Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Happies

I'm so glad it's Friday. This was a long week and I'm not exactly sure why, but I'm glad it's drawing to a close. There's a lot going on, but it's good to be busy. It's also important to take time to stop and pay attention to the simple, happy things and I'm glad to be making this a habit in my life. I don't write a Friday Happies post every week, but I assure you that I'm noticing the happy things every day and it feels good.


I'm so proud of this guy. He revamped his Halloween mask from last year (it goes with the spider costume I made for him, which he will be wearing again). I made the mask too, it was just a simple felt mask with an elastic strap, but he decided to make it spookier and more interesting by adding lights! He did most of it himself, with a little help from the Bear. He hand-sewed these little LED lights (and wiring) onto the mask. We see now that the eye-holes could use a little adjusting, but how cool is this mask now? He's very pleased with himself, as he should be. The Amazing Spider-Man indeed!


Do you remember when I shared a link to this fabric a few weeks ago? I had come across it while looking for fun, retro-style fabrics to use in making new kitchen curtains. This one is by Moda, from their Milk Cow Kitchen line of 1930's and feed-sack reproductions fabrics. I was watching for a sale, which never really happened, so I went ahead and ordered four yards. It came the other day and I was so excited. I love it. I think the red is really pretty. I'm making two simple valance curtains for the kitchen windows, stayed tuned because I hope to share them soon.


I've been making roasted butternut squash this fall. It's so delicious. I make it simply, with just some olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for about half an hour. This photo was taken before roasting, but it does get nicely browned. It's too dark at dinner time to nicely photograph my finished dishes! Fall is really here.


Fall being here also means more blanket forts. They build them in the summer too, but not as often. Now, they can often be found burrowed under blanket-draped furniture. They had their legs outside of the fort and I thought it was funny. They've also been digging a hole in the backyard big enough that they can both get inside and sit down. They're a very creative team, these two. When they're getting along - which is most of the time, thankfully - they have a good time. 


I was being all virtuous showing you my roasted butternut squash up there, but I also ate this baby recently and it was GOOOOD. It's a Samoas doughnut. Samoas, as in Girl Scout Cookies. Oh my. It really tasted like one too - a plain doughnut with caramel icing, topped with toasted coconut and chocolate icing drizzled over that. It must have weighed a quarter-pound. The Bears brought it to me; they went for a hike and stopped for doughnuts afterward. They thought Mommy might enjoy this one. They were right.

I reached a milestone this week. It will probably sound silly but I'm proud of myself. This week, I celebrated a whole year since I last logged into Facebook. I know that many people really love it, and I'm certainly not saying they shouldn't. I used to be a firm fan myself. But it had become a negative part of my life in the year or two before I stopped using it, for various reasons. It just wasn't fun anymore. Or healthy - I worried a lot when I saw certain choices made by loved ones. I've discussed this problem often, and it's something I work on every day. It was bringing me unnecessary stress. So I decided to walk away. I still have an account; maybe I'll go back someday. I do miss interacting with old friends. But for now, it's good to have the distance from the situations that were bringing anxiety and worry into my life. Focusing on blogging instead has been so very good for me.

41 comments:

  1. Strange - a lot of people around me are talking about stopping with facebook lately. And I've been thinking about erasing my account too... Most of my FB-friends I know in real life, so what's the use of FB ?
    Love the fabric you've bought !! No wonder that that fabric doesn't go into sale, it is far too pretty and timeless ! Those curtains will look gorgeous !!
    Ps - my congratulations to Spiderman :-) ! His idea of putting LED lights in his mask is great !!

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  2. Your son is so smart and creative! I love the lights in the mask. And, ohhh...that fabric. I can definitely see it being used for kitchen curtains. Can't wait to see them. Butternut squash...I just bought a package (diced) at Trader Joes. I'm going to roast it with carrots and parsnips. Your milestone doesn't sound silly at all. In fact, I'm in awe! I have a love-hate relationship with FB. It's like a train wreck...you don't want to watch, but somehow feel compelled to do so. TOO much. I can't tell you how many times it's caused me undue stress, too. I've taken a couple of breaks, but pffft...they've only been for a few days. Maybe I can take baby steps? One of my friends started by deleting the app from her phone so she at least couldn't compulsively check FB when she was out and about. Am I brave enough to start with that? Hmm.

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  3. I don't have a face book account either. I am loving the kitchen fabric, looking forward to seeing what you do. The mask was amazing.

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  4. The mask looks really cool--well done, Spider Man!..My husband makes delicious risotto with roasted butternut squash. Will now ask him to cook that dish for us this weekend..I took a break from Facebook for a few months earlier this year. The things I was seeing just annoyed me so I decided to step away. Nowadays I just have a quick check once or twice a week. I now know I can live without it, that it's often better for me not to be there, so I might just completely stop too.

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  5. Love your week, good job by our son with that mask! I am not a Facebook fan. I log on only when someone has messaged me privately. I really can't stand all the negativity and the silly one upping I see going on. It made me feel like something was wrong with my life because it wasn't that exciting, guess what there is something wrong with everyone's life even if they don't post about it,
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  6. I don't ever look at Facebook, although I do have an account. I've never got on with it, I'm very happy not to be involved. I bet the butternut squash is delicious, it's something I'm determined to grow next year. That's a humdinger of a doughnut, I'm wishing I had one here. Lovely to see all of your beautiful handmade blankets out and being used by those little bears. And that mask is fab, good job Spiderman. Enjoy your weekend Jennifer, I hope there's lots of relaxation and fun. CJ xx

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  7. Lovely Friday happies - that mask is just fabulous, and both the roasted butternut & yummy cookie look delicious! Have a happy weekend, xx

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  8. Hi my friend. I got SUCH a kick out of your kids under the crochet blankets with their legs and feet sticking out.. a great shot! I have FB but mostly I use it to play Scrabble, which I love! The thing that does bum me out is when people get rabid about politics. But, what keeps me there is my cousins from afar and school chums that I can keep up with. I've made several groups too - "We Love Lucy II" and for my DAR group and one for each side of my family. So, I find the best of it to use and try not to let the other part be the bigger part. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. That's awesome that he was able to revamp his mask! -Looks great. :) And that doughnut looks so yummy! I may take a trip this weekend and pick up a small box of doughnuts. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. I like your Friday happies, Jennifer. The doughnut looks especially good! :oD

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  11. Love the Friday Happies posts Jennifer and I'm so impressed with the LB's lights on the mask. He has inherited his Mom's creativeness. The squash looks good but the donut...oh the donut! I would love to try one of those. I have often thought of stopping FB too, but with all of our family including kids and grandkids living far away it's a good way to keep in touch. I've also reconnected with school friends from 40 years ago! So I stay on it for the good things and try. To avoid the drama.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  12. Thanks for the Friday Happies post, Jennifer. After the past week here in Canada it's nice to see a post filled with happy things.

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  13. It certainly is good to step back and appreciate the happy and lovely things in our lives. It is all too easy to focus on the negative. Did you make those blankets your kids are under" They are beautiful. I would like to make a ripple blanket one day but first must finish my big granny square knee rug. Have a lovely weekend.
    Anne xx

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  14. What lovely children you have to bring this yummy treat home for Mom!
    The young bear's Spiderman mask is awesome - he takes after you in the craft department, so clever. My grandson would love it!
    I haven't seen the Moda Milk Cow retro fabrics, but that is gorgeous and now I'm off to see what else they have :)

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  15. I am feeling a bit jaded with Facebook too.

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  16. The mask looks amazing! He really did good!
    My huby would love that donut. Samoas are his favorite.
    FB doesn't stress me, but I spend too much time there.

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  17. I try to avoid Facebook as much as I can. I mostly use it for my blog, I haven't been on my personal account in a very long time. Love the mask, your son did such a great job!

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  18. Nice!!! Especially that little doughnut!!! Love the blankets too!!! Have a happy weekend!!!
    Love
    AMarie
    xxxx

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  19. The mask is absolutely amazing - that little guy is so clever!

    I am loving the cool autumn days, plenty of excuses to snuggle down in the evenings with some candles, light the lamps and candles and have a hot chocolate :)

    Helenxx

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  20. The mask looks amazing he did such a great job and I'm loving the retro fabric it's so pretty looking forward to seeing the curtains.
    Clare xx

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  21. I closed my Facebook account over a year ago also. I just didn't need it, or want it. Plus, it was too easy to look up certain people and see what they were up to, people who no longer wanted me in their lives. It upset me greatly. So time to cut out the dross, focus on the positive, good things.
    Clever boy you have there, and I remember making 'dens' with blankets and furniture as a child - the simple things will always remain long after the techno stuff has lost its appeal. I hope.

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  22. The only reason I like Facebook is because there are so many crafty things on there, I love seeing what's been made and lots of free pattern links too, I'm also hooked on one of the games at the moment but I know i'll soon get sick of it haha. Love all your happies. :) xx

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  23. It is nice to remember small happies in a post, I should do that. I love the spiderman LED mask! We all recycle our Halloween costumes this year. I shall be posting photos of one of them I think. I fancy that doughnut right now. Happy weekend Jennifer, I am glad you have so much happiness in your life. x

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  24. Well done to your son, that mask is fantastic. Squash is a favourite in our house, I roast it just as you do, so tasty. I've never got in to Facebook, I know I'd lose many more hours in the day than I do already if I did so I've managed to say clear so far.

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  25. Hey Jennifer,
    What a lovely bunch of happies. I love the fabric. It's really jolly. And your son is so clever for doing that virtually all by himself. Good for him! I do enjoy celebrating those simple happy moments. I often look back at the 52 weeks series, as a lovely reflection of my day to day life.
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend, lovely girl,
    Leanne xx

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  26. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for sharing those special things that mean something positive to you! Glad you have reason to be happy! Lovely photos (kids with the blankets, your son and his super mask, curtain material, good food)!
    I wish you a happy weekend!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  27. Wonderful happies, Jennifer! Your son's mask is neat [I like the Spiderman movies I have seen] Your food looks yummy [both kinds :)] I love the blankets-fort photo, too. Glad you found the material you want for the kitchen curtains. I appreciate your FB decision. I tried deleting my account but my daughters protested and so now try to help me manage my account which I spend very little time on. I find blogging much more rewarding. Hope you and yours are having a happy weekend! xx

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  28. Cool mask and gorgeous fabric, no wonder they are on your happy list. Love Jo x

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  29. Great mask - such a clever boy he is, and we love roasted pumpkin too but I am naughty and also add a bit of soft brown sugar to the oil and seasonings which really browns it up. That donut looks so good and I'm glad you enjoyed it so much - a little treat now and then is good! I'm looking forward to seeing your new curtains in that gorgeous fabric and know they will be lovely!
    Thank you so much for your lovely welcome back message on mine, Jennifer, I was so happy to receive it! Love, Joyxo

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  30. Such a great post and I love his mask ♥ Always a joy to come here for a visit with a cuppa ☺
    I use fb, but mostly to keep in touch with loved ones far away and post my blog so others can
    see what I have been doing xoxo

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  31. I've never been on Facebook and am still not planning to start now. For some reason, I think it would be too invasive. I spend enough time on the computer as it is, no need to add anything.

    Lovely post, Jennifer, as always. xxx

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  32. I can't post any pictures anymore on my Facebook account so don't think I will go back and as you know I'm uncertain about my blog too.....but I'm still up to visiting other people's! Love your Friday happies! :) xxx

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  33. Lovely Friday happies, they made me smile. What a creative son you have, he must be very proud of his mask. I love butternut squash, it always goes in when I do a big tray of roasted veg. The fabric is fab and I love the glimpses of the blankets. x

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  34. Love all your Friday happies, Jennifer. Lots of cosy things to enjoy, and a wonderful Halloween mask revamped by your clever boy there! Wishing you all a wonderful week and Happy Halloween!
    Helen xox

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  35. Hi Jennifer, you have really made me think about facebook. I am on it A LOT and to be honest I don't know if I can genuinely say that it brings me anything good. I constantly feel like I am not doing enough, or being good enough, and consequently it makes me feel a bit rubbish. Ok very rubbish. I think I will try and look at it with fresh eyes this week, and maybe follow in your footsteps.
    Thankyou for making me think about it
    JIllxxxx

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  36. I think your new fabric is so pretty and can't wait to see how your curtains turn out! That is truly very innovative of your son to rework his mask. He will definitely be "The Amazing Spiderman!" The photo of your children's feet sticking out from the blanket fort will be such a treasured memory as they get older.

    I do have a FB account and go into the site occasionally, but it's generally to see what my kiddos might have posted. Last year I did connect with quite a few of my high school alumni. I completely understand what your feeling is, and I was getting those same twinges. I just stopped reading the entries from people whom I felt were too negative or overly political. It is definitely a time-waster if you let it be.

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  37. I barely use my Facebook account. Every now and then I see what other people have been up to but haven't ever shared any pictures there the way some of my friends do. I love the fabric for your kitchen curtains. I hope you're able to show us the finished item soon :) Hope you have a lovely week.

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  38. Your son did really well with his mask - it looks great! As does your doughnut. I don't really 'get' Facebook - I use it for communicating with the people who attend my classes. As for Twitter I really don't see the point. I must be too old!

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  39. What an excellent collection of happy things - the LB did an amazing job with that mask! Well done on the facebook milestone - it's not for everyone, social media, and it can be as damaging as it can be inspirational.

    That doughnut looks amazing. I really want to eat it. x

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  40. Lovely Friday happies! I love the Moda fabric! And the donut! ;) xoxo Jen

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  41. I LOVE the fabric Jennifer, so cheerful. And the LB has done a fantastic job on that mask, it looks wonderful.

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