Friday, April 12, 2013

This week


Cold, wet, dark afternoons. The foothills looked mystical.


 Hand-quilting my Scrappy Trip-Along quilt, which is finished and in use. More on that soon.


Sleepy, sick small Bears. The LB made himself a nest on the couch in the family room.


Stuffed peppers (recipe here) for dinner on Tuesday were a hit as always. Leftovers for lunch, too.


Etsy purchases come from far and wide. Japan has a lot of pretty things.


 A new crochet project, for a teacher's end-of-year gift.


Pulled weeds in the front yard but couldn't pull these wild asters, the birth-month flower of both small Bears.


Making birthday cards for my twin sisters. I would so much rather make cards than buy them.

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It has been a long week. But we're getting back to normal now. The LB went back to school today. This afternoon, we have a parent-teacher conference at the GB's preschool; we're looking forward to discussing her progress. At the same time, I feel it's a bit unnecessary: she's doing great, making friends, is happy and well-adjusted. I already know these things about her.

I'm going to make my delicious Italian sandwiches for dinner when we get home from the conference. I have to pick up a loaf of Italian bread when I go out to get the LB from school. Tomorrow night, we plan to go out for dinner. I'm very excited. I've been feeling that old cooking fatigue lately.

We're starting to plan a family vacation to Colorado. We're planning it for June. I worked on finding accommodations this week and booked something wonderful. I used a website called Airbnb to find it. This company is really cool. They have rentals all over the world and they specialize in interesting, funky, unique places to stay. You could stay in a castle, or in a retro camper, or in a Victorian house. It's so much fun to browse.

I'm so glad it's Friday. The GB seems well enough to go to her pre-ballet class this morning so I think we'll head out soon. And I'm thinking my four days home with sick children has earned me a cup of coffee I didn't have to make for myself. Skinny latte, here I come.

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Hello and welcome to my new readers and followers! I'm so glad to have you here. Thank you for all the recent comments and compliments on my posts, photos and creations. I am so flattered, and pleased that people appreciate my little blog.

Please note that I have added buttons for Bloglovin' and RSS to my blog, at the bottom of the right-hand sidebar, below my labels cloud. Feel free to use them to follow my blog after Google Reader goes away. I don't use Google Reader myself, I usually read blogs via my Blogger homepage. As long as Google Friend Connect remains, it should be okay. But Bloglovin' looks good, I may join that as well.

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Also on the blog-keeping front, I'm starting to think about maybe having a little giveaway. My GFC followers count is starting to close in on 100 (which is remarkable to me, seriously), and I'm thinking that I might do something to celebrate when I reach 100 followers...so please watch this space!

30 comments:

  1. What beautiful photos Jennifer! Hope your little bears are feeling better. Also I agree I would rather make cards than purchase them :)

    Have a wonderful weekend~

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  2. Glad to hear that your children are up and about.

    Italian sandwiches...I'm very intrigued!

    Have a lovely weekend, and enjoy that coffee.

    Leanne xx

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  3. So sorry to read that your children were unwell,
    but glad they're themselves again.

    I love your misty foot hills image and your stuffed peppers have made me very hungry. Peppers are my favourite food at the moment.

    Have a perfect weekend.

    *Gone shopping for peppers*

    Yvonne - My Haunted Attic

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  4. I soooooo love the fabric you've chosen for your quilt, looking forward to reading about that soon. Glad to hear the little bears are on the mend, it's amazing how a day on the sofa covered with a crocheted blanket helps the mood (we do exactly the same in our house). Before I read this post, I popped onto bloglovin to make sure I was following you! And good job I did as I wasn't, but that's fixed now. :) Have a lovely weekend, Jennifer. x

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  5. Your quilt is looking so pretty, looking forward to seeing the full thing. Your stuffed peppers look delicious, have booked your recipe to try :) xx

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  6. What a rich array of images you have given us - I enjoyed each and every one but those foothills - wow! So atmospheric! Jane x

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  7. That first photo of the misty foothills is really beautiful. The quilt looks lovely, can't wait to see it all.

    I'm glad your little ones are feeling better. Enjoy your weekend! x

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  8. I loved all the photos in this post.. the quilting makes me want to do one for me.. we have so much in common!!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. I love making stuffed peppers! So easy and healthy. I'll have to try your recipe.

    That first photo is gorgeous!

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  10. Wow. I love your blog. Just found it through another I follow. It's amazing to see all your projects; making me feel a little inadequate re all my half finished stuff! You also have lots of great links and recipes. Am adding you to my reading list, if that's ok. it's great to read about stuff on the other side of the globe. Love your flower pics too xx

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  11. Thanks for linking up with the Meet & Greet Blog Hop! :)

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  12. Glad your little bears are doing better. I also go to all of V's conferences, I enjoying being involved in her school.
    I get into cooking slumps too. I love cooking, but it gets tiresome everyday.

    Seriously would love to know your photography secrets! I still use my blogger homepage to read blogs, but I have found the bloglovin app for my phone is great. Easier to leave comments, especially for the blogs that don't have a mobile page.

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  13. I really like your blog and I can't wait to read more of your post. I found your blog thru the blog hop. I am your newest follower thru gfc. I would love it if you swing by the Nifty Thrifty Family sometime.
    http://niftythriftyfamily.blogspot.com/

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  14. The photo of the mountains is gorgeous. I am glad your little ones are on the mend. The yarn you are making the teacher gift with is pretty.That is a lucky teacher. ;) I cant wait to see your completed scrappy quilt project.

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  15. Your quilt is looking so lovely! Can't wait to see the finished article.
    M x

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  16. Fantastic photos. Your quilt is beautiful so far. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  17. Lovely quilt - the fabric is so pretty. I'm glad LB is doing better now, he looked so cute on the couch wrapped in some crochet love :) Your new crochet project is looking really great too, I'll look forward to seeing it finished. Have a great weekend! x

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  18. I'm glad your week has turned around x

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  19. Beautiful pictures Jennifer ☺
    So glad the little ones are feeling better and the stuffed caps look yummy.
    Thankyou for also visiting mine too ♥

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  20. hi, i following the "meet and greet" blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    http://blackinkpaperie.blogspot.com

    thanks
    new follower bev

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  21. Jennifer, thanks so much for introducing yourself, leaving your kind comment, and joining my friend's list. I am enjoying getting to know you and yours through your blog and am putting your blog on my blog roll so that I can visit you regularly. I think I have driven through the area where you live long ago, and love being reminded of how beautiful it is through your wonderful photos. So glad your little bears are feeling better! Wishing you happy days til we type again :-)
    Gracie

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  22. I have been away this week, so am just catching up on my blog reading Sorry to hear your little bears have been unwell. Your projects are all beautiful, but I especially love that quilt!

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  23. Hi linking up from meet and greet blog hop. I live in NM too, woo hoo! I love the quilt and the crocheted afghan....cozy. Stop by fairiesmarket.blogspot.com

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  24. Love your afghans in the photos...
    Those Stuffed Peppers look awesome...
    I know what you mean about getting "burnt" out from cooking...
    I went out for lunch today...just lovely...
    Glad to hear your wee kiddies are on the mend...
    You are so lucky to be planning a summer trip...
    I am sure the kids will love it!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  25. Oh it is just darling and truly cozy here a your blog. I have snapped up the stuffed pepper recipe and that in itself is a first as I am not the best at cooking but am going to give it a whirl :)

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  26. Thank you so much for stopping by and your sweet comment. You have a lovely blog yourself. I am following you, hope to see you often at My Dream Canvas!Thanks Anu

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  27. Sorry the earlier comment is from me! Anu of My Dream Canvas :)

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  28. A bit of a late comment (busy weekend!) but this has to be said. If you're coming to visit Colorado in June-ish, do try to make it to the Estes Park Wool Market! It runs on June 8th and 9th in Estes Park, a little town in the mountains an hour or two from Denver, and the scope of it is absolutely amazing.

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