What a Week! Yes, we're home. Although there have been some fire flare ups on the hills above our neighborhood, we were able to return home on Saturday evening. We are so thankful that our home is safe from the Hill Fire* and Woolsey Fire. It hurts our hearts when we hear of people who have lost everything--especially so soon after the Thomas Fire which devastated Ventura in our county last December, and after the shootings at Borderline in Thousand Oaks which is the next town over from ours. So here are my heartfelt Friday Fave Fives. This week I can link up to Susanne's blog!
1. Saturday evening, we enjoyed a dinner out with long time friends before we 'repopulated' our home. We sat there in the restaurant and chatted and laughed. It was great. Exactly what we needed.
2. I was called for jury duty. Yes. Again. My report day was Wednesday and I did get called into the courtroom and stayed until 5:15 pm while prospective jurors were interviewed. Because of the memorial service for the county sheriff who was killed in the Borderline shootings last week, we were held over until Thursday afternoon, so I had to report there again and sit in the courtroom until all the jurors were chosen and sworn in. Then we who were not chosen on the jury were allowed to leave. Hopefully. I won't be called again in the near future. What was the fave? Meeting a couple of other women who I really clicked with, one of whom noticed my felted bag and asked, "Did you knit that? I knit, too." Well, that obviously meant instant friendship.
3. Meeting with a couple of friends for a morning planning session for our Mom to Mom group at church. I am learning to love these co-mentor moms and appreciate their wisdom (and their humor).
4. This is a funny thing: when we left last Thursday, I had poured some hot water over dried chocolate mint leaves and left it to steep while we were gone for what we thought would be about an hour. Well, when we returned Saturday night, there was the tea mug. I decided to try the tea. It was delicious! Evidently leaving mint tea to steep for 50 plus hours makes excellent tea!
5. We hadn't seen one of The Professor's sisters for awhile. She texted and said, "Hey, I was missing you a lot tonight. Can I come over tomorrow to see you?" So we had a wonderful visit with her and she stayed for lunch. She even loved our usual lunch of veggies and more veggies with a bit of hummus thrown in.
I hope you are all preparing for a joyous and wonderful Thanksgiving! Giving thanks is what we're all about here.
* The Hill Fire was named after the place the fire started: Hill Canyon-- where The Professor and I hike on a regular basis. It doesn't look like this anymore: