Friday, April 19, 2013

This week

I've got nothing to do today but smile. - Paul Simon

We're having a sunny week, cooler than I would like, but that's springtime for you. It's hard to know exactly when the weather will turn for good but when it does, watch out - a month from now, I'll be grousing about the heat. Two months from now, I'll feel like it's been summer for at least a year.

This week was unusual because it was just the three of us at home - the Bear traveled to Washington, D.C. for work. He doesn't travel a lot - in fact, he does it much less often nowadays than he used to, but he does need to be away periodically. It's okay, though; I get lonely and I miss him but the three of us do alright on our own. 

When he's away, I keep to the usual routines and schedule but I find it harder to fill the time when I'm parenting alone. I think the main problem is that he's more fun than I am. But we played a lot, made bead necklaces (I wore mine proudly), colored and read and listened to our audiobooks. I sewed and crocheted while we listened to Harriet the Spy, one of my own childhood favorites.

Yes, I'm playing with fabric again already. I just can't stay away. I made something small and quick this week and I'm quite happy with the way it turned out; I'll share it soon.

Cooking is always strange for me when the Bear is away. I find myself losing all motivation almost as soon as he leaves. This means omelets or soup and toast for dinner. If he's gone for more than one night, I usually take the small Bears to McDonald's for dinner one of the nights. They don't get to go there very often and they always exhaust themselves on the indoor Playplace. All that's left for me to do is take them home, bathe them and tuck them into bed. Lazy? Fun!

I'm not sure yet what the weekend will hold. Homemade pizza for dinner on Saturday: I know this much is true. Maybe a little baking. I'm itching to buy my annual plants and get those seeds planted, but I'm hesitant since we keep having these little cold snaps. I've planted too early in previous years and ended up losing my plants to the cold.

Some people around here like to wait until Cinco de Mayo before they plant anything. This seems so far away. I know it's only a little more than two weeks but stiiiiiill [insert petulant whining here]...and then there's another part of me which can't even imagine how we came to be so close to MAY already to begin with. 

Not that I'm complaining; May is pretty wonderful. But I hope the weather picks a personality soon. I bought a new pair of flip-flops this week and they're cute. I'm really on a spree lately, or what passes for a spree in my miserly life; I also found a pair of fake TOMS at Target that I couldn't resist.

I didn't care about shoes all that much until recently. I think it was around the time I despaired of finding hats that looked nice on me; I decided to concentrate on my feet instead. I've been finding a lot of adorable shoes now that I'm looking for them. Funny how that works.


  1. I know exactly what you mean about losing motivation to cook. Mr K doesn't go away very often but when he does I don't quite know how we survive foodwise - there's certainly a lot more 'cooking to live' than 'living to cook'! Not quite sure what TOMS are but convinced myself that it must be short for tomatoes - and yes, you bought a couple of fake tomatoes - oh well whatever it takes! Have a lovely weekend x Jane

  2. Can't stop peeking at that lovely crochet blanket on the bed ... if it slips away ...I've pulled it over telepathically lol

  3. I never have the desire to cook if my husband is away. In truth I rarely have the desire at all during the week. I do not like to cook after work, but I don't mind on the weekends when I have plenty of time and feel well rested. My granddaughter loves to go to McDonalds whenever she has the chance I imagine your little bears would get the same sort of happiness from it she does. I can't wait to see your new little project.

  4. I love kid made plastic jewelry. Mine is too small to be a bracelet, so it is on my keychain.

    I also lose cooking energy when my hubby isn't there for dinner. When V will be happy with mac and cheese and it sounds good to me too why work harder. We all need a cooking hiatus once in a while.

  5. I love how colorful and springlike all of your pictures are today. (The snow hasn't quite melted yet here!)

    I also know just what you mean about losing motivation to cook when someone else isn't around. I enjoy feeding other people, but I just can't convince myself that all the prepwork, cooking and cleaning up afterwards is worth it for just me.

    Looking forward to seeing what you've made.

  6. Oooh, lovely photos of your week and I love how you used your deer fabric (fabric twins!) ha ha. I need to make a quilt soooo badly - your photos make me want to start right now! My children enjoy McDonalds too. Like you, we don't go very often, but when we do, it's a real treat for them. I bet you are looking forward to having the Bear home soon. :o) x

  7. Your photos are so inspiring. How anyone can get neat lines on patchwork astounds me. When I am on my own I live on cheese and pickle sandwiches. Everyone knows this and despairs if I am on my own for more than a few days. So lazy!!

  8. As always great pictures Jennifer. Looks like you had a wonderful week spent with your family. Your pictures are always so refreshing! :)

  9. Beautiful photos, looks like you had a great week. Very cute necklace. I love listening to audio books, this week mine is "A Penny for Your Thoughts" by Jeannie Johnson and I'm really enjoying it.
    Look forward to seeing what your fabric becomes.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Carol xx

  10. I really enjoyed all of your photos.. I'm catching the quilting bug from you and some other bloggers.. when I get a few moments free... ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Always like seeing your beautiful crochet blanket Jennifer.
    Lovely fabric squares too. Cute colourful necklace.
    My kids loved porcupines, mince with uncooked rice into balls cooked in tomatoe
    soup with plenty of spices and served with pasta. easy, filling and quick.

  12. Great pictures! I'm like you, can't decide if I should start seeding since the weather has been acting weird in TX too. If you have a chance to blog hop this weekend, stop by mine and show off some of your pictures there too I look forward to seeing you!

    The Wondering Brain

  13. Such lovely colourful photos! Love your fabric squares.
    M x

  14. HaHa -- Just popped back after you left a lovely comment at Chalky's. Your patchwork is amazing. No Patchwork Police red cards here!

  15. such inspiring photos. I've never made a quilt but I'm keen to try...your squares are beautiful xx

  16. I was in Albuquerque last year for a conference. I ate at some really old restaurant in the middle of town that was amazing. I also loved all the Day of the Dead art. Right up my alley;). Beautiful pictures!! Much love, Alice @ The Owl's Skull

  17. Lovely photos. I love the granny crotchet blanket- I have mine from when my grandmother made it for me as a child- I would love to learn how to make one though. Lovely quilting fabric too. :)

  18. I love the oranges photo, beautiful!

  19. Your photos are fantastic and I love seeing glimpses of your life. Your quilt is lovely!

  20. What a nice post. I love these peeks into your life. Sorry, I am nosy, ;-)

    Gorgeous photos, full of colour and good things. I love that shot of your bed and the big granny blanket. Bella has about 200 bead necklaces and bracelets in her drawer, she makes them compulsively. I love it when John is out and I can eat on my own, how bad of me! I like salads and omelettes and lighter things but he wants heavy, meaty, carb laden food. But I would miss him really.

    Enjoy your week. x


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