Friday’s Fave Five ~ Walks-Relationships-Food

My favorites can always be narrowed down to these three…a nice long walk, peaceful relationships, and good food. A fulfilling walk is one shared with someone who I have a good relationship with or am building a relationship with. Food, sitting around a table, is always better if it’s shared with someone. My past week has been rich with walks, relationships, and good food.

Visit our kind hostess Susanne at Living to Tell the Story to join in with your favorites from this past week…


1. Early Saturday morning Dear and I walked at Emma Wood State Beach and enjoyed the cool crisp air. We usually will stop at our favorite breakfast spot in Ventura after these walks. Allison’s has the best hot out of the oven baked biscuits and fresh raspberry jam. Oh they serve eggs and stuff, too.


2. Saturday evening we met my brother Steve and his wife Kelly at Tam O’ Shanter in Glendale for a birthday dinner. Kelly is celebrating a milestone birthday and we wanted to treat her at our favorite spot for prime rib. The chocolate souffle and C.C. Brown’s hot fudge were pretty good, too. Oh, right about now you are probably wondering how my healthy weight loss program is going, aren’t ya? Well with these habits of mine it’s going slow but I am losing instead of gaining. So far I’ve lost 4 pounds.


3. For Willow and my walk this week we met up at Joy’s Blueberry ranch and then walked through a neighboring ranch or two. Instead of going past rows of blueberries we walked through an avocado grove and past rows and rows of raspberries. Joy told us we could pick some raspberries even though it wasn’t her property. Those ranchers are all like family :0) I still felt guilty for picking and eating…


Here’s the great variety of growing goodness we’ve spotted on our ranch walks…

4. On Tuesday afternoon I drove across town to my parent’s apartment for a meal with four of my nieces, my three sisters, one of my SIL’s, two nephews, my grand nephew and grand niece. Would you believe I didn’t take one photo? It gets a little crazy when we all cram into that little apartment for a meal. It was good to see everyone and to get caught up a little. I was happy to get to spend some time with my folks before I head North for the rest of the year.

5. On Wednesday I decided to go to a regular kind of store instead of a thrift store and I was able to buy 4 shirts and 2 pairs of pants for Dear and 2 tops for myself for $150 with $30.00 cash coupon back to spend next week. I was pleased with the experience and now I won’t have to go back to a regular store for a long time. We aren’t your fashionista/fashionisto.

Bonus!! My #6 is a looking forward to…


spending lots of time with these peeps and my kids over Thanksgiving!!

Blessings everyone! Looking forward to seeing your favorites…

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About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

23 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five ~ Walks-Relationships-Food

  1. What beautiful scenery and beautiful produce you saw on your walks. With all of that walking, you can afford to eat some of that delicious food. Congratulations on your weight loss. laurie

  2. I sure do wish I could join you for a walk sometime, Ellen. Its amazing how different the landscape and vegetation is in Southern California from Northern Illinois.

  3. You certainly have had a busy week with shopping and eating with the family. Thanks for taking me on the walk and a 4 pound loss is a good thing.

  4. Walks, relationships, food – all favourites of mine too.

    Mmm raspberries in November! That would be a treat to walk in that area – are the lemons fragrant? I’ve always imagined they are but have never been where they grow.

    They say that slow, steady weight loss is always best – it gives you time to solidify new habits – congratulations!

    Happy weekend Ellen!

  5. I so enjoy coming each week and reading your FFF post. It seems to me that you have a wonderful life. So many of your favorites are things I enjoy, too. I was thinking, too, that your favorites of walks, food, and relationships are your way of ministering to people. There’s just something about breaking bread together that binds us together.

  6. You go to the best places and do the loveliest things, Ellen… So glad you share so much of it with us! :o) Oh, and LOVED that pumpkin trifle you showed last time… I love anything pumpkin…mmm… Happy weekend to you & yours! ((HUGS))

  7. You have such beautiful places to walk! And such good places to eat! And some great fellowship in the past week and in the weeks to come.

    Congratulations on the weight loss!

  8. beautiful photos, as usual! I am envious of your lovely walks.

    glad you got so many opportunities to spend time with loved ones!

    And Congratulations on the 4 lb loss!

  9. Congrats on the 4 lbs! Kiss ’em goodbye FOREVER!!! I heard you had a wonderful walk with Willow… and about all your lovely fruit! Sounds like your whole week has been a pleasure!

  10. What’s not to like about a week that includes beautiful scenery…good friends and family…wonderful food…and a trip to the Pacific Northwest at the end of it all? You do pack a lot into one week!

  11. What a gorgeous area to walk in and I’m green with envy that you get to walk with Willow. Wish I was there to tag along. I could use the exercise and walking partners. Good job on the weight loss. I’m trying, too and it’s a bit of a challenge with the holidays almost here and all the social activities but I’m determined that it CAN be done.

  12. How wonderful that you take the time to go for so many nice walks. Isen’t it funny how many of our special moments revolve around food? Sounds like a good week for you!

  13. What a lovely week you’ve had. I can’t even imagine what it would be like, walking through an area with raspberry bushes and an avocado grove. I wouldn’t be able to resist grabbing an avocado or two:)

  14. I’m thrilled for you to be able to head back to your favorite home today.

    Woh…I just read the comment just before mine. Creepy?

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