Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Happies

Hello! I hope you've had a good week. Thank you for the kind, supportive words regarding the LB's medical situation. I appreciate it very much. We all do; it's wonderful to know that people are thinking of us.

For those who may be wondering about his situation, he has serious congenital malformations of his kidneys. I don't discuss it much here, but this is an ongoing problem - we've been dealing with it since before he was even born. Mostly, we're on an even keel with it all, but then we have phases, like now, where a lot is happening at once: lots of appointments and tests, probable surgery, general anxiety and concern all around. Needless to say, it isn't easy. I want to talk more about it, eventually, but not right now. It was kind of a crappy week, but it wasn't without its bright spots. And you know me, I really do try to look for them. I haven't done this on a Friday in a while and the spirit moved me, so here I am with a few happy things from my week...


I reveled in my grocery shopping this week - I went early in the morning when the store was empty, I was alone because my children were back in school, I had made a good list for once and they were unusually well-stocked. I certainly ate more than enough candy in the run-up to Easter, but I treated myself to a bar of Lindt white chocolate anyway, because I take great comfort in candy, right or wrong.


In my downtime, I've been practicing my embroidery skills. This is actually a Martha-related project that I'll share later this month (it's based on ideas from the March issue). It's a piece of cotton duck that I'm stitching on with needlepoint wool in stem stitch. Its enjoyable and my stitching is slowly getting better.


I have a stack of books next to the bed. The Nigella cookbook is mine, my favorite cookbook of hers. The others are library books. I'm reading the top one, In the Woods by Tana French, right now; I've read it a few times before.When I'm done with that, I have The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Both are authors I've enjoyed in the past. If you need me, I'll be over here, holed up with my books and my Lindt bar.



The Easter Bunny brought the most amazing bubbles for the small Bears. You have to try them. Mommy The Easter Bunny bought them on Amazon; they're called Gazillion Bubbles and they make huge, very long-lasting bubbles, loved by big and small Bears alike.


These tulips bloomed during the week. I can see them from my place at the kitchen table. It makes me so happy to have my own tulips blooming here in my yard. Like, truly elated, in the purest, song-in-my-heart kind of way.


I crocheted a dress for the GB's baby doll, Nellie. It's my own design, and it worked! I'm planning to share my pattern soon. I'm a little scared; I can crochet with ideas from my own head but I'm not great at putting them into words or instructions. I'm working on it.


I found the LB like this during the week and it made me chuckle. Oh, you know, just sitting here on the patio in my bicycle helmet, using my 1950's manual typewriter to write a dramatic, action-packed story about my hens...

Do you have weekend plans? It'll be a quiet one here. Some work in the yard, probably a trip to the library, maybe a cup of coffee. I'd like to do a little baking; it's been a week or two and I'm in the mood to putter around the kitchen for a while.  I'm planning to roast a chicken on Sunday. I've been sorting yarns, trying to clean up my little craft-storage area and get an idea of what I have, yarn-wise (plenty, it turns out). Foolishly, I bought yarn today, a few balls of baby-weight acrylic in soft colors. I'm thinking about trying hexagons, which are my final crochet frontier. I didn't need the yarn but it was pretty, and cheap. At least it wasn't more candy, right? That's what I'm telling myself.

41 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear of your son's health concerns, I know all about that kind of week, my sons issues are more mental health, but worrisome just the same. We'd do anything to take it for them, wouldn't we.
    Love the typing photo. Excellent Health and Safety in practice there :)
    Jillxo

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  2. Hi Jennifer. I am SO sorry I haven't stopped by your blog. Blogger is doing it's thing again and I only saw you posted while visiting Emerald Cottage. Your week of fun looks wonderful. I'll be in prayer for your little family and especially your son. I am so impressed with your embroidery. The stitches look so even and nice. I al so love the bird sitting on her nest. How sweet of you to accommodate her and her needs.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  3. I missed your earlier comment about LB, and I'm sorry to hear about it. It's so hard as a mom. My Heather has type 1 diabetes and I've done my share of worrying over it, and I'm sure I'll never stop. Praying all goes well with tests and whatever is coming his way.
    I love your tulips - one of my favorites!

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  4. In spite of your worry you have done a great job finding some very positive things to focus on, Jennifer, and you gave me cause to smile more than once. Thanks! I LOVE the photos of LB and GB and the dress you made for Nellie. Wishing you and yours a happy weekend :) xx

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  5. Love the typing in a cycle helmet shot! Hope the tests go well - all our thoughts are with you. Tulips, books and chocolate - a combination made in heaven! Have a relaxing weekend. x

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  6. Respect ! The fact that you manage to stay positive with LB's condition is admirable ! That must be difficult from time to time, to keep a positive attitude... Especially as a mom, he's your little boy... But in my personal opinion (with a hubby who has an ongoing disease), a positive attitude is one of the key factors on the road to recovery... Even if that means from time to time forcing yourself to stay positive (which I'm sure you also have to do, just like me sometimes...)
    But that aside, still so unfair... Children should be healthy, they still need to start life. If an adult suffers from something, OK, not funny, but an innocent child should be spared from illness !
    So I'll burn a candle for LB - don't know if it works, but you never know !

    And about your friday happies - oh yeah - that Lindt bar would also bring a smile to my face :-)))

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  7. Oh Jennifer I am so sorry to hear about your sons medical problems. I can understand how stressful it is for you. Kids are very resilient, they just 'get on with it' while we worry about every little thing. My son is 26 now and I still worry about him and his health condition, but he never lets anything get in the way of him doing what he wants in life. I love the photo of him typing with the bike helmet on, so funny :)

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  8. What a lovely flower picture... I also love tulips. I will pray for yr son and for him to recover soon. I hope you get some time to relax this weekend. I really love your embroidery.

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  9. some weeks require tea and chocolate and yarn and you should never feel guilty about it. take care, hope you get the relaxing weekend you need x

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  10. So sorry it's been such a rough week, I'm sending my very best wishes for your lovely boy. It must be so very hard for you, as well as him, I imagine it fills your waking thoughts. I'm sending you a big cyber hug. Your stitching is beautifully neat, I shall look forward to seeing what it becomes. I have that Nigella book too, it's very handy for when time is short. Love the picture of LB with his typewriter. My eldest has a typewriter too, he loves it. We're off to a football match in a minute. Hopefully we'll do a nice walk as well at some stage over the weekend, the weather's been lovely here lately. I hope you have a good weekend relaxing together. CJ xx

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  11. So sorry to hear about your son's medical condition, sounds like you are summoning the strength to deal with it very well, but it is so hard as a mum to see your child have to go through medical procedures. Wishing you well for the next hurdle then hopefully things will settle down again for another while X

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  12. Sorry to hear your baby is not well and I hope you are ok! im sorry its not nice for you both, and hope things start to look a little brighter soon x

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  13. I am sorry to hear that you have had a tough week, I love your moments that you have shared that helped the week. You have shared many things that would make me happy too, tulips my favourite, and that last photo is priceless!

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  14. Sorry you're having a bad week, I truly hope you get some good news over your sons condition. I adore the bottom photo of your son typing with his bicycle helmet on. It must be a very actioned packed story to require such safety! xx

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  15. So sorry about your rough week. I will be praying for you all as I know these things affect all of you in some way and of course especially for LB. Take care. Sharon x

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  16. Hello Jennifer,

    Health issues, especially when they are serious, really do affect the whole family and one just yearns for the moment when normal life will resume. There really is nothing better than the 'normal' life in our book.

    You will all come through this challenging time. Medical advances are amazing and your son is young, strong and extremely resilient. There is light at the end of the tunnel and it will shine brightly for you all one day. In the meantime, you have each other and the love and support you all have will sustain you. Of that we are certain.

    Your happy moments are so joyful. It is good in the dark days to look for the bright spots and that you unfailingly do. Such simple, happy pleasures and the luxury of Lindt white chocolate. Bliss!

    We hold you close in our thoughts and prayers.

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  17. I smiled at the photo of LB - typing in his cycling helmet with his tongue sticking out. I always used to get into trouble for sticking my tongue out when I was concentrating on something. I just wish I'd thought of wearing a cycling helmet too! :oD

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  18. I hope you have a weekend filled with good things, Jennifer. Family, baking, crafting, relaxing, a good book...all the things that will build your strength up for the coming week of medical appointments and decisions.

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  19. Candy, books, and crafts...sounds great to me! I got up earlier than normal today and did my grocery shopping and got some envelopes off at the post office. Felt good to get it done. Now the weekend is mine to do with what I want. Hubby is working. I'll probably crochet (SHOCKER!) on my doily and hexies. I'm making a hexie blanket too! I'm thinking of making a lasagna on Sunday. I made a big batch of spaghetti sauce and froze a bunch earlier in the week so I can use that for the sauce. I haven't made lasagna in a while. Hope you enjoy your weekend. I'm sorry to hear about the health problems. Thinking of y'all and hoping all turns out as well as can be. ♥

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  20. I like the look of that chocolate,and I reckon you deserve it after the week you have had. Your embroidery looks so neat and there's nothing like buying yarn to lift the spirits. Hope you have a good weekend. :) xx

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  21. I love the photo of your LB typing away with his cycling helmet on. I learned to type in big, old Underwood typewriters in high school and I still have a soft spot for typewriters big or small, ancient or new-ish. I hope when my girls are older they'll have fun using my typewriter too. And I hope you'll have more wonderful, happy things coming your way this weekend and next week too. X

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  22. Sending lots of hugs at this tough time, but you'll all get through it, these times are sent to try us. I love that last photo of your son, I loved my typewriter when I was a girl and it's wonderful to see children these days who aren't sat at a computer screen but take enjoyment from the things we did as children. He's concentrating so hard too. I love those tulips, mine are still in bud but a tiny bit of colour is now showing so it won't be long until they bloom.

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  23. I am full of admiration Jennifer, despite a tough week and serious health worries you are still able to find pleasure and happiness in the small things that make up daily life. You are a star, you really are. Enjoy your quiet weekend with your loved ones. We have no big plans, a couple of walks with the dog, some sewing and generally just enjoying ourselves. Btw, it was so nice to hear your voice on your bread podcast! x

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  24. Dang.. I'm sorry to hear that LB is having health issues. Poor guy to have to deal with those things at his age. I hope it all gets sorted out for the good very soon. And you are so right to find things to cheer you up while this is going on. I adored the photo of LB with the helmet and typewriter and his tongue sticking out in concentration. Cute stuff! Have a nice weekend, my friend. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  25. Dear Jennifer You are such a positive person, and at times like this you certainly deserve all the little treats and comforts to enjoy....like chocolate, yarn and good books to escape into. Your boy is very brave and I am sorry he has these health issues to cope with, and sorry for how hard it must have been for you and your husband too. I hope that your son will soon be much better. Love the photo of him there, just adorable.
    Your embroidery is lovely, so neat, and your little girl's doll looks so sweet in her specially crocheted dress.
    Sending love.
    Helen xox

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  26. Hmmm, Lindt and white, definitely a tuck yourself away with a good book time. Sounds like the time is needed to help deal with the health issues, hope LB is feeling 'well enough' in himself, one day at a time, but I guess you know that well by now xx

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  27. I do hope that all goes well. Hugs and all good thoughts to you. xx

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  28. Such lovely Friday happy things. I think you deserve that bar of white chocolate and those balls of yarn and more chocolate. Life can be so unfair and sometimes cheap yarn and chocolate will only do.
    I've just listened to your podcast , its lovely to hear your voice. You and the Mr have a beautiful tone that's works very well together.
    I m sending hugs and prayers , chin up .
    Helda

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  29. Oh yes, that chocolate would make me happy too :-)

    So very sorry to hear about LB's health concerns. It must be terribly worrying but you can take comfort in knowing that all of us here in blogland will be send lots of positive thoughts your way... Big hugs! x

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  30. Hey Jennifer,
    I do love your intention to look for the positive. I'm afraid I am often in the half glass empty camp. I try very hard, but there you go. I find chocolate really helps too. I just love the stuff, especially white chocolate. Your son seems like such a trouper. We can learn so much from our kids, can't we? I learn from mine every day. I love the eccentricity of his picture!
    Leanne xx

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  31. Sorry to read about your little one's health issues. Can't be easy. We always want are kids to be healthy, happy and just trouble free. But I'm sure with your love, he'll get through it with flying colors.

    What a great collections of happy thoughts and sights. The photo of your son cracked me up. Great shot!

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  32. Bless your heart and LB's too. I love the photo with the helmet, he is concentrating so much his tongue is out. I hope all goes well with all the tests and surgery is not needed at this point. I have a little girl I work with who has one kidney due to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. We have to watch her as she is prone to bladder infections which can quickly become serious. I read Big Little Lies and enjoyed it very much.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  33. Well you are golden my friend....way to find those beautiful moments in life despite a hard week. Your bears are adorable and your little guy in front of the typewriter melted my heart! You stay strong Jennifer.........I have been thinking about you guys and praying for you all. Just know that we are all here for you if you need anything....Nicole xoxo

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  34. Okay that last shot, love it!!!!

    Beautiful moments from your week. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts as you move through the next little while. Thank you for sharing.

    xo

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  35. I am so glad to see you Friday Happies here. I forgot how much fun they are to read (and to write too!) I am sorry the LB's health concerns have caused you anxiety, and sincerely hope he's doing ok and that you are too. Love the bubbles, just brilliant x

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  36. Thanks for reminding us about your podcast...darn it, I forgot to listen to it! (Making note to self.) I am so sorry to hear what you're going through with your son. Of course you are nervous and anxious and worried...I would be, too. When you're ready to talk about it, I'm sure your loyal readers will be here to listen to you. I adore the photo of LB outside at the typewriter. That's awesome. {{hugs}}

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  37. Oh my gosh, that dress you made is too cute. I haven't heard of any of those books, I'll have to check them out. Hope all is settling, that does sound like a lot.

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  38. How cute is that little dress! Maybe some day I will be able to venture beyond crocheting squares and rectangles! I was so sorry to hear about your son's health issues. Dealing with sick children has to be the hardest part of being a parent. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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  39. I almost feel guilty leaving a comment ten days late, but as you know I've had a couple of busy weeks myself. Judging by that last pic that boy of yours will weather his storms and sail far x

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  40. You and your family have a lot to cope with, Jennifer and I do admire your ability to find joy among the difficulties. I love the picture of LB in the throes of creation and feel sure that his determination and resilience will help him through his ongoing treatment.
    Thoughts and prayers from across the ocean for you all.

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  41. Sorry to hear about your son. I hope everything goes well with the new doctors, getting all the tests and so on. It can be very tiring and stressful.

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