Daybook


FOR TODAY, Friday, August 21st…
Outside My Window…Roses, fading in the summer heat, swinging garden gate, bird feeder needing  to be re-hung after a marauding squirrel knocked it down, apple tree heavily laden with fruit
I am thinking…that I want to bottle this lazy summer day feeling in order to revisit it when burnout from homeschooling threatens to overwhelm me
I am thankful for…this home, this cool morning, fresh coffee in the morning courtesy of Dear Knight, long, languid day stretching before me
From the kitchen…BLT’s with juicy, fresh from the garden tomatoes, on country french bread
I am wearing…blue t-shirt, denim skirt–worn-in and soft like butter
I am creating…lesson plans, daily schedules, and messes everywhere I go!
I am going…nowhere today…this is a lazy day
I am reading All Jane Austen’s novels: up next, Persuasion
I am hoping…My Dearest friend will enjoy the satisfaction of seeing  Jesus  grab hold of the hearts of her wayward son and daughter-in-law
I am hearing…The lulling hum of the dishwasher and the soothing sound of the fountain.
Around the house…quiet…a rare thing in this house
One of my favorite things…Sweet kisses from 3 year olds!!
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
late summer tomatoes

late summer tomatoes


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Coram Deo, Lola
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FOR TODAY, Friday, November 20th…
Outside My Window… A picture is worth a thousand words…the tule fog rolled in about 1 hour ago and shrouded our yard in this smoke-like haze
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I am thinking…”For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”~~Eph.2:8-9
I am thankful for…Ann at Holy Experience, for reminding that gratitude is necessary for life–without it we run the risk of losing sight of who we truly are in Christ
From the kitchen…Dutch Corn Chowder for dinner
I am wearing…jeans & a hoodie sweater
I am creating…Jesse Tree plans  and Christmas literature lessons (TLP’s: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol)
I am going…to endeavor, with the Holy Spirit’s help, to delight in my children today
I am readingPersuasion…again (Yes, I’m still on my Jane Austen kick)
I am hoping…that there is peace in this house today
I am hearing…the hum of the heater &  children eating breakfast
Around the house…a slow leisurely start to our day
One of my favorite things…afternoon read aloud time with all of us wrapped in cozy blankets and a mug of steaming tea by my side
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Weekend: Big girls are off to a friend’s birthday party this afternoon. The rest of us will just enjoy the remainder of the day.
A picture thought I’m sharing: This greets me every time I come in my front door
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FOR TODAY,Monday, October 6th…
Outside My Window…The few remaining hot pink Crepe Myrtle  blossoms bravely  hanging on–their last hurrah!
I am thinking…”For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”~~Eph.2:8-9
I am thankful for…siblings laughing  and playing together
From the kitchen…leftover Cowboy Potato Chowder from  Cooking for Kids and Cowboys for lunch
I am wearing…cropped pants, hoodie and t-shirt
I am creating…menu ideas for fall
I am going…to enjoy teatime this afternoon with my girls this afternoon!
I am readingPride and Predjudice
I am hoping…that the cool weather will come back soon…rained this weekend and today a high of mid-80’s
I am hearing…the radio, children humming and schoolwork being done
Around the house…toys, books, crumbs, play-doh
One of my favorite things…Bigelow Cinnamon Stick tea…reminds me of my late grandmother
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Later this week we’ll be attending our hs group’s oral Presentation meeting( Reading Rally)–I facilitate it…and hopefully the girls and I will get out for a nature walk
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FOR TODAY, Wednesday, September 24th…(I know these are supposed to go out on Mondays but Mondays are not a good blogging day around here!!)
Outside My Window…dew wet grass, leaves just barely showing sings of change
I am thinking…”For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”~~Eph.2:8-9
I am thankful for…God’s un-ending, mind-boggling, lavish Grace!
From the kitchen…Greek yogurt sweetened with honey and sprinkled with walnuts, orange juice, and coffee with milk
I am wearing…capris  and a blue t-shirt
I am creating…lesson plans and more lesson plans
I am going…to enjoy teatime this afternoon with my girls
I am readingSense and Sensibility
I am hoping…that Dear Knight enjoys his week away at a photography workshop…a birthday gift from me to him…guilt-free!
I am hearing…children talking as they wait for me to get off the computer!
Around the house…messes and more messes, slowly diminishing tower of laundry, beautiful sunlight stretching across the hard wood floors.
One (or three) of my favorite things…quiet mornings, cool autumn breezes, the patter of sock clad feet on wood floors
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:Heading up the raod to Apple Hill later this week with a good friend and her two daughters…I can hear the pies and cider calling my name already.
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FOR TODAY, Friday, September 12th…(I know these are supposed to go out on Mondays but Mondays are not a good blogging day around here!!)
Outside My Window…Morning light inching across the back yard lawn
I am thinking…I should have made a pot of tea rather than coffee!
I am thankful for…cool mornings and the scent of autumn in the air
From the kitchen…Cream of Wheat with a bit of brown sugar and a sprinkling of cinnamon & nutmeg and sausages frying on the stove
I am wearing…a slim denim skirt and a pink blouse
I am creating… in my mind: to-do lists for today’s activities!
I am going…to facilitate our local homeschool group’s  monthly Reading Rally (oral presentations)-the first of this new school year-later this afternoon
I am readingFamily Fragrance by J. Otis and Gail  Ledbetter (this is an amazing book giving practical ideas and advise on  how to fill one’s home with the A.R.O.M.A. of love)
I am hoping…that our day moves along as smoothly as this whole week has…even after the  unexpected trip to the radiologist to have the Boy’s hockey-playing-knees x-rayed (no word yet on the outcome)
I am hearing…Babycakes whining (sigh), children slowly coming into the kitchen  breakfast and the soft voices of our girls, The Boy’s geometry lesson by Teaching Textbook
Around the house…the detritus of a week of focused schooling: books on every flat surface, papers needing to be put into school binders, crayons and pencils scattered everywhere, and art projects drying
One of my favorite things…see “Around the house” above
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: (or the weekend in this case) Reading Rally today, coffee tomorrow morning with homeschooling mom’s, worship on Sunday
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
Teatime Tuesday…
one of our favorite things about our homeschooling experience…thanks Bravewriter for inspiring us!  those are my late grandmother’s depression glass dishes, and teatime treats (with lemonade rather than tea for a change)
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FOR TODAY, Wednesday, August 27th…(a little late, but better than never!)
Outside My Window…Tomato plants wilting in 100’+ heat, trees not moving for lack of breeze
I am thinking…Autumn is just around the corner!
I am thankful for…central air conditioning and a north facing family room…baby, it’s hot outside
From the kitchen…Cream scones with jam and whipped cream
I am wearing…black capris and blue and white blouse
I am creating…a mess as I try to clean our my closet!
I am going…to try to get to bed earlier than midnight!
I am readingHow the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
I am hoping…the wee chicks drift off to sleep early as I have more lesson planning to do tonight
I am hearing…my son’s iTunes selections, kitchen being cleaned, toys being played with
Around the house…the after dinner lull–books being pulled out for night time reading, baths being taken and rooms being tidied
One of my favorite things…the early evening light wafting in through my living room window
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: The Boy helps coach a homeschool little league team on Thursday mornings as the girls play at the adjacent park…it even has a fountain play area so bathing suits (for the girls…not moi) are the outfits of choice
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
Babycake’s little pink shoes…yes, they came down the slide first…Babycakes followed with a smile on her face
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FOR TODAY, Monday, August 18th…
Outside My Window…Crepe Myrtle tree losing its blossoms, swinging garden gate, bird feeder needing filling having been ravaged over the weekend by house finches, apple tree heavily laden with fruit
I am thinking…that I want to bottle this lazy summer day feeling in order to revisit it when burnout from homeschooling threatens to overwhelm me
I am thankful for…this home, this cool morning, fresh coffee in the morning courtesy of Dear Knight, long, languid day stretching before me
From the kitchen…country apple and blueberry tart for breakfast, leftovers for lunch and creamy orzo pasta with tomatoes for dinner
I am wearing…light grey, knit, pull-over-my-head dress from many years ago…it’s comfortable like an old friend
I am creating…lesson plans, daily schedules, and decoupaged notebooks
I am going…nowhere today…this is a lazy day
I am readingBird by Bird by Anne Lamott, School Education by C Mason, Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson and For the Families Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
I am hoping…Dear Knight will be home early–he’s been traveling alot lately…we miss him at the dinner table
I am hearing…the sprinklers, random notes from Amazing Grace from our wind chime-a gift from Dear Knight, birds outside, lawn mowers in the distance and the ever present traffic noise.
Around the house…the scent of apple blueberry tart, laundry waiting patiently for folding, fresh flowers on the table
One of my favorite things…greek yogurt and fresh, sliced strawberries for breakfast…Yum!!
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: the girls and I will be joining 4 friends and their mothers for a simple “book club” meeting near a creek to discuss Swallows and Amazons—and yes, we’ll be bringing pemmican, seed cake, grog (lemonade) and hunks of chocolate…that’s why I’m called the “Best of All Natives”
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
I see this each time I look at our mantle…the dried lavender is from our garden, the little book lover a gift from my mom and the love angel a serendipitous gift from a friend…she didn’t know that I don’t care for knick knacks but really am taken by these figurines from Willow Tree
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