Friday Faves – Edition 34



Who else is excited that it’s Friday?!

I should be packing because Miss Sunshine and I are heading to Richmond for a soccer tournament….but I have a tendency to wait until the last minute when it comes to packing.

Remember how in last Friday’s post, I mentioned that I had a day of exploration ahead?

Blue Ridge Parkway.

Well if you saw Tuesday’s post, then you know that we explored the Blue Ridge Parkway. Next week I’ll be sharing more photos and tales from our outing.

But I thought you might enjoy this photo of the countryside. There was a segment of the Blue Ridge Parkway that was being paved. This meant that we traveled very slowly through that area and I was able to snap a photo of this farm from the Jeep.

On Saturday, Miss Sunshine and I had to travel to Mount Crawford for her soccer match.

Family Time.

Sunday was a gathering with the hubby’s family. His oldest brother recently got married and they traveled up to see the family. The three brothers had not all been together since my father -in-law passed away at the beginning of 2013.


I was able to get some photos of the brothers along with their mom.

After eating, we embarked on the family tradition of setting up the projector and watching some slides. We stumbled upon some slides that most of us hadn’t seen. I was in awe of the photos that my father-in-law had taken of during the time they lived in Morocco. The lighting was magnificent. Lighting is one of my biggest struggles in photography and those slides reinforced my wanting to learn it because it can add so much dimension to a photo.

Remembrance of my Grandmother.

Wednesday would have been my Grandmother’s 88th birthday.  Those of you who’ve been following me for some time know that she was an amazing voice of wisdom in my life. My mother interviewed her back around 2009. I have copies of those DVD’s and usually watch them a few times a year. I decided to video a couple of her memories for those of you who like to put a voice with a face.


These are just two snippets from her memories of being a teenager in Los Angeles.



Entry Deck.

The entry deck is complete! My photo does it no justice, but you can see that we left the railing open in order to let in light. I wanted a white-washed feel to the decking. The house is gray so I wanted gray tones to the whitewash. After looking at numerous choices, I opted for Behr semi-transparent in Cape Cod Gray.  The photo makes it look like there is much differentiation in colors than in actuality. I’ll probably try to take more photos of it in the future, but I’m just so happy that it’s complete!

September Challenge.

In yesterday’s post, I shared how I fared in the September Challenge.

October Challenge.

I’ve finished six days of the October Challenge and am really enjoying it. In my need to get on the road last Friday, I neglected to mention an interesting event. After I posted about my October Challenge, I left to run some errands.


I checked my email when I returned and had an email about a meditation challenge!


Quite possibly.

The challenge actually doesn’t start until October 9th. It runs for three weeks. 15-minute sessions. It’s free. It happens to be lead by Light Watkins, who I had noticed leading a meditation challenge at the MindBodyGreen website. I didn’t join in that time. I haven’t signed up yet for this one, which is being offered by Wanderlust TV. But I will be perusing the information on this one once I make it to our hotel in Richmond and I just wanted to let you all know about it, in case you have any interest.  You can read more about it here.

I am enjoying the meditation process so far.

Learning how to quiet my mind just a little more each day. Which is such a peaceful feeling in this chaotic world.


A friend of mine introduced me to the song that I am sharing this week.  There is so much hatred in the world, but there is also much love.  Sometimes we just have to look a little harder through the chaos to find it.

I hope that you all have a beautiful weekend.  I’m sending smiles and beams of light across the miles to each of you. I hope that you’ll take a moment to send the same to others over the coming week!

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions"

Let your light shine!


7 thoughts on “Friday Faves – Edition 34

    1. I love that my mom took the time to preserve these precious memories of my grandmother. 🙂
      We’re off to a great start on the weekend. I hope that yours is wonderful as well.

  1. I wish video had been an easy thing when my grandparents were still here. I loved listening to your grandma, those sure were interesting times.
    The deck looks great! Love it! Great choice on the stain.
    I’m glad you got that email — yes, I think everything is timed for us 🙂
    Good luck to your girlie today for soccer, and safe travels.

    1. I feel very lucky to have these treasures recorded. It’s so interesting to hear her tales of riding the streetcars all over and the places they went and things they did.
      I am so pleased with the deck. I agonize over color choice. lol.
      I do think everything is timed. I started that 21-day challenge. I think I’m gonna like it.
      Soccer went great for the girlie and the storm remnants didn’t blow through until last night.

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