Monday, January 16, 2017

When the rain came













Hello! Thank you for joining in with my link party, and thank you for the interesting comments about our most recent hawk sighting. I enjoy seeing them in the yard, though it's true that they are a little scary to have around. We've seen another one since I shared that post; this one was patrolling the garden wall on the eastern border of our backyard. It's a good spot for a hawk because he can see two yards at once - double the chances for a tasty rodent snack. We've seen plenty of those being spirited away lately too.

This weekend was stormy and we stayed inside for most of it. I do so love my stormy days, especially in cold weather. This one was mostly rain, though I think there may have been a little sleet last night when the temperature fell. We had three-quarters of an inch of rain, which is pretty impressive for us. There was a fair amount of schoolwork to do and we all found plenty of other things to keep busy with. The LB is working on a science presentation about types of interactions, including electrostatic ones, so we did a lot of things with balloons.

I crocheted - I'm working on a birthday present - and caught up with my magazines, which have been piling up since before the holidays, when I stopped having enough time to read them as they came in. On Saturday, we watched War Games, an old favorite of the Bear's, which held the LB in thrall for its entirety. My little hacker. Yesterday afternoon, we built a fire. I'd been doing laundry all day and was so glad to sit down with a book. I roasted a chicken for dinner, which we ate by candlelight (and a little extra light from the dimmed light fixture over the table). I have a lot of candles, I realized while cleaning up after Christmas, and I've decided to use them more often. It's less about ambience than it is about de-cluttering, but don't tell my family.

I bought myself a tiny ivy plant last week, which is now sitting on a small table the Bear built and gifted to me for Mother's Day last year. I had an amaryllis on this table until recently, hoping against hope that it would bloom for a second year. I'd stored it according to directions I read on a gardening website, taking it out in early November to start growing again. It sent up two beautiful, healthy leaves but no bud ever came. I waited and waited and finally gave up. I'm not really a houseplant person (I love them but I'm no good at keeping them alive). I really craved some green in the living room, though, so I went to Lowe's and checked out their little display of easy-care plants. The ivies were my favorite. I chose mine because of its variegated leaves. It's early yet, but it looks good so far.

I hope you have a good week ahead. Mine will be busy, but I'm very much looking forward to Friday because it will be our first Private Friday in six weeks! We missed one the week before last due to a snow day. We have plans for breakfast and possible paint shopping (we need to do some exterior painting....like, yesterday). Nothing too exciting, but I can't wait. I'm all about finding things to look forward to at this time of year. Besides Private Friday, I'm looking forward to: watching the next episode of Victoria (I really like it so far), more stormy weather in the forecast, more crochet (I have a bunch of small projects in mind), new bedding for the small Bears (I love having new linens in the house even if they aren't for me) and maybe a new tablecloth for the kitchen soon.

How about you? What are you looking forward to right now?

21 comments:

  1. It is always lovely to visit here. I am not good with keeping house plants alive. I have orchids, which are very low maintenance and flower again and again and again. Busy week for me, too. But I am feeling in control. For now. Have a wonderful few days. x

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  2. Oh I MUST watch Victoria today! You reminded me!
    I love linens. I really do. I know just what you mean, Jennifer.
    I hope Friday is WONDERFUL for you!

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  3. Hey Jennifer,
    I am looking forward to an evening out with my friend Liz this weekend. We haven't been out together for a year. She is one of the funniest people I know. Only Monday, and I already have a what to wear dilemma!
    Leanne xx

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  4. Oh my goodness, it's such a long time since I watched "War Games". It's a great film even though it must be sooooo out of date now. I bet LB was intrigued by it!

    I'm looking forward to becoming a Grannie. Exciting times! :o)

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  5. I am looking forward to a night out with a dear friend I met in the school playground in a few weeks, and the weekend. I'm always looking forward to that. I'm thinking about new linens for the children's bedrooms too, although I haven't shared that with anyone else.... ;-) Enjoy the stormy weather to come. X

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  6. I'm looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fire with a cup of tea and a new book that arrived today ;)

    Have a beautiful week Jennifer.

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  7. Oh! I remember watching War Games with my kids. They loved it. And that was when it first came out. I miss those times, when my kids were with me all the time. But, as I keep reminding myself, it would be really sad if they were living at home at ages 27 and 29!

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  8. I love the idea house plants too.. but I'm not good with keeping them alive. I'm thinking of trying again maybe in the spring, maybe.
    enjoy your private Friday.

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  9. It's been raining here this evening, but unfortunately it's also freezing so the roads are nasty.
    When we got married, the in thing was huge candelabra's. We had 2 in the front of church, along with other candle stands. So - we ended up with a lot of candles. We keep them in a shoe box and use them whenever there's a power outage. It's been 36 years and we still have quite a few. I may have to take your idea and just burn them! :)

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  10. I loved watching Victoria, especially as my daughter watched it with me, so I'm really looking forward to the second series later in the year (have you tried Poldark, also excellent). Ivy is one of my favourites, I often plant it in my hanging baskets with my summer flowers xx

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  11. Lovely pictures, good start for the post.

    Looking forward busy weeks as the new year just started :)

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  12. I enjoyed reading this as always! it's wonderful to find things to do when at home in rain storms! God bless you this week!

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  13. I am inspired by all your industry Jennifer. The little ivy plant is sweet and do I see some apple crochet? I watched "The Imitation Game" on a cold, wet and sleety afternoon last week. My daughter was home and in between a day in London which included watching the live feed from Stratford of "The Tempest" and an extraordinarily windy day on the coast we needed a 'home' day so we cosied up on the sofa after a morning of making bread, soup, marmalade cake and a huge pot of bolognese ragu. And then it snowed and about an inch settled here and I was worried about my son driving home over the hills (there had been an accident so he turned around and came home on gritted roads) and my husband cycling home off-road. Great relief when both turned up in one piece. I'm really looking forward to seeing La La Land this Friday with my husband, I guess as we're going to a fancy cinema and may even eat out we could call it a 'date night'!

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  14. Lovely to catch up Jennifer, I'm sure your ivy will thrive they are strong plants and will grow almost anywhere. Enjoy your Friday. :) xx

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  15. It sounds deliciously cosy chez Bears. Love that beeswax candle. I like to light one from time to time on a grey day. Today is incredibly grey and damp here. When the children get home from school I shall put the heating on and go and cook something and all will be warm and scrumptious. Enjoy the rest of your week, especially your Friday together. CJ xx

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  16. Lovely post Jennifer. I agree...light those candles and enjoy them. I loved Victoria and was sorry when the series ended. I'm looking forward to seeing my little grandchildren tomorrow when I pick them up from school! Also to some sunny days again after a lot of grey and dreary ones this past week. Take care and enjoy your week.
    Helen xox

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  17. Your life always sounds so serene, I am sure it isn't all the time but you find the happy spots to talk about. Have a wonderful Friday with your Bear.

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  18. I just love the rainy weather. I'm sitting here at my desk watching the snow falling, falling, falling. It's so beautiful! I will never-ever tire of it as long as I live! Glad you are having some cozy weather to enjoy. There's really nothing much better in my opinion! Am I over-using exclamation points? !!! Ha-ha. I have never had luck getting my amaryllis to bloom a second year. I just buy new ones every year when they come out at Walmart. I think it's a rare thing for them to rebloom. I always get the new long leaves, but no blooms. Have a cozy rest of the week!

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  19. Well, I am looking forward to Valentine's Day, and thinking about that I was thinking of putting on the red and white check tablecloth on my table: debating: just leaving the Winter cloth I have on it now because it has some hearts in its pattern :) Also I am looking forward to going to a beach house with some friends on my birthday weekend February 17 to work finishing Sarah's First Year Scrapbook. I am glad you are cozy in your winter activities, and thanks for the video suggestions!
    While I got my Amaryllis to bloom twice, this third time it just has leaves. I hope your ivy stays healthy. I do not have much of a green thumb and am thrilled [surprised] when plants survive my supervision or lack there of. Thanks for posting lovely photos...ahh candlelight [even if to declutter :) ] I am going to light some candles as the snow is being washed away by rain and the afternoon is darkening. Happy week to you and yours! xx

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  20. I was just given my first house plant at Christmas. really must get some more! I'm looking forward to 2 more weeks off school, doing whatever I want every day! Then the new school year and craziness begins. Only 10-11 weeks till the next school hols then though ;)

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  21. We have a busy weekend with family stuff and I have a few things on the go ...as always. Enjoy tomorrow. Jo x

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