Monday, December 2, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 48/52

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


I'm relishing the early nightfall as winter approaches. The sky this night was softly colored, the trees silhouetted darkly against fading pastels. This tree is across the street from our house and I have always appreciated its symmetry. The woman who lives in that house is known to enjoy photographing the sky herself and sometimes we meet in the street with our cameras.


At the suggestion of my friend Meredith, I bought a small Christmas cactus for our home. I had a Christmas cactus years ago, but I had to part with it when we moved. Also, I had been pretty bad at caring for it and it wasn't very healthy. I have not, historically, had a green thumb. But I think I'm ready to try again. Isn't it pretty? The flowers are more open now, revealing an orange tinge around the edges, which is an interesting contrast to the bright fuschia.


One of the best things about continually crocheting afghans is that you can move them around the house and brighten up any room. This is one I finished last spring, having a trial run on our bed. I usually have my Giant Granny Square here but I was feeling like a change. This one isn't big enough to use as a bedspread but it looks cute and colorful folded at the foot of the bed.


I make soups for dinner year-round but I feel more appreciative of the process in colder weather. This was the first step of a veggie soup. There was no recipe, I just threw in anything that might work. Sort of a crisper-drawer cleaner-outer, if you will. It was good! We had it for two nights, as a main course with bread the first night, and as a side dish with a Bisquick "Impossible Pie" the next. Mmm-mmm good, as the famous soup magnates say.

38 comments:

  1. That sky is perfect!!! And I would be displaying my blankets everywhere if they looked like yours!! Pure gorgeous!!! Would you believe that I have never heard of a Christmas cactus before!?! Where have I been?!?? What a stunning plant with those blooms!!!!

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  2. Love your photo of the tree, it does have great symmetry.your soup you made sounds hearty just what you need in winter x

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  3. What a beautiful photo of the tree!
    Your Christmas Cactus makes me think of my Grandma. She had quite a green thumb and had a huge Christmas cactus in her entry. Good memories!
    I love the way you can throw all kinds of things together and get a yummy soup. That sounds good tonight.

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  4. Your crochet blanket looks brilliant and like Mari as soon as I saw the Christmas cactus it reminded me of my grandma, hers was huge and there are many photos of her standing proudly by it. Jo x

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  5. So many lovely moments, have a great week.

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  6. You're on week 48 already...how fast the year is going by. All your photos are lovely but the one of the tree is definitely captivating. Cuddle up and have a great week!

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  7. Lovely photos Jennifer. I nearly bought a white Christmas cactus today, but I wasn't sure if it would stay white or turn pink next year. I bought a pale pink one once, but the paleness only lasted one season. I think I shall keep an eye on the white ones at the garden centre and maybe buy one later. Your blanket is gorgeous, such vibrant colours - fantastic for winter. I love the picture of the tree against the sky. Trees without leaves on them always have me reaching for my camera. I'm a fan of early sunsets too, so cosy.

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  8. I love taking photos too, I think it's because my partner it's quite good with the camera it has made me appreciate it so, I have recently joined Instagram, lovely tree by the way...
    Love your afghan it is so gorgeous and the Christmas cactus and its colour, very nice, I remember a couple of massive ones at my grandma's pink and red...sweet memories....yummy soup, make me hungry lol...

    Have a lovely week!

    Lluisa xx

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  9. I am not good with houseplants either Jennifer, they seem to come in, take a look around and curl up their toes. However! I can keep succulents alive for a reasonable period, so I am sure that you can keep your christmas cactus going. They are beautiful aren't they, and the flowers are so pretty. I will miss your weekly happies when they soon end! xx

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  10. That is a lovely tree Jennifer, and sky, as is your beautiful colourful blanket and plant - my Mum always had a beautiful cactus too and the colour was very similar to your beauty! All the best with your green fingers!
    Have a wonderful week, Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  11. What a refreshing post. I absolutely love your Christmas cactus. The color if bright, and cheerful-so lovely.
    And I too enjoy making soups in this winter weather.-Feels so warm and cozy. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. =)

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  12. I would never attempt to grow a Christmas cactus, but my grandmother had a huge, wonderful one that I had long forgotten about until I saw yours!

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  13. Love your afghans! Going to try my hand at crocheting again. Good luck with your Christmas Cactus, they are beautiful. Yummy, soup. I would love to know what Bisquick Impossible Pie is. :) I make lots of soup because hubby loves them and in the winter takes soup for lunch almost daily.

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  14. We didn't get any snow yet.. darn it. I enjoyed all your photos, how's the decorating going? I didn't get any more done today as I went swimming.. Gracie joined me! Then we went to Craft Warehouse.. I got the materials for some fun gifts for my blog girls xmas luncheon.. shhhh.

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  15. Gorgeous photos, love everything on your page, need to make soup, learn to crochet and buy a Christmas cactus! Juliex

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  16. Hi Jennifer, Love your photo of the tree!!! I just love sunsets!!!! Everything just looks so great at that time of the day,doesn't it? Have a great week!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  17. Not only does the beginning of your soup look "mmm good" but your whole post struck me as being pleasingly good, Jennifer. I love visiting your posts and I leave each one with a strong sense of appreciation for your creativity and caring. I almost bought a Christmas cactus a few days ago. I have admired Teresa's and Meredith's and my eldest daughter's and I think I want to join you in trying to care for one myself :)
    Gracie xx

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  18. Lovely photos-Some really nice happies for your week- We have a Christmas Cacti at home- a white one and so far, touch wood, it has lasted for years.:)

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  19. I love reading about your happy things each week, just simple pleasures can cheer us up no end. The only house plants I have are two orchids. I have my allotment and my garden but for some reason, I'm just not very good with plants indoors at all.

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  20. I've had a "holiday" cactus for so long now (mine normally blooms around Thanksgiving) - and I get excited every year it blooms!

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  21. I found some beautifully symmetrical trees to photograph this weekend. I usually buy a Poinsettia or two at Christmas, but I love the look of your cactus. I may have to keep an eye out for one.

    Leanne xx

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  22. I like your little Christmas cactus. I am completely hopeless with house plants I must admit. We have been enjoying soup lately too, it's perfect winter comfort food.
    Marianne x

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  23. Hi

    I am way behind with my blog reading of late and can see that you have been very busy with crafting, baking celebrating birthdays and snow too. Love the Christmas cactus such beautiful colour.

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  24. Four gorgeous photos and I can identify with all of them. The tracery of bare branches against the sky is superb and I love your afghan, though I can't crochet. I am a huge fan of soup and make a LOT of it throughout the year. As for the Christmas cactus, I have a very old one, which was a cutting given to me by my mother at least 35 years ago. It's flowering now, just like yours.

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  25. I'm sitting here staring at my Christmas cactus - a plant inherited from a friend who was moving - and wondering why it won't bloom! So I just googled it - and see I actually need to water it more often and actually mist the leaves. I have it in the right location - lots of light, away from heating vents. So, we'll see! I love making soup from whatever veggies are on-hand and what's in the pantry. Good comfort food on cold nights!

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  26. Oooooo! Lovely cactus! I have one too and it's just finishing blooming. It belonged to my mom and even though it's huge and a pain to set it somewhere permanently (I keep shifting it to give it sunshine, then off that table to eat dinner ...) I just love it. Mom always loved it too, so I feel I'm now the steward of the cactus ;) Love the crocheted blanket at the end of the bed ... you're right, it really does add a bit of bright 'n cozy to a space. Glad you had a relaxing Thanksgiving and can swing easily into Christmas now. We're putting our tree up this weekend when my daughter comes home for a Christmas shop (she still had a couple more weeks to go before she's home from university for the holidays). I just have to clear a space for that :[ Enjoy your week Jennifer (I am SO far behind in blog reading!!). Wendy xox

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  27. Gorgeous happies, the blanket is beautiful you are very talented, and the soup sound lovely nothing better than home made soup on a cold day.
    Clare x

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  28. I love the blanket, I never thought to shift them around the house to brighten up another room...great idea! I made a cleaner-outer soup last week (great for post-Thanksgiving unused veg), nice to see I'm not the only one! Chrissie x

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  29. I do love a winter sunset. The sky has such a beautiful colour. I really like your Christmas Cactus. It seems like a nice way to celebrate Christmas and your local, desert area, at once. I always buy a couple of poinsettias this time of year, they say Christmas to me like nothing else.

    I really like your bedding by the way, so pretty. x

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  30. Christmas Cactus is a big favorite of mine♥
    Your blanket looks very nice there....I have several that I got thrifting, and they do a nice job at the end of my bed as well! Change up the colours from time to time...
    Isn't it fun taking pictures of random things?
    I should do it more often myself...
    Enjoy your week, Jennifer...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  31. I have not had a Christmas cactus forever! I just realized that I would like one:) guess I will need to drop a hint to one of my kiddos or hubby!
    I just know that your soup was delish-the ones made without a recipe are always the best- you know!

    xx-
    Jemma

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  32. Oh, I love your Christmas cactus. I had one of those years ago, and it was huge, but didn't make it after my third move. I just picked-up a Poinsettia plant over the weekend, but now I am thinking I need a cactus, too! Your bed looks so nice and cozy… very inviting! And I love soups year round too, but especially during the fall/winter months. I made a chicken noodle soup a few nights ago, and had the leftovers for lunch today. Have a great week!

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  33. ♥so beautiful Christmas cactus and all! Have a happy December, my dear friend! xxx Riitta

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  34. Lovely happies and the first photo of that tree is lovely. Your bed looks so inviting and the afghan is just lovely Jennifer. I too enjoy taking photos, it is fun just to fiddle around. I am also in soup mode, in fact it is my lunch most days and the best way is to throw and go, a great deal more fun as you haven't a clue how its going to taste. Enjoy your week xoxo

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  35. I'd say your week looks very happy. So glad you got the Christmas Cactus, it is beautiful.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  36. Clever Mere ... nothing beats a Christmas Cactus to brighten up the long dark days :)

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  37. I 'm not a green thumb myself but i also give it a try and it works. You are right about afgans. They can brighten up any room. i'm into making my second one at the moment. One for our bedroom. I really enjoy your blog. Hugs ,Angie.

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  38. throw anything in soup is my favourite kind x

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