Sunday, May 4, 2014

Weekending





Photo by the LB!












Hello! I hope you've had a good weekend. We've had an incredibly busy one. Life has gotten a little crazy over the past couple of weeks, and we have three more busy weeks to go now before summer vacation is here. This weekend saw us gardening, attending the LB's guitar recital and partying with friends to celebrate the Kentucky Derby (my horse, Dance With Fate, came in sixth place but I did get to have my annual mint julep, which was delicious). We also did lots of work on our latest home-improvement project - restoring and repainting the metal work on our house. We welcomed the Bear's parents back to New Mexico for the summer from their permanent home in New Zealand. Oh, and we celebrated our fifteenth-anniversary-of-meeting on Friday by poking around a thrift store, followed by an early lunch at Panera before we had to pick up the small Bears at their respective schools. Whew, it's exhausting reading all of this back to myself. We're one tired family. The metal work is hard, but we're all working together. Even the small Bears have been armed with sanding blocks. And it's getting hot outside now, we went from spring to summer in about 48 hours flat and I don't think there will be any turning back now. We're tired, sure, but it's the good kind of tired: we worked and played and slept like logs.

I was happy to have some gardening time this weekend. We planted our usual sunflower seeds and I bought a suet feeder, our first one, and a few suet cakes. I thought it would be fun for the kids to watch for birds. I've given up on my fantasies of beautiful, mounded pots of flowering annuals around the house's various entrances. I just can't keep up with the watering needs and boy, do they need a lot of water to survive the summer around here. Year after year, I make the same mistake and end up wasting money, water and time. This year, I decided to limit myself to just the half-barrel planter we have on our back patio. The previous homeowners left it, and it had a chrysanthemum in it until last year. The mum finally died off (not that I was especially disappointed), so I decided to designate the barrel as my one place for annuals. On Thursday, the GB and I made a trip to Lowe's for plants and I kept them in our shaded courtyard (and watered them) until I had a chance to plant them on Sunday morning. I'm really excited about my selection, which can be seen in the photo collage above. It's all pinks, reds and purples. I've got petunias, geraniums, verbenas and lobelia. I had originally planned just pink varieties along with lobelia but the other lovelies found their way into my shopping cart too. Hey, I spent about $15 on plants this time around, instead of three or four times that much as in previous years and maybe, possibly...perhaps I can actually keep these alive? Stay tuned.

This weekend also saw me finishing off a pile of Maybelle flowers, crocheted in various cotton yarns from my stash; I've got a project that I'll share with you soon. I also enjoyed a beautiful bouquet of field tulips I picked up at Trader Joe's; have you seen their field tulips? I never noticed them before this year. They're a little less expensive than the regular cut tulips they sell and they have a wilder, greener look about them; I actually have to remove leaves from each stem to make them all fit in a vase together. These creamy ones with hot pink edging just sang out from the bucket they had them in. They've been blooming beautifully for five days already! Cheap and cheerful, just the way I like my flowers. They've made me really happy. Chickens are making me happy too. If you'd told me a few months ago how much I'd come to enjoy hugging chickens, I'd have laughed. But now I totally do.

Thank you for all of the kind comments you've left lately. They've made me really happy too; I love knowing I have so many kindred spirits out there. The May Day posy was fun to make and to leave for my sweetheart, I recommend it highly. Welcome to new readers and followers! I'm very happy you're here.

48 comments:

  1. You have been busy, but as you say, it's a good kind of busy, and no doubt very satisfying to be getting so much done. It's a bank holiday here today so hopefully I'll be planting some flowers with the little people. Yesterday it was sweetcorn and tomatoes at the allotment, today it's flowers in the garden here at home. The metalwork around your house is lovely, I'm a big fan of wrought iron, it always looks so striking. And how nice that LB and GB are helping too, they will grow up to be so handy. I always think it's good to involve children in things like this, it's never to soon to learn to take care of things and to appreciate the hard work involved. The flowers you've chosen for your planter are really pretty. I can imagine how hard it is to keep them well watered where you are. Even here I have to water pots at least once a day in the summer. I hope you guys all have a good week. CJ xx

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  2. Busy busy! I'm glad you had a good time. We have an extra day off today as it's a public holiday so we'll be going to a family party later, but before then I'm hoping to get out into my garden to weed a little and sit a lot!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous pictures and oh I love those chickens, I miss the 2 I had many years ago....
    What a time you have all had xoxoxo

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  4. Looks like a great weeknd! I love the bright, colourful photos in this post. The maybelle flowers are very pretty...looking forward to seeing what your plans are for them.
    Marianne x

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  5. It looks like a lovely busy weekend, I have actually managed to clean the patio this weekend so I feel I have a least made a start, lovely pictures as always, it's lovely to see your kids helping and having fun, I love those chickens, I hope your flowers survive ok I had the same problem when I lived in Syria, annuals never seemed to survive very long, have a great week! :)

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  6. I couldn't fall asleep so I'm commenting at 12:48 am! I enjoyed all your weekend things and photos. I especially loved seeing you hold the chicken. I like to see my friends hands as I think you get to know people better when you know their hands. I'm so glad you're enjoying the chickens! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  7. Wow, you have been very busy, Jennifer, but in a good kind of way! Your photos look so colourful and happy. :) I think you made a great choice of annuals, and it sounds like it will be much more manageable in one barrel. We don't have a problem with heat, but I still do not water as often as I should! Your crochet flowers look great too, cannot wait to see the finished project. :) Have a great week!

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  8. You have been super busy! Loving seeing all the spring colour in your garden and your chicks are getting so big. Love the wine barrel of flowers too xo

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  9. Looks like a busy, but fun time! Your flowers are looking so pretty.

    Helenxx

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  10. Looks like you stayed busy but had lots of fun. The flowers look so pretty and the chickens are growing!

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  11. My goodness what a busy weekend . You have done a sterling job on your flower tub. Your children are very beautiful I love the way you capture their concentration, hope that makes sense. I just steam cleaned my bathroom and managed to fit in a few rows of crochet your weekend puts mine to shame.
    As ever the most gorgeous photos. I think I say this every post ,.Have you ever thought about selling them ???

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  12. Last year when I moved to the semi desert in Mexico from the UK I had plans to grow all sorts of flowers. I had no idea how much watering was needed, most things died. Doing a bit better this year. The photos are great.

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  13. You always take the best photos Jennifer :) Your family life always seems so complete and happy. Love the shots of the kids riding bikes in the smallest of places and also helping with the chores around the garden. My neighbour across the street painted their black wrought iron railings with a beautiful shade of dark taupe, and it made such a difference to their front entrance. Your barrel looks beautiful with all the flower variations. I only do containers in my backyard now too, as I'm just not out in the front enough to remember to water plants regularly if they're in containers. Looking forward to seeing your next project (btw your posy in the blue glass bottle was very sweet!). Wendy x

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  14. It sounds like you had a busy but very fulfilling weekend, Jennifer. Your home is like an oasis of comfort and happiness - the chickens, the beautiful planter, your children helping out with jobs, the crochet - thanks for sharing!

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  15. sounds like a busy but great weekend.

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  16. Wow, is it flip flop weather already? It's cool here and I wish it would warm up. It's never hot enough for me (maybe we should swap?) up here. You sound busy, but it's a good, productive kind of busy. Good luck with your barrel of annuals, they're going to be so gorgeous when they all grow in. x

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  17. What a busy weekend you've had, but a good busy. We've had a three day weekend because of the bank holiday today and we've managed a couple of trips out as well as spending some time at the allotment and doing a few jobs. I'm ready for a rest now.

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  18. I love your beautiful and busy photos - shows what a full, enriched life you are living. That's what it's all about, my friend. You are making memories with your children and caring for your home. Enjoy the moments! And sleep well. :-)

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  19. Busy indeed! I like these kind of weekends when you get tired from doing good stuff. You did some really fun things all together as a family. Happy First-Meeting-Anniversary! I forgot how hot and dry it can be in your part of the world, I am keeping my fingers crossed for your lovely annual flower collection. Oh, before I forget, an answer to your question on my photo scavenger hunt post: Converse trainers have been around here for ages, too. They seem to be a must for any fashion loving human being. Even babies seem to be wearing them. Sam, my oldest, says than only Converse or Nike trainers are acceptable school shoes at his school. Cxx

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  20. My, you are busy! I love spring and all of the pretty flower posts from my friends. You've gotten a lot accomplished and summer vacation is coming. :-) Enjoy these beautiful days.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  21. Gosh, what a busy weekend! Mine involved some 'me-time' thrifting at the local flea market. This is going to sound a bit weird but I was just reading your 'About Me' page and you look so much like my sister - even my husband agrees! My sis and I don't look alike at all. In fact, most people can't believe we're even related. x

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  22. The light in your photos is really uplifting and all that colour. I love how much your life looks a little bit like mine so I truly see myself as one of your kindred bloggy spirits. Love Jo x

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  23. Looks like you spent some lovely family time, the flower are looking very pretty and my the hens are growing
    Clare xx

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  24. I hope that your flowers do well for you this year, with less to tend it is much easier to water and care for them, and a bigger pot will hold the moisture much better I'm sure. We planted annuals today in our pots and I know how much work they will be, but after a few years without them it will be nice to have some splashes of colour around the place. It certainly sounds as though you are having a busy time, I expect that you and the bears are pleased to see the inlaw bears back for their visit! Hope that you have some great times together. xx

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  25. I absolutely love gardening time. Looks like you all had a busy, lovely weekend. :)

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  26. If happy chickens make prolific layers, you will be "drowning" in eggs! I like how LB is beginning to take photos - and good ones at that!

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  27. You do have the nicest weekends Jennifer♥️
    And I see flip flops......I am jealous!
    Enjoy your week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  28. Really a lovely weekend, Jennifer! I love all the flowers you have planted. The pink, red, and purple color combination is so pretty. And your little chickens are darling. I love your polka dot flip flops! Where did you find them?

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  29. Your chickens look like they are doing very well ~ they look so content :))
    Love your photos as always !
    Those tulips are delightful.

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  30. Cute post! Your chickens have gotten really big quickly. I also limited my annuals to one $12 flat this year. Your flowers are so pretty, hope they do well for you.

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  31. Hey lady! Love these pictures of you all enjoying the outdoors! And the shots of the kids planting are priceless! I hear ya on watering and keeping it real with planters! Your selections are fantastic and the colors you chose are beautiful!!! I would say it was a full and rich weekend! Good stuff!!!! Nicole xoxo oh and so glad you guys got out to celebrate!!!

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  32. Wonderful collage Jennifer! The barrel looks very cute. Have a nice week :D

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  33. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend, looking forward to seeing your plans for the crochet flowers.

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  34. Phew!! How busy are you? :0)
    Love seeing all your bright,colourful photos - especially of your little bears having fun.
    Hope all is well with you. xx

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  35. Wow, you need to take a nap after all that activity. Love all the photos of your beautiful family and life.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  36. super busy, hope your week is now relaxing x

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  37. Congratulations on your Wedding Anniversary. I also enjoy popping by and seeing glimpses of your family life. it reminds me of when mine were young! Sarah x

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  38. Aw happy anniversary. What a lovely weekend you've all enjoyed. Your chickens are growing so quick! x

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  39. We've been really busy too. I finally got my vegetable garden finished last weekend. I love having fresh veggies in the summer :) I bet your flowers will do great, I plant a lot from seed since it is so much cheaper especially for most veggies (except the once that don't work well from seeds). Love the pics as always!

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  40. Happy Anniversary to you and your sweetie! I love those "good busy" times when you are doing things that make you and or others happy and you get to do them with those people you most care about -- that is the best! Your flowers are so pretty. We only have a couple of pots that are not set up on automatic watering programs, which is definitely why they have been doing so well. I try to remember to water, but.....! We hit and surpassed the century mark this past weekend, but we are in the low 80's today -- I'll take that as often as possible. It's going to heat back up for this next weekend and probably continue on after that. I'll be sequestered in my craft room if anyone needs me!

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  41. What a busy bee you've been but you've been having fun too which is more important. Stunning photos of your family who are enjoying themselves too. Happy anniversary wishes to you both.
    Patricia x

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  42. The kind of tired that follows a hard day's work is so rewarding isn't it.

    Your planter is looking lovely already, don't forget to show it to us in full bloom will you :)

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  43. What a busy and productive weekend you've all had. It's good to get that kind of work done before the real summer heat arrives. Good luck with your single planter. I think you're very wise. :-)

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  44. What a sendid riot of colour! LB looks like he's inheriteing his mother's eye for a good photo too! xxx

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  45. Gorgeous photos as always!! Your pots and tubs are looking gorgeous! J9 x

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  46. We have been busy too...what is it with May? I love the plants you have chosen for your container, they're going to look superb later in the year.

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  47. I am vicariously enjoying raising chickens through your reports, Jennifer :) ...and your julep-KD tradition sounds especially fun! So glad you and yours are enjoying busy days of work and play. xx

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  48. It seems like the perfect weekend, ours was a little similar the weekend before this and it certainly makes for a fun family day. xoxo

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