Friday, February 08, 2019

Time to be Thankful

Good afternoon! It's Friday Fave Five time.  Here is Willow's Week in Five short summaries.

1.  I heard a new to me term this week for the beautiful green grass that has grown on our mountains this winter (because of the rain we've had--see below).  The "emerald hills" of Southern California.  I love looking up and gazing at our Emerald Hills!

2.  Rain! More rain! Because of the rain storms which have blown through our area, we are no longer in drought. According to the official wording, we are now merely 'abnormally dry'.  Whatever the terms are, I am thankful for the several inches of rain we have had this season.

3.  And these have blossomed!

4.  This happened last week, but I am thankful for it still.  I was driving our car and noticed that a warning light came on the dashboard.  What it was for I wasn't sure, so I checked the information book we keep in the car.  Hmmmm.  Low tire pressure?  When I got home, I checked again.  Yup. Right rear tire was almost flat.  So I turned around and slowly and carefully drove the back roads to the tire store.  There was no charge and the wait wasn't all that long for the repair.  I am thankful for a good car, a reputable tire store and most of all safety on the roads. (and that it happened between rain storms!)

5.  A dear friend of mine is moving soon.  That's not the fave.  The fave is that we spent a couple of hours one afternoon nursing a cuppa at CBTL and just chatting up a storm.  We've decided that we need to do this a lot in the next few months.  She challenges me and encourages me.  It seems that until we realize we may lose something or someone, we don't carve out time with them.  I'm thankful for the reminder and for time well spent.

6.  A children's book I loved:  A Leap of Faith by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

What blessed you and encouraged you this week?


Dianna said...

What a lovely week of blessings, Willow. Thank you for including a picture of your Emerald Green hills. You live in a beautiful area!

And what a treasure the time you spent with your friend is. The older I get the more I realize that when we have the opportunity to spend with family and friends we need to take advantage of it because we never know what the next hour may bring into our lives.

Have a lovely weekend.

Karen said...

It's so nice to see signs of spring somewhere! Thank you for sharing. Your visit with your friend reaffirms a thought I had this week, about reaching out to a couple of friends more often. A timely reminder. Enjoy your weekend!

Faith said...

Yay for the emerald hills and more rain!! Praise a God from whom ALL blessings flow!

I love grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend who encourages and challenges. Glad,you had that time.

The power of prayer blessed me this week although i neglected to put that on my FFF i just realized. I'm needing some prayer regarding a health issue. It's a blessing when you know someone is praying for you.

Enjoy the weekend,

Barbara H. said...

So glad you've had good rainfall this year. Love the term Emerald Hills. I didn't know cars had warnings for low tires. I'm still figuring out what lights and dings mean in ours, and we've had it two years now. Glad that all worked out ok and you didn't have a blowout or a flat tire while on the road. Glad you had a good time with a friend and have plans to get together more. I know what you mean - we tend to think we'll do that sometime, but then it just doesn't work out for various reasons. An upcoming move helps make it a priority.

Jellybeans Angel said...

I think it’s so easy to take things like rain for granted until it doesn’t arrive. Last summer England had little rain so grass was parched and crops poor. It didn’t stop us from moaning about it in Autumn however. Lol A balance of everything is best. I’m glad you are having quality time with your friend. It’s very easy for relationships to change with distance.

Mereknits said...

The hills look so beautiful. We are getting greener here, the trees are blooming and s=seeding, new leaves are appearing. Spring has come early.

Gattina said...

What a beautiful view on the mountains ! Here it's raining too, although today the sun shows it's nose nobody knows for how long ! Apparently we have the same problem it hadn't rained enough yet ! The summer had been unusually dry !

ellen b. said...

An excellent recap of things that you were thankful for last week. Love the hills of California when they are emerald! Hope this new week is starting well.

Susanne said...

Praise the Lord for your rainfall. Wouldn't it be nice to move it right along to normal? The hills look gorgeous and those blossoms are beautiful. I'm looking at white too but it sure isn't blossoms! Enjoy every moment with your friend before she moves.