Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Happies

I'm glad to have a reason to post today, thanks to Gillian, whom I'm joining. I just need to be in this space. I've had a whirlwind week, which sometimes felt like the week from hell, but it's Friday now, and I feel like I can breathe a little.

We had a birthday this week (with the party still to come tomorrow). We had lots of other things to do and it all kind of passed in a haze. I wasn't sleeping well for several nights. Today, I made a stupid navigational decision and ended up being late to pick up my kids from school. Has this ever happened to you, where you're driving and confused and you know you're going to be late and your emotions just take over? I'm the world's most cautious driver (actually failed a road test for being "too cautious" at age seventeen, how often does that happen?!). I don't speed and I'm not aggressive on the road. No, I just panic and start crying when driving stresses me out. That's what I did today. I was about ten minutes late, which isn't terrible, and the GB's teacher had both kids eating their lunch in her room when I got there, but I was a mess. We have to go back to school soon for a family dance, which should be fun, but there will be cold adult beverages when we return tonight.

Right now, I'm watching the small Bears play with one of the LB's birthday toys, an elaborate building set with hundreds of pieces all over the floor, and listening to the GB sing a Dropkick Murphys song, which is not my first choice for children's music, but she seems happy. It's kind of wild here at the moment. And I'm blogging because I severely need to chill out, man. (I changed my blog template a little bit this week; I'd been using the same one since I started blogging almost two years ago. I like this, it's a little fresher).


Our backyard mums are blooming. We have two, a white and this yellow one above. Actually, now we have four, because I bought another yellow one and a maroon one this week, but they aren't in the ground yet. They're decorating the front entrance along with a pumpkin for now. I like mums; they're my birth-month flower, and they're really hardy and faithful - they come up every year and always look cheerful.


We found a praying mantis in the backyard this week. She's on my hand in the photo, but we all took a turn letting her walk on us. We think she was getting ready to have babies, since her abdomen seems so large. She was fascinating to watch, especially because her head and eyes move in a very expressive way.


 He loves hugging the chickens...


 she loves hugging the chickens...


 even I love hugging the chickens.


The LB received a very special birthday gift from his grandparents (the Bear's mom and dad). Grandma refinished this old sewing machine bench for him, creating a new bargello needlepoint cover for it. It's for him to use when he practices his guitar. The lid comes off and he can store his music books, metronome and tuner inside.


Isn't it beautiful? She's very good at this kind of needlepoint. She also made us a bargello cover for our piano bench, and she covered the lids of an old sewing basket in bargello as a gift for me too. I wrote about my special basket a while back. Our living room doubles as a "conservatory" for music practice, so this new bench will stay in there. It makes a lovely addition to the room and we're glad to have it.


The weather is just beginning to cool down. This week we had some hot afternoons, but nothing like the summer. It's nice to sit out there when we're done with homeschool tasks. They play, I read or crochet. This week, the sidewalk chalks had an outing on the concrete patio.


I treated myself to a croissant this week. I actually sat down in a chair to eat it, along with my cup of tea. I'd been racing through the days and had been in the grocery store Thursday morning, buying birthday-party provisions, and decided I would buy myself a croissant and eat it after I put the groceries away and before moving on to the next task on my list. It was just what I needed. I ate and drank in silence and it felt good.


Oh, and I finally got that candy I was craving.

40 comments:

  1. I've had weeks like you've just had and I'm glad to hear that yours is starting to get a bit better and despite the busyness you still have many happy things to cheer you up. Your LB's present from his Grandma is beautiful, one to be treasured. And yes, sometimes just being able to sit down even for just a few minutes to drink a cup of tea is enough to refresh me and keep me going too. Have a good weekend. x

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  2. The bargello stool is beautiful. I hope the birthday party goes well. Enjoy more candy! :o)

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  3. Why does driving do that to us, it is so annoying isn't it. I failed my first test because a blind person walked out in front of me - neither their or my fault! - and then the second time I was so nervous it would happen again I failed because I was too hesitant and then the third time - thank goodness I passed! I hope that the candy and the croissant cheered you up a little and that the party will be a great success this weekend. Happy Birthday to both of your younger bears. Love the piano stool too, your MIL is very talented, just like you! xx

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  4. Once again, coming here just gives a sense of peace. :)
    Love the photos and that bench for LB is beautiful - what a treasure for him.

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  5. Oh I get that driving thing! I get sweaty hands and get panicky when driving in certain situations especially when driving in or out of the city. Glad you were able to enjoy an adult beverage as those crazy days make that beverage very enjoyable!! Been nuts around here too with my son being sick and back on breathing treatments. LOVE LOVE LOVE that bench it is stunning! What a beautiful gift! And a very happy birthday to your son!! A wonderful weekend to you pal! Nicole xoxo

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  6. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your son! Your kids are just so sweet. That stool and cover are just spectacular! What an amazing MIL you have. Enjoy your weekend! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  7. Hi Jennifer,

    Oh dear - remember my daughter crying when I was a few minutes late but my son never really worried quite so much. Glad it all worked out and now I hope you can relax for the weekend.
    Loved seeing all your lovely photos - a lovely one of you holding the chicken.
    Happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  8. Sorry I forgot to say happy birthday to your son - you have the sweetest children.

    C

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  9. Happy birthday to your son, hope the party goes well. The stool from your Mother in Law is a real delight, what a wonderful thoughtful gift.

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  10. What lucky chickens to get so many hugs. The bargello stool is beautiful, such lovely bright colours. Happy Birthday to your son :)

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  11. Goodness, what a surprise when I saw your lovely photo of you.... you put me in mind of someone I was once very close to. Memories came flooding back... her smile so much like yours. Lovely post as ever, thank you. And hope the party goes well today.

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  12. I forgot to pick Harry up once, I've blocked the memory out of my mind. I cant remember why but the feeling of it is still there, though it is worse for us than them - thankfully! I started driving lessons many moons back but never took my test, I truly think I would panic now behind the wheel so a non driver I shall stay. Happy birthday to you son I'm sure he will have a super party & that stool is divine! Hope next week is a little more calmer for you.

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  13. You certainly don't look like you've been having a stressful week in the photo of you - you look as lovely as ever :) I think we all have weeks where the hours and days seem to merge into a whirl of never-ending 'doing'. I've also stressed out when driving to pick up a child, thinking I'm going to be late because of something out of my control (in my case it's often a large tractor, going slowly and not pulling over to let other traffic go past). DD2 has, more or less, the same packed lunch for school every day and I find myself double- and triple-checking her lunch bag when she gets on her taxi in case I've forgotten something. I think it's because I go into auto-lunch mode and don't really register what I've put in! Hopefully life will slow down a little once all your birthday celebrations are finished with and you can sit back a bit and have a couple of busy-but-not-stressful days :)

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  14. Glad you are taking time out to chill and have some treats, it's so important. I used to drive between 500 and 1000 miles per week, and now very rarely get behind the wheel at all. It stresses me out too. Take care x

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  15. I'm glad you took the time out to sit down and eat that croissant with a cup of tea. There should be more of it. :)
    Anne xx

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  16. Happy Birthday to your son, I hope the party goes great this weekend. I love the stool it's so beautiful, your MIL is a very talented lady what a lovely gift, you all look so lovely and cosy with those chickens, I wish I could give them a hug too. The praying mantis is fascinating I didn't think that they would be tame enough to stand on your hand like that. Have a great weekend. :) xx

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  17. The needlepoint on the bench is absolutely beautiful. What a labor of love! I hope you have a more relaxing weekend after the rushed week you had. I'm cautious in driving only in not tailgating people and obeying traffic signals, using my turn signals, etc. But speeding? Umm...yeah, that would be me. Mostly on the expressway, not so much on roads around town (max 5 over).

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  18. I had lots to say which has totally gone from my head now that I've seen that seat cover , it's is AMAZING!!! We have a piano stool in dire need of a new seat cover. I love Bargello. Fab idea, your clever MIL!!
    Anyway. Happy Birthday to your son :) Hope the party goes well. I know that hectic week feeling only too well, and the accompanying craving for silence. Especially with a croissant, yum :)
    Jillxo

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  19. The seat cover and seat are a wonderful present for your son. We have all had weeks like this and nothing feels worse than being late for your kids, even though you know they are safe. It makes your heart beat fast and your breaths shorten. And it does not make you a bad Mom, it just makes you a Mom that had a hard time getting to her kids. Now that tea, croissant and fish looked like just what you needed. After the party today you have stick orders to rest and relax,
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  20. Whew, what a week! Getting in a panic when we are late picking up our kids is something we all experience. Our maternal instincts go into overdrive! Literally! The stool is so beautiful, what a wonderful gift. Your look lovely in your picture, it's so nice to put a face to a name. Good luck wiith the party!

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  21. That bench is beautiful! What an amazing gift. I hope you enjoyed your cold beverage :-) I have those days to, when I'm counting down the minutes t the kids' bedtimes so that I can just breath out and relax :-) x

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  22. Sorry it was a trying week Jennifer, but you've found plenty of good things in it too. Is it your birthday next? It's mine too soon, next Thursday. The seat cover is fantastic, so beautifully and evenly stitched. How lovely to be given such a painstakingly made gift. I hope you're having a good and relaxing weekend. I like the idea of sitting quietly with a croissant. I'm not very good at taking a break, I think I shall try this next week. Enjoy your Sunday Jennifer. CJ xx

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  23. I don't think you can beat sitting down with a hot drink and a croissant or piece of toast, and having the opportunity to enjoy it, without interruption, in silence.
    The seat cover is wonderful. A present that will be with LB forever.
    Hoping your weekend is going well, and there is time to relax. x

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  24. Hugging a chicken is lovely and I miss that very much and glad your week ended much better.
    Beautiful seat cover and reckon some quiet time listening to him play the guitar would be mighty nice ☺

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  25. Happy Birthday to the LB. Oh my, it sounds as if you've had quite a week. That croissant and tea look like the perfect thing to calm your nerves! I bet the children thought you being a bit late was a great adventure while you were in full-on Mom panic mode. I'm glad all is well now. That bench is stunning. What a lovely got.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  26. Hi Jennifer! I hope your boy had a lovely birthday (sorry, didn't manage to post yesterday) and the party went well. Loving all your photos, how beautiful! The Bargello stool is amazing! I only came across this recently here: http://www.churchmouseyarns.com/products/little-bargello-square-kit - where it explains a bit about Bargello.
    Hope you have a nice relaxing sunday!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  27. I think we all have days and weeks like this Jennifer! Do what you need to and then kick back and relax! I am amazed by the mantis. So beautiful! My little ones would love it. And what a pretty stool. Hope your party goes well. Enjoy, Bee xx

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  28. Dear Jennifer, We've all done it - forgotten the school pick-up, if only by a few minutes. Wow, that Bargallo work on the stool is incredible, and a beautiful addition to your lovely home. I love the photo of you with the chicken; you look so happy and relaxed, and we can see how much the children love them too. Your yellow mums look healthy and pretty, and perfect for the season. Have a great week!

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  29. That praying mentis takes me back to New Zealand! I never seem to see them here in the Netherlands. xxx

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  30. Happy birthday to your son, I hope the party went well yesterday. The guitar bench is beautiful, what a talented mother in law you have. I've never heard of bargello before, it looks fabulous.

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  31. We all have rough days and weeks from time to time. I had a week similar to your week two weeks ago, and was it ever a stressful one, but things have calmed down a lot this past week thank goodness. We picked up a few mums yesterday - two purple ones for our front steps and my husband selected a yellow one for our back patio. I adore the needlepoint cover for the sewing machine bench, it's gorgeous! I am happy you took a moment for yourself and enjoyed a yummy croissant and cup of tea during your busy day. And I also love swedish fish!!

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  32. I hope your boy had a lovely birthday party and you are having a relaxing weekend now. We all have stressful days and stressful drives sometimes....you are not alone Jennifer!! Enjoy your candy....it definitely helps :) Your flowers look so pretty and colourful, and the bargello work is so beautifully stitched!
    Happy week ahead.
    Helen xox

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  33. I hope you've slept better over the weekend. The Present from the LBs grandparents is fab such beautiful stitching. I hope he treasures using it. I am very partial to a croissant/almond croissant/ chocolate croissant etc etc etc (!) yours looks delicious...hope you have a lovely week.

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  34. Brilliant chicken hugging pics! I do hope you've had a restorative weekend and are well set up for a great week ahead x

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  35. And Happy Birthday to your son!!

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  36. I hope you enjoyed the candy and delicious croissant. I too cry about driving. I passed my test last year and bought a new car within two weeks. I was once such a confident driver but now I am a bag of nerves. I took some extra lessons and my driving instructor said I am too cautious. Too cautious how can you be too cautious with all the terrible drivers around. She said I need to stop thinking and simply drive. I'm not sure how to overcome this. My poor car sits outside pining for me to take him out for a spin but I cant seem to. I am trying not to cry just writing this, as I feel so stupid. I cant believe how stressed out I get just thinking about driving. I think I need some candy and a croissant.
    As ever the children look great love you all hugging the chickens.

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  37. I'm just catching up on blog reading after being away for a few days (my mom is up visiting and we went to see Lucy). I'm sorry you had a week from hell. And I'm sorry you had that experience while you were driving. When my youngest three were teens we lived in Vancouver for a few years and I was always lost trying to find the various soccer fields they needed to be at for games. I remember one time being so lost we were going to be over a half hour late for the game, and crying the last five or ten minutes of the time I spent searching. I hope this week goes much better for you. Hugs...

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  38. I am really late here, sorry...gosh, it sounds like an intense week. You poor thing, You sound like you need a break from life, maybe a weekend away somewhere...? I want to give you a hug but you're too far. Your chickens are totally adorable by the way. xx

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  39. Happy Birthday LB! Looking forward to hear more about the party.
    Please post warnings before close up photo's of terrifying bugs.. my skin is crawling now.. i barely sleep these days else i'd get nightmares.. ek.

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  40. Hi Jennifer,

    Your 'late' pickup story reminded me of when we were living in Toronto for two years, and I was working all the way across the other side of the city. All those times when there were subway delays, my heart would start to race, I would break out in a sweat, and the feeling of nausea would overcome me, as I got increasingly paranoid about being late to pick up Liberty, who was then in primary school. The anxiety that invaded both my mind and body, took days to get over every time. I realize that most of these reactions were brought on by my own fears, as I would always find her playing in the schoolyard, or sitting with her teacher in the class room on rainy days. Nevertheless, panic ensued each time. At least you had some control, being in the actual driver's seat!

    Poppy

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