Five Minute FridayFive Minute Friday is a weekly writing challenge and linkup, where you write for 5 minutes on a designated word.   Every so often, I find myself with some writing time on Friday – or anytime till end of Sunday –  and plan to take this challenge.  When I have done this I find that my 5 minutes of writing tends to reflect something that is going on in my life or my general reflections.  So I share these short posts with this in mind – this is simply my immediate thoughts when I read this word today.

 

Funny that I should open up my computer to see what the Five Minute Friday word was, to see if I had something to share or not at this late stage.  The word is: Gather.

 

I have just come back from a gathering – a weekend retreat with the ladies from the Quilting Group.  We usually gather once a month to work on whatever project we have underway, but once a year we gather for the weekend.  We go to one of the most relaxing spots around – Lake Argyle, an hour drive from our home town.

 

  • We gather because we all enjoy quilting.
  • We gather around a few ladies who are experienced and willing to share their knowledge with us.
  • We gather to relax and enjoy each other company – and get to know other women.
  • We gather in the workshop area in front of rows of sewing machines.
  • We gather around food.
  • We gather in the beautiful infinity pool.

And yet all good times generally come to an end.

We drove home – chatted all the way.

IMG_5034 (1)And when I got home I gathered with my family.  Initially we gathered around the dining room table as we caught up with each other’s weekend activities.  I showed them my work, they talked about going to the opera, having a friend over for a sleepover, and other projects they worked on.

Then we gathered around the TV and watch a couple of episodes of a TV Show we are watching on DVD.  We had to pause it a few times as we caught up with the story line, made our own guesses of who is the ‘bad’ guy and all the clues that led us to that conclusion – but end of the day, we don’t really know, which is why we’ll watch another episode!!

 

 

So that was my weekend. As I reflect back I wonder – what were my highlights?

  • Certainly, the patchwork – I learnt new skills and was given lots of inspiration
  • Chatting over a few cuppas with two of my friends who came as well. We were given a cabin to share so we had some great conversations.
  • Talking to people whom I don’t usually meet in my everyday week.

Gathering together with like hearted people is always a rewarding experience!

 

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