Thursday, January 14, 2010

Quiet Time

Some weeks are quiet. Savoring the familiar, we slip through the daily routines, hardly noticing that the days have crept past. Thankfully, this is not always a 'bad thing'. I have glided through Willow's Week quietly.

Trying to chronicle the best of this week, I can only report that it was a quiet and gentle time.

1. It rained a little. We woke in the early morning to the sounds of rain pattering on the roof.

2. The sun shone quite a lot. Even though the wind also blew, the cheery sunshine smiled down on us almost daily. Our weather forecast is for a sunny weekend with coastal warnings of very high surf, so we have two more days of this happy weather.

3. Each morning, The Professor makes me my very own cafe latte. Most days, he brews a second one for me to take in my personal mug so I can sip it on the drive to wherever I am going. It's wonderful!

4. There is an Indonesian proverb that says, "Sediket demi sediket, menjadi bukit" which translated literally states, "Little by little, a mountain is made." The English equivalent might be, "Baby steps!" That is the way I've started to tackle my overwhelming assortment of old photos. I took the first baby step toward sorting, decluttering, and organizing almost a century of pictures. Yes, truly, nearly 100 years. I have most, if not all, of the photos from my grandparents, and their ancestors, as well as my parents.

5. Anticipation! I am expecting a short visit from my dearest cousin! If I don't get around this weekend to say hi, you'll know why.

Thank you, Susanne, for hosting Friday's Fave Five! Please click HERE to join in the weekly fun.

33 comments:

Dorothy said...

Wow! What a treasure trove those old photos are!

Jane said...

I hope you have a very happy weekend with your cousin. How lovely to have the old photos too. Jane x

Melli said...

I like quiet weeks like that! They don't happen nearly often enough. But they are when we get to take some deep breaths, share a little more time with the Lord, and rejuvinate! Sounds like your week was lovely! Have fun sorting out those photo's -- don't let it be a "job" - let it be a "project"!

Have a great weekend Willow!

ellen b. said...

What fun to anticipate the visit. Glad you had a quiet time to enjoy and reflect. See you soon??

nikkipolani said...

I'm relaxing a bit just thinking about your quiet fives. Hopefully, we'll have a little more of #1 this coming week :-)

Tracy said...

So relaxing and serene a feeling just reading of your week, Willow... May the harmony carry over in the weekend and beyond :o) ((HUGS))

Hazel said...

No. 4 is just awesome! I could dream about family history all day and feel wonderful. Happy Friday!

Robin said...

I think I'm due for a quiet week like that! It sounds wonderful!
My husband makes my coffee in them mornings too - the best time of the day I think.
Enjoy your visit with your cousin and have a happy weekend.

Susanne said...

Quiet weeks are definitely a good thing once in awhile! :v)

I love a day or two of rain. I find it very peaceful.

Wow, that is a lot of photos. Have fun looking back over your family's history in pictures.

Carrie said...

Quiet is good!

I hope you have a wonderful time with your cousin!

Beth said...

Sunshine makes the world a better place! Have a great weekend with your cousin!

Knitting Linguist said...

I admit that having Rick hand me my morning coffee every morning as I walk out the door is one of my very favorite quiet "I love yous" in my marriage.

snoopydog said...

Hello there! That sounds like a lovely, peaceful , homely week. Just what we all need at this time of year, so soon after the festive season. I love th read of your days of sunshine. It's still quite cold here, but the snow has now almost gone. Enjoy your weekend! Ros

Marg said...

That wonderful cup of coffee in the morning. Ah Yes, and made by the men that love us! I also have gained the same treatment.

One box at a time Willow...I'm working through that philosophy and that helps it break up a bit...Knitting on the side while I watch the News in Haiti!
I can't stay away from the knitting store.

Brenda said...

How nice of your husband to make you latte's every morning! I 've been making them for myself as an afternoon treat recently. I find them yummy and soothing.

Aqeela said...

Wow, it would be lovely if you could share some of your old photos with us, in fact i have a victorian photo album with some of my relatives in it which i may just share on my own blog!

Booklassie Dee said...

You are going to have so much fun going through those old photos. I find that it is like you are reliving all the old memories. (And if you put them on your Flickr account, you just might find some cousins you didn't know you had. Happened to me.) Have fun with your cousin.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

Enjoyed your 'Faves' ... am eagerly awaiting the rain's arrival where I live ... haven't yet started to tackle my old photos but hope to begin in the near future. Enjoy your time with your cousin ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Flower said...

Rain is good and so is sunshine. They compliment each other!
Have a fun weekend with D!
Keep us posted on the photo fun!!

violetlady said...

Oh, Willow, I understand what a daunting task it is to organize those family photos. I have been trying to do it for a few years now. I have several beautiful scrapbooks which my daughter gave me, but it is so overwhelming to decide what goes where. Good luck!

Laura said...

Oh, I'd keep that professor!

And I would call sorting through 100 years of photos MORE than baby steps! Great progress.

Enjoy your visit!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Serenity. A lovely interlude from my hectic work day. Thanks for sharing your quiet time and I'm taking a deep breath and feeling your peace.

Cafe latte in the mornings - that Professor - he's a keeper.

Sharon Lynne said...

Sounds like you have a good project--with a good attitude (baby steps)

I, too, have many photos and have begun to start a family history album. I want to write about some of the older family members (using the photos as illustrations). I do not have a deadline...oh yes I do...it must be done before I get so old that I can't write! (it will be an enjoyable on-going rainy-day project)

Islandsparrow said...

That's a sweet hubby!

Surf - yay! Take some photos for me.

xo

Roxie said...

You have a major project there, and being the Willow that we know and love, you will do a fabulous job of it and transform those random photos into documented heirlooms. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Have you divided it into smaller parts yet? (Left front foot, first toe - stewed - serve for lunch Monday and Tuesday. Put leftovers into pot pie Wednesday.)

Kari said...

I love old photos.
That is a great proverb.
Enjoy your time with your cousin.

Jientje said...

Quiet weeks, I love them!

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Joanne said...

Your quiet and contentment shine through...the coffee and photos sound wonderful.

Thanks so much for your thoughtful (and sometimes prayerful) posts on my blog. I really appreciate it.

Melanie said...

Have a lovely time with your cousin. I'm sure you will both love pouring over the photographs together.

Allie said...

There's something so wonderful about having someone take the time to make you coffee just the way you like it. It goes well beyond the joy of just a good cup of coffee. That's such a nice tradition.

Barbara said...

It seems we all have visions of getting photos sorted and some decluttering at this time of year.

Iknow you love that sound of raindrops onthe roof.

The materials with which old churches are built can be what is available in the area and sometimes it signifies the century in which they were built.

Bethany Hissong said...

Recently I've really appreciated ordinary days and quiet times... it's given me time to cook and just enjoy the fact that everyone is okay.

Barbara H. said...

What a treasure trove to have all those photos! I don't have that many, but I need to organize what I do have.

Love, love, love #3. :-)