Sunday, May 13, 2018

Flowers for me





I had a very nice Mother's Day, which really started on Saturday afternoon, when my in-laws gave me a large bouquet of lavender tulips with beargrass. I've never seen tulips this color before; they have white and blue in the very heart of them. Blue is such an unusual color in tulips. They really are special and so pretty. It's a lot of tulips, which is just lovely. I'm using my largest vase and it's still not big enough for all of them; the beargrass is jammed in rather artlessly.

On Sunday morning, I was presented with wonderful gifts by my Bear crew. The children made gifts for me in school; the GB created beautiful art in watercolor and crayon, depicting many kinds of flowers and leaves. The LB wrapped and glued yarn around a small glass vase and put flowers inside; his teacher bought several large bunches and gave each child several to take home. The painting now lives on the wall above our homeschool cart, where I keep art supplies, school books, papers and other learning tools like our base ten blocks, maps, rulers and calculators. I really like how it looks there; it brightens up the whole corner! I have children's art in every room of my house. I'll probably display it for the rest of my life; it's the best art in my house.

The Bear gave me two Mark Bittman cookbooks; we'd borrowed How to Cook Everything: The Basics from the library a month or two ago, renewing it several times while I pored over it and bookmarked numerous recipes with Post-Its. I've made four of them so far - one of them twice. I really love this cookbook; it has some great recipes made with simple ingredients, as well as excellent tips and advice for better cooking technique. I've enjoyed it so much that the Bear decided to buy me my own copy, as well as Bittman's earlier book, How to Cook Everything, which is more comprehensive and, in some ways, more complicated and aspirational, but also useful and interesting to read. I've always loved sitting down with a cookbook in my lap - I can get sunk into a well-written one as if it's a novel - and I find Bittman's writing about food to be really engaging and approachable. I'm only sorry I didn't discover his books sooner, but now I should have plenty of Bittman to keep me busy in the kitchen.

I hope you had a good day too, if it was Mother's Day where you are. I know it can be a complicated day for many people, and for many reasons, but I hope you found peace and happiness in it. Thank you for your comments on my most recent post; I appreciate them very much. Life has been busy lately but good too; we're all doing well and we're enjoying the busy season for the most part, if not always feeling calm and rested at the moment. But school will be finished by the middle of next week, then we'll have a blissful week of doing as little as we like before the summer activities start up in early June.

I'm reminded again how much I love our rhythms, the seasonal patterns and the way life unspools around them. I know my garden by heart; if the averages hold, there will be hibiscuses in about six and a half weeks. I pruned my roses for the first time, lopping off the first dead blooms, and I know there will be new ones in about four weeks. Every evening now, the tram cars on the mountain glitter in setting sun, the cables picked out like gleaming silver threads. Summer, for all I prickle at excessive heat and endless, aimless days, is a time of the year when I can count on certain things happening exactly when I expect them to, which feeds my deep need for settled, staid living, as much as it still surprises me every single year - the roses always come back, the storms always set in, the weeks at home together always seem a little too long, but I always miss them when they melt into autumn.

15 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a lovely mothers day with some gorgeous gifts. I have many cook books and love to sit and look through them and get ideas for something a little different.

    Mitzi

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  2. You received some wonderful gifts for Mother's Day. The artwork is really fabulous and I like the vase very much too. I've never heard of Mark Bittman, I shall look forward to seeing some of the recipes you try out.

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  3. What a glorious painting, and lovely cards and gifts. I liked the strawberry very much - just right for you. I always love to hear about the mountain you can see from your home. A view is such a wonderful thing to have, especially of something so amazing. I really loved your sentence about the tram cars. I didn't know there were trams going up, do you ever go? I'd love to see it up there if you do. It must feel like the top of the world. Hope you have a good week. CJ xx

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  4. I am glad you had a lovely Mother's Day with some beautiful gifts from your loving family x

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  5. You received some wonderful gifts Jennifer. I agree with you, children’s artwork is the best. I love the little vase that your LB made for you and that painting is amazingly beautiful! I have never seen tulips with blue in them either. What a lovely gift from your in-laws. I love to read cookbooks too. It’s always fun to find a a brand new favorite recipe that stays with you forever. How sweet of your Bear to know you so well that that is what you would like.
    I am with you. I like the rhythm of my days to stay the same. I could easily stay home and never go anywhere else and be perfectly happy. I hope you have a wonderful week Jennifer.
    Blessings always, Betsy

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  6. Hey Jennifer,
    I'm glad that you had a lovely Mother's Day; well deserved I'm sure. My favourite art work is something that Sam drew when he was at nursery many years ago. It's a picture of me and him (I have a very large head), and it still moves me when I look at it.
    Leanne xx

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  7. Sounds like a lovely day, the artwork was a delight and I am sure will be treasured. How wonderful to get such unusual tulips, I don't think I have ever come across blue ones.

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  8. Lovely Mother's Day!
    Have a cozy week. : )

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  9. I'm glad you had such a nice day. I love your artwork from the kids and the tulips are beautiful!

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  10. Hello! Very beautiful flowers. Have a happy week. Hugs.

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  11. You had a lovely Mother's Day Jennifer - and so did I, too. The artwork of flowers is stunning, and any of us would delight to have that on our walls. So much talent in your little bears. The tulips are really attractive and unusual - I hope they last for ages, looking lovely on your table.

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  12. So many sweet presents you got.. beautiful art and lovely flowers.

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  13. Hi Jen. I am catching up too reading your last post this morning as well. You have some lovely gifts but from your blog I would say you are way past the basics of cooking!! Best Wishes to a fabulous mum bear. Jo x

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  14. It sounds like you had a very lovely Mother's day on Sunday! The GB's artwork is beautiful! My fridge is covered in my daughter's artwork. I recently had a piece framed and it now hangs on my kitchen wall. It makes me very happy to see pieces of her art around the house. I've never seen tulips in that color, and wow, they are so pretty. Hope you are enjoying your week. We are forecasted to get lots of rain over the next several days. I suppose all my plants will be happy.

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