Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday I'm in love

Oh, what am I saying? I'm in love every day. But that's such a great song. It reminds me of high school. Please enjoy the video on YouTube if you haven't heard it lately. I hope you've had a good week. Thanks for the lovely comments on my recent posts. I'd like to take you all to Pie Town for spooky old house-investigation and baked goods. Our week has been great - busy but fun too. I thought I'd share just a few things making me happy these past few days...




This week, our apple tree was at its blossoming peak, I think. Gosh, I love flowering trees. The apple blossoms smell much better than the plum blossoms do, and I can spend a long time standing under it listening to the bees.



In other backyard news, our Talavera birdbath and hummingbird feeders are back outside. We have had numerous hummingbirds already. I have seen a few bathing and/or drinking birds in the birdbath as well. Also, our irises and roses have buds!


My trusty orange tulips are blooming now too. I didn't plant them, some previous owner of the house did. Most of the tulips I've planted don't flower. They just send up leaves. Two of them did bloom this year, both yellow. They were pretty but I love these orange ones best of all.


The small Bears and I baked sugar cookies. I used a tried-and-true recipe, Betty Crocker's Best No-Roll Sugar Cookies. I started baking these when the LB was a toddler. They're so easy to make, especially with little hands helping. I make them fairly small, two-bite size like a gingersnap. Then it seems a little better when you've eaten six or seven with your tea. It was really like three or four normal-sized cookies, see.


I've strapped my clodhoppers into a new pair of sandals. Well, two pair, actually. I ordered these Clarks sandals for myself in black and I liked them so much I went back for another pair in brown. They're very comfortable. This photo makes me dizzy; I think I leaned over too far to snap my feet.


I bought a discounted bouquet of flowers at the grocery store this week. They had a shopping cart full of marked-down bunches, most of which still looked very nice. The floral clerk thanked me for buying a discounted bunch. I think they must have to throw them away if they don't sell. I was glad to make her job a little easier and I like my cheerful pink and red bouquet very much.


I was pretty bummed last weekend when our fourteen-year-old toaster suddenly stopped working. I'm an avid toaster-user, are you? I think I must toast something almost every day. The dead one was a wedding gift and it lasted much longer than I expected it to. It was just a cheap Kenmore one (we registered at Sears for our wedding gifts. Good old Sears!). We ordered a new toaster from Amazon. It was confusing; toasters have become so fancy. I ended up ordering the most basic Black & Decker model. I love it! I'm going toast-crazy. I'm going to buy some Pop-Tarts tomorrow. Shh...it's a surprise for the uninitiated of our household.


I'm playing with yarn again. I haven't crocheted since I finished Hensfoot almost a month ago and I'm starting to get a little twitchy. I really love to crochet, have you noticed? I don't know if I've ever mentioned it. Anyway, I finished my Retro Kitchen cross-stitch sampler this week (more on that soon) and now I'm starting to think about my next projects. I have lots more stitching planned, don't you worry, but I'm also thinking crochet again. I want to make a larger blanket for our bed, possibly something with granny squares. I've ordered some more Stylecraft Special DK from Wool Warehouse and it should be here soon. I don't know exactly which colors I'll be using, so I'm just laying out yarn all over the floor. Complaints about tripping hazards have been duly noted/ignored.



Finally, I had a wonderful package from the United Kingdom arrive in the mail for me. Jo, of the lovely blog A Whole Plot of Love sent me a copy of the April 2016 issue of Let's Knit magazine, along with the extras the magazine comes with, and a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs. A couple of weeks previously, Jo had emailed to let me know that she'd been flipping through the magazine when she noticed that me and my blog were mentioned on the magazine's Bookshelf page, a place where notable crafty books, blogs and websites are featured. Jo offered to send me a copy of the magazine when I had trouble finding it in the craft stores near me. This was such a kind gesture and I appreciate a lot, Jo. How lovely to be mentioned! They said such nice things, too. It feels good to be noticed for doing things I love. Thanks, Let's Knit!

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I hope you have a great weekend! We'll be doing the usual housework and yardwork, with homeschool and music lessons thrown in. I think there may be some sort of takeout dinner, maybe Chinese, planned for Saturday for the Bear and me, for our weekly at-home date. I'm still watching Midsomer Murders (let's face it, I may never stop, what with the hundreds of episodes on offer), still reading Simple Nigella and now Jamie's Comfort Food, trying to get new ideas because eventually I'm going to have to make something other than toast.

45 comments:

  1. The weeks come and the weeks go, glad yours has been good.
    I love those first photo's, the blossom looks amazing against that blue sky.
    Your sandals look comfy and good idea to order / get another pair.

    Enjoy your weekend

    All the best Jan

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  2. Apple blossoms, how lovely. It will be another month at least before I see any around here. Enjoy your weekend Jennifer.

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  3. Cheers for having your blog recognized and shared in the magazine! Your posts are gifts I enjoy opening. It is such a treat to see your photos like the ones of your beautiful apple blossoms. It will be interesting to see what your next crochet project will be, and how your kitchen-stitching turned out. I currently have a little toaster oven that I use every day...I toasted a hot dog for lunch. I chuckled out loud when I read the last line of this post, Jennifer :) Happy Weekend to you and yours. We have enjoyed two warm days and are eating hamburgers outside tonight. xx

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  4. I love apple blossoms! I also love Clark shoes and those sandals are cute. I may have to look for a pair. Their shoes are so comfortable.
    We had to buy a new toaster last year, so I know what you mean about how fancy the new ones are.
    Hooray for you and your blog being published. You deserve it!

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  5. What a lot of happy things. I envy you your apple blossom - no sign of any here yet - and your humming birds. Well done on being mentioned in the magazine - very well deserved. I'm going to have to try that cookie recipe too as they just look so perfect. Have a great weekend. xx

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  6. What a lot of happy here Jennifer. Today (my daughter's 20th birthday - yikes, how did that happen?) it is pouring and I think we are some weeks off seeing apple blossom, even the pear and plum trees are yet to put on their spring finery. Your sandals look lovely. I should replace an old brown leather Timberland pair soon and these will be considered. Have a great weekend. We're going to Canterbury to take our daughter and her boyfriend out to lunch. We've booked a pub on the North Kent coast overlooking the sea, but I fear it will not be sparkling blue today. Our cold backward Spring (do you know Thomas Hardy's poem "A Backward Spring"?) means I am making super progress with the Midsummer Sprigs sampler.

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  7. Well done on the magazine mention, that's brilliant! Shame they didn't tell you themselves, but great that you have a copy. I'm loving your apple blossom. I look at my apple trees every day and wait for the buds to swell. Won't be too long now, maybe a couple of weeks. It's one of my favourite flowers. I shall look forward to seeing what you decide to crochet next. The hensfoot was gorgeous, I so loved the pattern. Brilliant new sandals, Clarks are the best aren't they. I hope you and yours have a lovely weekend. I imagine it being quite blissfully warm with you. It's unseasonably chilly here although right now the sun is out. CJ xx

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  8. Looks like you've had a great week, Jennifer! :o)

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  9. Lots of good things happening at your house this week. I love your new sandals, I'd have done the same and bought another pair too, it's always good when you find something really comfy and that you like. How lovely to be mentioned in Let's Knit, Jo's such a generous blog friend, I'm glad you managed to get a copy.

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  10. I'm so excited that your (obviously fantastic) blog was featured in a magazine! That's brilliant, and how kind of Jo to send you a copy.

    Your week sounds good and you sound happy. I'm also between crochet projects and I don't like it - I can't relax in the evenings. I need to settle on something soon. Xx

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  11. Yay, your gorgeous bird bath is back :)) And apple blossom, so sweet and romantic, I think. Your sandals look excellent, just what I need to wear most of the time also!

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  12. Huge congrats on being mentioned in the magazine! I love sugar cookies, I'll be giving that recipe a try 😊

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  13. Huge congrats on being mentioned in the magazine! I love sugar cookies, I'll be giving that recipe a try 😊

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  14. It's hard to know what to comment on today - I love everything in your post! Blossoms, cookies, gorgeous yarn colour, a mention in a a magazine?? Life is very good :-)

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  15. Congrats on the magazine mention....yes those sandals look very comfy...and I absolutely love that bird bath!

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  16. Great article, Thanks for your great information, the content is quiet interesting. I will be waiting for your next post.
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    Fashions

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  17. Beautiful photos. Especially love the colorful birdbath. It would seem to me that the magazine should let you know if they are going to make mention of you. What if a blog friend had never seen it? You would never have known and that would be a shame. Happy crocheting!

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  18. I remember that song too! Thanks, now I have that Cure repetitive drumbeat stuck in my head. :)

    Fantastic bird feeder. Did you paint that? Love the photos.

    Do do do do do...da da da da da.

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  19. Congratulations on the mention in the magazine and how lovely of Jo to send you a copy. Fabulous pictures of the apple blossom. Have a lovely weekend. Jane xx

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  20. Love Midsomer Murders, bought all the DVDs, but now we have Acorn TV and they have all of them on there.
    How nice to be featured in a magazine. Tulips won't bloom again for me, they'll come up, but no flower.

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  21. How brilliant to have a mention in a magazine. Entirely well-deserved Jennifer; your blog is fabulous. The photos of apple blossom are beautiful. Ours is a way off but the tulips are coming out and that makes me happy. Hope you're having a lovely weekend and enjoying your new toaster :-) x

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  22. You are such an excellent photographer. Your ability to photograph your world is remarkable. Plus your other work is lovely.
    BTW, I also love to stand under my fruit tree (old old apricot) in White Rock NM and listen to the bees. It is a wonderful sound.

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  23. I enjoyed your post with all the fun things you're enjoying in your life. I like your positive attitude! I got some new sandals too and am enjoying them. Congrats on being published in that magazine.. what a wonderful thing! Our apple trees are in bloom too.. such pretty blossoms! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  24. I am in love, too, with your bee on the apple blossom! These captures are greatly admired. The birdbath is so lovely, too - it gives me ideas for a second birdbath I want to install in the garden. Thank you for your blog that is a pleasant place to spend a few minutes... or an hour... after some time I must go out looking for bees to photograph.

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  25. Congratulations, what a thrill to have your beautiful blog mentioned in a magazine. Such pretty apple blossom.

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  26. Your apple blossoms are so pretty! I bet the bees love them (which is a good thing). Love your new sandals. I agree Clark brand shoes are very comfortable. My feet always hurt now for whatever reason, so comfy shoes are a must for me. I just have a 2-slice toaster and don't use it often, as I don't eat much bread. Congrats on being featured in that magazine! I'm surprised they didn't notify you ahead of time and send you a copy.

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  27. Neat you got mentioned in a mag ♥ Really enjoyed your post and yay for toast any day xoxoxo

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  28. Congrats on being mentioned in that magazine!!! That is so exciting. No wonder you are loving Friday's!!!! Your blossoms are beautiful, it is a perfect time to be outside.
    Enjoy your weekend,
    Meredith

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  29. Congratulations Jennifer, how wonderful to be mentioned in a magazine. I have a toaster which seems to be too small for the slices of bread sold here. It is mysterious. When I bought it, I was overwhelmed by the choice and opted for one with a nice colour. Silly, yes? Anyway, enjoy your beautiful apple blossom, have a lovely weekend and also a lovely next week. x

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  30. Hi what a lovely read I think your photos they are inspirational. Well done for been mention in the magazine
    Jacky

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  31. I just love to read your blog Jennifer. It's such a happy one and today's was not a disappointment at all. Far from it. Love the blossoms and flower rescue. :-) Your sandals looks so comfy, it makes me want to find some for myself. A write up in a magazine! How spectacular! Oh my goodness. I feel like I know someone famous. Well done. I hope your weekend is a lovely one. We're in town long enough for church and to mow the lawn and it's back to the lake for another day or two. Fun times!
    Blessings my sweet friend,
    Betsy

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  32. Hi Jennifer,

    You have shared a lovely post of your week and photos. Love your pretty blossom flowers and the happy bee.
    Congratulations having an article in the magazine and that is so exciting!
    Wishing you a great new week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  33. I am so behind in blogging. Glad you enjoyed the magazine & mini eggs. It's a pity the magazine didn't send you an email about being featured though. Love your bird bath, I've never seen anything as colourful for sale here. We went toaster shopping several months back & bought the matching kettle too. Enjoy your apple blossom from looking out of the kitchen window my apple trees are starting to blossom too. Take care xx

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  34. Cangratulations on your mention! I am surprised you had to find out through a friend, if the journalist was reading you blog it would seem logical that they message you or leave a comment. Neve mind, the important thing is that you were mentioned & very well deserved too. X

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  35. You were in a magazine! That is so awesome! You are famous now!!
    I love this blog post, your photos always seem to capture family life so beautifully, and I could easily eat 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 of your cookies. Oh and mini eggs are the Best Chocolate Sweety Thing Ever
    Jillxo

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  36. oh the beautiful flowers..
    all our cherry blossom withered away to an early death with the sudden freezing temps :( Hope some still manage to bloom once the weather gets better.
    Congrats on making it into the magazine.. how cool is that!

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  37. what a lovely spring-like blog post! I loved catching up with your goings on xxx

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  38. I like your sandals!
    Aren't the blossoms lovely? I wish they'd hang around longer.
    You sound happy. Hooray!

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  39. Hey Jennifer,
    What a lovely surprise for you in regards to the magazine mention. And how kind of Jo to send you a copy. Thoroughly deserved of course. I still can't get over the fact that you have hummingbirds visit your feeders. It sounds so exotic! All I get are crows.
    Have a fabby week.
    Leanne xx

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  40. What a delightful post, I really enjoyed it. It sounds like life is good in your parts. How fantastic to get a mention in a magazine, brilliant what a great surprise!

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  41. What a happy spring post!!! I know all about that 'toast' thing....I live with a toast-meister. (That's the only thing he can 'cook'....but he does a really really good job!)

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  42. Hi Jennifer, how exciting to get a mention in a magazine, you are famous now! Kind of Jo to send it through to you too. I love the apple blossom photos. And Clarks shoes as they do half sizes here, not that many places do. Enjoy your new toaster, what will the Bears make of the pop tarts??

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  43. Wow, what a great mix of things you're loving. Congrats on the magazine mention -- that's VERY exciting! And fun to have a new toaster -- or any new appliance, really, LOL. Did the littles like the poptarts??? Did you get a toaster big enough for bagels? Our toaster is pretty old by now and I wish it were wide enough for bagels!

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  44. Love that song as you know from my postcard on my notice board! What a lovely gift in the post and a great accolade too. I really enjoyed the winter link up it was a good idea to get us all through the winter months. Jo x

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