Where did my week go?
1. On Sunday, The Professor and I drove to Long Beach (second largest city in Los Angeles County) to a church we were part of when we lived in LA. There was a special informational meeting after the service which we particularly wanted to attend, hosted by the group Ugandan Lambs through which we have sponsored a boy from Uganda for the past seven years. The meeting was wonderful on so many levels--seeing old friends, learning what has been acoomplished in Uganda in the past year, hearing the vision for the future of the these precious orphans, even receiving a letter and photo from 'our boy'. We connected with a very special friend for lunch--she even found a great restaurant, The Veggie Grill, where we could all find something tasty and yummy to eat.
2. Our week has ended with a house guest brightening up our lives. Our daugther in law (she who we call The Princess) drove over to spend a few days with us. Already, we have laughed and laughed, watched The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (with Ingrid Bergen), sat around and shared our favorite new books, and enjoyed a couple of special meals.
3. This morning we were here:
4. On a whim, we decided to drive to Ventura this afternoon. Our original goal was to cruise through a few thrift stores. None of us are shoppers, but we do love to poke around in the used books sections of these shops. We walked in to ONE book shop on the way to the thrift store and never left until we had found a total of (ahem) eight books. In my defense, I will state that this amazing little shop had a treasure trove of Newbery Award Books. Because I am always looking for the award books to fill out my collection and achieve a life goal to own and read every Newbery Award Book, I was delighted to find THREE more volumes. These books were especially exciting because two of them were hard copies, and if they weren't first editions, they were certainly orginally purchased the year they won the Medal. Inside the covers, the original owner had written "Newbery Award Book-- and then the year (1955, 1947)". I just had to have those books because I felt a close kinship to the owner since she obviously also collected all the winners through the years. I am now within SEVENTEEN books of having them all! I'm so pleased that we gave in to our whim and then serendipitously strolled in to that little book shop.
5. Speaking of books, I read about a new (to me) author on another blog and then found some copies of his books at our local library. I enjoy novels placed in historical settings, so I am looking forward to reading Sarum, the Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd. With just one week of classes left, I am looking forward to a wonderful summer of reading!
This week passed so quickly and happily, filled with little moments of gratitude and pleasure. I'm sharing these Five Faves for Friday's Fave Five and linking to Susanne's blog. Thanks, Susanne, for hosting us each week and offering us the chance to focus on our fleeting moments of thankfulness.