Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday happies

Today is the first day of summer vacation and I feel more relaxed already. I'm joining Gillian again today with some happies from my week. I've enjoyed being on the lookout for happies again lately. Life has been busy but happy and rich too, full of little moments that mean a lot, and I love taking the time to reflect on them here.


This is our first batch of ripened strawberries this season. Ten sun-warmed, ruby-red berries, shared amongst us and eaten slowly on the back porch. Two days later, there were thirty new strawberries ready to eat with our lunch.


We have a ladybug invasion. Our desert willow tree is filled with ladybugs at every stage of the life cycle - including clutches of miniscule yellow eggs. It's a science lesson in a tree.


We've been playing with Magic Nuudles. Yes, that's how the name is spelled. Have you tried them? They're really fun. They're made of cornstarch and they'll stick together with a little water. They're good, clean fun - even for me.


Earlier this week, I mentioned iced tea in the fridge in summer. I've made it twice this week. This glass was from the first batch, made with two Lipton "family-size" black teabags and one Celestial Seasonings' Wild Berry Zinger herbal teabag. It was so good. The second batch was made with fresh mint leaves from our garden - also delicious.


I found this little enamelware jug in a thrift store. There was a matching bowl too. Each piece was slightly expensive for a thrift store but I really loved the jug so I treated myself. I'm considering it my end-of-year homeschooling gift to myself, on the suggestion of my friends Kristie and Leanne. Thanks for the encouragement, ladies. You're peachy.

Also at the thrift store, I picked up a few good finds for the GB's future wardrobe. Gosh, I just love a good thrift store. You can find anything there. One of the best finds was a beautiful, like-new plum-colored corduroy jumper from Gymboree, only $2.99! It won't fit the GB for about two years, but the style is simple and classic and I've got nice, roomy bins just for things like this.

Other happy things from our week included the LB's class pizza party yesterday, which was sort of wild. The party mostly took place in the dark; the lights had been turned off when the kids presented their teacher with a gift. They seemed happy in the dark, with daylight coming through the windows and skylights, so we left the lights off. They ate and ate, these kids - pizza, fruit, doughnuts, Cheetos and cookies. There was some singing. They encouraged each other to "chug" their bottled water. They actually chanted "Chug! Chug! Chug!" like they were doing keg stands at a frat party. It was weird and hilarious. I'm not sure the other moms were so entertained but I usually feel right at home with a roomful of eight-to-ten-year-olds.

On Wednesday evening, I went outside to check the mailbox and there was a package for me, a giveaway prize from the lovely Kaiya. I won a skein of beautiful, soft merino sock yarn in a shade called Fields of Heather, which could not be a more perfect example of my favorite colors - cool blues and purples - all in one gorgeous yarn. And I also won a set of teeny-tiny double-pointed knitting needles in an interesting cardboard storage case. Oh, to be a good enough knitter to knit my own socks from this wonderful yarn. Someday. Thank you so much, Kaiya.


While I was out collecting the mail, I heard music from my next-door neighbor's house. He is the lead singer in a local band, the type you might hire to play at a wedding. His band was practicing in the garage, playing "Stand By Me." He was singing. It was sort of a bluesy version, a little more raw than the original. I stopped and listened from my driveway, thinking how nice. Just how nice, to be outside on a warm evening at sunset, listening to good music in my own driveway. Good things are happening, they really are.

42 comments:

  1. And after your happy friday, no doubt you'll have the most perfect weekend !
    Ps - lovely, that enamel jug...

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  2. Such a summery post. And that little jug is just gorgeous ... I have a thing for jugs, I can never resist the ones I see for sale, unless they cost a fortune, when I have to *very reluctantly* leave them in the store.

    You sound so happy of late lovely lady, here's wishing you the best summer ever x

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  3. The jug is lovely, do you regret not buying the matching bowl, I always find I do after I leave something behind. What a lovely prize the wool looks divine, I am trying to talk myself out of buying some more bargain wool but I doubt it will work. Hope your weekend is just as happy, 8 weeks to go until school breaks up for summer holidays here.

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  4. I'm so happy that good things are happening for you all. Isn't it just wonderful?! -Life is full of so much happiness and love to share. I enjoyed your Friday happies. :) Sweet strawberries from the garden are always so nice.

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  5. Love the jug and strawberries are always a delight but even better when they are from your own garden. Have a great weekend.

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  6. Strawberries sound so good! I love the jug - it really looks perfect for you.
    We used to live near a big park where there was a concert area. We were able to sit in our yard and hear the concerts. So cool!

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  7. Ahhhh, it sounds (and looks) like you have had a happy week, Jennifer! We have played with nuudles too, they are fun! We have lots of ladybirds in our garden, or ladybugs as you call them! At first, I used to wonder what they were as they look so different. I find it fascinating how much they transform. You did very well at the thrift store, I never seem to find anything when I go! Have a lovely weekend. :)

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  8. Lots of lovely happies there Jennifer. We only have the odd couple of strawberry plants here but there arent any strawberries on yet sadly.However there are lots of English ones in the shops and we have had strawberries and cream every night this week!

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  9. Our strawberries aren't quite ready yet but I'm hoping we get some sunshine to bring them on. I love strawberries from our own garden. They maybe don't look as good as shop bought ones but they taste so much better!

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  10. What a gorgeous jug! The colour is just beautiful.
    Have a good vacation. It seems odd for me to think of summer holidays already, you are so far ahead of us in many ways.

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  11. Your strawberries look great. I have not grown any this year. but there is still time. The jug is sweet, you sometimes need to treat yourself. Have a happy weekend.
    Rosezeeta.

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  12. I adore your happy post. So often we only see the bad things. It's wonderful to see someone loving their life. That beautiful skein of yarn is also in my favorite colors. I've knit hundreds of pairs of socks and never kept any for me. I think, after seeing this yummy yarn, that I may have to make my own soon. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  13. it sounds all summery and balmy! love the sound of the iced tea and the blue jug. Enjoy the holiday, Heather x

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  14. A super-duper happy post! Oh, I loved every word! Life is so, so sweet! Chrissie x

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  15. Now I'm craving a good glass of iced tea! Both of your flavored ones sound delicious! Lucky you winning that beautiful purple yarn! You could make a mandala (or several) out of it. It would look good under your new little pitcher.

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  16. You definitely earned a teachers present, after all you do as much as the other teachers right! Good for you! xx

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  17. What a great post! That jug is gorgeous.
    Did you know the collective noun for ladybugs is a
    'loveliness of ladybugs'? Doesn't that sound just perfect, I love them!
    Can't say I've seen magic nuudles here in Australia
    but they look really cool. Wishing you lots more happies,

    Cheers - Joolz xx

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  18. Yay, for summer vacation! Your strawberries look delicious! Did you start them from seed? I would love to have a pot of those on our patio. I just poured myself a glass of iced tea... my favorite! I love your new blue jug. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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  19. What a lovely heartening post. I've just had my first, shop bought, strawberries this year and gorgeous they were! Good on you with your finds, its good to be prepared. Loving the ladybirds so much. We had an invasion when I was a child and I just remember how wonderful all the colours and configurations were.

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  20. Lovely Friday happies, Jennifer - all to lift the spirits. The jug is gorgeous - I'd have that in a heartbeat. Strawberries look delish, fresh from the garden. The school party sounds so fun and happy, nothing like the exuberance of children, and Beatles music in the neighborhood - very nice.

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  21. Thanks for sharing your happiness with me! I really am smiling at you, Jennifer :) Now I have to go Google "Nuudles" and get myself educated! xx

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  22. You are so right!! Good things are happening all around! Look at those strawberries! They look like heaven! And I have never tried those fun nuudles...where have I been! The beans would LOVE those! And how awesome that you have had some good scores at the thrift store! Wishing you a lovely weekend pal! Great happies!!! Nicole xoxo

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  23. All lovely Jennifer and so glad you are having a happy time with a great weekend happening too xo

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  24. I do love enamelware - it's one of my weaknesses. And I like the idea of a 'science lesson in a tree'. We have lots of ladybirds this year too, more than I've ever noticed before...
    I was listening to Ben E King on my iPod yesterday (played through the kitchen radio). The little one seemed to like it. Lucky you, getting a live rendition!
    Oh, and I adore iced tea. I only usually drink it when we're away on holiday. Must remedy that!
    Hope the happy things keep popping up throughout your weekend.
    Sarah x

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  25. Just lovely moments from your week, I think I need to start looking for moments from my week.

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  26. Great thrift store finds and what a perfect way to end an evening !! You inspired me in your last post and I've started one of those ripple scarves. Not sure that I like the yarn I'm using as its working up a bit hard - might frog it and try some other yarn. I've been crocheting for about 40 odd years but have never done a ripple, so thank you for getting me 'hooked' on the pattern. xox

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  27. Strawberries already, lucky you, things happen earlier in the desert I think. How wonderful to be in the summer holidays. Ours are still a few weeks away, beginning in mid-July, although next week is a half-term holiday here. A lovely jug, I can never resist jugs either, they're pretty and functional. It occurs to me there's quite a long list of things I can't resist, - notebooks, bags, jugs..! What lovely yarn, I wish I could knit socks too, you see such lovely pairs on knitters' sites. I hope you guys have a really wonderful summer holiday together with many happy adventures. I shall look forward to hearing about them. CJ xx

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  28. Love your happies Jennifer and the blue jug is great. I might like to join in with this idea. Have a lovely weekend :-)) x

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  29. What lovely happy happenings! Enjoy the summer! xxx

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  30. Volley thing to hear, see and experience. I love that yarn, perfect color.
    Hugs to you and happy Summer vacation.
    Meredith

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  31. Such lovely, happy things. It's wonderful to be able to appreciate the little things in life. I love your new blue jug, it's just the thing to display wild flowers in and the sock yarn you won is gorgeous. You must learn to knit socks, it really isn't as hard as it looks. Glad to hear that your son's party was a success, it sounds like they all had a fab time.

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  32. What a nice Friday Happies post, Jennifer! I can almost taste the strawberries in that picture. I consider those to be real strawberries, as opposed to the giant, flavourless kind the supermarkets are stocked with all year round. How lucky for you to have that hatch of lady bugs! I love the jug you found as your "end of the homeschool year" gift for yourself. :-)

    The sock yarn is gorgeous. The tube is actually to slip over your work as you are knitting on a sock or whatever other small project you have on those tiny double pointed needles. It keeps the stitches from sliding off the ends of the needles. I'll throw out the suggestion of some wrist warmers as something to make with the yarn. It will give you a chance to master using the double pointed needles without having to also worry about the construction of a sock. There are lots of patterns on Ravelry - just be sure to pick something basic since you haven't done a lot of knitting. Have fun!

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  33. Good things, good things. Life is good.

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  34. Hey Jennifer,
    A lovely summery post. We have been plunged back into gloomy weather here. The jug is very cute. Just the sort of thing that would catch my eye. And hooray for treating yourself. You deserve it in spades!!
    No ripe strawberries for us as yet. But lots growing away. I think that picking your own strawberries is one of the nicest things to do. Our little patch belongs to Olly, apparently.
    Leanne xx

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  35. Hi Jennifer,

    Lovely to see all the happy moments in your life for you and your family.
    Sounds like a fun week for you all. Enjoy your summer holidays and your ripe strawberries from the garden.
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  36. I love your Friday happies posts. They make me smile. It's amazing how many "little" things we can find that make us happy if we really look for them.

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  37. I like all your happies. You continue your lucky streak! I did one pair of socks.. they drove me insane but I finished the two socks. Thanks for sharing your positivity. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  38. These are great happy things. I have never tried iced tea but it looks so good. Love that yarn, it's gorgeous.
    Marianne x

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  39. such lovely happy things. can't believe your schools are out, we don't finish here till July 20th!

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  40. Great happies - you have strawberries already!! Ours are still flowers, we are 6 weeks off yet. That yarn is gorgeous, as is that little jug. You totally had to buy it. x

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  41. Jennifer,
    I have been reading many of your posts this evening-always, always so inspirational and so well written.
    Thank you for sharing your happiness, it is just a perfect way to end this day in May.
    Jemma

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