Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Happies

Thank you for the thoughtful, encouraging replies to my last post. I'm a natural worrier, especially when it comes to people I care about. But I'm learning to let go and be more focused on the things I can control, like my own feelings and attitude. And you know what? There's a LOT to be happy and contented about in my own life. This little family, and my role in it, bring me so much joy. Our chosen home in the high desert, our simple way of life, our school choices, our friends and neighbors, my hobbies - all of this feeds my soul. This blog, too, is a source of happiness and satisfaction in my life. I'm thankful for the connections I've made and for the way that blogging has helped me focus on the good and appreciate my life more. I don't often worry about blogging, I can say that for sure. I feel that it fits quite naturally and comfortably into my life and enhances it. I love to write and take photos and I love to share my ideas and experiences. I wish I'd started sooner. Now I'd like to share some recent happy moments!



It's September - time to start a new blanket project. I've done this for a few years now. There's something about the cooler temperatures and nights drawing in. I just want to crochet something big, to watch it grow down my lap to keep my legs warm as it gets colder outside. This blanket is intended to replace some ancient (ratty) afghans we use in the family room. They've served us well but it's time to upgrade. I'll probably make at least one more, over time. The yarn is nothing special, just hardy worsted acrylic, and the stitch pattern is something I improvised - I want a warm, sturdy blanket for snuggling as well as tent-making. But colorful and cozy too. I'm thinking of calling it Heartwarmer.


The mailbox is filling up with our October magazines lately. I don't know about you, but the Halloween issue of any children's magazine is my hands-down favorite. I love Halloween. Dogs in costumes! And that monkey, so cheeky!



I tried a new-to-me recipe from Jamie's Food Revolution and it was delicious. This is his Cauliflower Cheese Soup, and everyone loved it. I had no idea cauliflower could make such a rich, creamy-tasting soup. There's no milk or cream in it, just cooked, pureed veggies, broth and cheddar cheese. It was inexpensive, easy and good.


I bought flowers for the GB on her birthday and we displayed them on the table at her party. They're just a cheap bouquet from the supermarket but they're holding up beautifully and they look very cheerful in the kitchen. They remind me of my boisterous Beargirl even when she's not here.


I watched these two talented, handsome fellows practicing the guitar together one night and thought to myself that I am one very lucky woman.



I made a trip to Home Goods one morning. It's only five minutes down the road but I don't go often. I'm afraid I'll buy a truckload of stuff if I do. I did want some new pillows for the living room couch, though, so off I went. We'd recently hung some solid panel curtains on the windows in that room (you can just see one of them in the above guitar-practice photo), to complement the sheers we already had (we had the solid panels for several years too, just not hung yet - you don't want to rush into these things). I already had the multicolored pillows and thought they looked skimpy alone. I was trying to continue the surge of sprucing energy. Gosh, I love that store. The set of two pillows cost the same as one pillow at Target. And I like these better. I'm thinking about a crocheted one too...


I also bought a new candle for the kitchen, pumpkin spice scent. Because September. Blankets, soup and candles, your time is now.

Joining Gillian.

35 comments:

  1. A very Autumnal post :) I will be looking forward to updates on the blanket x

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  2. Yes, everything about this post reminds me of autumn! I love the chosen colors for your new blanket. And cauliflower soup is something I have never thought of making, but it sounds delicious and easy... my kind of dinner these days! I also received a few new October magazines in the mail this week - Country Living and Sunset. They both contain recipes I want to try out. And I love your new pillows! We do not have a Home Goods in our town, it's about an hour away, but I love to shop there. I am excited for September, and we are headed to Whole Foods for weekly grocery shopping tomorrow, if they have pumpkins, I bet I'll bring one home with me!

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  3. Hi! What a lovely post! Good luck with your blanket, I also just started on one (and just blogged about it), must be something in the air, I guess!
    Lovely photos, yummy food, happy family and a beautiful home! :)
    And yes for making a crochet cushion!!!!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be/

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  4. Lovely happies Jennifer. I love the colours you've chosen for your blanket. My crochet skills are way off a blanket yet. I'm still trying the odd granny square but am finding it a little difficult! I'm on the look out for some new cushions/cushion covers. We've had these since before BigR was born but I keep choosing the same type and colour...maybe that's telling me something?! I love the look of your soup...that one looks like it would go down well with a slice of cheese on toast (my favourite way to accompany soup!!) xx

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  5. A great happy post, Jennifer. Lots there to make us all smile. :o)

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  6. What a lovely post and so very timely and seasonal right now.

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  7. Really enjoyed your post! We all have so very much to be thankful for, it's truly the most basic simple things that bring us the most contentment and joy in our lives. Handmade blankets are the best! Have a happy weekend

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  8. AHHHHH your post just feels cozy!!! Fall is so beautiful and the warmth in your home exudes that!!! I really like that shot of your husband and your son playing the guitar! My brothers play and I think it is such a wonderful thing to learn! Keep the cozy coming friend and here is to FALL!!!! Nicole xoxo

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  9. My oldest son just told me today that my oldest grandson [9] has started guitar lessons and he is doing well. I am so excited I get to see them soon! They live in Bayside, NY. The pillows, flowers, soup and new blanket look wonderful! Ahhhhh, Autumn...my favorite season. Thanks for sharing your happiness, Jennifer! Hoping you and yours have a happy weekend :) xx

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  10. Hi Jennifer! What a happy satisfied post of your family. A very Autumny post! Your guys look so neat practicing together! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. Oh yes, dogs in costumes! So funny, my daughters love those pictures! These are fabulous autumn happies, Jennifer. x

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  12. Your Heartwarmer will be a pretty new blanket ! Lovely to see some stripes passing by in blogland, I've had a granny square overdose lately ;-)))
    Is that a yankee candle in your kitchen ? I finally found a shop here in Belgium where they are sold, and I must admit, they are great, those candles !

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  13. Some great happies, very Autumnal, looking forward to seeing the blanket grow. Have a great weekend.

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  14. Hello my dear friend. I have been so busy also. School started and we are going and going. I'm finishing some projects at the koemnt but would love to start a new blanket ........I lvE the colors you chose. I think it will look fantastic, just as everything else you do.

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  15. Oh, yes, I like your last sentence best of all! It occurs to me that I don't light enough candles and I really should rectify this! I saw a sign recently for a red cup pumpkin latte and got excited - I don't even really like flavoured lattes, just the season they represent so well. :-) x

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  16. I can almost smell the candle - sounds perfect for scenting a room, and getting on with some autumnal crochet. x

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  17. Lovely warm pictures Jennifer it makes me feel good just looking at them. I know just how you feel about the blanket making I must start another one soon I feel as if there is something missing when I'm not in the process of making one. That soup looks delicious, I love homemade soup and Jamie's recipes are always good, have you tried his lentil soup with spinach? it's yummy. Have a great weekend :) xx

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  18. That soup looks wonderful, will definitely be trying it. I've got a few Jamie recipes in my repetoire, and I cherish them!

    Candles and blankets: bring them on! xxx

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  19. I always get the urge to make warm things when September rolls around as well. How lovely that your other half spends time playing guitar with his son, moments to treasure indeed. My middle boy gets the National Georgraphic Kids magazine as well, it's brilliant isn't it. Lovely to see the first candle of the season. Wishing you all a good weekend. CJ xx

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  20. Your happies this week are looking very autumnal, blankets, pillows, Halloween and that gorgeous looking soup, I bet that was delicious.

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  21. A basket of yarn, nothing could be happier! :) xxx

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  22. Your home looks warm and cozy, I bet it smells wonderful. Hugs to you and have a beautiful weekend,
    Meredith

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  23. This was a lovely post to read Jennifer. Your home is looking so cosy for autumn.I wonder what the pumpkin spice candles smell like? I will keep a look out for one over here. Halloween is becoming more and more popular over here too, my grandchildren all look forward to trick or treating.

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  24. This post makes me long for fall, Jennifer. It's just around the corner, and hints of it are in the air. That picture of your to guys practising guitar together is incredibly touching. It made me tear up a bit.

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  25. Lovely, enjoy all your autumn related projects! I love the idea of making a blanket each year, I have three UFOs perhaps I should begin there...

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  26. Heartwarmer is looking great already.

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  27. Pretty perfect. Perfectly pretty. Perfectly perfect.

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  28. Hi Jennifer,

    Indeed a really lovely post to read and see all your wonderful photos. Happy birthday to your sweet daughter and she will be thrilled to have the blanket for her bed.
    Jamie has some great recipes - I have one of his books and often make some favourites from it.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  29. Hello Jennifer,
    I so enjoyed your post today. Full of cozy happiness. I, too, have bought some autumn candles from Yankee Candle. The smell is amazing. The contentment just oozes from the pages you've written today. I really like the blanket your making right now. One of these days I'm going to get my scraps out and do something with them. A rug perhaps? It would be a great autumn project wouldn't it?

    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  30. Lovely cosy post Jennifer! I have been doing some similar things myself this week...making soup, crocheting a blanket and lighting candles.
    Marianne x

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  31. I think September is one of my favourite months, some days a reminder of the summer that's on the wane with warm sunshine, blue skies, gentle breezes; other days a nip in the air in the morning, dewy spiders webs in the garden, leaves beginning to turn and change colour, slowly. A promise of chestnuts, soups, steamed puddings, hot fish and chips after a seaside walk.... and coming home to crumpets by the fire. Lovely. But then October will come along, and remind me why I love that month too.

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  32. I like September, it is a busy month and often the weather is good, too. I love the yarn in your basket, exactly the colours I might choose. You must tell us more about your newest project soon! Lovely happies, Jennifer. I am glad your finding inner calm and that you are able to keep the worry at bay. Cx

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  33. I love Autumn. So fresh and crisp! Lovely happies - I'm feeling inspired to make a cauliflower soup sometime :-) x

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  34. Autumn is most definitely my favourite season, for me it's when the knitting projects start, candles and side lamps are lit and the hearty food of my Yorkshire childhood is cooked. Bliss! Your blanket is looking good and your soup sounds delicious, we make an alfredo sauce with Cauliflower, so rich and creamy but super healthy! Enjoy your week! X

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  35. Yum.....that soup sounds delicious! I think cauliflower is so versatile. I've even substituted it for mashed potatoes, and my meat & potatoes- lovin' hubby really liked them. I think your "made-up" crochet stitch is very pretty, and it does look kind of dense and sturdy. I do that often times, too, especially when I cannot figure out what the instructions actually want me to do! I've been burning some Fall-flavored candles for awhile now, and just love the contented feeling that the aroma gives me. Fall really is such a beautiful time.

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