It’s been one of those weeks where the days all run together. New restrictions mean Gerry is at home unable to hike with his buddies and that’s hard for him. Me, I’m used to staying at home—it’s kind of my super power. But we’ve been intentional about going out for a short while every day to give me a break from 24 x 7 Murphy care, and also to increase Murphy’s comfort with being left at home. (Sometimes I wonder how we raised two other Yorkies to adulthood while we were both working full time.) A drive. A quick errand. Just enough to warrant putting on socks and a jacket.
Let’s see if I can muster a list for Friday’s Fave Five this morning.
Friends. Over the course of a single twenty-four hour period this week six women reached out to me, in various unrelated ways, reminding me of the ripples every life creates and how small things can make a big difference.
Music. I’ve been listening Handel’s Messiah performed by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge on Spotify. It’s beautiful food for the soul that will nourish me through the remainder of this year.
Jigsaw puzzles. We pulled out the first one of the season. Gerry’s made a good start by getting the edges done and I look forward to spending time with it in the coming weeks. We bought a new one yesterday too, fearing another shortage as winter wears on.
Danish butter cookies. The tins they come in may look different but the cookies always taste the same. Apparently it’s possible to make these at home. I’m tempted to try. Or, more likely, buy another tin.
The weather. There’s no snow in our neighbourhood and the forecast is looking like we’ll head into December still green. Here’s to much more of the same! I looked forward to snow and the Canadian winter when we retired and left Washington state. I’m over it now.
And so, the week winds down and we inch ever closer to Advent. Can we embrace quiet hope, joy, peace, and love in this season? Ah, there’s a challenge we can all step up to.
Sending Thanksgiving greetings to those of you in the U.S. Your holiday probably looks different this year, but I trust the gratitude is just as strong.