Thursday, October 08, 2009

Friday Fave Five

Welcome back to Friday's Fave Five!
These five events made my Willow's Week list. I've posted a link over at Susanne's blog. Do pop over there to visit and check out others' FFFs.

1. Looking forward to writing my FFF this week after a two week sabbatical. Taking some time away from the computer was a refreshing change. But now I am happpy to be back and posting another Fave Five.

2. Family. There is nothing I love more than spending time with my family.

3. A windy day in Southern California. It wasn't so much that the wind was blowing. It was that the change in the wind direction and velocity substantially lowered the thermometer readings. Our temperatures have been in the high 40s at night and high 60s during the day. I pulled my gloves out of the top dresser drawer where they've been hiding for six months and wore them in the mornings as I clutched the steering wheel during my morning drive to work.

Here's proof of how windy it was Sunday afternoon at Ventura Harbor.
The surf was very high and turbulent, the crashing waves creating a huge amount of spray.
4. Wednesday afternoon spent in my garden, clipping and cleaning around the tomato plants and herbs, and bringing a fistful of parsley in to the kitchen to add to the lentil soup cooking on the stove.
5. This picture. An opened cotton boll with its lock of fiber, dry and fluffy, picked clean of its seeds. No special reason except that I took the photo and I love it.

How was your week?

29 comments:

Thom said...

What a great week you had my friend love the beach photo. Have a great weekend :)

M.Kate said...

Hi Kak Willow, I love the cottonball, I have never seen one before..and as for family, same here, nothing like having the family together. Happy weekend :)

Dorothy said...

I love those windy photos, Willow! And the cotton one!

Islandsparrow said...

Hi Willow - welcome back - glad you enjoyed your blogging break. We need those every once in a while.

Wow - it is windy! I love the surf pictures.

And the cotton boil - I've never seen one before.

Happy weekend!

xo
kathie

nikkipolani said...

Welcome back to FFF. My, you have had some serious looking winds! We too have cooled down here but not quite to the 60s! Enjoy your weekend.

Melli said...

Welcome back, dear Willow!

I LOVE that cotton bole! I've never seen one before either -- no wonder folks complain about pickin' 'em! Those little things look sharp!

Family times ARE the BEST times - no doubt about that!

Tracy said...

Lovely catch up this week, Willow... I just love looking at that cotton ball... and the surf. :o) Happy Weekend! ((HUGS))

Hazel said...

Wow that wind could blow off my tiny body. I love parsley too. That's a pretty picture of the cottonball. Great faves.

Beth said...

I think I need to come to So Cal! Looks delightful! Have a nice weekend

Kari said...

Hi Willow,
time away from the computer is always good. Looks like you had a great week and I couldn't agree with you more-time spent with family is always so wonderful.
Great pictures.

Kathie said...

As usual, your photos are quite amazing! That cotton shot, takes my breath away.

Lisa notes... said...

Family - I agree with you. There is nothing better than spending time together. I love your picture of the cotton boll. The cotton is ripening down here in my neck of the woods, and it is so lovely. Have a great weekend!

Knitting Linguist said...

What fabulous pictures! I love the wind at the beach (it was like that here, too, on Sunday), and the cotton boll is lovely :)

Marg said...

It's good to have you back and interesting that we both mentioned family. Similar interests have been shared this week by both.
Quite a windstorm. That cotton ball picture is simply beautiful with it's blue backdrop.

Faith said...

wow...that is some surf!!! i love the pic!!
hope you have a great weekend!!

e-Mom said...

Wow, that's windy! And I've never seen a cotton ball up close like that. Pretty cool.

Thanks for your warm welcome to FFF. Seems like a fun group!

e-Mom @ Susannah's Aprons

Booklassie Dee said...

Mmmm, lentil soup. That's always a cool weather favorite here at our house. Those windy pics are something. You'd almost think there was a hurricane blowing in. Keep warm and enjoy the weekend.

Flower said...

The picture of the harbor catches the feeling of the wind without being there! :)) The Palms got a good cleaning! Family is the best!!

Monica said...

Those are great pictures! We've had about the same temperatures lately. I've been layering my clothes. Have a wonderful weekend!

"Sunshine" said...

Willow,
Is this a real cotton pod? I don't think I've ever seen one up close. Thanks for reminding us of how beautiful, yet dramatic S. California is. I lived in Pasadena for 8 years after I left Norway, but, as you know, Oregon has become my permanent place of residence. I love your Friday postings.

"Sunshine" said...

One more thing,
Are they called cotton balls or bolls? Some of your readers are using "boll", but as I look on my cotton ball bag, I see cotton ball.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

It's nice to see another FFF at Willows Cottage!

It is cool - isn't it! I've also been wearing gloves in the early mornings and this is the nicest Fall I can remember.

~Alison~ said...

We had a pretty windy couple of days here too. Broke a big branch from one of our trees. Happy it didn't hit the house, or the dog.

Love the picture of your cotton boll. So nature-y. :)

HappyChristian said...

Great pictures! I have only been to S. Cali a couple of times, but I will agree that it can be windy! Like you I am in love with my family! Have a great weekend!!!!

Sharon Lynne said...

It was interesting to hear about the weather. When we left on our trip it was HOT. Now we are back and it's cool!

I loved the cotton picture...and also the waves crashing on the jetty. I could feel the wind blowing through those palms.

ellen b. said...

Hello there! You really captured that wind blowing the palms well!

Elizabeth said...

Yes, a really high wind.
I agree your last shot is beautiful.
Maybe because of the very lovely colors?

Melanie said...

Wow what a wind shot! Glad you are refreshed from your break.

Barbara said...

Gosh it was windy and your temperatures were no higher than ours by the sound of it.
Loved teh cotton ball picture as that is not something we see here.

Glad you enjoyed your break.