Friday, February 27, 2015

Home, alone











After a fairly difficult couple of weeks, I was in sore need of some time alone at home. Do you find it as restorative as I do? Home is my favorite place no matter what, but there are times when I just need to be alone, puttering quietly around the house and the yard, lost in thought; able to think. Yesterday morning, I decided there would be no errands or serious housework for me. I baked, I inspected my potted bulbs, I worked on my Midsummer Sprigs sampler, I had a look at my new library books. I felt refreshed and ready to see everybody again.

This sampler is such a joy to work on. It's going faster than I want it to; I sit down to stitch and end up in a trance, almost. I can't get enough. The black linen is easier to work on than I'd thought it would be, as long as I sit in the window with the light behind me. I could happily stitch for hours but I'm trying to pace myself and savor the work.

I'm reading two books now. One is Ovenly, a baking cookbook by the owners of a bakery by the same name in Brooklyn. It's a beautiful book and the recipes are so interesting; they all incorporate sweet and salty flavors, as well as spicy ones. I haven't tried any of their recipes yet (my baking yesterday, an orange tea loaf, was an old recipe from Southern Living), but they look delicious. I'm also reading We Two, about the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It's fascinating! I love biographies. I'm extremely nosy. I have to know all about people.

I just finished reading a wonderful book that I can't recommend highly enough, called Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home. This book is comprised solely of letters written by a young woman (Nina) to her sister back home after Nina moves to London from the north of England to become a nanny. It's hilarious and sweet. Oh, and you should watch Chef. It's streaming on Netflix. Fair warning, lots of profanity in both.

I'm so ready for the weekend. I welcomed the Bear home from business travel to Washington, DC. We took the LB for hospital tests for his kidney condition before the Bear left; everything is stable - no better but not worse. The tests are stressful for everybody. I haven't felt great for about two weeks now, just a long, crummy cold. I need to hunker. I'm going to read and stitch as much as I can. It's cold again here, with some snow. We're actually having a no-school snow day, if you can believe it. Fine by me. Tea and afghans, ahoy!

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  1. Glad Bear is home and the tests on LB turned out good. Your cross stitch makes me happy just looking at it!
    Feel better!

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  2. I am glad LB's kidney function is stable. It is such a worry when children have to go in for tests. I hope you will feel fully restored after a peaceful weekend with all your bears. Your sampler looks just lovely. I don't think I could stitch something like it without magnifying glasses.... x

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  3. I'm so glad you are having some alone time jennifer! You deserve it. And your stitching looks just so lovely as do your bulbs! I hope that cold exits...we have had a bunch of stuff over here as well. And I hear you on the doctors appointments we have an appointment coming up for my little guy that I'm already thinking about. Here is to recharging...and thanks for the baking book....that is a must for me to check out! Nicole xo

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  4. I have some home alone time coming up in a couple of weeks and I'm looking forward to it. I'm glad it's not just me who needs that time. Get well soon Jennifer.

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  5. I think we all need a time on our own sometimes. Love him as I do, I'm trying to encourage my Hubster to give me a little space from time to time now that he's been retired a year exactly today. Glad to hear your LB's test results were no worse than before and here's hoping for continued improvement. Hope you shake off your cold too. My little granddaughter is at hospital as we speak having a scan on her hip which has given concern to us all. Hate it when little ones have health issues. Have a lovely weekend and take care. P x

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  6. Hope you are feeling better soon, it sounds like a stressful time. Hope your weekend is restful. Your stitching is lovely!!

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  7. I know just what you mean. As much as I love having my family around me, and I really do, it's lovely to have some peace and quiet on my own doing what I want to do and savouring quiet time. Your cross stitch is beautiful. I'd like to ask you a question if I may. I've started my first cross stitch, using aida, and have noticed creases left by the hoop. Is there an easy way to get these out, will ironing solve the problem? Glad to hear that your son's condition is stable, it must be a worry but it's reassuring to know that it's not getting any worse. I'm going to click on the link to the nanny book now, that sounds just up my street.

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    1. Hi Jo, thank you. Yes, the creases should iron out. You may want to put the stitched piece between the two layers of a folded cotton tea towel when you iron, just to protect the stitches and the aida cloth.

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    2. Thanks Jennifer. I've got some ironing to do tomorrow so I'll give it a go while the iron's out.

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  8. I love my home too, my safe haven....hope you feel better soon xxx

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  9. So glad you had some restorative time at home alone.....I know just what you mean. Your cross stitch is beautiful, I have done such a lot of cross stitch in my time and always find it very peaceful. How nice to hear you enjoyed Love Nina, I read it last year and loved it, so funny and interesting.....have lent it to my elder daughter now. I am glad all is well with LB. Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  10. Oh lovely, you have had a testing few weeks. Home time and letting your mind wander would be the exact tonic for me too - or sometimes the sea is the only thing. Be kind to yourself and know that you do a wonderful job coping with everything. Have a good weekend, J9 x

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  11. I need time by myself too every now and again, at home, doing what I like to do and I also feel better for it afterwards. I think I read a book review about ' Love, Nina' sometime ago.
    I'm going to look for that in our local library. Have a lovely, warm weekend!

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  12. Glad the kidney tests were fine. I think 'Ovenly' is such a great title for a cook book - and indeed a bakery! I hope you enjoy a fantastic snow day. x

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  13. I love pottering around my home, having the space to myself especially when life has been stressful. Take care xx

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  14. It's not very often I'm 'home alone' - if I am I'm meant to be working (writing at home for the quiet away from an open plan office). My down time comes when the girls are in bed and the ABO is on lates. I can potter to my heart's content. I really love your sampler. Your stitching is beautifully neat. Have a wonderful weekend - hope you're feeling better xx

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  15. I hope you feel better soon, Jennifer. I'm glad LB's kidney condition is stable. Enjoy your tea and afghan time! :o)

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  16. I sure hope you feel better very soon Jennifer. I know both Mady and Brad have had them here and they're hanging on. I'm really hoping not to get one before I fly home in a week or so. Flying sick is no fun. Glad the tests went okay for LB and that your husnpband got home safely.

    I also enjoy my time alone very much. It never bothers me to be home alone for days on end. I have lots of stitchery going on at all times and plenty of cleaning always waiting.
    Have a wonderful day today. Enjoy.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  17. I'm glad those tests are out of the way and that LB is no worse. No doubt it's good to have the Bear home as well. I love a little time at home alone, it's quite rare, but very necessary! It's the most wonderful feeling. Your sampler is coming along beautifully, it's going to be lovely. I do hope you're feeling completely better from that lingering cold very soon, and that you have a lovely restorative weekend. CJ xx

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  18. Hope you manage to kick that lingering cold soon Jennifer. They do drag you down, especially when there's not enough sunshine to pick you up. Where would we be without a good dose of creativity and reading? Perfect escapism. A little bit of solitary time is the icing on the cake. J x

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  19. Glad that the tests are out of the way. My sister has to have regular health tests, so I can appreciate how stressful it is for you all.
    Like you I find time at home, on my own, and essential part of my life. It helps me maintain my equilibrium. Wishing you all a great weekend. x

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  20. Lingering colds are so annoying, sometimes you just want a proper one for a few days and then be done with it. Hope you feel better soon
    Jillxo

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  21. After reading this post I downloaded Nina to my Kindle. Thanks!

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  22. I also love some time at home alone, but with both of us retired, that doesn't happen very often, then of course we have our son, DIL and 2 little grandsons who live with us -- so it's rarer still. But I never get bored or lonely as I always have things to keep me happily occupied. Glad LB is stable! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  23. I hope that your time pottering and stitching was rejuvenating, and that you are feeling better soon. such a stressful time for you especially with the big bear away. wishing you a happy and relaxing weekend x

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  24. I'm glad LB's condition is stable, I understand how stressful it can be, my eldest suffered a lot when younger. How lovely you were able to have some time just for you it can be balm for the soul. The book & film sound right up my street so I shall certainly look out for them Hope you all have a good weekend xx

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  25. Nothing worse than a two-week crummy cold Jennifer. Hunkering down with a bit of snow outside and a pretty cross-stitch on black (looks so pretty), sounds like a good idea. Enjoy the down time, and a relaxing weekend. Glad the LB is stable, our children's health is always No. 1 in our lives, isn't it?

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  26. Hello Jennifer,

    It is so depressing when colds just go on and on. Everything seems so much more difficult, needs so much more energy and holds little if any interest. We feel for you. Yes, the best thing to do is hibernate with your books and your tapestry. Nothing too taxing and keeping warm. Hopefully, you will feel much more yourself soon.

    That was a relief about the kidney tests. It is so worrying when children or pets have something wrong with them. They seem so much more vulnerable than we adults. But, in our experience, children are extremely resilient and stronger emotionally than we may at first think.

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  27. Hope you feel better soon. I agree that time alone just to do what you please can be very restorative.
    Marianne x

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  28. Hello, I hope you feel better soon! Your sampler is beautiful, I love the contrast between the black fabric and the colourful thread. Good to hear your LB is stable. I can imagine that the tests must be a real worry. x

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  29. Sometimes you need to hunker and stop. Go enjoy the weekend x

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  30. Hi Jennifer, I think you and I are very similar - in that we are true home birds ! Your day sounds like the perfect day of pootling to me, I hope it was as restorative as you needed it to be,
    Kate xx

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  31. So glad all is well with LB!
    I know exactly what you mean about having time on your own, I love it too. Enjoy your reading and stitching. :)
    V x

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  32. Glad you are starting to feel better and poor lb do hope he improves....nice to have time alone and reading can be a great lose yourself time ☺

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  33. Time at home alone....that sounds amazing. I'm in dire need of some quiet alone time. The sampler is looking beautiful and I'm so glad you like the pattern as I hope to start it soon. Xx

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  34. Time alone at home, that would be a treat but something I never get it sounds like you enjoyed yours. I do hope you are feeling a little better soon, and good to hear that your little one has been given the all clear.

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  35. Your embroidery looks beautiful Jennifer - although I must admit I didn't recognise it as such to begin with as I'm so use to seeing a white background - the black makes the colours really stand out. Glad that you managed to find some restorative time for yourself - it sounds like you are doing just what your body is telling you. Spring is just around the corner now and hopefully we'll all start to pick up and grow again! Jane x

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  36. You've had a stressful time, nothing worse than children and hospital tests and sickness thrown in the mix. I hope you managed more rest on the weekend. Reading is a nice tonic too, those books sound interesting, I love Biographies too, they're a bit like blogs :-). And yes, I crave alone time often and sneak some in whenever I can. Take care xxx

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  37. You know that I am a homebird too, so I understand why you like home. I am glad that all is well with LB. xx

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  38. I love staying home too, especially when I know I'm not going to be disturbed for the whole day and I can just do my own thing. Your embroidery is looking lovely the colours really stand out with it having a black background. :) xx

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  39. Yes! I know exactly what you crave when you wish to have your house to yourself for a while. I wonder if it is a woman thing, we create the ambience of a home and just once in a while need to enjoy it without any disturbance. And baking and some craft or other, the perfect home alone occupation. I love the sound of Ovenly, I'm off to see if I can buy it from Amazon UK!

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  40. I love to have alone time in my home - it's a must for me! I am happy to hear things are stable with your son and the tests are behind you for now. It's funny that you mention the movie Chef. My brother called me on Friday and said that he just watched it and thought I might enjoy it, too. My husband and I hope to find the time to watch it tonight! I hope you are now feeling better. And I hope you had a nice, relaxing weekend! I am slowly recovering from two weeks of sickness, but I still don't have my normal energy level back, hopefully soon though.

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  41. Here's hoping you had the best weekend and now feel fully restored.

    Sometimes, now, I'm home alone too much ... I miss all the bustle of kids growing up now they're all pretty much grown. But I do remember how wonderful time to myself felt when they were small.

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  42. We all need time out alone, Jennifer. Even though there are mostly only the two of us here now, I still enjoy the occasional time DH is away and I have the house completely to myself for a day or two. Glad to hear the LB is stable and I do hope your cold has now gone.

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  43. Hi, I know home is such a special place, I am like that at the moment, glad LB is stable and take carexx

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  44. I really love your cross stitch sampler. Yes, I like to stay at home too.

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  45. Hi Jennifer! I just read this post and your next, but am going to just comment here (I enjoyed your interview, but don't want to enter the drawing...I am such a pokey stitcher...I have projects piled up :)

    Jennifer, I hope you are feeling much better now and I am glad that LB's tests show his condition is stable, and glad that the Bear is safely back from snowy D.C. There are currently 12 folks and two dogs in my household so I feel a special empathy for your appreciation of having some time alone...note that I am typing to you at 1AM !!! Wishing you and yours a happy healthy week :) xx

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