Lately, it seems that I manage to post a Friday Fave Five every week, but that is about all. I find that my days are flying by this autumn especially since I started back to teaching the writing classes. This year I have more students and more classes. While I am happy for the extra income and the opportunity to teach more students excellent writing skills, the work has seriously cut in to my photography and blogging time. And truthfully, recovering from the sprained ankle has taken much time and energy.
Nevertheless, even in the midst of busyness and healing, I continue to focus on what is important to me, what blessings God has provided to me each week. Because that really is the reason for Friday Fave Five. Thanks to Susanne for hosting FFF
1. I had agreed two months ago to demonstrate spinning with the weavers/spinners guild at Reyes Adobe Days in Agoura Hills, CA (far northwest suburb of Los Angeles County). On Sunday morning, The Professor loaded up my spinning wheel and accesories into the car and drove me over there. I discovered that, yes, I can manipulate the spinning wheel with one foot. I enjoyed the day spinning a lovely blue and green wool and silk blend fiber. (Photos to follow when the two ply yarn is finished.)
2. The best part of the day was selling several items including two boy bunnies, all but one of the coffee cozies, that sweet turquoise, grey and white striped baby sweater, and several scarves and hats. All proceeds will be going to help THIS GROUP
3. The Professor was looking for a particular library book that isn't in our city library system. He found it was available at the main library location in Ventura so, of course, we drove up there to pick it up. While he was searching the shelves for his book, I found a volume of all three of Elaine St. James' books which included Simplify Your Life, Inner Simplicity
and Living the Simple Life.
This week I'm rereading St. James' ideas. I had read the books in the 1990s shortly after they were published and appeared in our library in Oregon. It has been good to remind myself of how far I've come on my simplicity journey and remember some things I'd forgotten in the past few years. My favorite: remembering why I love very simple eating (and cooking) habits.
4. We had a lovely and refreshing rainstorm this week. Our very thirsty, dry, brown mountains happily soaked up the wetness. I think that just the one day of rain turned the hills a little bit green. Maybe it's just my imagination. But they look green to me.
5. These weeks while I've been sitting around, NOT walking much, besides the knitting I've been doing, I've also been tackling the mountains and boxes and files of old photos and slides. Finally, I overcame my resistance to learning to operate the scanner. I've been scanning photos and organizing them on my computer. In a pile of old slides I found this one:
Me on a trail in the Papuan jungle
That was Willow's Week. How was yours? Did you reread any favorite books, enjoy a hobby, rediscover an old memory?