It's Friday Fave Five time. First Friday in October. It was a good week. Of course, there's always knitting. And reading. But I can only choose FIVE. So here they are:
1. One day on an errand of love and concern, I drove to Santa Barbara to visit an ailing friend who was a colleague and neighbor when we were living in Papua, Indonesia. Her steadfast spirit and cheerful attitude encouraged me. I hope I was able to encourage her.
2. My destination was less than a mile from Mission Santa Barbara and I was a bit early, so I detoured to the mission to have a peek at it. I've toured the mission in the past so I didn't go in. Simply standing outside and gazing at the wonderful architecture of the mission was delightful. I love California Mission style and Santa Barbara Mission is one of my favorites. One of these days, I'll visit the gardens as I remember being enchanted with them.
3. The residential area surrounding the mission is filled with beautiful homes, almost all of them built in the same California Mission style.
I can't decide which one I'd want to live in!
4. There is a memorial rose garden in the small park in front of the mission. Of course, I had to take a couple of photos since all of my roses at Willow's Cottage have been pulled off and eaten by the local deer.
I didn't realize until I uploaded the photo and looked at it on my computer that there is a ladybug crawling up the stem on the right.
photo stolen from her mommy's facebook page
Extra Bonus: Useless Trivia. Carpenteria, a beach town between my city and Santa Barbara, has a lower elevation than Malibu. Malibu: 12 feet. Carpenteria: 7 feet. (according to the population signs on the highway)