Friday’s Fave Five – November 27

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.


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. It’s hard to wrap my brain around the fact that Advent begins this weekend. Gotta get the candles out!
    We try to get out for a walk every day (if it isn’t raining). Those walks are important to me.
    We’ve been playing Christmas music and loving it!
    Happy Weekend to you!

    1. I’ve been longing for Advent this year. I agree that walks are food for the soul–especially now. Happy weekend, Willow! Thanks so much for coming by.

  2. I used to love to do jigsaw puzzles and then the kids came along. Might have to get back into doing them now that the kids are way grown. I do hope we can embrace quiet hope, joy, peace, and love for not only the season but the year ahead 🙂


    1. It’s such a peaceful pastime for the winter months. And I’m with you in you wishing we can learn to embrace quiet hope, joy, peace, and love in this season and beyond. Thanks so much for coming by.

    2. I hope so too, Betty. So much.

  3. We have a second lockdown in Belgium, but the other European countries too ! Except food shops everything is closed and we have a curfew from 10 pm to 6 am ! (doesn’t disturb me) socializing is difficult in these times, we are allowed to see 2 people !! But the city has never been so early and so much decorated for Christmas I wonder why, because the streets are rather empty, people work from home !

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Gattina. We are under new restrictions here in British Columbia but nothing as severe as what you have. It must be challenging.

  4. Oh my…now I want to listen to Messiah and eat Danish butter cookies. My mum loves jigsaw puzzles and always has one going. I get frustrated about a half a minute in and walk away. I do like to have one set up at Christmas time though and all the company likes to work on it.

    1. Ha ha! I remember the first time we got a (large) jigsaw puzzle when I was a kit. Mom got so frustrated with it that she through the whole thing in the garbage!

  5. I love that — being at home is your super power:) Mine, too! We love jigsaw puzzles, too. I have to time them right, or I get nothing else done. Not a lot of self discipline here, I’m afraid.

  6. Being at home is my super-power, too! We had a lot of practice when we were caring for my husband’s mother at home. How nice to have six friends reach out within a day! I love Handel’s Messiah. I haven’t listened to the whole oratorio in many years. What great food to meditate on. We’re supposed to get snow this week in TN. Hopefully not much.

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