1. I love this video of my hometown which a Portland friend posted on facebook. I watched it with great fondness for the beautiful place of my childhood (and a decade of my children's childhoods). I remember the views. In the video, I saw the steps I sat on as a young girl at Washington Park and gazed at Mt. Hood. Seeing the bridges reminded me of driving with my brother across the Markham Bridge in his new black convertible, top down, my long blonde hair blowing in the breeze. Great memories of growing up in a wonderful city!
2. I read This post at becomingminimalist and want to share it with everyone. In so many ways it describes my journey through the years. Since early adulthood, I have walked the voluntary simplicity road which is now called 'minimalism' by most people. Voluntary simplicity or minimalism isn't involuntary poverty; it's choosing to live simply with only what best graces your life.
3. On the subject of minimalism, simplicity and decluttering, this week I met in real life a wonderful woman whose blog I've been following for a long time, for two years (shortly after she began blogging in March 2010). Colleen of 365lessthings.com who lives in Australia has been on holiday in the US for a couple of weeks with her husband, and they had a long layover in Los Angeles. After emailing back and forth, we decided to meet at The Getty Center for a few hours. Just think, if the internet didn't exist, if we didn't have similar interests, we would never have met! I'm so glad we did, both virtually and physically.
Willow and Colleen at The Getty Center
Los Angeles in the background
4. A gardening mystery contest. What flowering plant is this? I know; do you?
5. This magazine is my absolute favorite! Country Living, British edition, is a delight which I enjoy monthly. The mother of one of my students receives it from a friend who subscribes to it. After she has read the current issue, she sends it to class with her daughter to give to me. It makes my day! I read it avidly and then pass it on to someone else, sometimes two someone elses, and it eventually ends up in the hands of the lovely lady who owns the local tea shop All Things Tea. Each issue is read, treasured and passed on to at least four people. I know I live in a mediterranean climate and the gardening advice is mostly useless for me; I know that it's geared for the English market and I live in the US; but I love it and read it cover to glossy cover every month.
These are just five favorite events in Willow's Week. I take joy in searching for positive, pleasing things in my life. It just makes the week go better. Thanks to Susanne who faithfully hosts Friday Fave Five, and thanks to all the other people who post their faves to encourage the rest of us.