"In this week of the world spinning off into melt down; and fear and mistrust being the dominant emotions, let us create a wee pool of loveliness. On Tuesday on the Facebook page a thread of fluffy kittens and heartwarming YouTube clips was started to bring a little light into the darkness, this has brought laughter and feel good goose bumps to many. On Wednesday this week, many Scottish Gals gathered in Edinburgh for a festive lunch and a time to catch up. We were celebrating a new call and a new job and an imminent wedding amongst other things, and it was a lovely, fun, noisy time! For Friday Five this week, let’s keep the light, love, and laughter going with a random selection of things to make your heart sing."1. Music: a song or orchestral piece that stirs your soul.
My favorite piece of music is Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, so I've posted it a couple of times before on this blog. Here's Aligi Voltan playing the bassoon. If the video quits working, hear it on YouTube.2. Indoor Place: Have you got an oasis at home that you can hide away in?
Since I live alone in a very active retirement center, my oasis is my apartment. When I've had enough of socializing and talking to others, I retreat into my own space.3. Outdoor Space: Is it water, hills, woodland? Is it the fresh country air or the bustling city?
It's also here at the Crown Center for Senior Living. If I want to sit outside, I can do it on the patio or in the gazebo. The photo at the top shows the irises around the gazebo in the spring of 2015.4. Picture: this may be a piece of art, something you created, something someone gave you.
The glazed tile showing T.C. the cat, on the wall behind the man, was painted by Jane Yelliott (on the right). It is now in my bedroom, given to me by Jane when she was dying in December 2013. It isn't the only piece of her artwork I have, but this one especially brings Jane back to me every time I look at it because she apologized for not being able to paint MY cat before she died. I miss her smile and visiting together. By the way, "T.C." stands for "Top Cat," according to Jane's daughter.5. Person: Do you have a go to person, for when the world is crowding in?
Donna has been my best friend for nearly 20 years, and I can definitely say she's one of the "cool people" who care and make the world better. This was taken when we attended a program in the culinary kitchen here at the Crown Center. Behind us is part of the library, where Donna and I volunteer to re-shelve books returned by the residents.