I didn't expect this week to be as busy as it was. My boss is gone on an emergency family matter, so the rest of us have been picking up some extra classes. My extra duties aren't that much but it has made a difference in my week's schedule. I had intended to write more about our hike from last week, but I just didn't have the time to do it. Nevertheless, I tried hard to slow down when I could and relax and focus on the blessings of the week. This is an important part of my week--Friday Fave Fives.
1. Rainstorms. Complete with lightning and thunder. In most of the US, that wouldn't be a big deal, but here rain is scarce and thunderstorms are even scarcer.
2. I happened on a gardening web series which I've been watching this week. It's been amazing! I've watched presentations about bee keeping, composting, seed saving, modern victory gardens, fruit tree grafting, and herbal medicines. I love gardening and I've learned so much.
3. The details: growing your own food has a long and noble history. Americans grew Liberty Gardens in World War I and Victory Gardens in World War II. Now we can grow our own food and save money and energy AND have excellent nutrition and flavor right in our back garden.
4. I loved this comment: Bring the store to your home.
5. A sobering quote and thought from Wendell Berry (Pleasures of Eating):
We still (sometimes) remember that we cannot be free if our minds and voices and controlled by someone else. But we have neglected to understand that we cannot be free if our food and its sources are controlled by someone else.
The only photo I took was of this funny quail booking it across the road in front of my house. I had to zoom in and then crop it a bit. Doesn't it look like a postage stamp image?