Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday's Fave Five, Take 3

My Fave Fives this week:

1. Beautiful weather! The sun has shone every day, the temperatures have been in the high 70s and low 80s. The late afternoons have been incredibly clear and the Santa Monica Mountains have stood out in sharp detail behind our home.

2. Raspberry jam. I made three more batches of rasberry freezer jam. It will be delicious on pancakes, waffles, scones and toast!

3. A telephone call via Skype from a dear friend who lives in another country far far away from me. We chatted and plotted a possible joint vacation in England. We'd meet 'in the middle'. We'll have to start now saving our pennies for a holiday in 2010 or 2011. What a fantastic surprise to pick up my home phone and hear, "Hi! This is L___!"

4. The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing baseball very well indeed. This makes The Professor happy. He has explained to The New Boy about the good guys being the 'men in blue'.

5. Our church's Food Pantry ministry. Twice a month our church hosts a free food pantry with fresh produce, flowers, meat and other items provided by a local branch of a national boutique grocery chain* and The Professor and I have the privilege of helping distribute the food to people who come by the church on the day the food is picked up from the market. When there is left over bread, eggs, flowers, or anything else, we are able to bring the surplus home to our neighbors and bless them with the abundance since the church has limited food storage space and all of the grocery items are perishable. *When the market donates the food the only request is that the food is not thrown away, so we are able to pass the 'extra' on to so many people. We love to knock on our neighbors' doors and see their smiles when they discover we have a loaf of their favorite bread or a bunch of fresh flowers. This market gets my business the other days of the month because I am so impressed with its generosity and community involvement. And it has plenty of organic food options.

To read others' Fave Five and be blessed, go to Living To Tell The Story.

7 comments:

Melanie said...

It's great that you have a supermarket that will do this. Here in the UK a lot of dumpsters behind supermarkets are full of stuff that is OK to eat just on it's use by date. When you have homeless hungry people in the same towns it feels so so wrong to have this waste.

What a lovely lot of happiness! We've had 18C and sunshine today- lovely.

ellen b. said...

Wonderful Five Willow! We are getting a good bit of sunshine up here. I'm trying to decide when I'm going to mow the lawn. Probably Monday after another couple days of drying out. Glad the Dodgers are making the Professor happy. My pastor brother and his boys are huge Dodger fans...

Susanne said...

Thanks for joining in, Willow. It's never too late. I love reading and getting to know everyone through their fave things of the week.

How fun to plan this trip with a friend. The planning would be so much fun. Your grocery store chain is very generous. What a neat thing to be involved in!

Hope you join in next week too!

Knitting Linguist said...

Those are a great list of five! All of them make me happier just to read about :)

Flower said...

I was wondering how your week was and find you made it wonderful once again!!
Visiting "D" was so wonderful...an over used word but perfect in this case. The weather was in the high 80's with a bit of a breeze. The area is truly ideal....homes are reasonable and they are brick!! It sits at same latitude as Northern CA!!
Today my outing was over the top!! You must come one time! Plan for the entire weekend!!! It's that good!

Islandsparrow said...

What a great ministry Willow! I wonder if it could be implemented in our area? We don't have homeless people on the Island (unless they choose to be) but we do have those who have to use the foodbank.

I'll keep this in mind. Thanks!

Bethany Hissong said...

That is so so wonderful! It filled my heart with happiness reading about the market sharing it's food and also your help with it!!! There is good in this world!!!