Friday, July 03, 2009

Friday's Fave Five # 43



Hello again! Welcome to Friday's Fave Five! Hopefully you'll find a nice, relaxing time looking back over your week and finding five of your favorite things out of this last week. If you're not sure how to jump on board, take a look here and then just start. Thanks for all of you bringing me many smiles and a lovely way to spend a short period of time reading about all your wonderful things that make you smile!


So here we go:


1. Peonies. My mom gave me some beautiful peonies from her garden and they actually lasted alsmost a week. I love them. My mom is a wonderful gardener and her love of flowers is apparent in her garden. There are so many lovely varieties, but the peonies (and the tulips) are my absolute favorites.






2. Holidays in the middle of the week. Love the long weekends, but I'll never turn away a day off in the middle of the week. Wednesday's Canada Day dawned warm and sunny and proved to be a really nice mid week break. For the first time in a long time I didn't feel like going to the lake to watch the fireworks. But we only live about 6 blocks away and I have a great view of the higher ones through the trees. I laughed at this picture with the squiggly looking fingers it almost looks like some kind of strange flower. I couldn't believe my little camera could take pictures of fireworks from so far away.




3. A date out with hubby this week having a little supper at our favorite restaurant. Date nights are a good thing.


4. Blood pressure numbers down. A definite thing that made me happy, happy, happy. I don't know what I've done right and they still aren't where they should be but they did go down. Yipee!


5. Iced tea. I can tell summer is here because I'm craving the iced tea. Long, tall, cold glasses of iced tea. I'm going to try to make sun tea for the first time this year, I just need to find a good jar. Anyone have any good recipes.


What have your favorites been from the end of June and and first few days of July? If you do a post, please sign up on Mr. Linky so that we can come and read it. Just click the Mr. Linky icon to have the page displayed. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.



27 comments:

nikkipolani said...

Oh oh oh! Those peonies are just gorgeous! So many good things in your week, Susanne. I'm still thinking about those bike rides and how relaxing they must have been.

Willow said...

I love those peonies! They're beautiful! It sounds like you had a great week.

Thom said...

Excellent my friend. Have a Great FFF

Islandsparrow said...

Glad to hear your blood pressure is down Suzanne - maybe those bike rides are adding a health effect as well as enjoyment!

My peonies are blooming too.They're so gorgeous.

Hope you have a relaxing and fun weekend!

Jientje said...

Beautiful peonies, yes, I do believe your Mother is a great gardener! You're one lucky girl! Congratulations on the blood pressure, good health is precious. And dates with husbands are the best. I had a very long one. Two weeks worth of dates and fun things to do! I don't know where to start either! It's good to be back too though!

Hazel said...

Blood pressure down is just great. I join you in your happiness. I love your mom's peonies. They're so beautiful. Have a great weekend!

Pamela said...

Happy Belated Canada Day, Susanne! I love iced tea, too, although I make mine in my coffee machine with 12 cups of water and 3 large tea bags (the ones they sell at the grocery store that are labeled for iced tea). I fill a large jug with ice cubes and pour 3/4 cup of sugar on top, then pour over the hot tea from the coffee carafe. Stir and enjoy, it's delicious!

We had a date night this week - dinner and a trip to Home Depot...ahh, romance!

Have a lovely weekend!

ellen b said...

Yippee for that blood pressure going down!! You had a wonderful week Susanne. I'm glad you had a date and the bike ride with hubby. The peonies are so gorgeous. I love that flower...
Have a great weekend...

Donnetta said...

Beautiful photos!!

My fav's from this week:

Getting our adoption home study done! Nothing like having a complete stranger tour and critique your entire home.

Launching the new location of My Quiet Corner! Now that I have a better feel for what I'm doing, I will be attacking it a bit differently (more so behind the scenes). It's so nice to have things fresh and clean!

Happy, Happy Friday to you!

Laura said...

I love Peonies and we have two big bushes in our backyard. My problem is the ants that seem to love them as well. Do you know what to do about that?

Marg said...

Sounds like a perfect week.
The peonies remind me of my mother. She had them in her garden.
I'm glad your blood pressure is lower. That's an awesome feeling.
I'm sure it's all that bike riding.

Melli said...

Peonies are so beautiful! I tried to grow them once... oh that was a complete failure! I thought they were difficult -- but then I found out it's just ME! I can't grow ANYthing! LOL!

I never used a special recipe for Sun Tea -- I just used water, tea bags and lemon -- I don't think you can really mess with a good thing!

Congrats on the BP! That is a gOOd thing!

Brenda said...

Sounds like a great week with date night and a holiday.

I like suntea the best for my iced tea. I just think it gives the best, clean flavor.

But maybe next week I'll post my raspberry tea recipe, thats really good too.

nikkipolani said...

Sorry about my linky thing -- I think it's fixed now

Lisa notes... said...

I just love holidays, too--anytime--middle of the week, end of the week, first of the week....

Megs said...

Sounds like a great week! I was just admiring the peonies on our walking route a couple of nights ago! And that's so great about your blood pressure - always good news!
Enjoy your weekend!

JaNelle said...

How about a tall glass of peach iced tea? 3 (11.5 oz) cans of peach nectar, 2 quarts of brewed tea, 1 cup of sugar, and 1/4 c. lemon juice. Add all ingredients to a large pitcher; stir to continue. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Serves/makes 10.

JaNelle said...

remainder of Peach Tea recipe:
Stir to "combine", not continue! Sorry. Drink up! Enjoy! Ah.....

Linda said...

It's hard to believe this is #43 already. I have enjoyed these posts immensely Susanne.
It sounds like a really fun week, and I'm so glad to hear your blood pressure numbers are down. Good work!

Michelle said...

Wonderful list Susanne ,The Peonies are just gorgeous.It was so lovely talking to you today.We will see what happens ;-)

Sandra said...

I love peonies too, they are just gorgeous.

I'm finally back from vacation and so glad to be home LOL

Hugs,
Sandra

Chatty Kelly said...

I love peonies, iced tea and I'm happy your numbers are down too.

Jerralea said...

I adore peonies, Susanne. They smell so heavenly ...

Great pic of the fireworks. Today is Independence Day in the USA and we'll be having fireworks. I'll see if I can get some pics on my little camera.

Date nights are the best! May we all have more of them!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Interesting because our peonies bloom the last week of May and that's it! Do yours bloom a lot later?

Barb said...

My mother-in-law grew peonies too. What memories your photo brought back - I hadn't thought of that in ages.

I love days off in the middle of the week too. Actually, I'll take days off any day of the week at all. :-)

Barbara H. said...

I missed out on FFF this week! I had a deadline and didn't get to recreational time on the computer til the evening, so I figured I'd just wait.

Those peonies are gorgeous! And date nights and holidays are great things. I'm glad you're BP numbers are down!!

Faith said...

I missed this due to our vacation!
Love the date nite....we had ours while away and it was wonderful. my oldest stayed in the cottage with my youngest and we could go on a real date for our anniversary!

I LOVE the peonies!

And ditto with the iced tea...I love sweet tea and regular....drink it all afternoon on a hot day!

I'll do my fave five this week,now that I am back....