Thursday, December 08, 2011

Second Week of Advent

It's Friday and time for Friday Fave Fives which is hosted by Susanne on her blog Living to Tell the Story.  Firday is the day I look back on my week and think about what events or activities impressed me with grace and gratitude.

1.  How many times during this week did I say, "Wow!  It's SO clear!"  (At least fifty!)  Because the Santa Ana winds blew again most of the week, the skies were crystal clear and everywhere I turned, I could see the mountains and beaches and islands that I know are there but not always visible.  We could see the silhouettes of the Channel Islands miles out from the coastline.  And the sky itself provided rich beauty in brilliant clouds and blowing palm trees.


2.  On Saturday and Sunday, we doggie-sat our friends' pit bull.  They live near the beach so we took advantage of the location and walked along "The Strand".  Windy days are perfect for kite flying on the beach.


We walked until the sun dropped below the horizon.


Sometimes boats really do sail off into the sunset.


3.  Winds bring beauty to our area but they also can bring wild fires.  On Saturday morning we had to detour from our usual exit to by our home because there was a fire right on the edge of the freeway less than a mile from our house.  Why would I choose this as something I'm thankful for?  I'm thankful that we have an excellent and well trained group of fire fighters in our county.  They respond quickly and know how to deal quickly with a potential disaster.  This nearby fire was contained to only twelve acres, there was little damage to property and no one was injured.  Things could so easily have ended very differently but for our wonderful fire fighters.

4.  Thursday afternoon, I drove to San Diego to stay with my daughter after she had surgery.  I'm thankful that I have a job that allows me to be away on long four day weekends so I can be available to help when I'm needed.

5.  Because I stopped in Orange County to have a late lunch with the pit bull's 'mommy',  I managed to hit San Diego right at rush hour.  The shining red lights of the cars in front of me were strung along the lanes like Christmas lights around a roof and the white lights facing me for miles on the opposite side of the freeway were as bright as Christmas tree lights.  Fortunately, I was relaxed, knowing that eventually I'd arrive at my daughter's house.  I had the company of Celtic Woman and Boney M singing Christmas carols and a marvelous choir performing The Messiah.  Do other drivers sing O Come All Ye Faithful and Little Drummer Boy at the top of their lungs, or am I the only one?

So that was Willow's Week.  I hope your week has been filled with beauty and song, too.

13 comments:

Tracy said...

Oooo... that last photos is mesmerizing! All that orange...I've love to fall into it. Happy Days of Advent, Willow :o) ((HUGS))

ellen b. said...

Oh the winds that bring such clear days and fires in So.Cal. Crazy!
I'm glad you were able to go down and be with Mia during her surgery. Love the sailing into the sunset shot! Beautiful...

Melissa @ Frugal Creativity said...

Gorgeous pictures, Willow! Thanks for sharing them. We've had clouds and rain for most of the week, so I am especially appreciative. :)

Susanne said...

The kite and boat in the sunset pictures are lovely! Sigh. I love my mountains but when I see pics like that I wish I was close to the ocean.

So glad you were able to get that time off to be with your daughter during her surgery.

Lisa notes... said...

Love all the sunset pictures. Wow. My b-i-l is a firefighter; I'm thankful for them too!

I sing loudly in my car too and hope no one can hear. ha.

Jerralea said...

It is a blessing to have a job that lets you be flexible with time off!

Walking along the beach sounds like an excellent way to dog-sit!

I sing at the top of my voice while driving also. I always comfort myself with the thought that others can't really see what you're doing in your car ... can they?

Faith said...

love these photos and nope...you're not the only driver singing carols at the top of her voice! :) enjoy your weekend

meg said...

great sunset photos!!!

Mama Mia said...

Why yes, other drivers DO belt out Christmas carols at the top of their lungs. :o)

Lovely photos! :o) And thank you for taking such good care of me...

Brenda said...

Its been really clear here in NoCal as well, its nice not to have rain at this time of year.

The best way to sit in traffic is to be unhurried and relaxed. . . and to have great music!

Bethany Hissong said...

I sing too! In fact, there's a running joke in my family that I'm the radio at Christmastime! I'm so glad your home was okay and happy that you can enjoy such gorgeous weather! Yes, that's why I wanted to live in California... when it's beautiful, it's really beautiful! You're such a great friend to watch the doggie!

Sara said...

Glorious colors in those photos, Willow. I love your "thankful" list this week. I sometimes sing in my car too ;-)

Our Village is a Little Different said...

What beautiful photos. Oh, I miss SoCal so much!!! (although not the Static hair and wildfires that come with the winds! I'm glad that the one near you was contained.)

I hope your daughter is feeling well now. It's good that you could be there for her.

I thought of you this week. I wanted to try a simple knitting pattern. It didn't go very well though.. :( Oh well! Try, try again. I have to find something easier on the wrists and hands next time. Maybe crochet.

-Catherine