Thursday, August 03, 2017

August Days

Is it really August already?  And has it been a full week since I wrote a blog post?  I guess it has been a busy week.

Here are a few highlights, my Friday Fave Fives, from this week.

1.  It has been hot here, at least hot for us in coastal California.  I realize we missed the really steaming days in the Pacific Northwest and Inland Empire of Southern California this week.  However, it has been hot enough.  And the fave here is I'm thankful for air conditioning.

2.  World's Best Neighbors and I did a win-win swap.  I took a large ripe tomato from our garden up to them and in the process of conversation, I commented that I liked the grey yarn that was sitting on the desk.  The result was I now have that grey yarn on my needles and am working on a sweater for a new great nephew.  They got garden yumminess and I got fiber yumminess.

3.  Spinning at the fair.  Every year, our handweavers and spinners guild has a booth at the county fair.  And every year, I volunteer some time to sit in the exhibit and demonstrate spinning.  It's a fun time for me--being teacher, showing how all fibers are created, demonstrating how a modern spinning wheel works. The Professor enjoys it, too.  He carries my equipment (which is no small feat) and gets a day to wander around and check out the musical acts.  Then we choose a day to return and actually enjoy the fair together.

4.  We have been in the middle of celebration time in our family.  Beginning with The Professor's birthday in June (which was also my mother's birthday) and adding my brother's birthday and then our wedding anniversary, you would think we have celebrated enough.  But, no.  We are continuing with more birthdays!  Daughter #2 had a birthday at the beginning of this week.  I posted this photo on facebook--probably my favorite from when she was a toddler/preschooler.

Carrying her doll Indonesian style

This is more recent

5.  And one more birthday!  Son #1, Chaplain Dan, my first born.  Last year on Mother's Day.  I love that I was able to talk with both of them of their birthdays.

That wraps up Willow's Week.  How about you?  What blessings have you noticed in your daily routines this week?


Susan said...

What an excellent swap. We are in decluttering mode at our home and so we are having many one-sided trades. Although I sure wouldn't mind trading our stuff for fresh produce.

How fun to be a fiber demonstrator at the fair. I hope the temps weren't too hot.Sounds like a win/win for you and the Professor.

Love all the celebrating you are doing. I have been reminded many times these past few weeks how important it is to love on folks while we have them in our lives.

BTW - The picture of your daughter (in Indonesia) is adorable.

Have a great week, Willow.

Faith said...

oh how cute your little girl was with that doll!! and what a beauty today. son is super handsome too!

so fun celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.

I love hearing about your life on the left coast! 😀💕

enjoy the weekend and let's hope the temps dip a bit!

Wendy said...

Aww sounds like you've had a lovely long run of celebrations. Always good to catch up with family. Interesting swap! I wonder if it was always intended for you given your love of spinning/knitting. We rarely have a need for air conditioning but sometimes we do need a good fan. I'm thankful for that! Enjoy your weekend.

Barbara H. said...

A great week! That does sound like a nice swap! I am thankful for AC every summer as well. The time at the fair sounds fun, both visiting and spinning. We have our "birthday season" from mid-July to mid-September with about our family's birthdays then.

ellen b said...

I thought you'd get a pepper or a zucchini in the swap...not yarn. That's a great swap for you, though! :)
Lots of happy birthdays to celebrate. Did I tell you our pastor is not our pastor anymore but he's now a Navy Chaplain? Have a great weekend.

Karen said...

Woohoo for AC! And for a great swap;) Lovely photos of your son and daughter.

Mereknits said...

I would swap for yarn anyday. Happy Birthday to all those who are celebrating.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

What a wonderful week with lots of celebrating! I love your swap!

Susanne said...

Oh my goodness...alot of wonderful people celebrating birthdays! Super thankful for ac this year too. Great swap for you, love when that kind of things happen.

Jocelyn said...

Thank you for sharing these, and also your photos from the northwest! Having spent a number of years travelling to Hoopa (inland of Arcata) and back, that is one of my very favorite parts of the state. This weekend, my blessings included going for a lovely long hike in the Lagunas with my husband and our dogs. No agenda besides enjoying the sunshine and the wind in the pines - perfect!

Jerralea said...

We just finished a run of birthdays as well. Fun, but overwhelming!

Love the pic of your daughter carrying her doll!

I, too, am very very thankful for air conditioning.

I'm smiling at the thought of sharing garden yumminess with fiber yumminess!

Tracy said...

Oooo... I LOVE that, a tomato for a ball of yarn! ;) Such fun to see/hear about your family celebrations. :) Glad to see you back here ((HUGS))

UplayOnline said...

Happy Birthday to all those who are celebrating.