hibernating for the duration.

So, it turns out this week it’s all about friends and family. In a world where burdens can weigh heavy, the people in my life help keep me grounded. I’m grateful for every one of them.


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. Listing the things I’m grateful for is something I’d like to add to my diary entries. You’re the second person in two days who have told me they do this. It’s even more essential now in these crazy times.

    1. It helps. Especially now.

  2. Enjoyed this peek into your week, Linda, with family. I am quite hermit-y myself and have not minded, for the most part, these past months of quiet and isolation. But it has been so good to get out and share time with people again. We’re made to need one another.

    1. You’re right. We need the balance between solitude and community. It’s been a challenge sometimes.

  3. I love that your daughter and granddaughter have similar smiles!! AND YES what a bonus for you with all the dinner help!

    We used to LOVE bananagrams!! My youngest particularly loved that game. She still lives with us as just graduated from college in May so is looking for that full time job while working at Starbucks almost full time and we are having a Parchesi championship. We’ve been playing since mid July and the score is 55 games to 35 games (guess who’s winning. NOT me!!)

    I love that you were intentional about getting out with friends. It’s been such a mild autumn here in eastern NY that it still feels and seems like late September! I lean towards being an extrovert who needs moments of being an introvert so I always try to round up a friend or two during the winter months. It’s hard because most of them just wanna curl up at home. my husband included!

    Have a marvelous weekend.

  4. I love the face to face time with our children and grandchildren. It is even more precious when they are living under the same roof (for the time being).
    I forgot to mention in my FFF that before our hike, my daughter and I got pedicures. It’s not a normal thing for me so it was kinda fun.
    Carving out together time with your husband is good and precious.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  5. Oh you are rich indeed, Linda! And thanks for the nudge to dig Bananagrams out of the drawer and get those tiles back on the table where they belong!

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