Friday Fave Fives. It's a tradition here at Willow's Cottage. I need this to keep me focused on the blessings of my week. Susanne provides the link at her blog Living To Tell The Story
. So here are mine:
But first... A beach photo--the wind surfers.
I am slowly getting back in to life in Bloggersville. I even posted two photos of our weekend walk at Ventura Beach. Here's one more. Little by little...
1. Stellar weather (if you don't mind drought conditions). Sunny. Not too hot. I don't have to run the AC; I just open the window and let the wind blow through.
2. Fun evening at the university. Once a year just before the beginning of the fall semester, the library staff hosts a dinner for the faculty and their families. Some years are just more fun than others. I reconnected with a former student's mom who teaches in the math dept. We met a newer physics prof we hadn't known before. We chatted with a lady on the library staff and found we had so much in common. Great connections and great conversations.
3. My cousin's daughter is visiting her husband's family in LA this week and arranged to spend a day with me. I was seriously so excited since I hadn't seen her for way too many years. What a delight she and her husband were. We spent most of the day at The Getty Villa which they had never seen. And then I took them to one of the beaches north of Malibu. It was such a great day! And they seemed to enjoy it too.
4. The Getty Villa...I could visit that place every month and never tire of it. Besides the permanent exhibits, there are always temporary ones which draw large crowds. Because of our Southern California drought conditions, the pools in the gardens were empty of water and the fountains were turned off. While it was disappointing for my cousins not to see the gardens at their best, it did change something for the better. Usually, I am so enchanted by the pools that I spend less time gazing at the walls of the outer peristyle garden. This time I noticed so many more details on the walls. The Romans loved symmetry and the wall murals reflect that. But there is also whimsy in the paintings. Crickets and birds. Little bunnies. Lizards.
5. Funerals are sad. Seeing family and friends is happy. We experienced both on the weekend. When an extended family member dies, we are sad. But Saturday was an opportunity for grandchildren, nieces and nephews and brothers, sisters and in-laws to assemble and remember with laughter, joy and comfort. Because the service was at the church where The Professor attended when he was at university, he also reconnected with old, old friends from his college days. It was good, but I hope we don't repeat this kind of event any time soon.
I just have to add this! I'm rereading a book. Do you do that? Reread a favorite? At the library this week, I pulled The Scent of Water
by Elizabeth Goudge off the shelf. Now I'm engrossed in this wonderful novel again. It's excellent rest for my spirit between periods of lesson planning.
That was my week: beaches, family, friends, museums. What fun and wonderful things filled yours?