Monday, September 23, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 38/52

Joining in with Jen, here are four happy photos from the past week.


I was so happy to see that our stonecrop is blooming. Stonecrop is a type of sedum, and we have other breeds of sedum in our yard too, but they bloom earlier in the summer. This particular plant does not bloom until September. We have it in a small planter bed at the bottom of the front yard, close to the sidewalk. We planted it ourselves, a few years ago, when we were new to desert gardening. Every summer I feel worried about it, like this year will be the one when it doesn't do its thing, and I always stand happily corrected.


Candy corn: my autumnal indulgence, my secret shame. I bought my first bag of the season this week. I know, I know...a lot of people hate it. It's a terrible dietary choice. But I can't resist it. I only eat a few pieces at a time, nibbling them slowly down from the pointed end. It's delicious, to me. But I'm picky about candy corn: it has to be Brach's, and I don't like the "Indian corn" mixture with fake-chocolate layers in the pieces. Neither do I particularly enjoy the pumpkins or ears of corn. And don't even think about the exotically-flavored varieties available today...caramel apple? Pshaw. Go original or go home. Or straight to a dentist, it's up to you.


I had an important experience this week. I made a decision about new tires for my car, the first serious car decision I've made on my own. You see, I have never lived alone, never had sole responsibility for the maintenance of a vehicle. I've lived with the Bear since I was pretty young and he makes these decisions, which is fine with me. There are aspects of the single-girl lifestyle I will always wish I had experienced, but car maintenance is not one of them. The Bear was away last week for work, unreachable during the day (he works in secure government facilities and cannot carry a phone). He travels relatively often, but surprisingly, I've never had a car decision to make while he was gone. Early in the week, I discovered that I had a flat front tire. A professional check determined that the tire had been punctured by a nail. The tire was too worn for repair, as was the other front tire; replacements were recommended. I made sure I wasn't getting ripped off, of course. The new tires are a big improvement and I feel proud.


The stonecrop is blooming and the lavender is back to blooming too. At the end of July, we had a serious hailstorm, which caused some damage to our lavender plants. Many of the stalks were broken and I needed to prune the plants down to remove the damaged parts. I assumed it was too late in the season to expect new flowers but I was wrong: in the past couple of weeks, new flower heads have emerged and they have bloomed very nicely. I'm back to bringing in a few cuttings for jars around the house. This one is on the kitchen table. I love my lavender; the scent fades rather quickly but the flowers are long-lasting. It's simple and pretty.

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28 comments:

  1. I've just had to google to see what candy corn is, we don't have it here. It sounds like something I'd be quite partial to too. Well done on making the tyre decision. My car's due to go in for its MOT this week but I always leave all the decisions to Mick where the car's concerned.

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  2. I had a similar car experience last year when I was away for thre weeknd with my Mum I was very proud of myself - I called the car recovery service, took the car to the garage and had a new tyre fitted. I can totally understand your happy.

    I love this last line of this post - I feel the same way.

    Leanne xx

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  3. that lavender looks beautiful. Maybe it is just me, I don't get the big deal to candy corn. There's no chocolate in it!

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  4. No thank you. your blog is a joy to read, and i love your comitment to your family.You all ways put them first, which is lovely.Good on you with your car know how x

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  5. Hi Jennifer.. I like candy corn for how it looks in a bowl this time of year, and I enjoy a few of them each year. Dayle really loves them. I'm proud of you for getting new tires! How did you find my blog? I know I found you from your comment on mine, I think. But I'm so glad we're blog friends! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. Like you i am very keen to take good photo's. I find it is a way to socialise visually rather than
    writing, although i am known as a chatter box.
    I have never heard of candy corn and would love to try if i had a chance.
    Enjoy your time at home with your children, you won't regret it and will have such happy memories of their growing up. Sadly lots of young mums out there through different circumstances don't get the chance.
    I grow lots of plants in my garden, but lavender is one i just can't grow.......xx

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  7. Hello Jennifer. My stonecrop plants are flowering too and I know it wont be long before the colder weather will be here.
    I was lucky enough to stay at home for several years when my boys were small. So many women these days have to work but I'm sure they must envy you Jennifer!

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  8. Love sedum and how it comes into it's own in autumn, well done on the tyre decision, I always leave car stuff to Mr Bea, much to my shame! :) x

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  9. Oh my-candy corn!! :) I'm happy to hear you enjoyed some. I always tell my husband that they are too sweet. I can only eat a few at a time. I always love coming by and reading your posts. I too stay home with my sweet little one, I enjoy our time together. As always lovely photos Jennifer.

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  10. My mom sends candy corn to the UK every year for my girls, who love the stuff! Your flowers are so lovely! Chrissie x

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  11. Lovely flowers. I have a sedum that the bees love. Glad your new tyres were a success, well done you! I've never tried candy corn, we don't have it here. I think blogging has helped with my photography a little too, at least I probably take a few more photos now. Thank you for your wonderful blog, I really enjoy reading it.

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  12. Lovely happies Jennifer and well done on your tyre choice - my Hubby would give you a big 'yes' for Michelins! That is a beautiful sedum bloom and I'm happy that your lavender recovered so well.
    Beautiful post once again Jennifer, thank you, and I absolutely agree with your sentiments regarding personal growth and blogging
    Joy x!
    Joy x

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  13. I have a candy corn addiction also :) It's my favorite fall candy! Great job on the tires too, I had to purchase our last set and it was a little nerve wracking without my husband.

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  14. I love your happy posts! The candy corn looks good. I like it but haven't gotten any yet. Lavender is a favorite!

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  15. I admit to a handful or two of candy corn(smile)...Cheers to the beautiful sedum/stonecrop. It is quite pretty. I live in Florida so we don't experience high desert plants. Also, cheers to making an excellent decision about tires too.

    Velva

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  16. While I was driving to NE this summer it became obvious that my car needed new tires. Although the treads were not overly worn, I had the tires rebalanced which worked for awhile until the car started vibrating tremendously at lower speeds. As a widow, the call to replace the tires was mine alone to make, so I can really appreciate your recent experience as well. Bravo, Jennifer :) And thanks for sharing the lovely photos of you fall blossoms!
    Gracie

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  17. As always a great happy post :) I love reading about these little things in your life. Thank you for the lovely comment on my mum's blanket, I really do appreciate that you always come and visit my blog.

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  18. I've never tried candy corn, don't have it in Australia, what's it's like? Lovely moments.

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  19. Another commenter curious about the Candy Corn ... I have no idea what it is.

    And well done you re. the tyres ... I've been with my husband since I was 19 and as he is a fair few years older than me and was already a proper grown up when I met him car stuff has always been his responsibility too. Like you it's not something I miss, although I love to drive :)

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  20. What a lovely load of happy, well done with the tyres I'm just off to goggle Candy Corn as we don't have it here. In my head I always thought it was a sweet flavour popcorn!! so now I'm intriged. xx

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  21. Great for you on that tire task! I've delegated vehicle maintenance to my husband and would be totally lost without him to handle it. You stonecrop and lavender are beautiful :) As for the candy corn...well maybe I should give it another try. You make is sound tasty. Enjoy your day.

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  22. Candy corn - never heard of it until now, but I think I need to try some! Nothing wrong with some sweets now and then...everything in moderation is my eating philosophy. Beautiful lavender, too. x

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  23. I love the original candy corn! This reminds me that I need to go out and by myself a bag. And your lavender is lovely!

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  24. I love sedum...have some in my butterfly garden and it doesn't start blooming until September. When it does - what a show! It has really spread in the past couple of years, too. My lavender has long stopped blooming. I'm one of those who hates candy corn, sorry. Didn't even like it as a kid! Good for you for making your own decision on your tires. I don't know much about cars either, but I always help in the decision of which tires to get and do my online research on pricing.

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  25. Your sedum is so beautiful, I love their pink glow and how it brightens up the fading garden. That candy looks wonderful and like you I too struggle to say no to these rather naughty treats, but you know what we live once, so enjoy! Well done for making the decision all on your own. I know what you mean by letting the men take over in some areas and it does feel rather liberating when we actually do these things for ourselves. Your lavender looks so beautiful, I don't think I will ever tire of having it around the house. Enjoy your week Jennifer xoxo

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  26. Lots of lovely reasons to be happy never tried candy corn before looks nice. Your sedum is very pretty x

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  27. Growing up - at least in my small Canadian town - candy corn, iconic as it is, wasn't that common. I may have had it as a child, but my first real memories of it were around the age of 13. I was hooked from the get go, and like yourself, see it as a "must have" (or would that be "must eat"?) this time of year (it can be tricky to find GF versions that are safe for me to have these days though - the Halloween candy market really needs to expand in that regard).

    ♥ Jessica

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  28. I love all of your happies Jennifer, as I always do, but I especially love and am very proud of your chosing your own car tires happy. I do take my car for things like tires and MOT (annual inspection), but I go where hubby tells me and get what he says to get so I know how making this decision alone can feel. You did really great though. Loving your new photo and your hat as well Jennifer (haven't caught up to the hat post yet to comment!) you look really happy and confident - and so you should!! (not that you didn't before by the way!). Amy xx

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