Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Happies

Hello! How was your week? I've had a busy one but I made time on several mornings, while my kids were in school, to work on the GB's Maggie Rabbit doll. I sat in a comfy chair in the living room, which is nice and sunny in the mornings, especially at this time of year. It was so pleasant to hand-stitch Maggie, listening to the radio playing low. I'm reminded again and again how important crafting is to me, and how good it feels to make things - I find it peaceful, relaxing, oh so restorative. I should be able to give Maggie to the GB for Christmas, a Girl Rabbit for a Girl Bear. I hope to share my Maggie here soon.

Though it has been a busy week, I've tried to concentrate on happy things around me, as always. I'd like to share a few today, joining in with my lovely friend Gillian.


We've been eating lots of citrus fruit lately. 'Tis the season. Aside from strawberries, which will always be my favorite, I really love oranges. We've had navel oranges, clementines and two different kinds of mandarins in the past few weeks. This one is a mandarin. I had it with my lunch one day this week. I put it on a pretty plate and it felt like a special treat.


I'm back to eating oatmeal for breakfast. I like it very milky, the same way I like my cold cereal, and my tea and coffee. I usually make my oatmeal with chopped walnuts, raisins (or dried cranberries when I have them), and a little brown sugar. I love the crunchiness and chewiness of the nuts and fruit. I don't know how people eat plain oatmeal.


I've never outgrown the joy of new paints or crayons. Isn't it wonderful? They're factory-fresh, clean and unspoiled. These are the GB's paints, not mine, but I enjoy it almost as much when my children have new art supplies.


We've been enjoying a new scientific tool/toy. The Bear's parents bought him a used telescope as an early Christmas gift. They bought it at a yard sale; it was drastically less expensive than a new one. It needed a little work (don't ask me what), but it's going now. It's really cool. We're lucky to live in a place with lots of regulations about light pollution, so you can see a lot. If we were capable of staying up late, we'd see a lot more.


I've made some more progress on the baby blanket for our friends' baby-to-be. I crocheted in the family room while we had our first fire of the season. I'd forgotten how nice it is to work on a giant granny square, since finishing my big one almost two years ago. This one will be small, maybe about 36 inches square. I'm using DK acrylic yarns in boyish but soft colors. Lots of gray (I like gray for babies, boys or girls) and golds, greens and blues. I threw in an orange shade for a little zip. I enjoyed planning the colors. I remember when I had the LB, I really liked finding things that weren't just blue. One of my favorite outfits was striped in minty greens with a little red and orange; it was unexpected and fresh.

I hope you have a good weekend. I have a special day this weekend and big plans for dinner out tomorrow night, with my Bears. I'm still choosing the place but I'm thinking Italian. I'm starting to plan my Thanksgiving preparations but still need to do some more shopping. I prefer a fresh turkey so I'm putting off that purchase as late as possible. I've been gathering ingredients for pecan pie; I haven't made one in years and I've been craving it so much lately! I'm going to use the recipe on the bottle of Karo corn syrup; it's simple but it works like a charm. I've got a huge bag of pecans so I've been thinking about doing something else with them too, maybe this or this or this (that last one is particularly mouthwatering, I think). I'm looking forward to lots of puttering in the kitchen in the coming week. Thanksgiving is my favorite. Love, love, love Thanksgiving.

31 comments:

  1. I love all of your happies! I know exactly how you feel about new crayons and art supplies. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. I always love your Friday happies! Everyone seems so happy. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Smashing happies, seasonal and fun. I'm loving the citrus fruits too. The honey pomelos and clemmi's are in but I'm still waiting on the navelinas which are a treat to come.

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  4. OHHHHHH Is it your birthday celebration???? If so a very Happy Birthday to you friend! I hope your night out with your bears is wonderful! And how AWESOME is that telescope!!! Lovely happies Jennifer! I too love new paints!!! Happy weekend!! Nicole xoxo

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  5. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* and I hope you all have a wonderful dinner out on the town! I enjoyed all your happies.. would love to see your rabbit progress. I have a fox waiting for me to start working on.. a nice winter project. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. HaPpY bIrThDaY Jennifer! I hope your celebration is a wonderful one. Happy post. :-) I love those. We eat oatmeal a lot around here too-the same way you like it. I'm sure the GB will love her Maggie Rabbit. A telescope! What a great gift. One the whole family can enjoy. Enjoy your day tomorrow.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. I've just been reading your post about the queen size granny blanket. Phew! This baby one will be a breeze after that.

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  8. what a lovely post, hope you have a very wonderful special day xxxx I'm a little bit envious of your telescope, how fantastic to get one at a yard sale!

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  9. Wishing you a very happy Special Day, I hope it's a wonderful weekend for you. The telescope is fantastic, and it's great that it's nice and dark where you are. I'm sitting here eating oats and dried cranberries as well, with a few cashew nuts in and some soya milk and Greek yoghurt. Sets me up for the day! CJ xx

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  10. I really envy you the thanksgiving holiday tradition, it just sounds so cosy. I can't wait to see your Maggie rabbit. And I am craving pecans right now. X

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  11. It seems that your climate (temperate) is very similar to ours, Jennifer, as we are enjoying seasonal citrus fruit and pomegranates, apples and pears. I never crave fruit, but I like it, and so I'm trying to work it into my diet. Lately, I've been juicing pomegranates with oranges and the taste is so amazingly refreshing, sweet with just a bit of tartness, and the colour is gorgeous!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Poppy

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  12. Lovely,lovely happies. Thank you. Have you noticed how much the Bears are growing of late?

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  13. If your special day this weekend is your birthday, then, happy birthday Jennifer !!!
    I wish I could participate once in Thanksgiving... We don't have it over here in Europe - quite obvious ;-) - and we always see things on TV, in American series and films.. The stuffed turkey, the sweet potatoes, corn, it all sounds soooo yummy... And now here you start talking about a pecan pie... Oh dear I urgently need a trip to the USA (Hubby ! Do you catch my drift ?) !

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  14. Have a happy special day whatever it may be. I'm looking forward to seeing Maggie Rabbit & the telescope sounds wonderful.

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  15. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day. x

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  16. Isn't it wonderful to be able to make lovely, useful for our home and our family? It's something I love too and feel grateful for. We have porridge for breakfast during the week. We like it with milk, raisins and a bit of cinnamon. The girls have mashed babnanas in theirs for added sweetness while us grown ups have a little dermerara sugar. We've been eating lots of citrus fruit too, mainly oranges and satsumas. I've come to associate satsumas with the beginning of the festive season. x

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  17. Oh, pecan pie! I think I might have to find a recipe now you've put that thought in my mind.
    Happy Birthday Jennifer x

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  18. I am looking forward to Thanksgiving, as well. It's my favorite, too. Yes, you have a birthday this weekend and I hope it's extra special! Happy Birthday, Jennifer!!

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  19. Oh pecans, lovely pecans. I love them. You've made me happy this evening. For some reason I've been missing your posts recently. I've just spent a happy half hour catching up on all your news. So sorry, you must have thought I had disappeared with my lack of commenting. Glad to have you back on my reader, Bee xxx

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  20. So many lovely things to be happy about!
    V x

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  21. I have to agree, few things are better than a new box of crayons or paint... Why do you suppose that is?? I just love it!
    I Hope you have been well, and I hope you have a great upcoming week!
    Much love,
    Tammy

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  22. Ooh pecan pie! I've never tried it but it sounds absolutely delicious. I love the new baby blanket - I haven't made a giant square one yet but it's on my 'to do' list. Is it your birthday? Have a good one and many happy returns. x

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  23. A lovely post full of lovely things, Jennifer. I am really looking forward to meeting Maggie Rabbit who I am sure will be absolutely charming. Oatmeal looks good - I am an oatmeal girl through and through, and have it every morning, with an apple chopped in. I know, monotonous, but I never tire of it.
    That baby boy blanket is really beautiful, modern yet traditional. Your talent at blending colours is exceptional, and the grey for babies an excellent idea. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  24. Love your happies Jennifer the blanket is looking lovely it looks soft and squishy I like grey too it seems to make the other colours stand out. Happy Birthday hope you are having a great weekend it was mine last Thursday and my family are thoroughly spoiling me this weekend it's lovely. :) xx

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  25. I love the colours in the baby blanket, like you I don't see why everything has to be blue for a boy and pink for a girl. I like to mix it up a bit.

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  26. I hope that you have a great thanksgiving and birthday! It sounds as though you will be having lots of fun and interesting times with the telescope, the bears will enjoy that I am sure! xx

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  27. I love the colours of your latest blanket... they are 'child-friendly' but not babyish. I hope that you have a good week. Jx

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  28. I envy you the telescope. We get some gorgeous night skies here, and have always wanted one. And many happy returns to you!! Here's hoping that you have a lovely day.
    Leanne xx

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  29. What a shame we don't have Thanksgiving here - just have Christmas to look forward to. I love making things too and so much enjoy seeing what other people are making. The baby blanket looks great. It's nice to get a slightly different colour combination.

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  30. Lovely happy things! I have also been eating a lot of satsumas and oatmeal although we call it porridge...I assume it's the same thing? The baby blanket you are making looks really nice, great colours.
    Marianne x

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  31. I'm glad your week was so good, Jennifer. So was mine - until Friday. Sigh...

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