Random 5 Friday

"If you so choose, each day can be filled with even more joy than the one before.
If you so choose, even the most seemingly random events can work in your favor." -- Ralph Marston

Greetings Cottage Friends and happy Friday.

I've gathered my randoms for the week. 

I find I'm really enjoying this exercise, as it reminds me of blessings and joy that comes into my life every day.

#1 - Tea Box Art

We drink a lot of hot herbal tea in the winter, Celestial Seasonings being one of our favorites.
This is a photo of the artwork on the Cranberry Apple Zinger box.  It's based on an original painting by Robert Giusti.  Isn't it charming?

#2 -  Salad Art

I enjoy the presentation of a colorful salad on a simple white plate; like the one I made last night for dinner.  Fresh spinach; slivers of red pepper, sweet onion and carrots; sliced cold chicken breast and garlic/herb feta cheese; dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Simple, fresh, delicious and pretty.

#3 - Surprise

Dennis did the grocery shopping yesterday.  He surprised me with fresh flowers from the floral department.  I like the way this man shops.

#4 - Possibilities

A stop at our local Habitat Restore on Monday yielded another fabric score:  7 yards of Joan Kessler for Concord Fabric for $1.50.  That's less that 22 cents a yard.  It's probably from the 90's.  There's so much of it, I think the possibilities of how to use this fabric are endless.

#5 - Encouragement

My word for the year is "create".  I'm trying new things that may or may not work out, but that's not going to stop me from continuing to attempt something I've never done before.  I printed off this quote I found online, and it now hangs next to my desk to remind me not to give up.

What has brought you joy this week?




  1. I can't remember the last time my husband surprised me with flowers. I just buy them for myself every once in a while so I don't feel sorry for myself : )

  2. I enjoyed your blog today---still love the header--and I found all your photos and thoughts to be uplifting. Wonder what you will do with the strawberry fabric? Also -- enjoyed Jill's remark up above. :)

  3. i love that sign - why i keep making mistakes. so true. ( :

  4. Sounds like your hubby knows how to shop....the flowers are gorgeous....I am very curious as to what you will do with all that fabric...Please let us know...Don't you just love it when you come upon a bargain like that...
    Have a nice weekend...

  5. I've had that salad before, but they used goat cheese & believe it or not it's when I was in the hospital and they put strawberries on top. Thanks for sharing. I'm your latest follower. Nice to meet you.

  6. I love that you featured the art from your tea box! If that is not recognizing uncommon beauty in the everyday I don't know what is! Truly exquisitely unremarkable! ;) I like Dennis' flowers, too!

  7. I love Celestial teas and their boxes are wonderful little works of art.
    That fabric is pretty - "Strawberry Fields Forever!"
    They say we eat with our eyes first and then our mouths so a colorful salad is a treat to the eye for sure.

  8. I love coming here to your blog! I really enjoyed reading this post. We love tea, too...I always like to look at the paintings and pictures on the Celestial boxes. Your salad looked so yummy, and I really love the fabric. You're right...the possibilities with that are endless indeed! So happy to visit with you today. Love, Cheryl

  9. Having a half our to catch up on a few blogs is what has brought me joy today. Each one of your 5's made me smile.

  10. Love your Random's . . . Did you save some of the salad for me?
    I always leave a visit with you thinking, how sweet Nancy is . . .

  11. I went to Habitat Re-Store last week and splurged on the most beautiful butcher block table that I thought I paid too much for until I looked it up on line and found out it is worth almost 4 times what I paid for it. I truly love it. Your blog brought me joy. Thank you.

  12. Last night, I saw this, and got distracted and could not remember if I had made the comment or just thought of what I wanted to say...which was, my mom used to say that if you hadn't made any mistakes, you had never done anything.

    Anyway, came back to see and apparently I had got distracted before I made it...LOL

  13. Although I don't drink herbal tea, I do find myself looking a the Celestial Seasonings boxes when I'm in the coffee/tea aisle at the store. :)

  14. Love the quote. I think I had fabric like that once.


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