Saturday, May 2, 2015

Love affair





Yesterday was Private Friday, our second-to-last one before school is out for the summer. Every other week, we have what we call Private Friday; the Bear is off from work and the kids are at school, so we have the whole morning to ourselves. Sometimes we run errands, especially the big ones that we don't necessarily want to do with children in tow, such as trips to Costco or Lowe's. With Private Fridays dwindling, we're trying to have fun instead. I took the kids to Costco by myself during the week (yikes) so we'd have Friday morning free. Friday also happened to be the sixteenth anniversary of the day we met. I felt sort of giddy!

After delivering the children to school, we went to breakfast at the Range Cafe. We had pancakes, bacon and coffee, simple and wonderful. I love the Range Cafe, with its rustic atmosphere and wild-west decor. My favorite thing is the collection of toy tin ovens all over the dining room. The food is great too, of course. The Bear had blue corn pancakes, made with blueberries and pinon nuts. Mine were just plain pancakes, a short stack. The bacon was perfect and the coffee flowed. I'm not normally a big-breakfast kind of person; I'm good with a bowl of cereal every day. But when there's time stretching out and the company is so pleasant, I'm all for a leisurely, plentiful breakfast.

He wanted some Bristol paper for pen-and-ink work and I wanted to buy a sketchbook, so off we went to a hobby store. I've been in the mood to draw lately. I'm feeling more confident about actually using my art supplies, the chalks and pastels I've had for years. Do you have this problem too? I have so much trouble giving myself permission to make use of pretty supplies. But I need to bite the bullet. Maybe I'll even show you something soon...

Life has been a little hectic (sorry for my absence from blogland lately). The next three weeks are jam-packed with recitals, class plays and all that other end-of-year stuff. This morning was the LB's guitar recital and I also signed them both up for summer swimming lessons. We hit up the thrift store for costume parts for the plays (old graduation gowns are great for wizard-like characters, just sayin'). We're having a quiet afternoon at home; it's stormy outside and we have the lights on at 3 PM. I might bake; I'm in the mood for coffee cake.

The flowers in the first photo are my May Day posy. I picked what I had in bloom in the backyard: roses, Jupiter's beard and pyracantha blossom. I have irises in bloom too, but they're so messy in the house. I put them on the shelf over our bed. May is our month; we met on the first and were married on the 25th (and engaged on the 25th too, exactly a year before our wedding). Flowers are the perfect way to welcome May.

30 comments:

  1. I love this ritual, so perfect, and I love that you are using the last few to have fun instead of running errands, and how perfect that yesterday fell on your 16th anniversary of the day you met. May is a busy month for you. Our wedding anniversary is in May too, the 13th. It will be 20 years for us...yikes!

    I feel the same way about art supplies, I have some beautiful supplies, given to me at Christmas and I have yet to dig into them. They just look so pretty, but I really need too.

    Love your May Day posy, can't believe you have so many blooms in your garden. The crocuses just finished here and we are waiting for tulips and daffodils.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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  2. What a nice day! Glad you and Bear are taking advantage of these last few weeks. I like your May Day flowers!

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  3. What a lovely Friday ritual and those pancakes look delicious! Can't wait to see some of your artwork. x

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  4. Is summer holiday so soon over there ? Only three weeks until summer holiday ?
    Over here, summer holiday is july/august. Do your kids also have two months summer break ?

    Lovely, that Private Friday idea ! I think too many couples, once they have kids, forget eachother, forget to make time for eachother (with all the consequences over the years...)
    We also got married in May ! On the 15th - already 11 years ago... Jeez time flies...

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  5. That sounds like such a lovely morning, especially a leisurely visit to a hobby shop. I know what you mean about not using things, I'm terrible for saving things for best, or until I can do it properly. I should just get stuck in I know. I'd love to see some of your art one day, should you feel like showing us. Your early summer break always catches me by surprise. We'll have a week off here at around the same time, but the summer holidays don't start until mid-July. I know what you mean about those last manic three weeks though, they're always packed with so many things. Enjoy your remaining Fridays before the summer, it's a good idea to do something special with them when you can. CJ xx

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  6. What a lot to celebrate in May. :) The little posy is very sweet. Goodness - Summer holidays already was my initial thought, and then I realised in less than 2 weeks Matt starts exams and that't another school year over for him. Goodness how time flies. I hope you are having a good weekend and enjoy using your craft supplies. I keep things for best too - clothes especially. I really need to change my mindset about this. x

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  7. Congratulations on your anniversary! How lovely that you and your husband set time aside to spend together, my husband and I are just hopeless at that kind of thing! X

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  8. Its nice and special time spent alone with your husband. Happy anniversary to you both x

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  9. Your love affair is going very well, Jennifer. What a charming idea to have special Fridays together, and that looks like a great venue. I love the tiny oven, and even the coffee mugs look pretty together. Congratulations on your anniversary. The other day I got out my sketch book and pencils, hoping to do a bit of drawing over my holiday. Fingers crossed!

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  10. it is so lovely that you have these Fridays to spend together x happy anniversary of meeting, and wishing you a month of love x

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  11. Lovely that you spend time together on Fridays, and that you celebrate your anniversary of meeting :)
    Wishing you both a very happy May!
    Helen xox

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  12. You're such a lucky lady having a romantic hubby like that. did you program him it did he come like that:)) my hubby is useless when it comes to things like that. He forgets anniversaries and even birthdays. He says it's because there is no special days and that everyday is the same as the other. Booh.That is of course so long as I don't forget his birthday. Ah men;)

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  13. I love the sound of your Private Fridays. Enjoy them! :o)

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  14. A lovely way to have some together time. Pretty flowers for a special month xx

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  15. I love how you make time to spend time with each other, it can be hard to do once children come along as they seem to take all your time up so it's good that you get this private time to yourselves. I'm the same about using something new, I often save things, I don't know what for when they're there to be used. Enjoy these last few weeks of school, I know it's such a busy time but I miss it now that my kids are grown up, I used to love all the plays and recitals.

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  16. Good for you enjoying your child free time! And the range looks good.

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  17. It sounds like a busy but wonderful week. Love that you and your husband spend special time together. You have a darling family.
    Meredith

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  18. That cafe where you had breakfast sounds very charming! And it sounds like you are going to be busy over the next few weeks, so you were very wise to set aside more practical tasks and focus on each other.

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  19. Hey Jennifer,
    I do love that tantalising glimpse of your wedding dress! I would love to be able to spend a little more quality time with Marc. As you know his works takes him away from home all week, and since changing jobs he no longer works from home at all. He is shattered at the weekend, and sometimes grumpy. I think we could do with a leisurely breakfast together. I'd be very interested to see your drawing. I am toying with taking up my drawing pencils again. It's been a very long time.
    Leanne xx

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  20. That sounds a wonderful time you had together. Those pancakes look delicious. I know what you mean about using things! I used to save everything for 'best' but life is very short and I try to use the nice things I have regularly...so now I'm still procrastinating. I'm currently thinking about a Le Cruset casserole dish. I'd use it 3-4 times a week, I've the money saved for it, I've even picked a colour....what's stopping me? Have a great week. xx

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  21. Oh Jennifer, you are so romantic. I love how you and the Bear make time for one another and enjoy the simple things. The days of wine and roses are fleeting, but coffee and pancakes last a lifetime.

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  22. Happy May and Happy Anniversary!. I'd swoon for Private Fridays. I'm glad you and Bear can enjoy this time together. Have fun with your sketchbook. I hope we can get a peek :)

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  23. I'm glad you and your hubby got a chance for some private time together. So important when you still have little ones at home! Your husband's pancakes sound so interesting - we don't have anything like that here in the Midwest (that I know of).

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  24. It's so important for you two to have together time.. I love how still in love you are. I actually have a little old toy oven like that - that we found in my husband's parents attic when they passed away. Cute rusty little thing. I can't wait to see your art! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  25. That tin toy oven is just the cutest thing.

    I think me and my Bear (yes, that's what I've always called Ted, for obvious reasons) could do with a few Private Friday's ... everything has been so fraught here lately we have sort of lost sight of one another.

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  26. Happy anniversary for later on in the month. Such a wonderful idea to have private Fridays it is so important to make time for each other. Love the May posy.

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  27. I like all the reds and greens in your photos. John and I are going for lunch / shopping on Thursday while the kids are at school. I'm really looking forward to it. Xxx

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  28. This was a lovely post!! I enjoy similar days with my Hubby and they are so precious. Ours have been job focused recently but the rare treat is so enjoyable. I'm glad you had this time together on a special day too - you're allowed to get giddy!!! Take care, J9 x

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  29. I absolutely love the idea of Private Friday. Brilliant idea! I am in the end of the year frenzy as well...sheesh...so busy. Blue corn pancakes sound so interesting. Happy "meeting" Anniversary dearie! xoxo Jen

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