Monday, March 11, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 10/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, here are my four photos of happy for the past week.


These grape hyacinths were in bloom at the LB's school when we returned after last weekend. These are one of my favorite spring flowers. I love everything about them - the color, the impossibly small ball-like petals and the way the petals have tiny teeth or spikes at the edges if you look very closely. I don't have any planted at my house, though; I think I will buy some bulbs for my own garden to plant this year.


Outdoor crocheting happened this week! Oh, this made me blissfully happy. I was at the tail-end of making my granny squares (this one was around number 75 or so) and the sun beckoned in the backyard. The small Bears played and rode bikes while I sat at the patio table and hooked. It was wonderful.


The photo quality is not the best because it was dark there, but on Saturday night, we all went out for dinner at a neighborhood restaurant we love. The Bear and I especially enjoy the fish and chips dinner there and we both ordered it. This was my plate. The fish portions are huge and perfectly cooked; I think they use haddock, or some similar white fish. The chips, or fries, are perfect. The tartar sauce is freshly made, with big chunks of onion, pickle and capers. Oh, this meal is so good. And all this after a huge bowl of salad and bread, included with the meal. We don't eat out very often because of the cost so it was extra exciting and special for us. Good food makes me very happy.


On Saturday, the spring issue of Interweave Crochet arrived in the mail for me. The subscription was one of my Christmas gifts from the Bear last year. This is such a fabulous magazine. Every project they feature is beautiful but some are still a bit advanced for me. On Sunday afternoon, I had a chance to sit with a cup of tea and take a look at the new issue; I photographed a few of my favorite projects to share. Clockwise from top right: a little girls' tunic/dress done in a gorgeous shell pattern; a ladies' pullover short-sleeved sweater done in two different stitches; a simple but elegant clutch purse with button closures. The colors are perfect, very springy and light, and I just love the idea of crocheting so much of your own (or your child's) clothing and accessories.

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This week is the small Bears' spring break from school. We have a dental appointment for both of them this morning and we're planning a few different playdates and park outings. I'm looking forward to our time together but feeling a little daunted because I'll be alone with them all day; the Bear still has to work. I think I've gotten very used to them each being in school at least part-time. I hope the weather is great so we can be outdoors a lot - that helps everyone get along and stay occupied a little better. Changing the clocks this weekend may complicate things too - I think they're both a little thrown off right now. Good old-fashioned spring fever could be to blame as well.

15 comments:

  1. That fish looks so yummy! I hope your week with your little ones goes well. I hope that you get that nice weather. I don't blame the kiddos, just about everyone I know has spring fever right now! We had wether in the 40's over the weekend but it was gloomy and rainy the whole time. At least that washed away much of the snow. The weather is back in the 30's today and quite gloomy with about an inch of snow predicted. 2 steps forward and 1 step back is about to be expected in March I guess. One of these days sunshine and warm breezes will be here for real. :)

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    1. Hi Softie! Thank you. I agree, this spring has been kind of iffy so far. I'm sure they'll be fine, we all will be, it's just a lot of change at once, I think. I hope your weather clears up very soon!

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  2. Fish and chips, crochet, flowers, more crochet - that all looks pretty perfect to me! Lots of very happy things. I adore grape hyacinths - one of my neighbours has a front garden full of them and I always admire them, then forget to plant them in my own garden.

    Enjoy your week. x

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    1. Thanks, Gillian. I really do want to plant them and I say it every year, then I forget all about my plan. I really need to remember to do it one of these years!

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    1. Hi Hena, it's so pretty, isn't it?

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  4. Jennifer,

    I think I have crochet envy!!

    Early Spring flowers. Seemingly unassuming until you get up close and personal with them. I love Grape Hyacinths, but I have none in my garden either! Perhaps they will go on my ongoing plant lust list.

    Leanne xx

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    1. Hi Leanne! Do you know how to crochet? I would teach you if I could. :)

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  5. Hello! Thank you so much for visiting/following my blog. I appreciate your kind comment. I enjoyed reading this post...it's nice to find happy in every day (though I must admit, some days may be harder than others but it's always there somewhere). I will be back to visit you!

    Have a great day!
    Jayne
    Handmade Cuties

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    1. Hi Jayne! Thanks for visiting me and following too. I love this meme and I recommend it highly for blogging; it has helped me learn to appreciate the little things in life, and to even stop long enough to take pictures of them! :)

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  6. I love fish and chips, yum! I haven't had it forever though, now I want some :)

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  7. Jennifer, so nice to meet you too! I'll be reading your blog from now on as well!

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  8. Wow - those crochet projects DO look hard. So pretty though.

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  9. How beautiful!I need to finish up my crochet project! I found you through mom bloggers. I'm so happy I did. I look forward to reading more :)

    Jessica
    http://thewonderingbrain.blogspot.com

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  10. It looks like you had a Happy week, The flowers are lovely- I used to have them in my garden back in England and it will always remind me of spring.

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