ear Easter is late. Today, Good Friday, is the second Friday of April. That's about as late as it can get. Our April weather is typical although today the sun is shining. I have plans to be outdoors digging in the dirt and enjoying that sunshine. But before I venture out, I want to share my Friday Fave Fives
with you all.
1. During the school semesters, The Professor and I don't always have extra time to hike and walk (except for our nightly neighborhood walks), so it was a treat to walk along Calleguas Creek on the bike path Saturday afternoon. Views of the creek aren't that exciting since unless it has just rained the creek bed is a dry arroyo filled with various stands of native and non native trees and shrubs. However, the plantings along the path are beautiful. We especially enjoyed what I called the blue spires plant (anyone know the real name?).
The bees love them, too.
2. On Tuesday, our artists group met. The hostess has hung many of her paintings in her living and dining rooms. I noticed that she favors various shades of turquoise/aqua which are my favorites, too. I have been inspired to begin switching out the cobalt and blue in my decor for more aqua. One thing I did already is move my sweet shamrock plant to a turquoise pot and put the cobalt pot it was in into the outside garden.
3. My daughter-in-law, PAL's mom, asked for an afghan. She chose the zigzag blanket pattern from pickles.no. I've just reached the halfway point on it! Love the Arizona desert colors she picked
4. About my garden--- the tangerine tree produced an abundance of fruit last year. It comes ripe in December which is wonderful because I can open my door, walk across the patio and pull off a sweet orangey, tangy ball of yumminess and eat it when no other fruit is in season. I hadn't even finished picking all the fruit before that tree pushed out buds and flowers were blooming. Thank you, Rain! If the amount of flowers is any indication, it looks like we will have an abundance of tangerines again this winter.
5. As I noted above, it's Good Friday. This evening we will join others in our congregation in attending our Good Friday service. Today I've been thinking of a hymn I have sung since I was a young child. Here are the first and fifth verses
Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a mighty Rock
Within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness,
A rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat,
And the burden of the day.
I take, O cross, thy shadow
For my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than
The sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by,
To know no gain nor loss,
My sinful self my only shame,
My glory all the cross.