Monday, October 14, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 41/52

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


I made a kitchen-table bouquet of anything I could find still blooming in our backyard - a big red rose, Russian sage, Nandina berries, two stalks of pink sedum, yellow mums and white ones. They're colorful in a jar with a crocheted jacket, alongside tiny pumpkins the small Bears picked out this week at Trader Joe's when we shopped, sixty-nine cents apiece.


I hung up our Halloween lights on the courtyard gate. I don't do a lot of decorating for Halloween but I love these lights. There is built-in raggedy black gauze for added spookiness and of course the huge, lighted spiders. Festive, and only slightly creepy (which is good because I don't think the small Bears would appreciate scarier decor just yet).


I bought two big bags of bulbs for the backyard and we started planting them over the weekend. I have wanted muscari (grape hyacinths) for years and I can always use more tulips; we only have a few and they didn't bloom last year. They bloomed very nicely in years past, though. We had a late frost which affected many plants so maybe that was the culprit last year. I have high hopes for this coming spring.


I'm beginning to think there's a new asparagus harvest this fall because I'm seeing it everywhere and the prices have been pretty good for this time of year. Last week, we ate it three times. I had gotten a huge bag of it at Costco and it was beautiful. We all like asparagus. We had it steamed, as above, on two of the nights and the third night, I made a simple frittata with it. It may be the last asparagus until spring and we all enjoyed it a lot.

****************

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my past few posts. I am so glad to know that the LB's birthday party looked like fun to people who weren't here; I was a bit worried that it would seem too serious and scholarly for a child's birthday party. It really was fun, though. The kids had a blast and if they learned something in the process, so much the better. Thank you too for your comments about the Bear's potential "vacation" from work; it's stressful but there's nothing we can do about it and in a way, that's comforting. There's plenty to do around here, that's for sure; he'll be helping me paint the foyer and hallway if the threatened furlough ever comes to fruition. I've had a busy weekend with an out-of-town guest so I'm very behind on blog-reading, but I'm hoping to catch up on all the happenings very soon!

26 comments:

  1. I planted a small packet of muscari a few years ago. They multiply every year and I have given loads away to friends. They are very pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Lovely pictures this week. Love your flowers and the table mats are gorgeous too x

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love the halloween lights, I have some tiny little pumpkin lights! Love your munchkin pumpkins as they are called over here too. Apparently tulips only flower once and then they have to grow a new bulb from a baby bulb that the original one you planted will have produced, so, that might be why you didn't get any tulips this year. The new bulbs should guarantee flowers though, and you might get some more in future years from the old ones when they have grown big enough bulbs to flower again. Also, make sure that you plant them to the right depth as apparently that makes a difference. I say all this as though I have any idea... Just info gleaned from my gardening magazine! Have a happy week, and hope you had a great weekend with your visitor. xx

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm behind with my bulbs, I did manage to buy some but they've yet to be planted. Those tiny pumpkins are so cute, I grew some one year and still managed to carve them and put a little tea light in them.

    ReplyDelete
  5. wonderful reasons to be happy I'd say. Hope you had a great time with your guest.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love those table mats, going to have to make these!Have fun with your guests, and a nice break with your family X

    ReplyDelete
  7. Lovely happies, I love grape hyacinths too
    Clare x

    ReplyDelete
  8. I just love those flowers and your crochet vase! :) x

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lots of lovely happy things. Grape hyacinths are one of my favourites. Loving the spider lights x

    ReplyDelete
  10. You got some lovely flowers to display Jennifer. Loving your Halloween lights. I have serious envy!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Your flowers are beautiful, especially in that crocheted vase and with those fab placemats! I really must get my bulbs going, thanks for the reminder... Chrissie x

    ReplyDelete
  12. i love asparagus. loving the Halloween lights

    ReplyDelete
  13. The birthday party was honestly the best one I have ever seen. I can only imagine how delighted mine would be to have a party like that. Your pictures are lovely. Beautiful flowers - lucky you having all of those growing in your garden. I saw lots of asparagus too in the shop today. Glad you are enjoying it. Hope you all have a good week; I'm thinking of you especially with your's husband's uncertain situation.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I bet your yard is going to be beautiful in the Spring! We also ordered some bulbs online for Stargazer Lilies and a few other varieties of Asiatic lilies. Also got a big box of Siberian Iris.. I love their simplicity. Love asparagus too! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Your flowers are so pretty, and so are the little pumpkins! I am headed to Trader Joe's later this week and I'll be sure to pick-up a few. I like your Halloween lights - they are fun and not scary. Oh, and we love asparagus, too. I hope you are having a great week!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Such pretty flowers! They look great in the vase with the little crochet cosy. My Miss M would adore your Halloween lights too!
    Marianne x

    ReplyDelete
  17. Lovely photos! I love fresh flowers, and your flowers are beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I love Muscari...so happy in the Spring!!!
    We have also been eating asparagus lately...very well priced...and delicious!!!
    Love your crochet vase cover!...very cute!
    I have almost finished my 2nd crochet project...and then onto the ripple!! hahaha!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Your flowers look so lovely in their table setting Jennifer, and what fun lights for Hallowe'en!
    We have had a few 'dud' tulip bulbs over the years so I wish you well with yours - lovely pics, lovely post.
    Warm hugs, Joy x

    ReplyDelete
  20. I especially love your first photo, Jennifer. Thanks for sharing your happiness...it's catching :)
    Gracie xx

    ReplyDelete
  21. Lovely way to usher in the autumn season - bulb planting, spider lights, and pumpkin picking!
    I hope it works out for your husband's job. If he does get time off I'm sure you'll make the best of it by getting some of those chores completed.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Such a timelessly lovely autumn tablescape. I bought our first mini pumpkin of the season last Thursday, as a "to cheer you up" present for Tony who's sick with the flu at the moment. Soon plenty of bigger siblings, gathered from the local farmer's produce stands, will join it on our dining room table.

    ♥ Jessica

    ReplyDelete
  23. Lovely photos! Your table looks beautifully autumnal, it's so cute :)

    Lluisa

    ReplyDelete
  24. Beautiful things to be happy about! Love the covered jar with such a bright assortment of flower colour. I've been blog-lazy these days, and have spent a few minutes reading back quite a few of your posts (you're quite the blogger Jennifer!!). The science birthday party sounded tremendous, and I'm not surprised the boys enjoyed it so much. Your husband seems a really good sport about getting involved with the experiments. My dad (also an engineer) did a party like this for us when we were kids. I don't remember all the experiments, but I do remember how excited HE was to get all the neighbourhood kids involved with them. I'm sorry to hear about the work cut-backs for your husband, always a bit of a jolt to receive such unsettling news. My husband and I have had our share of ups and downs with our employment, but it all seemed to work out for the best in the end. I hope things sort out for the better quickly for all of you. We've been having beautiful fall weather up here in Ontario too, and I just can't stop opening the windows each day (STILL!!) to let in the cool, but fresh wonderful fall air. Enjoy your week my friend! Wendy xo

    ReplyDelete
  25. You know this might sound crazy but I have never ever cooked asparagus! I've only ever had it one time and it was really delicious so I need to make some and the let the kids try a new veggie!
    I like your crocheted jar cover! So cute!
    Tammy

    ReplyDelete
  26. So many nice things here! I planted loads of muscari just a few days ago. I love it nearly as much as tulips. Your kitchen table looks so colourful and welcoming, both the crocheted jacket and the posy of flowers. x

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for leaving a comment. It's so good to hear from you! I don't always have time to reply but I try to answer questions when I can.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...