Monday, December 23, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 51/52

Joining in with Jen, here are four happy photos from the past week. This happens to be the 200th post on my blog!


The famous paperwhite narcissus continues to enthrall and delight. It's growing a little every day and is already a bit taller than it was a few days ago when I took this photo. The bulb is rising up on a springy bed of roots and a new shoot emerged just yesterday. No visible flower buds yet, but hopefully soon. I'm so excited for the flowers.


I've been playing with yarn again. I haven't started a project but I've been moving balls around, thinking about colors. The basket was one of my birthday gifts from the Bears, to be used as a yarn-carrier, and I'm planning to make a fabric lining for it. Right now, it's a handy mixing bowl for my yarn. I want my next blanket to involve a lot of gray...


I happen to think that one of the best smells in the world is fresh minced garlic sauteing in olive oil. I was making pasta fagioli (macaroni with cannellini beans - simple, hearty comfort food) on a chilly evening. I saute garlic often, but I never get tired of the aroma. It just means home to me.


This little elf had a ballet "sharing session" during the week - dimpled elbows, swishy ponytail and all. The girls donned red tutus with their requisite blue leotards (the lone boy wore a felt "elf collar" with bells). They showed us what they learned over the fall semester and had a surprise visit from Santa Claus. It was excellent entertainment.

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Hello and welcome, new readers and followers! I'm glad you're here. Some asked about the clay birds on my last post about Art and Poetry Night at the LB's school. Those were made by students in the middle grades (6th through 8th grades). They used polymer clay (Fimo, Sculpey, etc.), believe it or not. They made their own "canes" which they sliced into sections to create the birds' feathers. Amazing work! Thank you for your comments on the artwork. I'm hopelessly behind on blog-reading right now with all the holiday fun, but I hope everyone is having a smooth run-up to Christmas and I wish you all a lovely, peaceful holiday with your loved ones.

32 comments:

  1. Hi Jen.... I just got caught with your posts from the marmalade til today. I am really behind with my reading of the blogs! I share your feelings of the busyness of the holiday, as I, like everyone, have been so busy and so tired! But enjoying, like you. Your photos are great, and it's nice to see your family and your environment progress with your activities, big and little. I hope you have a Happy Christmas. Stop in and see me on my blog when you get a chance. xxoo. JO

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  2. Hi Jen. How fun to have a ballet recital. Your little one must have been thrilled to show off her skills! I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope that you have a wonderful time with your little family. With love, Julie xx

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  3. Lovely Jennifer! I don't suppose that you can imagine that you only have one more week of this project, I bet that the year has gone faster than you realised it would. What a lovely record of your year though. Happy Christmas and New Year to you and yours. xx

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  4. Your daughter looks simply adorable in that photo. I bet a lining in that basket would be nice for the yarn so it won't snag on the basketry. The girls are arriving soon.. I better get busy!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. I absolutely love all the children's events around Christmas time. They get less as they get older so enjoy them while you can. The ballet sharing session looks wonderful, just look at your daughters poised hands, a ballerina in the making.

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  6. We had a similar thing for our granddaughters with their gymnastics class.Lovely to see what they get up to.Have a lovely Xmas.Barbarax

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  7. That sure is a lovely swish! My girls love ballet on Saturday mornings too. Jo x

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  8. The ballet session sounds wonderful, how lovely to go and watch. When I'm stood in the middle of a muddy field watching football in subzero temperatures with the wind howling and horizontal rain I sometimes wonder what it would be like to have girls... I know what you mean about that garlic smell - wonderful. I'll be interested to see what yarn you pick for your next project. I love grey, it shows off other colours so very well. I'm browsing Ravelry at the moment looking for a project and wondering about wool - I could spend hours there.

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  9. Hi Jennifer,

    A Merry Christmas to you and your family as well! Have fun!

    Madelief x

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  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family! And your photos of the things that make you happy make me very happy also! :). I love the scent of sauteing garlic. Comforting and festive!

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  11. A lovely happy post once again Jennifer - I am way behind on blogging also but just wanted to wish you and your lovely family the Season's very best filled with much love! Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  12. Lovely happies, I totally agree about the garlic that basil such wonderful aroma's. Have a lovely Christmas with you're bears
    Clare x

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  13. Mmmmm I love garlic. Hubby doesn't like the smell, but he really hasn't realised that I add it to many of the dishes I make for us! Wicked aren't I? Hope you and all the bears have a wonderful Christmas Jennifer and a Healthy and Happy New Year.
    Patricia x

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  14. I love those dimpled elbows.
    Hugs and Merry Christmas.
    Meredith

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  15. Jennifer, what lovely photos. I always enjoy a visit to your blog. =) I agree the smell of fresh minced garlic- it's a lovely smell that I also enjoy. Your GB looks so cute during her ballet performance. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, and a happy new year. So happy to have you as a blog friend.

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  16. I'm with you on the smell of garlic, I love it :) Your daughter is adorable, I love the red tutu!

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  17. Nice 'happies' Jennifer! Your wool mixing basket is looking good there. And the shot of your daughter is really, really nice ;) I missed your last post, so am going back to see what these clay birds are. Merry Christmas! Wendy xox

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  18. Yes...the smell of garlic cooking is homey to me, too. And yarn in a basket spurs me to creative
    dreams :) I just read your last post too and am so excited that you have the school program you have. It sounds wonderful indeed on its best of days : ) Merry Christmas, Jennifer!

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  19. Such lovely moments from your week. A very happy Christmas to you and your family.

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  20. Mmm yep, the smell of sauteing garlic is heaven. Add in flowers, yarn and children and I'd say that's a perfect list of happy things. Merry Christmas to you and your family Jennifer! X

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  21. wishing you a truly magical Christmas x

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  22. Looking forward to seeing what you make with that yarn! Wishing you a lovely Christmas! :) x

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  23. Gosh, 200 posts already. I haven't quite reached that in nearly 3 years. :-) Have a wonderful Christmas, Jennifer.

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  24. Lovely post! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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  25. Oh, those dance recitals are so much fun! We just attended our ten year old granddaughter's Hip-Hop recital. I think those kinds of things are so important for children to be involved in.

    I am babying a Christmas cactus that is quite old & rather persnickety about adequate light. I literally moved it all over the house, giving it a few days in each spot to see if buds would start forming -- finally, it was happy & started budding like crazy. No blooms yet, but fingers crossed!

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  26. Merry Christmas Jennifer and warm wishes for 2014.

    Nina x

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  27. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  28. Congratulations on your 200th post, a lovely one it is too.
    Hope you have a very happy Christmas.
    Carol xx

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  29. Always love your happy posts of the week...they make me smile. I agree with you about the smell of garlic sauteeing - yum! I'm a garlic lover, so I put it in just about everything. Pasta Fagioli is one of our favorite winter dishes. Here's wishing you and your beautiful family a happy and blessed Christmas!

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  30. Happy 200th post! I love your yarn colours and such a lovely basket to keep them in.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! xx

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  31. Jennifer, this post made me happy! That garlic/olive oil smell is one of my favs too. Sooo yummy. I've been away from blogland for a while. It's nice to be back visiting again. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family, and lots of good wishes for the coming year as well! xo

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  32. Sweet lovely picture of your ballerina! I love the smell of sauteing garlic too. It makes everything smell and taste delicious :)
    Merry Christmas!

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