Thursday, February 26, 2009

Friday Fave Five, End of February

Busy weeks are often great weeks. This was a busy week and some wonderful things happened.

1. Daffodils.
From the Food Pantry where I serve on Thursdays.



2. Visit to Long Beach on Sunday.
The Professor and I visited the church where we had worshipped when we lived in Los Angeles. It was primarily to attend a meeting for sponsors of children orphaned by AIDs in Uganda through Ugandan Lambs, a ministry of the church. We sponsor a wonderful, sweet and, now very tall, boy named Daniel who lives in Uganda. We saw photos and videos of him, received handwritten letters from him, and heard eye witness reports of his school progress and his development in to a lovely young man whose mechanical and technical abilities may earn him a place in a vocational school after he graduates from 'high school'. We treasure his letters to us, his "Mum and Dad".

3. Visit to Manhattan Beach, also on Sunday.
We arranged to drop by a brunch celebrating the baptism of a little boy, infant son of Son Number Two's coworker to deliver a little blue sweater (sorry, no photo!). We are acquainted with the coworker and his wife so it was fun to be invited to see him and cuddle him a little. Then, after the brunch, we spent a few hours with Son Number Two and also with a close friend who was my walking buddy when I lived in LA. I miss living near this friend and we just chatted up a storm while The Professor and Son #2 discussed and solved all the world's problems. A moonlight drive home along the Pacific coastline through Malibu was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

4. A little kudo at work.
Someone mentioned that she overheard a supervisor praise the way I write up my students' progress reports. A little encouragement can go a long way to cheer me up!

5. California poppies.
The sun has been shining and on our walks Ellen and I have seen so many flowers blooming. I think the California poppies bloom biggest and brightest in late winter/early spring.

The Professor asked me why I didn't post a photo of my sssuper sssnakey valentine, so I took a snapshot of it to share the love.


To share in the joy of others' weeks, go to Susanne's blog Living To Tell The Story.

20 comments:

Melanie said...

What a beautiful california poppy. I can grow them here. They look so good in big groups. :-)

I'm glad you heard about the praise too.

Have a lovely weekend.

ellen b. said...

I appreciate that Valentine even more now that I see it :0)
Love the photo of the poppy...

The Correspondent said...

What a wonderful list and beautiful photos, Willow.

I love reconnecting with old friends, and a moonlight drive along the Pacific coastline sounds divine.

Jen said...

Great week. Love the pics of the flowers....ours have not started blooming but they are coming up...and yes encouragement makes me happy as well.

Kathie said...

Oh, Daffodils and poppies, I'm seething with jealousy while I look at fresh snow covering everything...

Angie said...

Loved the pictures of the flowers..can't wait until they start blooming here in Texas.

Pam said...

Gorgeous photos!

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful list today.

Have a super weekend.

Julie said...

Is it time for daffodils already? I guess March is right around the corner, isn't it! Flowers definitely have a way to brighten the week.

What's with the snake Valentine??? That's not romantic!

Have a great afternoon.

Susanne said...

I love those poppies. The orange color is so beautiful! We are a long way from spring flowers yet around here.

What ssssuper ssssurpise for a valentine.

Jerralea said...

Gorgeous flowers. I'm so glad you heard some on-the-job praise! If only we all encouraged each other, it would make life so much more enjoyable! That's one of the reasons I love comments - we can all encourage.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Brenda said...

I love California poppy's too. I love seeing them on the side of the freeways in Spring.

Roxie said...

Wonderful photos as always!

So glad someone was kind enough to pass on the praise. You do deserve it!

Karyn said...

Lovely list....That poppy is truly gorgeous!

Julie said...

OH, that makes MUCH more sense. First graders are fascinated with snakes! I thought it came from the Professor!!!

proudgrits11 said...

oooo, i looooove all those flowers!! Lovely!!

Gombojav Tribe said...

The Valentine's Snake, huh? I bet that put you right in the Valentine's mood! :-P

Alison Boon said...

I adore California poppies, such beautiful colours

Knitting Linguist said...

That's a great five, full of family and a very nice compliment :) Thanks, btw, for trying to find something nice to say about my tam. If you can't do it, it can't be done! :)

M.Kate said...

Love the poppy, dont think we have them here. Have a great weekend.

Jientje said...

Spring is coming here in Belgium too, but it will be a while before we get daffodils and even longer before the poppies are back!
What a great list!