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Debbie in the Country

Yes I have many excuses for being an inconsistent blogger!  My 1st friend to come visit me from the US was in town + we were having too many adventures!





Debbie is one of my OG homies from Los Angeles.  We used to hang tight – click here + here for some of our LA fun times!  She lived in Echo Park, I lived in Little Tokyo – a 10 minute drive apart.  Now, she’s returned to New York + I’m in…….Black Diamond, Alberta!  So far apart!!!  Come share my world, Debbie!!!

Note to self, when picking up a friend at the airport that is an hour drive away from your tiny prairie town, check the plane’s status online.  I didn’t do this of course.  Debbie’s flight was delayed 2 1/2 hours due to sketchy weather, so I pretty much read magazines for 2 1/2 hours + twiddled my thumbs.

Woosh!  Finally, the plane had landed!  I ushered a travel worn Debbie in front of the horse statue in the airport to commemorate her arrival into Calgary!  She was like, “Wha?  Huh?  Wha?”.  I practically pushed her in front of the statue, took the picture before she knew it + then unceremoniously shoved her towards my car.  Welcome, Debbie, welcome!!!!Debbie in the Country - 01

The next day we were catching up, eating, chatting + didn’t get out the door till 2pm!  We had a chill day of walking around Black Diamond.  The next couple pictures are washed out because someone (i.e. Jeff – curses!) changed the setting on my camera!  Grrrr.  Here’s our “Black Diamond”.  Ta-daaaaa!!!!Debbie in the Country - 02

Glitzy, no?!  It was blazing hot that day – like Los Angeles hot!  We got us some ice cream + ate it in the shade.  Black Diamond has some murals – I found a cute wall of baguettes (random, I know) + fashion photo shoot time was on!!!!Debbie in the Country - 03

Washed out, but it gave the picture kind of a cool look.  Isn’t Debbie adorbs???

After ice cream, we walked up to my friend’s house.  This house is literally paradise in the prairies!!!Debbie in the Country - 04

When we arrived, my buddy had a spread of veggies, cheese + wine awaiting us!  Faboo!!!  Debbie got into zen mode in their dreamy summer oasis.Debbie in the Country - 05

She was charming them with her witty, hilarious city gal sass!!!!Debbie in the Country - 06

OMG, Debbie cracks me the heck up!  Politics, pop culture, history, Matt Damon – you name it, we were discussing it!

My friend has a crazy, free spirit green thumb + I really want her house + her garden – it’s pretty much my dream.  Wouldja just look at these peonies??!!!  TO DIE FOR!!!!  GORGEOUS!!!Debbie in the Country - 07

They have really carved out their own little piece of heaven.  A cute yellow farm house, a terraced garden, flowers + veggies just bursting out of every patch of earth!  From the inside of the patio, surrounded by all the greenery, it felt so private + lush!  Truly a secret garden!!!Debbie in the Country - 08

It was getting late – we could have sat there forever talking!  We went out to the front + picked some kale, green beans, onions + whatnot.

And fresh catnip too!!!!  Turkey Leg is all blissed out.  Megu floats along on a haze of this fresh catnip!!!  Utter joy!!!Debbie in the Country - 12

The #1 best way to spend a summer evening!!!  In the next episode – Debbie in the City!!!  Calgary, y’all!!!!  Stay tuned!!!

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kenneth ''Papi~Dad's'' Nishino #

    HOLLA HOLLA, hey, Nan, turkey-leg’s reminds me of
    ur ole pal, Sydney, almost same coloring !!!!! the little
    cottage is AWsuM, with a fab garden, i can see why U
    sorta fell in love with this area!!!!! Debbie, looks great
    so she was full of energy huh, of course she’s from the
    Big Apple !!! ok, gotta run, Take Care, best 2 Jeff, Dad’s

    July 22, 2013
    • Turkey Leg is FAT like Sidney!!! Amy’s lil’ farm house is the tops!!! Yes, Debbie was living it up Big Apple style in Alberta!!! Luv u!!!

      July 22, 2013
  2. so fun! Lookit that turkey leg wallowing in his catnip. FYI, one of my petnames for Solly is also Turkey Leg, for much the same reason!

    July 22, 2013
  3. Deb Fayle #

    Hurray! Have fun with Debbie and say hi for me! Your photos are sooo good Shelli – I love the white washed one of Debbie and the peonies … excellent. I miss you guys so much, we’ll have to have a chat soon. xoxo

    July 23, 2013
    • Thanks Deb, that’s such a nice compliment!!! Yes, let’s chat soon! Miss you guys too!!!

      July 23, 2013
  4. I want your friend’s garden!! Nice to have big city folk visit the country, isn’t it?

    July 23, 2013
    • I want my friend’s garden too!!!! Yes, it’s nice to have a city mouse come visit – it gave me a different perspective!

      July 23, 2013
  5. Hey slacker! Nice to see you out and about on wordpress land again, hehe (not that we can talk!). Wall of Baguettes sounds like part of my ideal home interior. Maybe a nice Wall of Cheese in the office. And Wall of Meat in the living room. Mmm….

    July 24, 2013
    • Ha haaaa!!! Total slacker – Spicoli Style!!! Yes, Wall of Carbs is kind of sounding really good right now…..

      July 24, 2013
  6. “I ushered a travel worn Debbie in front of the horse statue in the airport to commemorate her arrival into Calgary! She was like, “Wha? Huh? Wha?”. I practically pushed her in front of the statue, took the picture before she knew it + then unceremoniously shoved her towards my car. Welcome, Debbie, welcome!!!!” – LOL!!!!

    July 27, 2013

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