Friday Fave Five
Focusing on the small and large blessings of my week. Ignoring the sad destruction of my little garden by the hungry deer searching for any nourishment in a burned out habitat (really, deer? tomato vines?? ALL my snap pea plants??? rose buds??)
1. It's jacaranda season! For most of the year, jacaranda trees just stand there and provide shade. They're nothing special. But when they bloom? Oh my! Purple heaven.
2. I've been rereading a book which has been on my bookshelf for many years. Published in 1992, the thoughts in 'Tis a Gift to be Simple by Barbara DeGrote-Sorensen and David Allen Sorensen are completely contemporary with minimalism and voluntary simplicity principles. Simplicity is not a new idea. I've been loving this reread. In fact, I keep writing down quotes and I've not read even a quarter of the book.
"Moving down--beginning the process of living less extravagantly than we once though possible--is called "voluntary simplicity". Voluntary simplicity is a way for us to live asking only our 'fair share' and allowing us to generous with the rest."
Two of ten reasons for choosing a simpler life-style--quoted from Jorgen Lissner.
As an act of faith performed for the sake of personal integrity and as an expression of a personal commitment to a more equitable distribution of the world's resources.
As an act of celebration of the riches found in creativity, spirituality, and community with others, rather than in mindless materialism.
As I read through this book, expect to see more quotes here!
3. On Sunday I spent all day at Paramount Ranch with other spinners and weavers from our local handweavers and spinners guild. We demonstrated our arts and enjoyed the festive atmosphere of The Banjo and Fiddle Festival while listening to some awesome music makers. It's my favorite venue to attend with my spinning wheel. People are fascinated with our wheels and looms. (I wish I had photos but since I was sitting and spinning, I didn't take any pictures. However, if I had a nickel for every picture people took of me, I'd be rich.)
4. Another book I'm reading is The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. I was perusing the library shelves and catalog for more E. Goudge books because I was in the mood for a good dose of solid British culture for which she is famous. The only book not checked out was The Little White Horse (evidently other people have been struck with the same bug. Is it a spring thing?) which was listed as being in the children's section. What a delightful story it is! Sort of a fairy tale. Absolutely wonderful as all EG's stories are.
5. End of Year Luncheon. Each spring when classes are finished, my boss invites us out for lunch. It's a fun way to wrap up the school year. This week we enjoyed lunch at Wood Ranch which is a local bbq restaurant. Yes, even a vegan can enjoy barbeque-- bbq sauce on a vegan burger.
That basically sums up Willow's Week's Friday Fave Five. I've linked up as usual to Susanne's blog Living to Tell the Story.