Sunday, January 24, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY January 25, 2010

Outside my window...the winter blahs. It rained this weekend and we melted a lot of snow. I hate this time of the year when there are so many dirty piles. I wish it would snow a little more.

I am thinking...about not much of all. My brain's too full of schedules and such to think of anything ;)

I am thankful for...for a safe trip to and from Snow Camp for Brian and for his improvement in his grades this quarter.

From the learning rooms...plugging away with long division. Not my strong suit and I hate teaching it. Hopefully Alyssa will pick it up quickly.

From the kitchen...spaghetti with meat sauce and homemade French bread.

I am creating...an edited chapter in my book. I want to have it to my crit partners tomorrow. If I write today, that means I can have a cup of lavender tea. That's my new reward for writing. So far, it's working!

I am wearing...jeans, a purple turtleneck, a beige sweater, and my ever-present afghan to keep me warm.

I am reading...My Bible. It's all I have time for. (This is the same thing I wrote last time I did a daybook!)

I am hoping...that this will be a good, productive week.

I am praying...for someone in my church who is going through infertility and may be thinking about adopting. I know what a difficult time that is.

I am going...nowhere this morning. The piano tuner is coming to us. Then, this afternoon, it is piano lessons and picking up the others from school. A normal Monday.

Around the house...It's getting better after the Brian the Tornado returned from snow camp. I just need to do his laundry (that much laundry when you're only gone for 3 days!) and make my bed.

I am hearing...Alyssa practicing her piano one more time before her lesson.

One of my favorite things...a warm blanket. I wouldn't survive the winter without it.

A few plans for the rest of the week: grocery shopping, signing up Alyssa for more swimming lessons (she doesn't really need the lessons, but the exercise is good for her), Jonalyn's IEP on Thursday (praying that goes well), Doug has a night out with his friends on Friday.

Here is picture thought I am sharing: My garden a few years ago. This is a random picture I chose without even looking, but it's a nice, warm thought!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Foto Friday - Freezing Fog





We had some freezing fog here last weekend. Doug went out and took these pictures. Everything looked so beautiful and unique.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Book Review - Though Waters Roar


Another Christy award for Lynn Austin? I think so. I recently checked out "Though Waters Roar" from the library on the recommendation of my mother. She was right. This is another fabulous book by one of my favorite authors. Lynn Austin tells the story of four generations of women - Hannah, Bebe, Lucy and Harriet - and interweaves them beautifully. The stories overlap each other and intertwine, but not in a way that the book gets confusing, not an easy feat to accomplish. Each woman's character is deep and well defined and her story well developed. Lynn creates a tale which shows how the generations before us affect us, define us, and sometimes burden us. Harriet finds herself in jail, but asks, in the very first chapter, "How did I get here?" The question isn't answered until the final chapters, and then, in a surprising way. By reviewing the lives of her great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother, and all the wonderful and heroic things they've done, Harriet learns something about herself and about God. "Though Waters Roar" is a wonderful read, one you won't want to put down.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Foto Friday - Snow Tubing

Alyssa (pink coat with blue scarf) leading the charge up the hill.


Brian (on the left) and some of his friends.



Alyssa and her friend.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Conversation

On Friday night, Doug, Brian & Alyssa went snow tubing with our youth group, which left me and Jonalyn alone to hang out. I decided I felt like P*nera's chicken noodle soup for dinner. It's low fat and soooo good. I ordered some to go because I just wanted to sit with my feet up and relax after a super busy day. As we were walking out of the restaurant, Jonalyn said to me, "No. I eat now."
L: "No, we're going to eat it at home."
J: "Eat noodle chicken soup now."
L: "At home."
I got her into the car at last, but decided to make one more stop to look at kitchen counter tops for our remodel.
Scene: walking into the store.
J: "No, I eat noodle chicken soup now."
L: "After we shop. Then we'll go home and eat soup."
J: "Eat now."
L: "We'll shop now and eat it at home."
J: "Home?"
L: "Yes."
She reluctantly took my hand and went into the store. But she wasn't happy.
Scene: Leaving the store
L: "We're going home now to eat soup."
J: "Yeah!"
For those of you new here (welcome, by the way) this is huge for Jonalyn. She used words to make her feelings known. She got her point across to me. And we had a conversation. I can't believe how her language is exploding. Wow! With all the birthday's in our home recently, she's even learned how to say birthday. Now, you might not be able to understand it, but I sure know what she is saying.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY January 11, 2010

Outside my window...Cloudy, cold, lots of snow on the ground, but none falling from the sky. They say it's going to warm up this week. I'll believe it when I see it.

I am thinking...about what I might want for dinner.

I am thankful for...for Doug. Just for him being him and being here.

From the learning rooms...Carschool today. Alyssa started a new art class that took most of the morning. She said it was O.K., which I hope means she likes it. She did well and I'm glad she can learn some art basics, which she can't learn from me!

From the kitchen...whatever jumps out at me from the meat case. Today is my birthday and I want something I really like but I don't know exactly what I want.

I am creating...a calm, quite attitude. I hope.

I am wearing...my cuddle duds, an orange sweater, a fleece over that, my blue slippers and my ever-handy afghan.

I am reading...My Bible. It's all I have time for.

I am hoping...that Brian does well on his exams this week. It's been stressful getting him ready for them.

I am praying...for peace for my son's heart.

I am going...to get gas, to the grocery store, to get Brian & Jonalyn from school.

Around the house...school books scattered around. Must clean those up. And must empty the dishwasher so I can put in the breakfast and lunch dishes.

I am hearing...the refrigerator humming, Alyssa asking to go to the library.

One of my favorite things...snowshoeing! I went in our yard Saturday and it was beautiful. It's so much fun and so easy and relaxing.

A few plans for the rest of the week: piano lessons, work, hair cut, lots of phone calls to make. Busy, busy, busy.

Here is picture thought I am sharing: Me snowshoeing several years ago. I don't use the poles anymore. I don't really need them.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Foto Friday - Snow Fun

Enjoy the pictures. The snow is so high around here, it's getting hard to see pulling out of driveways because of the tall piles left by the plows.





Thursday, January 7, 2010

It's about Time

We've lived out the in country for 11 1/2 years now. Had a lot of near misses with the deer and our cars. Yesterday, we bagged our first one. Doug hit it (or, as Brian says, it hit Doug!) on his way to work. And he did a dousy of a job on it. There was a truck in the lane next to him, blocking his view, so he never saw it. He thinks he hit the deer before he hit the brakes. That would be 45 mph. The deer went flying into the median. There is significant damage to his BRAND NEW truck. Doesn't that figure? The entire front end is smashed in to the engine. The hood is buckled. The bumper and license plate are "gone". (The police department just called and they found the license plate PTL!) He brought home the "H" from the front grill, embedded with deer hair, and said that's all that's left of the front end.

But the Lord has been good. Doug wasn't injured at all. People have been seriously hurt and even killed when they hit deer, but he isn't even sore from the seat belt locking. God's angels were certainly watching over Doug yesterday. Because of the type of accident, we won't have to pay a deductible. Our insurance agency is doing a fabulous job so far and we already have the truck in the body shop. We got a good deal on a rental car. And the license plate was found. In all of this, I'm praising our loving Heavenly Father for his tender care and mercies. They are indeed new every morning.

P.S. No pictures. Doug didn't take any. He told me I could go to the body shop and take some, but maybe I really DON'T want to see how bad all of this was.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Our Milwaukee Trip

We enjoyed a trip to Milwaukee last week and had a grand time. We loved Disc*very World. What a great place. One wing is devoted the the Great Lakes. You can view a scale model of them.
You can also tour a ship - inside and out - and learn about shipping on the Great Lakes.

They have an aquarium there. The fish swim over your head. I almost reached out to grab one at one point because it was so close to me.

They even have a place where you can "pet" the fish - sturgeon, sting rays, starfish and sea urchins. Jonalyn didn't want to touch them, but it did get her to agree to pet the starfish and sea urchins. She was really most happy waving to the fish and shouting. She was very excited!


Then we went to the other side, which was mechanical things and the Les Paul Sound Stage. We had fun here as well. Brian drove a "virtual" car. Doug and I did, too. It wasn't as easy as it looked. I flipped my car over!
Jonalyn touched the thing that made her hair stand on end.
We had to teach Alyssa what a telephone booth was! And how to dial a rotary phone!
Some views of Milwaukee.

And we ate at Friday's Front Row at Miller Park - home of the Milwaukee Brewers. What fun! Imagine eating there when a game is going on. Too rich for my blood, but maybe someday.
We made lots of good memories and maybe even a New Year's tradition. See, Milwaukee is more than beer and cheese.

Monday, January 4, 2010


FOR TODAY... January 4, 2010

Outside my window... It's a typically cold January day. Brrrr. Snow still covers everything.

I am thinking... about getting back into the routine.

I am thankful for... all of the thoughtful people in my life.

I am wearing... jeans, a maroon turtleneck, a beige cardigan. And I have my handy afghan thrown around my shoulders.

I am remembering... what a wonderful holiday season we had, how many new memories we made this year.

I am going... to the doctor in a little while. I'm having what I think is a bad fibromyalgia flare-up, but I want to see for sure. And I want to see if he has any treatments that might help me.

I am currently reading...nothing. My mom just finished reading Lynn Austin's new book and said it was excellent, so I'm DYING to read it, but I don't know when I'll get the chance.

I am hoping... I manage to stick to my schedule and get everything done that needs to be done. It's going to be a busy day/week, but I'm confident I can stay on track.

On my mind... my hubby. Some stressful things are going on in his life and I pray that he will get plenty of sleep and not start having problems with his migraines again.

Noticing that... my house really needs to be revamped. It needs to be painted and the kitchen needs to be remodeled. We're starting to make some decisions about the countertops and floors.

Pondering these words..."I love you, O Lord, my strength." Psalm 18:1. That's the joyous attitude I want to carry with me into the new year.

From the kitchen...beef barley soup. Doug has a meeting and 5 and another one at 6, so I need something ready to go whenever he gets home. Maybe, if I'm ambitious, I'll make homemade french bread to go with it.

Around the house...the cat is walking around with a bandana around his neck. The kids enjoy tortouring him this way. Otherwise, the Christmas decorations are all put away. Kind of sad when you do it, because then we settle into the long, dreary part of the winter.

One of my favorite things...Sunshine in January! It makes the cold so much more bearable.

From my picture journal...from our trip to Milwaukee last week. Check back tomorrow and I'll tell you more (hee hee!)

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