Monday, July 22, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 29/52

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


Our hibiscuses are in full bloom. Actually, they'll be done blooming in just a couple of weeks. I enjoy them so much. They make the backyard feel like a tropical paradise. The flowers don't last long - two days each, at most - but there are so many buds and new ones open every day.


I made a really good dinner that we enjoyed a lot. It was sort of an antipasti-style meal. We had cold salami, provolone cheese, olives, artichoke hearts and roasted pepper, grape tomatoes, grilled zucchini and crusty bread. I also served another recipe from Nigellissima, Chili Tomato Sauce. It was quick and delicious, great for dipping the bread.


There have been days this summer which have felt a bit Lord of the Flies-ish at times but I think it's healthy. The LB made himself a bow and arrow and it's actually very good. He used a bendy branch and string for the bow and a piece of garden stake for the arrow. It works great and he's proud of his handiwork.


I've been bringing lavender into the house lately. I have two bushes in the front yard, one very large and flowering profusely. I had seen bouquets of lavender for sale in the store and realized that I could be using my own lavender that way. I put it in a small glass jar by my bedside and it smells wonderful for a couple of days.

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I needed the happy reminders this week. It's nothing serious but I'm feeling stressed about a home-improvement project we've had going on here. It should be done soon; I have a plumber and a carpet-installer in the house today, and a sheet-rocker should be in next week. It was supposed to be a quick and easy job, just new carpeting in one room, but it went awry. Best-laid plans and all that. Ah, well. It's good to know things will be fixed.

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36 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer,Love your happies!!
    I remember my brother making his own bow and arrow when we were little!!!And WE were all so very proud of him too!!!That meal looks really,really scrumptious!!!Hope you have a great week!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  2. Mmmmmm lavender! Such a lovely "old fashioned" scent that reminds me of my grandma's house. I buy candles in that flavor all the time - wish I had fresh sprigs to bring in!
    Your son is very resourceful and creative. Instead of just asking mom to buy him a bow, he's smart enough to make his own - love it!

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  3. Jennifer,

    I love your little bear's bow and arrow. Alfie has one, and often practices in the garden. So sorry you've been feeling up against it. Lavender is very relaxing, so breathe it in deeply.

    Leanne xx

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  4. Wow, what a great bow and arrow! Very impressed that LB made it himself. :) I hate those times when everything seems against you, we have had lots of stressful DIY projects over the years. Just recently we had our living room plastered, and that was stressful - dust was everywhere (and still is) we are still in a bit of a state. They will soon be gone Jennifer, then you can update us all on your lovely new carpet. :) The last photo is divine, so simple but incredibly pleasing to the eye. :)

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  5. Fantastic bow and arrow! I really love your lavender in the glass jar, it looks so pretty. Hope the home improvements are done soon.
    Marianne x

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  6. Hope your home improvement project resolves itself quickly and painlessly. The dinner you made looks delicious, especially the zucchini. And your LB's bow and arrow is impressive - I was never quite able to make mine work!

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  7. I have a couple of lavender bushes in bloom at the moment - I must do the same.

    Gorgeous pictures,

    Nina x

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  8. Fresh lavender is the best! I love the smell and baking with it :) Yum to the food too, I love salami!

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  9. Oh I love this Jennifer! Fresh lavender, and a delicious meal! Your pictures are beautiful~

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  10. I simply adore hibiscus flowers, and yours are really stunning. That looks like my kind of dinner too, Lovely happy post,
    Elle

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  11. Your happy made me happy...
    Especially that lunch! YUM! And your flowers... delightful.
    I'm sorry you're feeling a bit down, I think that depression is as normal an emotion as happiness. I mean don't get me wrong, sometimes depression can be a very serious medical thing, but what you're feeling I think is normal, so just have yourself a nice cup of tea and sit back, because it's always stressful when we have projects in the home that need done. But once it's finished you will be relieved... so hang in there girly!
    Tammy

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  12. Hope your home improvement gets sorted soon, you just have to think ahead it will soon be completed :-) Your photos of happy I am sure will have cheered you up lovely flowers, lovely food, lovely happy boy, lovely scent of lavender :-) x

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  13. Hi Jennifer,

    Lovely to discover your blog and many thanks for visiting me.
    the lavender and hibiscus are really pretty - I have lavender growing too and love the fragrance.
    Good luck with your home improvements - we are working on our house too and does take time. I am following you.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  14. I know I told you this before but...I want to live with you.....hear me whine! I want you to make me dinner and your little one to teach me how to make a bow and arrow and have flowers next to my bed. I won't be much help with the home improvement but I can entertain you with my...hmmm...won't make any promises I can't keep. Jayne

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  15. Lovely post...
    Lovely flowers...
    Delightful dinner...
    Hope the renos sort themselves out...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  16. Food looks delicious and the pictures are very lovely. Your little one is very creative. If only I can get my boys outside to do fun stuff like that without me having to tell them to do it. :)

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  17. next to your bed is the perfect place to put Lavender! mine is in the kitchen. I think I would rather be feeling relaxed In bed than when I'm supposed to be making dinner! :)

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  18. Beautiful lavender Jennifer, as is the hibiscus - and isn't your young man very clever to make his own bow and arrow!
    I hope the renos will soon be finished, then all will be back to normal again.
    Happy days again!
    Joy x

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  19. Wow that Hibiscus is soooooo stunning, I hope things get back to normal soon for you on the home front.
    Clare xx
    http://summerhousebythesea.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. Everything is so lovely in your home Jennifer and I'm sure that the improvement-project will help you to arrange it in perfection.You take care of all, I can imagine it!You are the soul of the house, don't be stressed!I love changes, you will be regenerated!

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  21. Great happy things,hope they help you through the construction chaos! Beautiful Lavender, wish I could grow it, and Hibiscus is so lovely. What a sweer boy with his homemade bow, good job!

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  22. Hi Jennifer,

    So much to catch up on....your ironing board is fabulous! I love the little peeks into your home in the last couple of Posts, the storm rolling in and the sight of your boy with a bow and arrow here just makes me smile so much. Love seeing boys doing this kind of thing - there's not enough of these sort of activities anymore with all this wrapping the kids up in cotton wool. Love it! Mel x

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  23. LB's bow and arrow looks very real - so real I thought it was at first when I saw the picture. Lavender is wonderful in the house. Also, you can cut and dry it to put in little sachets to keep in your yarn stash. It is also great when you are feeling stressed, like when home renovations go awry. Just pick a flower, hold it next to your face and breathe deeply. I hope you get the reno sorted out without any more trouble.

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  24. I love to bring lavender into the house, fresh and dried, I have lavender bags everywhere with owning so much woollen yarn.

    I hope your home improvement trials are soon behind you x

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  25. I love the idea of a Lord of the Flies kind of a Summer! That sounds great to me. And what a clever lad to have made his own bow. Wonderful happy things. x

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  26. Your hibiscus is so gorgeous and tropical! When we visited Maui a few years ago, they were everywhere, and I fell in love with them. I bet your bedroom smells just heavenly with the lavender. It looks so pretty in that simple jar! I hope things get back to normal for you very soon.

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  27. Hi Jennifer,

    Just visiting your pretty post here today has made ME happy! Renovating/repairs can be trying on one's patience and mood. Here's a little tidbit to tide you over: I waited 8!!! years, for my house to be finished by our contractor, who just happens to be MY HUSBAND!! Have a look at 'My Happy Kitchen'; your chaos is no comparison!

    Poppy:)

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  28. Your antipasta meal looks gorgeous. Your blog is full of lovely things xxx

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  29. Your flowers and lavender are so pretty! The antipasta platter looks delicious, too. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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  30. How pretty are your hibiscus? I've never seen them that colour combination before.

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  31. Love the look of you dinner and your flowers are ver pretty.

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  32. Your pictures always bring a smile to my face. Lovely post as always.

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  33. A lord of the flies summer sounds pretty good! I bet there are parents who'd spend a fortune on summer camps where the kids got to make bows and arrows. X

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  34. How did you resist the urge to say, "You'll shoot your eye out!" a la A Christmas Story. Ha ha! Love the bow and arrow. Such a boy!! :-) Turning antipasto into the actual dinner is a great idea. Especially out here in the desert when it's just too dang hot to cook. (Another idea I'm going to have to steal). :-)

    L.

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