Thursday, August 01, 2013

Fast and Fair

This will be quick.  I am in Phoenix, Arizona for two days to attend a funeral.  But even in the midst of a crazy weekend, I want to pop in to remind myself to be grateful.

Willow's Week for Friday Fave Five
with Susanne

1.  One evening we enjoyed dinner with long long time friends.  It's wonderful that we now live in the same town, but we realized that we hadn't been together for MONTHS.  So we just decided to have dinner.  We've hit on the perfect solution to make it easy to get together:  choose your own meal and bring it:  BYOM.  Fellowship and friendship doesn't have to mean a big dinner.  All we want is to hang out together and this way takes away all the stress of being the host/hostess. 

2.  Fun afternoon at the Ventura County Fair.  Every year, I volunteer to demonstrate spinning at the Ventura County Weavers and Spinners Guild booth.  It's so much fun!  Four students/parents wandered past and were surprised to see me 'outside of class'.  One boy asked, "So, is this your hobby?"  So cute!  Of course, in all the preparation for the trip and the demo, I forgot my camera.  Not. One. Photo.

3.  Safe and uneventful drive across the California and Arizona deserts to Phoenix.

4.  Comfy arrangements at the home of my son and daughter-in-law.  And that bit of extra time to spend with them.  (Added blessing:  we will be here for a couple of hours on his birthday!)

5.  Happy Birthday this week to my youngest child!  She has always been a delight and has blessed us so very much with her personality, her love for her family, her love for God, her love of justice and mercy.

Everyone agreed she was a beautiful baby!
One hour old.

On her wedding day
Still beautiful

There it is.  My week in Five.  I hope you've had a great and grateful week.


Gracie Saylor said...

Thanks for sharing your life, both ups and downs, Linda. I love your friendship dinner idea :) And I'm glad you enjoyed your spinning demonstration. We had fun introducing some folks to spinning last Saturday.
Wishing you safe travel, and the Lord's blessing for you and yours.
Gracie xx

Tracy said...

Wishing you safe travels... Funerals are tough, my grace be with you. LOVELY to see your daughter. And time making memories with friends--priceless. :o) Happy Days, Willow ((HUGS))

Anonymous said...

So glad you are able to stay with son and dil while there. I love your solution to the dinner with friends. Sometimes we just have to think outside the box a little. Mary

ellen b. said...

That is a great dinner get together idea! Beautiful daughter inside and out! Love that comment from your student...too cute!

Bethany said...

You really need to have a good phone camera, so you always have access in those circumstances! I would love to see you spinning! Happy B-day to your gorgeous daughter (who gets her looks from her mom). Have a fun trip! I've lost track of the week because I've started to read fiction again and its been wonderful getting lost in a novel!

nikkipolani said...

Time flies when we don't make deliberate plans to be with friends -- so glad you found a way to be with yours.

Sorry about no camera at your fair event. How fun, though, to run across former students.

Yes, that youngest of yours was and is beautiful. May God bless her in this new year.

snoopydogknits said...

There's nothing better than hanging out with friends. We usually buy in 'take-away' to ease the workload. Your daughter looks stunning !!! Ros

Julene said...

You came up with a great solution to "what to cook!" BYOD is one to remember and use! Sorry to know you had a funeral but being with the kids made the drive and destination nice. :) Birthday's were prolific last week and each one sweet! Love our kids! Have another great week!

Sharon Lynne said...

What a beautiful daughter!

Jerralea said...

Love the BYOM idea! Our best friends only live 20 minutes away but we are lucky to get together every other month. I'm going to mention your BYOM idea and see if they want to try that.

Your daughter's wedding photo is gorgeous! Happy birthday to her and congratulations on such a lovely daughter (inside and out).