Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spring swirl
















 

Thank you for your lovely comments on Hensfoot, and for your encouraging words about the medical stuff. I'm not sick, though I appreciate the kind comments to that effect. No, it's all related to the LB's health issues and the difficulties we sometimes have in managing his care. Currently, it has to do with a medication he needs to take daily, which is a common medicine prescribed in an uncommon form when given to children. It isn't widely available, and we've had one problem after another with it. I think we have it straightened out for now. I'm getting better at this - I rarely cry or yell on the phone anymore, for example. It will be okay. It's always okay in the end.

We're having such a lovely springtime. I can hardly believe how beautiful the weather has been, almost uninterruptedly, for weeks and weeks. The afternoons are warm and sunny and we spend them in the backyard most days, wandering out after homeschool work is finished. Sometimes we read out there. The small Bears ride their bikes and the hens roam free. Sometimes a guitar finds its way outside. Sometimes there are bubbles or chalk.

Everything is blooming now, including one little yellow tulip that might be open in a day or so. My other tulips have buds, and the muscari are blooming in the planter at the base of the mailbox. The plum trees are almost finished blooming already; it's a quick blossoming for them, just about two weeks from first bud to the last spent petals. I haven't seen very many bees in the plum trees yet this season; unfortunately, I'm beginning to have my doubts about plum harvesting this summer. The apple tree has buds. I hope it's a good apple year.

Things I'm doing mid-March:

Reading: The Longest Night by Andria Williams, and Simply Nigella, which finally came in for me at the library.
Watching: Midsomer Murders and That 70's Show, both on Netflix. I'm also trying to catch new episodes of Martha Bakes on the Create channel whenever I can.
Eating: Cadbury Mini Eggs around the clock, natch.
Making: I'm about halfway through my Retro Kitchen sampler from Stitchrovia, and am starting to think about stitching this pirate ship from Satsuma Street next.
Enjoying: a new-to-me blog find, Vintage Everyday, which features interesting old photography. I've especially liked this post full of photos depicting everyday life in New Mexico during World War II, such as this lovely photo of a mother helping her daughter with homework.

27 comments:

  1. Wishing you all the best with the medical issues and such with LB. Your springtime there is coming to life and looks oh so lovely! Your photos are perfect! :)

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  2. I love the look on little miss bear's face whilst she's eating her cake. It's like she's thinking "if I eat mine fast enough, I can maybe have his too!" :oD

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  3. Oh that blossom is so pretty. Please don't mention Cadbury mini eggs. I daren't buy any. I know what will happen if I do..

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  4. Glad you've gotten the insurance sorted, there is nothing more frustrating. Of course Cadbury eggs help.

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  5. Oh gosh your photos have me longing for spring. While it has been mild around here and the snow is gone, we still have a while before things start blooming. Enjoy!

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  6. I detest dealing with medical stuff, but do find it often takes up part of my day, and good for you for not crying on the phone, I still do!
    It's warm and spring like here too, now if the pollen would just die down.
    Thanks for the new blog link, I love old photos and can't wait to poke around!
    Have a great day!

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  7. Pretty photo of those blossoms! So happy to see you got chickens! My dream is to have a few chickens someday. We had a couple of warm and sunny days but today was cloudy and cold. Have a wonderful week!

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  8. medicine and availability can be difficult; hope it all smooths out! vintage pictures are so beautiful, fascinating!

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  9. Breath-taking photos! The flowers make me realize how slow spring is here. And such beautiful children!

    Did you have to turn me onto Stitchrovia? I love her designs but I already have so many projects going.

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  10. Such pretty, happy pictures! I empathize with your medication struggles. I've had to do that for my daughter who is diabetic. She's married and fights her own battles now, but I still have to deal with insurance companies and the fights they raise in getting meds for some of my patients. It's very frustrating!

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  11. Your photos are exceptionally wonderful, Jennifer, and beautifully capture both the season of the year and the season of your family life. I'm glad the insurance medication tangle has been sorted for now at least, and I'm glad you have found interesting books to read, programs to watch, embroidery to stitch...and yummy eggs to eat :) I've been reading a bit of Catherine de Hueck Doherty's auto-biography and am fascinated with her travels as a child from Russia to Egypt to France thus far. I enjoyed watching Midsomer Murders, too. According to one local meteorologist we have had 20 straight days of rain here! The next two days are supposed to be sunny. Hoping you have happy days ahead :) xx

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  12. Lovely photos. Please don't mention mini eggs - I was having a sneaky treat in the car waiting for E and, when we got out, I had managed to drop one and squash it onto the upholstery for all to see! They are far too addictive and I'm trying to go cold turkey! Your list of March activities looks wonderful. Have a happy one. xx

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  13. So glad you managed to get your medication and insurance issues sorted, I can only imagine the frustration. I am sure a chocolate egg helped, chocolate can be quite soothing...Your Spring like days sound idyllic.

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  14. What blissful afternoons, they really do sound wonderful. The blossom is gorgeous, I hope the bees are out there somewhere doing their job. My peach tree is almost in flower, I'll have to pollinate that myself with a paintbrush though to stand any chance of peaches. Glad you've mostly got all the medical stuff sorted. I can imagine how completely frustrating it can be. CJ xx

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  15. Your spring looks gorgeous! I notice that you are watching Midsomer Murders, can I just point out that English villages are mostly not that idyllic or that deadly!! Mary x

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  16. Glad you're getting the medical stuff sorted out, that must be such a pain. It's bad enough that your son has to take the medication but to have such a struggle to get what he needs just isn't on. Yum, mini eggs, I'm with you on that. The problem is that they're so moreish, once you open the packet you have to finish it. I like the cross stitch you're thinking of doing, nice and colourful. I think the black fabric makes it stand out beautifully.

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  17. Hi Jennifer, I have written this comment three times, I'm getting distracted that I am forgetting to publish comment. I adore your photos. I still cant quite believe how quickly the children are growing. I'm loving the blossom photos. You have such a wonderful eye.
    Glad all your health insurance issues have been sorted that must be such a relief.
    Hugs

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  18. Such beautiful photos. I am glad to hear you have it all sorted with the insurance company.

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  19. Hi Jennifer.. my blog list is acting up. I totally didn't see this post until today and blogger says it was 4 days ago. Anyhoo.. I enjoyed all your photos. Sorry about the medical challenges. Sounds like you're having a wonderful Springtime. We are having two well-deserved sunny days after a lot of grey rainy days. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  20. I love the first photo with the pink blossoms. Gorgeous! It looks positively Spring- like all around you and I hope this fine Spring weather continues. Enjoy!

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  21. Sorting out medications can be such a pain. Alexandra has taken drugs that were off-label for her kidney disease, and it was such a production getting them approved. The funny thing was, shortly after she got permission to use it it became a standard treatment and was no longer off-label. Hang in there Jennifer. It does get easier as they get older.

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  22. Medications can help but can also cause so many issues. I have a friend who suddenly has very high blood pressure due to meds. Spring has certainly sprung in your neck of the woods. I have been out of touch lately, but am so happy to see you are all doing well.
    Meredith

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  23. Ugh, i can so relate to medical issues like that!! glad it's sorted for now. Lovely photos - especially the first one - love the colors.

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  24. Your blossom photos are really, really good. You could have them made into cards or postcards or something, or even a print. I'm so sorry the medical issues have been wearing you down. But I'm glad you're having such good spring weather, little things like that help. Oh, and I followed the link to the Modern Pirate Ship pattern - it's fabulous! xx

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  25. I love the atmosphere of your photography. It is so lovely to see blossom on the trees at last. I'm so sorry to here about LB's medication problems and send all my best wishes that you will find the best therapy.

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  26. What a beautifully descriptive post Jennifer, I could almost feel the warm sun on my back! So sorry to hear you are struggling to get the medication for your son in a suitable format. It seems crazy that you have to deal with this issue repeatedly. X

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  27. I'm so glad spring has sprung for you, Jennifer, and you and the little Bears can enjoy the sunshine. :)

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