It's Friday and time for Friday Fave Fives which is hosted by Susanne on her blog Living to Tell the Story. Firday is the day I look back on my week and think about what events or activities impressed me with grace and gratitude.
1. How many times during this week did I say, "Wow! It's SO clear!" (At least fifty!) Because the Santa Ana winds blew again most of the week, the skies were crystal clear and everywhere I turned, I could see the mountains and beaches and islands that I know are there but not always visible. We could see the silhouettes of the Channel Islands miles out from the coastline. And the sky itself provided rich beauty in brilliant clouds and blowing palm trees.
2. On Saturday and Sunday, we doggie-sat our friends' pit bull. They live near the beach so we took advantage of the location and walked along "The Strand". Windy days are perfect for kite flying on the beach.
We walked until the sun dropped below the horizon.
Sometimes boats really do sail off into the sunset.
3. Winds bring beauty to our area but they also can bring wild fires. On Saturday morning we had to detour from our usual exit to by our home because there was a fire right on the edge of the freeway less than a mile from our house. Why would I choose this as something I'm thankful for? I'm thankful that we have an excellent and well trained group of fire fighters in our county. They respond quickly and know how to deal quickly with a potential disaster. This nearby fire was contained to only twelve acres, there was little damage to property and no one was injured. Things could so easily have ended very differently but for our wonderful fire fighters.
4. Thursday afternoon, I drove to San Diego to stay with my daughter after she had surgery. I'm thankful that I have a job that allows me to be away on long four day weekends so I can be available to help when I'm needed.
5. Because I stopped in Orange County to have a late lunch with the pit bull's 'mommy', I managed to hit San Diego right at rush hour. The shining red lights of the cars in front of me were strung along the lanes like Christmas lights around a roof and the white lights facing me for miles on the opposite side of the freeway were as bright as Christmas tree lights. Fortunately, I was relaxed, knowing that eventually I'd arrive at my daughter's house. I had the company of Celtic Woman and Boney M singing Christmas carols and a marvelous choir performing The Messiah. Do other drivers sing O Come All Ye Faithful and Little Drummer Boy at the top of their lungs, or am I the only one?
So that was Willow's Week. I hope your week has been filled with beauty and song, too.