Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. We are a little community of people trying to intentionally keep our focus on the daily blessings that God brings into our lives. By taking a pause in our busyness we can look and see where we were lifted up, blessed and carried in our everyday. Sometimes in the chaos of the week those blessings can slip by without even notice never mind being thankful or grateful for them. Please join us in intentionally finding blessing and being grateful to God for them.
~glorious fall weather~ It has been absolutely gorgeous weather here in Southern Alberta. Tuesday was 26*C (79*F)!! The night's are cold and it takes until afternoon for it to hit that kind of temp but it sure has been nice. Now in Southern Alberta sometimes we pay for that kind of warmth in the fall with some major wind and though we have had some of those days for the most part it has been quite calm. I'm thankful for every day of this as it allows me to get outside with the little ones as much as possible.
~day trip to the mountains~ We decided on Sunday that we needed a day trip to get away from a stressful week and refresh our hearts and minds. I am so glad we did. I don't recall ever going this late in the year and the fall colors were breathtaking. Unlike the last 2 times this summer we went to Waterton, it wasn't crazy packed with people. Most of the businesses were already boarded up for the winter. Only a small handful were still open. The atmosphere was so calm compared to the crowded tourist town chaos it usually is. We walked a new trail we had never done before. It was gorgeous though a little nerve wracking as it's the season where the bears are filling up on berries before hibernation so the chance of a bear encounter is high. Once we passed the first waterfall we were pretty much on our own without too many people around. We made sure to keep our eyes open all around us. I'm thankful we live so close to such a gorgeous mountain destination.
~ never ending rosebud geranium ~ This picture of my rosebud geraniums was actually taken a couple of days ago. I cannot believe how massive they got. This started as three little ol' plants. Now they look like a massive bush in my entry. I actually had to move them more toward the wall so that people could get by them on the steps. And they are still blooming flowers and we're a week into October. My neighbor asked if she could have a couple cuttings to keep over winter and so she's taken some for me too so hopefully if all goes well I'll have them next year again.
~ cute crafts ~ I like crafting with the dayhome kids but during the summer it kinda goes by the wayside in favor of visiting playgrounds and playing in the wading pool. Come fall though, the crafting starts again. We made these cute owls and every time I see the picture it makes me smile. I love watching the kids when you let them just go and be creative with minimal instructions. They have so much fun and are so proud.
~ tea time ~ Come fall another blessing I enjoy is a quiet cup of hot tea in the evenings. It's relaxing to me and it helps me not to snack the evenings away. Right now I'm enjoy a nice herbal chai.
Well, this weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada. I have also taken Tuesday off as my last vacation day left from summer. I'm looking forward to some rest. It's been quite a chaotic, stressful work month. I'm hoping some of my kids show up for Thanksgiving though we are not sure with COVID and all. We're playing it by ear. If not, we'll all just rest and relax in our perspective cities and maybe do some facetime. If the weather holds out, it may be a steak bbq instead of turkey! Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!