Friday, January 18, 2013
Friday's Fave Five
I've also been wanting to participate in the Friday's Fave Five theme from Susanne at Living To Tell the Story for a while (I first found Susanne's blog through one of the reading challenges that Katrina hosts in spring and fall, and have been following it for a while.) The idea is to post five of your favorite things -- big or small -- kind of like the idea of a gratitude journal.
So, here are 5 of my favorite things for this week.
1) Long Underwear.
Even though it takes forever to get dressed in the mornings when you have to put on umpteen layers, I think I have finally discovered how people are able to enjoy winter. The idea of "longies," as a coworker refers to them, is something that I don't recall being on the radar screen until I moved to Minnesota. I refreshed my supply last fall and, since our high a few days ago was something like 4 or 5 degrees Fahrenheit -- and the projected high in a few days is 8 below zero -- I've been getting a lot of use out of them.
2) Ice Skating
Although I've always enjoyed watching the figure skating competitions in the Olympics, I had never actually been ice skating myself until this past weekend. My daughter, however, went on a field trip last year, and has really been wanting to go this year. (Actually, she asked for lessons, but I really didn't want to add anything else to the family schedule.) So, when some friends planned an outing to a local rink last weekend, we went. Yes, this rink is outdoors, and yes, it was the day with the high of 5 degrees. :) Once we started moving, however, we were warm, plus they have outdoor fire pits, and a warming house with a very nice roaring fireplace -- and hot chocolate for sale at the concessions. It wasn't very crowded out on the ice, which is actually three ponds joined together, and we were out in the afternoon so that the twinkle lights around the edges of the water came on, and it was very pretty.
I probably looked like an idiot with the trainer sled and the hockey skates that kept coming untied until a lady from Finland nicely helped me lace them up (when I told the skate rental people I wanted whichever was easier between hockey and figure skates, they said "hockey") but, once laced properly, it actually wasn't too hard -- for some reason, I had the impression ice skating would be more difficult than roller skating. And my six-year-old, in her second time on the ice, was whizzing around quite speedily. She doesn't need lessons.
3) Vegetable Beef Soup
For some reason, I got in the mood for vegetable beef soup recently. We made some for dinner one night, using a recipe from the 2000 annual compilation of Quick Cooking recipes. I don't think we've ever made it before, but it was delicious on a cold day. Very easy to make, too, with frozen mixed veggies, and we substituted some of the whole tomatoes gifted from a neighbor and in our freezer for the "stewed tomatoes" called for in the recipe. Served with strawberry muffins, made with strawberries we picked last summer and stored in our freezer.
I've discovered some new books and authors to me, via blog reading, that I've been enjoying either through library books or via the free Kindle app. I finished the Aggie's Inheritance series by Chautona Havig this week on Kindle, and am reading the second in Miss Read's Fairacre series as a library book.
5) The Book of Acts
Well, I may be behind on my one-year chronological reading plan of the Bible (yes, I was originally going to finish that last year), but I'm playing catchup this month and am currently in the book of Acts, interspersed with Paul's epistles (as they chronologically fit - hence the chronological Bible reading plan). I'm really enjoying reading the Bible this way, and am getting a much better understanding of how things fit together when I read them in the order they happened - rather than in the order the books got put in the Bible.