November is the month of giving thanks. Shouldn't we try to focus on being thankful every day? One way I do that is to post here on my blog every Friday what are my Friday Fave Fives. (Yeah, I know it's Saturday, but Friday was a bit crazy here at Willow's Cottage.)
1. Lately, our lives have been focused around keeping the house clean and show ready and then not messing it up. This necessitates many hours of sitting around reading and knitting (reading for both of us and knitting for me). It also means spending chunks of time away from the house. That means hanging at someone else's house or at a public spot. This week I had a morning of wonderful tea and conversation with a friend. We share so much in common with our love of various arts. She paints and sketches. So she gave me a two minute lesson in how to begin sketching. I told her, "Pretend you are talking to your grandson Z. How would you explain the first steps to him?" So she did, and I got it. Now I have an assignment to do this week. I love these conversations.
2. We also had BYOD with our friends this week. BYOD is Bring Your Own Dinner. We met at their house and no one had to cook. We just sat in their 'three season room' and ate and chatted for HOURS. Their power had been turned off for two days, so they were just thankful that they had electricity again. I'm so glad we had that time together...
3. About that power outage. Many people we know in our area have been without electricity due to the incredibly strong winds and concerns about fires. Fires? Yes, There have been two fires in our county this week. One of the fires burned up to the parking lot of the Ronald Reagan Library (north east of us). The other is still burning north of us. We watched it burning Wednesday night. I'm thankful that we have not had to evacuate from our home and that we have had uninterrupted electric power. Maria Fire about one hour after it started:
4. Another thing I'm thankful for is that list of things to take when you have to evacuate. We've been checking it and making sure we are ready. From our county fire department website:
5. And of course in the midst of all this, life continues on. PAL's mom sent me this photo of her after Trick or Treating in her neighborhood on Halloween Night. "Captain Marvel" brings us so much joy every day, even from a distance.
So that was my week. Yes, I still have to photograph my knitting and weaving and post some pictures. I hope to do that by Monday. In the meantime, Let's Be Thankful!