Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday's Fave Five #347

Good morning everyone!  It's an absolutely gorgeous couple of days here!  Today is supposed to reach 28*C, that would be a smokin' 82.4*F! We are right smack dab in the middle of what they call Indian Summer.  We don't quite know how to dress because the mornings are still cold.  The other day when I got up it was in only about 7*C which is about the mid '40's F.  Lots of layering we can peel off I guess is the fashion of Southern Alberta right now.  But on to the recording of our favourite blessings of the week!

1.  Show home tour with my dear friend.  It's our tradition!  Every September we block off the Sunday afternoon, grab a Starbucks and hit up the "Parade of Homes".  We've been doing it for years and both of us loves it. We have so many laughs. We always start with the fancy dancy ones and have lots of fun imagining ourselves in these along with a maid that would clean the huge things.  The great big things that are waaaay beyond us.  There was actually a 4000 sq. foot home this year, here in little ol' Southern Alberta.  But my very favourite was the one that had this in a hall by it's front door!  

Oh my goodness!!  Can you imagine this as a hall between the front and garage/house entry door?  Be still my heart.  But that's not all.  See those little legs dangling in the middle right of the photo?  Well that was by the garage entry and it was this...

Be still my heart!  Its a dog wash!  It must be fate...this home was designed for me!  Now all I need is a job that will support the 900,000 dollar price tag!

2.  Warm days, cool nights.  As mentioned above, it's been a lovely week of weather here.  And we've enjoyed going outside and playing in this lovely warmth.  Last week was windy and colder and rainy but this week was fall perfection.

3.  Fiction books that also teach something in the midst of their stories.  A couple months ago I read Still Alice by Lisa Genova and reviewed it here.   I learned so much about alzheimer's disease.  I'm now reading another by this author and again learning lots.  A review will come soon.

4.  A great massage.  I do not take these for granted.  They really help my tight shoulder blades so it's a "need" type massage rather than just a relax one but I still get the benefits of being relaxed as those darn knots are worked out!  And I am blessed to have a lady who really knows what she's doing!

5.  The weekend coming up is on my fave list because there is more fun stuff going on in the city, it's supposed to be lovely so I feel a bike ride on the list and lots of relaxing and reading time!

Bonus Fave:  We had to make a quick trip to Calgary for business.  We were in a neighborhood called Inglewood.  I'd never explored this neighborhood before.  It's an older section close to downtown that looks like it's becoming a popular place to buy new condos in.  What a cool business area they had with lots of local, cool little shops and wonderful restaurants.  We ate at another on our list of You Gotta Eat Here restaurants.  The Fine Diner was fine, for sure.   A very small intimate little restaurant with friendly staff and great food.   We had a featured item on the show, Spicy Meatball Subs and it was soooo good!  

And a bonus picture just for Willow , Sandra and all you knitters and crocheters out there.  We saw this in front of cute little yarn shop called Stash.

What are your favourites this week?


nikkipolani said...

A dog wash nook! Now, why didn't I think of installing one for the cats?? Ideas are swirling 'round... What a fun activity for good fun.

How lovely that you are getting fall weather with a summer dessert of 80F temperatures here and there. Enjoy your pretty weekend weather.

Tori Leslie said...

How fun is that!! What a great time to have with a friend and a coffee. I'd love that and that shoe hall is insane.
I'm enjoying the cool weather here, Fall is officially here.
Anyhoo, enjoyed your Fav Five. Have a great weekend!

Barbara H. said...

We're enjoying some cooler mornings, too, though it still gets warm in the afternoons. I've never been to a parade of homes -what fun! I love that dog-washing station!

I love fiction that also teaches and inspires as well.

A massage sounds really good right now.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Gattina said...

That must be interesting to make a house tour and see how other people live ! We too have warm weather in the afternoon and in the mornings it's cold. I dress like an onion in several layers and strip tease during the day !

Willow said...

Ooooo! Yarn bombing a bike! I love it!
I've done those house tours and they're so much fun. Usually I come away thinking I'd love some of those fun features, but not the price tag. I know my daughter who has two large puppies would love that dog washing station.
Does your massage therapist do house calls in Southern California? A massage sounds really good right about now.

ellen b said...

Oh that bike is quite the show stopper! Glad you had a good week Susanne and that you are looking forward to a fun weekend.

Jerralea said...

Oh I love home tours! I'd also love a shoe hall...

Glad the weather is so nice up your way. It's great here in the midwestern USA, too.

Faith said...

we are havg beautiful weather here in NY too and im so glad!! cool nights but not crisp yet and temps in the high 70s during the fave!! your list is great and i KNEW you would love Lisa's books!!!! yay for biking! i did that last weekend so tomorrow am hiking!!! enjoy your fun weekend!

Mia said...

I just love that yarn-bombed bike! Glad you are enjoying the lovely Fall weather and hope you do get out and about on the bike to enjoy the city this weekend. :)

Susan said...

Hmmm, I didn't know that the yarn decorated bike was called "yarn-bombed." I will have to look that up. It sure is pretty.

This is the 2nd time today I heard about Still Alice. So I just put it on hold at the library. Our church has a respite program for folks with memory issues and so this is a topic I am interested in.

Yummmm - I LOVE meatball sandwiches. You made me drool and wish I had that for dinner!

Kathie said...

I've never heard of a dog wash nook!! A different world for sure.

I love that bike - so pretty!

Our weather is lovely too although not as hot in the day now - a very pleasant 20 or 21 - hoping it lasts for a good long while!

Have a great week Susanne!

Karen said...

This was such a fun post, I love the bike and the little neighborhood you visited. I can just feel fall in the air, by your descriptions!

I haven't been to Parade of Homes in years, but they are such fun! However, I can't help but think about how the shelves with those shoes would look in my house -- worn out sneakers and huge boots when my boys are visiting! Not so glamorous!

Karen said...

P.S. I'm assuming it's a shoe rack to 'park' your shoes?