Monday, September 30, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 39/52

Joining in with Jen, here are four happy photos from the past week. I'm done with the thirties! Time has flown.


I was stunned this week to see a little stalk growing from the base of one of our giant sunflowers, with a tiny sunflower bud on it! These sunflowers took a terrible beating in a hailstorm over the summer and then the damaged leaves seemed to be rotting after the heavy rains earlier this month. We were planning to cut them down soon, since the flowers are spent now too. But then I saw this bud! I guess we'll keep them a little while longer.


Look carefully, do you see a furry friend? This is a neighborhood cat which has appeared in our yard a few times lately. He comes over the wall and leaps onto our water feature, prowling in those bushes you see above. He catches mice back there, I think. I hear him quietly hunting. I have never lived with a cat and I don't really know much about their ways. But I enjoy it when he visits, he's an interesting fellow to have around.


There's wildlife indoors right now too. This is some sort of moth, still in the chrysalis phase. My mother-in-law found this chrysalis on a walk near her house and put it into a sauerkraut jar for the small Bears to observe. He (or she) has been with us since last week and he's just starting to look like a moth. You can make out a wing now. We're eagerly awaiting his transformation.


Hey, big spender...I received two dollars in the mail this week. We happen to be a "Nielsen family," i.e., we participate in television research surveys for the Nielsen Company. This is our second time doing it; they send you a short questionnaire first, with two dollars in the envelope to entice you to send it back. That questionnaire is used to determine whether you will participate in a much more extensive survey about your television habits, which includes keeping a viewing log for a week. They sent $30 in cash the first time we were chosen. I wonder if they'll choose us again. I'm happy to participate if they do, even though we watch very little TV!

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Hello and welcome, new readers and followers! I'm really glad you're here. Thank you very much for the comments on my hat, as well as the post about roadrunners. It was nice to read them this weekend while I convalesced; I appear to have broken a toe on Saturday afternoon. My beautiful new desk and a crocheted afghan (not made by me) were the culprits - I tripped over a blanket left on the floor by the small Bears, who were building tents in the office. When I tripped, I rammed my foot very hard into the corner of my desk and hurt my little toe. Wow, the pain was unbelievable and the bruising is pretty spectacular. Then, because of the funny way I needed to walk, I ended up hurting my back. What a calamity. I spent the rest of the afternoon, and the next day, on the couch with my foot propped up. I was excited to wear new fall shoes now that the weather is cooler, but it's flip-flops for now.

38 comments:

  1. Oh Jennifer that is so horrid about your toe! I hope that it gets better soon and that you don't feel too down. I guess that lots of crochet will be in order while you recover. I hope that the sunflower flowers, it would be great so late in the year wouldn't it! Wonder if you will get chosen for the TV survey thing. Do you find it changes your habits or do you still watch the same sorts of things? Hope your toe is not too painful today. xxx

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  2. Ouch! I am always tripping up or falling down stairs. I bruise spectacularly! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the little Sunflower, and I am intrigued with the moth. Take it easy, lemon squeezy.

    Leanne xx

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  3. awww I'm so sorry about the pain you're experiencing. For a busy person like yourself it must be hard to lay on the couch for 2 whole days. Just glad you're finally up - even if it's in flip flops!

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  4. Ouch! Your toe sounds sore, I hope it feels better soon. I really had to search that photo for the cat, I couldn't see him at all at first. Hope you're chosen to take part in the survey,

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  5. Oh no! I hope your toe recovers quickly. It seems especially awful that it was your new desk that was responsible.

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  6. Oh god I am always bumping into things.. still not used to the new house and I keep forgetting about my new belly..

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  7. Sorry to hear you have hurt your toe, I hope it gets better soon x

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  8. Oh no you poor thing, hope you are healing up quickly.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  9. I always wanted to be a Nielsen family growing up - I thought it meant we got to watch as much tv as possible! ;-) sorry about that toe, you deserve a comfy new pair of shoes! Chrissie x

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  10. Love the moth in the jar, Your kids will love seeing that emerge! And the little sunflower bud is quite cute. Sorry to hear about your baby toe :( I broke a toe a couple of years ago, and I know how much it hurts (middle toe). I think it was around the same time of year because I remember feeling silly wearing sandals when it was a bit too cold for them. Hopefully your toe will feel a lot better in a couple of weeks. My doctor told me to wrap the toe snuggly against your other toe with medical tape so it's not moving around. Good excuse for crochet if you ask me ;) Take care. Wendy xo

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  11. Oh.. first, sorry about your toe and back! I jammed my toe while camping and it turned all colors and hurt like heck, too. I can relate. I enjoyed all your surprises.. I did not see that kitty until you mentioned to look! And the butterfly.. I bet the kids are excited! Enjoy your cooler weather. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Wish you a quick recovery Jennifer!I' m really sorry about, it must be painful...But you are a strong, young woman and there is no doubt you are going to be fine very soon.
    Best wishes!

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  13. Oh yes the joys of cat hunting! I'm forever trying to retrieve what my Minnie has in her mouth in a vain attempt to saving it! They may only be small but sunflowers are still so beautiful! :) x

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  14. I hope you havent broken your toe Jennifer.I broke my little toe two years ago when I knocked against some furniture. It took four weeks until I could put my shoes on, I was going around in flipflops.

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  15. Hello Jennifer. Broken toes are very painful and there is Not a darn thing you can do for them.. Beside Ice and keeping it up. Time will heal it..Your wee sunflower bud is a survivor..I reckon it will bloom too. Hugs Judy

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  16. Sympathetic "ows" from me too, Jennifer! I was helping set up chairs for a women's group at church a few weeks ago and set a chair on my little toe TWICE. Soooo colorful, not broken, but still tender. Then I put a vertebra out of place but managed to pop it back in with the help of my kids and a tennis ball. Hope you heal quickly!!! Thanks for the wonderful pictures in this post. I especially like the kitty:) and the sunflower is so encouraging! Yea for life!
    Gracie xx

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  17. I always enjoy your happy posts! Hope your foot (and back) are feeling better.

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  18. Aw poor you! I bet that was awfully painful. The kitty looks just like ours!
    The sunflower is a lovely sign x

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  19. Oh no, you poor thing! I have broken my little toe on more than one occasion (I'm pretty clumsy) and there's not much you can do but rest it and ride it out. I hope it's not troubling you too much - take care lovely. x

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  20. Ouch ... a broken toe is not funny! Hope you heal fast x

    I'd missed a couple of your posts ... those roadrunners are brilliant, thank you for sharing those pics, and I love your new hat :)

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  21. Oh your poor little toe Jennifer - I hope it mends quickly for you, but in the meantime there's no excuse - crochet, stitching, whatever, yeah!
    Your little furry visitor from next door is very cute and I do hope the sweet little sunflower baby lives on. Isn't mother nature wonderful - even the worst storms can't hold her back from producing offspring!
    Hugs,
    Joy x

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  22. I hope you have a quick recovery! Oh my, I've jammed my toe into furniture, and ouch! I'm loving your wildlife indoors. :)

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  23. Oh my, I hope you heal quickly! I am always bumping into things - I am very clumsy. Your neighborhood cat is adorable! And how exciting to have a sunflower bud! Take care!

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  24. Ouch, I hope your feeling better soon Jennifer.
    I can't wait to see the moths transformation photo !

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  25. Love that little bloom!!! And I hope that you are feeling better soon!!! Nothing worse than hurting a toe!!! You take care lady!!!

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  26. Lovely moments, it will be fun to watch the moth appear, I have broken my toe once try to creap away with out waking my son when he was little, I know how painful it is take care.

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  27. Ouch about that toe! I hope it mends well and you're up and adventuring soon. I love the photos. The kitty is adorable and it must be so neat to watch the moth develop. The little sunflower bud is a tough and patient fella! I look forward to a picture of it in full blossom. Enjoy spending your $2 :)

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  28. I love the moth chrysalis, that will be fascinating watching it transform. Thank you for visiting my blog
    Gill x

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  29. Oh no!! I hope that your toe gets better soon and that you can wear your nice new shoes.
    Rosie

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  30. Oh your toe injury sounds very painful! Hope you are in the mend soon.
    Marianne x

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  31. OUCH!!!
    When I broke a toe, they taped it to its neighbour!
    Love your pics...as usual!
    Leave the sunflower heads...or cut them and lay them for the birds...they love them!
    OR....dry them...and save for next year!
    Better keep those bears out of your space!! hahaha!

    Enjoy your week....mend well, my friend!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    ps....may the force be with you!!!!haha!

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  32. A broken toe sounds very painful, I hope it gets better quickly! How lovely that you have a sunflower still growing! I really must try and grow some next year, they're such beautiful flowers.xx

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  33. Oh poor you, that's no fun at all. I'm always banging my toes into things, and I always yell really loudly just so that everyone knows. I do hope you heal quickly. You need to be on your toes to keep up with children I find! Take care of you Jennifer.

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  34. Ooh, sorry to hear you hurt your toe and your back! I hope you're feeling better soon. What a cute kitty that comes to visit you. I have had cats pretty much my entire life and the three I have now are definitely my fur babies. :-)

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  35. ouchie, poor you hope it better soon xx

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  36. I'm so sorry you hurt yourself, I just got done moving and one of my friends while helping me dropped a very pointy table on my leg ( poor thing she felt soo bad and I felt bad for her because she was helping me) its been over a week n it's still hurting me) these injuries are not fun. Hope you heel fast and get right back to your healthy self :)

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  37. Great photos- love the peeping cat- Hope your toe gets better soon:)

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