Thursday, May 20, 2010

Glimpses of a Normal Week

How was your week?  Did the days fly by or were you just plodding along through the slowly moving hours?  It's important to remember with gratitude the moments of your days.  Here are five little events that cheered me up.

1.  Long lasting farmers market flowers.  This bouquet is still freshly blooming after more than two weeks.


2.This hat, which I knitted this week:

 in dark chocolate acrylic yarn
for a friend who is allergic to wool

3. Sometimes the writing class students greatly amuse me.  Three gems from this week's writing assignment:

 A new word (ala Edward Lear who put made up words in his poems)-- factivity: a favorite activity.

 "Everyone but teenagers, because they don't like anything, will appreciate this book."

 "Although your mother may not approve, ask your grandpa.  He'll buy it for you!" (about Captain Underpants)

4. Relaxing at home with a perfect cup of coffee.


5. A Sunday afternoon walk with The Professor up the hill near the local golf course.  At the top, we could gaze over the tangle of cactus plants, beyond the back half of the course below, toward the Santa Monica Mountains to the south.


A word of caution to those who hopefully will be more careful than I--remember that if you are photographing thistles in a stand of cactus, you should look before you step to the side or you might end up stabbing your leg with sharp barbs.


I hope you have enjoyed this little glimpse into Willow's Week.  If you want to join the fun of focusing on your five favorites from this week, click on this link to Living To Tell The Story.

25 comments:

Thom said...

How beautiful. What a great week. :)

Islandsparrow said...

I love the Captain Underpants Grandpa comment! Smart kid :)

What a lovely hat - a beautiful colour and pattern.

Sorry about the pricklies - but thanks for sharing the beautiful view! The things we bloggers do :)

Happy weekend Willow!

Dorothy said...

Love those quotes from the writing class kids!

And that hat! That chocolate brown is beautiful!

Roxie said...

The hat rocks! The kids comments made me laugh out loud.

It takes a real artist's eye to see the beauty in cactus and thistles. Bravo!

Susanne said...

If it makes your poor, stabbed legs feel better, you did get a nice shot! :v0

Love the color of the hat. I'm like that chocolate brown more and more.

Flower said...

A normal week brings forth gems! The hat turned out perfect from the top down!! Chocolate brown is a rich color. Very pretty pattern! Your kids supply you with wisdom! Happy weekend...

ellen b. said...

The pattern in that hat is very cool...I love the name of it, too.
That quote about teenagers...cracks me up...so true!
That coffee looks professional :0)
Ouch! on the prickles...
I'll email you about my walking....

Barbara H. said...

I imagine you get a lot of interesting quotes from the writing class!

It's so nice when flowers last longer than just a few days.

Jerralea said...

Factivity -- I'm going to use that! And I have to agree, that teenagers don't seem to like anything, at least not what I like!

I love those beautiful flowers. Both you and Ellen are featuring fresh cut flowers today ... you are starting a trend!

Knitting Linguist said...

Oh, yes, be careful with those cacti! (Especially cholla; we've had some bad cholla experiences.)

I love that hat -- it's just gorgeous, and your friend's going to love it. And I was tickled pink by the teenager comment, so true...

Dee said...

Two weeks for that bouquet? That is amazing. They look so fresh. That hat is lovely. What was the pattern? It looks almost like the Kolhaas pattern. And ouch! My leg is hurting just thinking about stepping into those prickers. That's one thing I don't miss about Arizona. Have a great week.

Brenda said...

I love the brown hat. And the coffee, yummmm. A perfect cup of coffee is always welcome!

I love those quotes from your writing class. I am always tickled by the things that people say.

Lisa notes... said...

Your hat looks lovely. How talented you are! I love “factivity”—I’ll have to use that and credit Edward Lear. :-)

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, I love the tidbits from the writing class...you make me SMILE!!!! And the flowers and your knit hat...simply gorgeous! What a wonderful week you had...I'm grinning just thinking about it! And you deserve so much happiness for you bring so much to others! Have a wonderful weekend, dear Willow! Love you, Janine XO

hip chick said...

Seems like a wonderful week. I have had to train myself to be more aware of my surroundings when I am photographing also. One time I almost took a step sideways off a dock!

Faith said...

Beautiful pics...
a great cup of coffee almost always seems to be a fave of mine! have a great weekend...

Marg said...

Glad you shared your FFF. If it was Friday today, I'd have time...I like to see a normal week also...I'm not sure where the time is going...but it's been spent making decisions around health care for my husbands parents...That too shall pass.
It's refreshing to see what's happening down south.
I stepped last year into a field of barbs, and it went right through my flip flops....Ouch!

Jientje said...

" Ask your grandfather" LOVED that one! That hat is a true work of art Willow, and how wonderful to buy flowers that last over two weeks! Now I need coffee. Mine is just plain coffee, but at seven in the morning it tastes heavenly!
Have a great week Willow!

Deb said...

My new favorite word is 'factivity' ~ I love kids ! Wish the world could focus on all of the good they do and the joy they bring to so many.

That chocolate brown hat is beautiful ~ I LOVE that color. So rich, so comforting !

So glad that you are able to appreciate the small stuff ~ and then are kind enough to share it with us.

Enjoy your week !

Sandy@Jesus and Dark Choc said...

I am late posting this....but I do LOVE your pictures....sorry about the cactus barbs, but the pic is cool! :)
I love fresh flowers from the farmer's market, especially when they last THAT long! Lovely!
Have a good week!

Sara said...

What a beautiful knitted hat!

Looks like your week was full of good things. Except the cactus spikes, that is.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Ouch...I do hope those cactus barbs did not do deep damage. They sure can be poisonous for quite awhile.

My garden flowers are coming along nicely but I still am looking forward to the Farmers Market beginning here again.

Bethany Hissong said...

Gorgeous photos as usual, but what I am really intrigued by is your hat-- that's beautiful knitting! And one of my best friends in college was Eleanor! I never hear her name and I know she would love this hat. I haven't talked to her in ages though. I love the quotes too!! I chuckled!!

Sharon Lynne said...

Looks like a beautiful place to walk!
(carefully)

Barbara said...

I guess one must never fall over walking by that cactus.

Catching up with your week and see you enjoy your coffee breaks in town as much as we do.