I am so thankful for Friday Fave Five hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story. Otherwise, this week, I might have allowed the opportunities for gratitude to just slip by in a fog of cloudy days, a backlog of papers to correct and lessons to prepare. FFF helps me lift my lazy head and notice life's bountiful blessings.
1. Have you seen The Muppets movie? The Professor and I finally made it to a small local theatre to watch it at a Friday afternoon matinee performance. Three dollar tickets. Almost empty theatre. Hilarious entertainment.
2. Considering that here in the cottage, I knit nearly every day, working on a hat, scarf, sweater, afghan, or bunny, lately I have not photographed and posted much of my handiwork. This week I finished three projects and finally, finally, I took some pictures.
A reversible cable scarf. Bright orange bulky yarn.
This red hat is knitted from bamboo yarn. Sadly, the color isn't true. The hat is actually much 'redder' than it shows in the photo. Think Cardinal Red. It's leaving soon in a mailer headed for Stanford University. I hope The Grad Student is pleased with the result.
I completed a second scarf but the color is just too off in the photo to show its beautiful burgundy. Not lavender. (My frustration with poor lighting is one reason I am lazy about photographing my finished objects.)
3. Saturday, I spent several hours demonstrating spinning at a local elementary school's Winter Faire. The handweavers/spinners guild is invited every February to join the festivities, and I thoroughly enjoy talking with the people, explaining the spinning process, and of course having an entire day to just sit and spin. I finished spinning some green and blue variegated silk/merino wool fiber. Then last night while we watched a recorded episode of White Collar, I plied it into a two-ply yarn. It's off the spool but not ready for photographing yet.
4. Reconnecting with a cousin of my dad's who I'd lost contact with. The Christmas card I sent was returned, and I didn't know how else to contact her or her son. Then a serendipitous email from a mutual friend led to reassurance. I'd missed her. I was worried. My heart is happy. Now we're emailing back and forth and planning a visit.
5. After a drippy, drizzly beginning to the week, we've ended up with beautiful weather. Temperatures were in the low 80s (fahrenheit), and I went blueberry picking. Now I have four quarts of fresh blueberries to enjoy!
blueberry fields in the late afternoon almost dusk sun
Are you wondering about picking fresh blueberries in February? Our climate is perfect for some strains of blueberries. You can enjoy them this month too if you purchase Driscoll blueberries from your local store. They might have been picked on my friends' blueberry ranch just seven miles from my home.
This is just a small glimpse of five favorite moments in Willow's Week. Did you have any favorite moments or hours?