Saturday, July 25, 2015

They like buses






They drew a mural of a school bus, on the big roll of paper we bought at IKEA in Denver, which we visited on our vacation in June. We also bought a package of stamping markers. It's a band bus, on its way to a musical gig somewhere (we don't know where). They love buses, more than I can really describe because I don't share their feelings. I think it's because I rode the school bus twice a day for thirteen years and they're driven to and from their school in the car. They ride a school bus occasionally when I take them to a daytime play at the university; we have to park our car in a big lot far off campus near the stadium, then ride a shuttle bus onto campus and back to the lot again later. The bus rides are at least as exciting to them as the plays are. Daddy thought of drawing a musical bus and they liked that idea very much. Magical, musical bus! Now it hangs in the family room.

I feel much better today. Thank you for what you said. I don't always do a very good job of feeling my feelings. But I'm learning how, and it's better this way.

I've had a fairly busy day so far; I went to the grocery store alone this morning and did a really thorough shopping, which always makes me happy. I'm doing better with meal-planning lately and I have the whole week's dinners scheduled. I got my money back from some chicken I bought earlier in the week; it was bad in the package! Ugh, the horror of that experience. I bought everything I need to make Cobb salads for the Bear and me tonight, for our at-home date. We have some cheese and crackers for later in the afternoon, and coffee ice cream for dessert. We ate up all our leftovers for lunch and I cleaned out the pantry a little.

Oh, and I felt so good and productive and bolstered that I had the chutzpah to frog a crochet project! Yes. The queen of plodding along with projects she doesn't even like frogged something. Remember the little cardigan I've been making, the one from Simply Crochet magazine (which I still plan to talk about here)? I didn't like it. The colors were pretty, but I should have used heavier yarn and a bigger hook. It wasn't coming out right. Begone, bad cardigan! I can start over and do it right.

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I've drawn a giveaway winner, using the Random Number Generator. The winner of my giveaway is Gracie of One Saylor's Log. Thanks to everyone who played along.

I hope you're having a good weekend. You're a nice bunch of people.

29 comments:

  1. We like that paper too ;). The bus picture is wonderful. I think as a child it always fun to do something different even if it seems mundane to us. Riding a bus evey day is mundane but every now and then is exciting. My kids love bus rides too :).

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  2. It's lovely to hear how perky and cheerful you sound today! :-) That picture is brilliant. My two love to draw but I don't often join them but I think I should, it would be fun for all of us. Mine are also obsessed with buses. We went to Stonehenge today and you can either walk the couple of miles from the visitor centre to the stones or catch a shuttle bus. We walked there but took the bus back as they were getting tired and hungry. Angus's best part of the day? Yep, the bus trip. xx

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  3. What a brilliant bus!!
    Your boy is looking so well in the photo! :)

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  4. I am glad to hear you are feeling better today. We, too, love that drawing paper from IKEA. Love their bus, great job.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. xo

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  5. I love the group mural, my kids were also always fascinated with buses. Glad yo are feeling better, it is good to get things out isn't it? Hugs to you and have a great weekend, and by the way Gracie is the best!!!!!!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  6. Love the magical, musical bus - it reminds me of my youngest who went on tour to Germany with her orchestra on Wednesday. Sadly, all the instruments went in the hold underneath, so it didn't look nearly as exciting! I was feeling a bit down, missing her but your picture has cheered me up no end; she'll be having a great time. Glad to see that LB is looking so well. xx

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  7. Fantastic bus, how lovely that it was a joint project. I'm so glad you're a little cheerier today. And it's always good to get that organised feeling isn't it. Well done on getting rid of the crochet you didn't like as well. Now you can use the yarn for something you do like. CJ xx

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  8. Great bus ! For some strange reason, it made me think of the Beatles, even before I read the two bears defined it as a musical bus !
    But I share your opinion about buses - not particularly fond of them. I didn't have to go to school by bus, that is not the reason, but at 14,15 years old, when I was old enough to go to town with friends, we had to take the bus. A measly 15km, but an hour driving with public transport ! Needless to say I was very fond of my scooter at 16 and my first car at 18 ;-)))
    Ps LB looks really, really good !! So happy for you !
    Pps a chicken bad in the package ? Yuck !

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  9. That's a fabulous bus - a lovely, colourful piece to have on your wall. Your children look so happily absorbed while working on it. I, too, have art projects planned for my three over the holidays. Watch this space..! You sound much perkier, Jennifer, which is very good. Long may the ups continue. Sam x

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  10. The mural is striking and looks good on your wall.I quite like travelling by bus, there is no sense of hurry, I can read, crochet, knit or sew and no worry about traffic, bliss. Glad that you are feeling better. It is a good feeling to eat up the leftovers and have a tidy pantry, I do this on Wednesday as I shop on Thursday.

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  11. What a great picture of a bus, Jennifer, and how they must have enjoyed making it. It looks wonderful up on the wall. It is great to see your boy bear with a smile of enthusiasm on his face; he is getting better, isn't he. My youngest grandson is totally in love with yellow school buses - he would be most impressed with your picture :)

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  12. Such a great activity to do together. So glad you are feeling a little better.

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  13. Reading this post and your last it sounds as though you've been feeling, quite understandably, as pulled apart as poor Maggie rabbit.I guess we all need stitching back together sometimes, one way or another.

    I love that bus!

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  14. I'm happy to hear you are feeling better, Jennifer. It's one of the benefits of being a blogger. It helps to occasionally write out how we are feeling, and it's wonderful to hear words of advice and encouragement from our readers.

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  15. Hey Jennifer,
    Brighter. Happier. It does one good to get it off your chest. I am off to visit family in the morning with Olly. His highlight will always be the bus. He just loves it!
    Leanne xx

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  16. The wheels on the bus go round and round :) I 'm not fond of riding buses but love your family bus and am so excited to be the winner of your giveaway! I 'm typing from my phone on the way to camping at the beach for a week. Hope you continue to feel better but feel free to wail to me if you need to! XX

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  17. I love the bus picture. My boys loved buses too, but then they never had to ride one.
    Your at home date sounds nice, my Mike and I are having one tonight too.
    Glad you are feeling better.

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  18. DAMMIT!! I missed your giveaway? Ack. That's what I get for being so slow about catching up on reading blogs. Guess I'll read back a ways and see what else I've missed. So nice to be back and talking with my blog friends again! I've missed you all.

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  19. The musical bus is wonderful. It reminds me of the song "the wheels on the bus" that we used to sing with our girls all the time. Fun times ... so long ago! :o)

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  20. I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better! I love the bus drawing - it looks perfect hanging on your wall.

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  21. Delighted to hear you sounding in better cheer Jennifer. My boys had the Ikea paper in rolls when they were younger too, I remember one day we unrolled in right down the hall and we all drew all over it all day. Your bus picture is so bright and cheerful, and driving in to good times ahead X

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  22. I love the bus picture, great little artists!! x

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  23. I love a good productive domestic day, It's so nice to know that my home is a little more organised and life is a little less busy. I haven't always felt this way though, at one time I could think of nothing worse than 'chores' but these are amongst the things I love now, and a lot of that is down to the blogging world, seeing so many other people showing their everyday lives and the satisfaction they take in the everyday! I love the bus, very magical mystery tour! Wishing you and your family a good week ahead! x

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  24. That's a great bus! Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better. I've started a shawl from Simply Crochet magazine and was thinking of doing their cardigan. I'll see how the shawl works out first.

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  25. I'm glad you're better today Jennifer. We can commiserate with each other! My three grandchildren also love school buses. It was the first thing that Piper started counting! We would be out driving and she would say in her little lispy voice, "buth, buth"! I love it. Your kiddos did a great job with the picture and I'm so glad to see it hanging where it can be enjoyed.
    Blessings my friend,
    Betsy

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  26. The children look as if they are having fun with the bus! Glad LB is on the mend even if it a slow recovery. Sorry you have been feeling bad too. Sarah x

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  27. I love your kids drawing its really detailed and colourful x

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