Friday, April 06, 2018

April is Here Already?

You know those weeks when all of a sudden it's the end of the week and you think, "Where did the week go?"  That was Willow's Week.   I didn't even take a single photo.  But here is what I did do and how I focused my attention.  And this doesn't even include Good Friday and Easter services at church!  Sharing my Friday Fave Fives:

1.  We drove across the north end of Los Angeles for a loonngg way to visit an old friend.  He is in the area for some medical stuff and we wanted to see him.  This man helped save my life and my (unborn) son's life when we lived in Indonesia.  He answered our request of air transport when I developed malaria and flew a single engine plane across the province AND THEN a helicopter into our village to evacuate us.  So, yeah, we'll drive across LA to see him.  It was a great time of reminiscing.

2.  Every day I've been out in the garden, babying my snap peas, lettuce and basil plants.

3.  A friend recommended a book to me. I found it at the library.  I've already finished it.  The Chosen by Chaim Potok.

4.  I belong to a Prayer Shawl group.  Although we meet only once a month, I greatly enjoy the fellowship and the purposeful activity of this group of people.  And (no photo proof) I started a poncho design based on dimensions which a friend shared with me to create an easy to wear poncho for people having chemo who need to be warm but also have their arms unwrapped. (photos later when I actually have enough to show).

5.  My last remaining uncle has been in the hospital.  That is certainly NOT the fave.  But the fave is that his children are keeping in good contact with us cousins to give us daily updates.  I am thankful for the long time connections with my cousins and also for easy communication via cell phone texts.

Bonus:  Easter dinner with my friend Ranch Lady at their ranch with lots of other people.

The ranch used to grow blueberries; now it's strawberries.

What has resonated with you and for what do you give thanks this week?


Karen said...

I'm curious about your experience in Indonesia. Have you ever blogged about it? How good it must have been to see your friend again.

I'm sorry to hear about your uncle being ill, but the way it pulls family together in love is something to celebrate indeed.

nikkipolani said...

What a wonderful visit you must’ve had with that precious friend. Glad you were in town and could make the trek down to spend time with him.

I thought about you when that earthquake hit the News. Didn’t feel it down here. Hope all is well w you.

Anonymous said...

I read several of Chaim Potok's books many years ago. They were very interesting views into some of the sects of Judaism. I'm still hoping for some milder temps before I get into the garden. The tops of the tulips are up, though. Mary

Mereknits said...

I hope your friend is feeling better soon and your uncle regains his strength. That is some story about your life being saved. You have had some incredible adventures.

Barbara H. said...

Yes, my week was just like your first sentence! I don't know why it seemed to go so fast!

Wow, a true friend indeed. So glad you got a chance to visit him - hope he's doing well. I have heard of Chaim Potok but have not read him. I'm glad, too, for the instant communication we can have to keep up with folks, especially when something is going on like a hospital stay.

Susanne said...

How wonderful that you have kept up relationships with extended family. That is something I really have missed in my life. I grew up with our little immediate family being the only ones on this side of the world and I've only met my cousins once when I was 10. What an awesome thing that friend did for you and so neat that you still have contact with him too! Hope he is better soon.

Gattina said...

That's very nice to keep contact with extended family. I have two cousins in Germany, but we lost contact. I think I'll try again.

Faith said...

Wow!!!!!! That is quite a testimony regarding your time in Indonesia. God bless,that man!!

It's great staying no,in,touch with cousins. I've recommended nnected with 4 via social media. We weren't a close family on my mother's side so when we discovered we all had FB accounts due to our children, we reconnected!

happy belated Easter!

ellen b said...

How nice to visit your old friend who helped you so many years ago. Sounds like a good week. I read a few books by Chaim Potok a few years back. Very interesting. I have one aunt alive, my pop's sister. Greg has two aunts still, one on his mother's side and one on his father's side. Hope this week is going well.

Tracy said...

Goodness, Willow... VERY misty-eyed over the reunion you had with your friend who helped save your--and son's--lives! Hope he is well, and the medical stuff nothing very serious... How wonderful your prayer shawl group! And what a great idea for ponchos for chemo patients! I'm so sorry about your Uncle...I hope there is HOPE yet! I have no contact with any of my cousins, which is sad now that I think about it, and I think they forget I live over here in Europe... LOL! This week I am thankful to be past the cold we were sick with at Easter, and which took some days to get over, but still feeling slow... Hoping spring sun will heat up and that will help. ;) ((HUGS))