Friday, July 07, 2017

Friday's Fave Five #437

More aware of what you have than what you don't. Recognizing the treasure in the simple - a child's hug, fertile soil, a golden sunset. Relishing in the comfort of the common.  "     -Max Lucado

 Ahhh, love that quote above by Max Lucado.  He sums up so nicely what this Friday Fave Five is all about.  Welcome to one and all on this smoking hot Friday.  We in Southern Alberta are in the middle of a "Heat Event",  2 weeks of temps being between 30*F (86*F) up to 36*C (96.8*F) and maybe even higher and it's not cooling down as usual at night either.  Now I know to some of you that is nothing but to those of us whose usual temps are in the higher 20's that is hot.   Whew.    But moving along to the real reason for this post, the favorite blessings of the week.

1.  Canada Day.  This year was Canada's 150th birthday so there was lots of special things going on.  We, however, decided to skip the crowds and went on our traditional bike ride and Starbucks stop.  The weather was lovely and because so many were in certain parts of town where all the action was, it made for a peaceful bike ride on the side of town where we like to ride the most.  Then in the afternoon we were treated to a delicious bbq at our friend's place.  We love to go there because not only is he a wonderful cook but we all like each other's company because we can relax and be ourselves.  There is not too many people we share that with so it's always nice visiting with them.  Then at dark I went with my youngest and my sis to the fireworks.  This year we got seats very close to where they were firing from and were right under the high ones.   The show was especially spectacular this year and went about 10 minutes longer than usual due to the special Canada Day.  Glad I went.

2.  Mountain Day trip.  I took Monday off in lieu of Canada Day being on a Saturday and hubby suggested we go to Waterton.  All the national parks in Canada are free to get into this year due to Canada's 150th so you didn't have to ask me twice.  My sis and her hubby came with us and we roasted hot dogs at our favorite spot, relaxed, took a nice hike to a lovely falls and then went for delicious ice cream to cap off the day.  We are really blessed to have a gem of a park in the mountains only an hour or away.  A lovely mountain village, miles and miles and miles of trails from super easy to a seasoned hikers dream, creeks, waterfalls, red rock canyons and so much more.  It's my happy place for sure.

3.  Beautiful Sunsets.  No flowery words needed.

4.   Air conditioning.  This week I am especially grateful for air conditioning.  Though usually I don't like it running frigid cold and usually do turn it off at night due to the night's cooling off nicely and because I prefer sleeping with an open window, this week I am so thankful for ac.  Because I work at home and with kids it's nice to have the cool house to escape the heat for all of us.

5.  Iced Coffee.  I've been trying not to drink too much coffee in the afternoon but this week I've been treating myself to a tall glass of homemade iced coffee.  No sugar just milk with a splash of vanilla or a dash of cinnamon.  

BONUS and most favorite fave of the son passed his licensing exams and is now a paramedic!  I'm a proud mama and so happy for him.

What have your favorites been this week?  


Susan said...

Love the Max Lucado quote. I am going to keep that one handy.

Happy Canada Day and congrats on 150 years! I like how you guys celebrated in a simple way.You can never go wrong with Starbucks being part of the celebration.And I LOVE your "substitute" fireworks. The sky (morning or evening) just never gets old.

Also congrats to your son. That is a feat to be proud of.

Stay cool with your AC and iced coffee and have another week of simple treasuers.

Barbara H. said...

What a great Canada Day celebration! Glad you got to make a long weekend of it. Gorgeous sunset. I don't know if I could live without AC - maybe, but I know I couldn't function very well without it.

Karen said...

What a great picture of you and your husband, Susanne. It's such a blessing to have friends that we can feel so comfortable with, isn't it? Congratulations to your son!! I remember when he first started on his journey to be a paramedic.

Faith said...

can you believe there was NO ice or iced coffee in Rome, Italy?????? claire and i were having withdrawal symptoms! HAHA...i finally got one...iced espresso at a vegan place but again...NO ICE! WEIRD!!!!! and NO ac in restaurants and it was mid 90s but thank the Lord our wonderful hotel had it.

LOVE your sunset and hiking pics.

HAPPY CANADA DAY a little late.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Willow said...

Oh, congratulations to your son! He would be very welcome here in our community :) to attend to all our firemen who are out in the heat and smoke!

I love that photo of the national park. What a perfect place to hike and enjoy the forests and streams!

Ann said...

Ahhh Waterton!! We spent one night at Prince of Wales Hotel for our 10th wedding anniversary, some 20 years ago, and LOVED that park!! You are making me nostalgic. I will never forget the view down the lake toward Glacier.

I also remember congratulating ourselves that our trip was planned to avoid the U.S. 4th of July crowds - that was our introduction to the craziness that is Banff on Canada Day!!

Congratulations to your son!!

ellen b said...

Congratulations to your son! Looks like a great week for you with some great outings and celebrations.

nikkipolani said...

Love it that you celebrated Canada's 150th with her natural beauty and your family -- we well as the fun fireworks and fun food!

Many congrats to your son! Stay cool, my friend. The AC and icemaker nearly made the fives this week.

Angela said...

Congratulations about your job. That's very exciting news!