Friday’s Fave Five – September 10, 2021

Makiya is off to school, Gerry just left for a hike, the pups are snoozing and I’m finally taking some time to write this post. The first week of school comes to an end today and we’re all settling into new routines. It’s been a good week—a different week—but one rich with good things. Time for a new edition of Friday’s Fave Five.

New school. New friends. New routines. I’m so proud of how well Makiya is adjusting to her new school and the arrangement here at Camp G &G while we wait for Laurinda to join us. It’s an adjustment for all concerned, but the biggest one is hers. She’s handling it like a champ!

Roasting tomatoes. Oh, my goodness, how good the house smells these days with tomatoes, garlic, and herbs slow roasting in the oven! I’m still working my way through the first box of Roma’s (they needed time to fully ripen). Later today, I’m going to make a sauce with some Black Krims from the garden for supper. Fall eating is so delicious and comforting.

A new hair stylist. Those words strike fear into me, but I bit the bullet after months of coming home looking like Ramona Quimby after a haircut and went somewhere else. Why did I wait so long? I was so pleased with the cut I received yesterday that I had to take a photo. I’ve officially broken up with my former stylist.

Quiet mornings. They’re quiet in a different way now. My body is adjusting to new routines and, for the time being, my 4 am quiet time is pushed forward and cut short. I’m quite delighted with the quiet of a house after everyone has left in the morning, though. It’s reminiscent of many, many years ago and inviting me to nest.

September afternoons. I’ve talked about the greater appreciation we have now for clear air and blue skies after the horrific fire season this year. I am taking advantage of every opportunity to go outside and soak it up, even if it’s just a few minutes in the afternoon for an after-school chat with Makiya.

Wishing you a peaceful Friday and a restful weekend.


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. I don’t know who Makiyah is (your daughter??) but I LOVE the name!! Glad she’s adjusting to a new school and has new friends.

    YAY for enjoying time in nature and fresh air. So glad your fires have died down. We are enjoying a wonderful late summer here in eastern New York with sunny days, temps in the low 70s, NO humidity and cool evenings. My fave time to walk is after work and I also LOVE my quiet before work mornings that begin at 5:30 am.


  2. I’m so glad the new school situation is working out and everyone is adjusting well. I accidentally found a new stylist when I went in for the first time after the pandemic, and my regular stylist wasn’t there. The person I got gave me the best haircut I’ve had in ages. Now I try to go on the same day and time, both to get this lady and not to run into the other one. 🙂 I love to start off with quiet mornings, too.

  3. Fresh air and blue skies are always a blessing!
    I’m glad to hear that your girl is doing well in school and adjusting.
    Yes, I am agree on the wonderful smell of roasting tomatoes and cooking tomato sauce. Those aromas have been constant in my kitchen lately.
    Have a good weekend!

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