Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday Fave Five

Here it is-Friday!

1. It's my first day of Christmas break!

2. I was able to spend a bit of time this week with a dear friend who I have known for many years. We met in Old Town Camarillo and had lunch at a new panini restaurant that Ellen and I had discovered a couple of months ago. The food was excellent! The coffee-oh yes, rich and wonderful! We talked and talked, about our families, about teaching. This friend is one of the best teachers I have ever met and I love to listen to her talk about teaching-I always learn something.

3. While the rest of the northern hemisphere had snow, we got rain. It rained for three days and then on Thursday the sun came back. When it rains here along the coastal plain, the mountains to the north and east of us get snow!
You can see here the whole panorama of plain, hills, snowy mountains. This photo was taken at the top of a hill near my home in the afternoon. Ellen and I climbed up to the top so we could see the mountains and of course take photos for our blogs!

4. And this photo was taken on Thursday morning on my way to work. I pulled over on the side road just beyond the 101 freeway (El Camino Real!) underpass and snapped the shutter quickly. This is the view I see every morning as I turn left to drive on to the freeway onramp!

If I turned left, I'd see these blooming red poinsettias lining the roadway leading to a local county park.

5. The Christmas season is always fun (and busy) for teachers. I love the little gifts my students bring me. This week I received several packets of cookies. Yum!

To see more Fave Fives, go to Susanne's blog. This week will be the last Fave Five for 2008 but we'll be back again in 2009!


Melanie said...

I read the article you linked on the panini place. 'Keeping the Moms & Pops in business!

Susanne said...

I love panini's. Funny but I hadn't even heard of them a year ago. Your views are incredible!

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Willow.

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a view! I don't think I've ever seen a hedge of poinsettias. And wasn't the rain wonderful?

Flower said...

There are so many pretty views to see!!
This is a slow blog week...and a good thing! There is so much to get done! :)

Knitting Linguist said...

I love those pictures! That's the view we're getting right now of Palomar Mountain, covered in snow -- I wish I could get the girls up there for a rousing snowball fight!

ellen b. said...

Beautiful Willow. So are you at the wedding today and the tea tomorrow? My brain is toast! Too much time on L.A. freeways. Did you see the photo of you taking the photo on my fave five??

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful location. I've never seen poinsettias growing wild- only in pots at Christmas time. What a lovely sight.

Yolanda said...

I loved the photos.Thanks for sharing them.Still snowing here.

roxie said...

Lovely. Your cheery blog posts are getting me through these gloomy winter days. Bless your dear heart!!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Wonderful, rich, roasted coffee - makes a meal so much more enjoyable!

My sister is a teacher (2nd grade) and she receives the sweetest presents from her children.