It's that time of the week. I have been posting each day so far this month--just a photo--to reset my calender. Part of that 'New Year in September' feeling I have. And of course I always post my Friday Fave Fives with Susanne at Living To Tell The Story.
1. Sunday night dinner and show-and-tell with the artists group. I showed off my very first woven rug. Yes, this one:
These women have encouraged me and prayed with me for the past year and a half as we have studied inspirational artist books together. Every time we meet I come away filled with thankfulness for such wonderful and creative friends. And Sunday night we shared our time with our spouses.
2. Wednesday field trip to Ventura with one of the artists. Sold books. Traded books for store credit. Bought a book. Quick lunch. Great conversation.
3. This same friend helped me work through a decision I had to make, reminding me of our "Monk Manifesto" to 'discern my use of energy and things spent on frivolous or dead works, letting go of what does not fit into my life of stewardship.' If an activity, even a good one, is sucking energy and time from what rightfully fits into my life, then I need to have courage to remove it. That's often easier said than done, right? My friend gave me permission to be courageous.
4. "Clutter is the great destroyer of peace." I noticed this statement in an email from Flylady and was struck by its simple truth. Lately, I've been doing a big declutter around here. We're getting ready to do some major house remodel/overhauls and need to pack up our stuff. So when I read that sentence, I immediately posted it on facebook, and evidently by the number of 'likes' and 'comments' it generated it has resonated with a lot of people.
5. Often September in Southern California is just HOT. Usually there are no 'signs of autumn'. But this week our mornings have been foggy. Yes, foggy. We live about 13 miles inland from the ocean and the early morning coastal fog has crept in and kept the temperatures down a bit. I'm not a big fan of grey weather, but in September it's a welcome respite.
Can you believe it? I didn't take a single photo with my camera this week, so here is a picture from the summer-- a simple barn in a field on the Natchez Trace Parkway. So green and so different from where I live.
Wherever you live this week, this month, I hope you are finding joy, beauty, and blessing in your life.