Friday, September 30, 2016


Hello Friends!  It's Friday Fave Fives time!  Welcome to Willow's Week.  Follow that link to participate in sharing your blessings from this past week.

1.  Sometimes, I collect sayings.  Here are two I've heard this week in response to "[using whiny voice] It's not fair!"  Both are true.  Both are wise.

Life's not fair, and then you die.

Life's not fair, but you can be.

2.  Sometimes, I notice colors and textures.  Probably it's my experience in working with textiles.  If the light is just right in the kitchen, the sun changes the colors of my green shamrock plant.  My heart leaps when I notice the beauty.

3.  Sometimes, the texture of something will pull up a memory.  I grew up among the majestic evergreen trees of the Pacific Northwest.  This week as I was parking in a public lot in Ventura which is a LONG way from the PNW, I noticed the texture of this tree.  The memory it invoked of my childhood made me smile.  I might have reached out and stroked the bark.  Sometimes I miss the green forests of home.

4.  Sometimes, one thing will lead to another.  I offered to help a friend from the weavers and spinners guild who is also a artist group friend to bring together, organize and document all the equipment (for example, spinning wheels, weaving looms and drum carders) that the guild has to offer the members for rental use.  When I told my daughter my plans for the day, she responded, "That's great, Mom.  Organizing and helping others organize is one of your spiritual gifts."  I guess she's right.  I like organizing stuff.  So, I spent part of a day this week enjoying my friend's company and helping out the guild.

5.  Sometimes, the rewards are great.  The guild is given a lot of unspun fiber, yarn, and equipment.  I brought several bags and boxes of yarn home to cull and organize and take back to the guild.  Also, I was given the opportunity to choose to keep some if I wanted.  I should have warned The Professor that it wasn't all mine to keep.

What little blessings make you smile sometimes?


Karen said...

I like your comments about texture. I'm going to try to be more aware of noticing textures throughout the day.

And how nice of your daughter to notice about your spiritual gifts and to point that out. That's another thing I'm going to try to be more intentional about, seeing these things in others.

Very enlightening post!

Wendy said...

Sounds like a busy time with the guild but rewarding. Have a good weekend.

ellen b said...

Sure thought of you a lot poking around shops and seeing signs here in Amish country. So many woven items, spinning wheels and hand crafted items.
Have a nice weekend.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I'm stopping in from Gattina. Textile and fabric are intersting. I bought some today at yard sale today.
If you fine the time stop on in for a cup of coffee

Meredith said...

I think you are a lovely gift to many.

Gattina said...

I see you start looking for other occupations ! That's the most difficult when you are freshly retired. It took me some time to get used to it, I found that I had too much time and didn't know what to do with it, and then no pressure ! Now sometimes I think I have not enough time and that's good so !

snoopydogknits said...

The awards are great however you look at lie, as long as you put in what you hope to take out and that can be in the simplest and humblest of ways! Ros

Susanne said...

I love the shamrock plant and the perspectives you shared of textures. I'm sure those who reaped the benefits of your organizing gift were very thankful.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I love the light and shadow as well. It seems like such a tiny thing to find joy in the way the sun slants through a window.

Summer said...

Hope you have a great weekend ♥