Thursday, October 20, 2016

100 Thanks by Thanksgiving #2

6. the memories and moments on my trip to England and Paris this past June. The Lake District, especially, holds a special place in my heart. It was super special to be able to take this trip with my mom and sister.

7. the remembrance of all the little enchanting connections to literature, culture, and beauty that I saw and hold onto...bits of beauty.

8. for my family, especially my husband, it was a lot harder for me to take this trip than we thought it would be...I'm so grateful for their sacrifice and love.

9. for the people we met and visited with...a lovely gal I talked with on the train from the Lake District to London, our B&B owners, and the older gentleman on a another train, the funny cabbies, a friendly librarian and my sister's friend in wonderful to see life from a totally different perspective. The rich languages, gorgeous. 

10. for history and people I've read about coming alive. I don't think I realized how much older England and Paris truly are until I was there...the old soul feeling abounds. It is amazing and beautiful to learn, see, and grasp where our history, where my beloved writers, and all the beauty I've been comforted with over the years was breathed into being. 

I'm so thankful and blessed for this opportunity and will never forget it!


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Daybook {October 19th}

Many years ago, on an old blog of mine, I enjoyed participating in The Simple Woman's Daybook. I thought it would be fun to do occasionally again. I really enjoy reading others entries. *smile*

For Today

Looking out my window: Glorious sunrise today, all pinks and purples! My 7yo and I took some photos, but it's so hard to capture the true splendor of those moments. Glad I got to share it with her, though!

I am thinking - about how drained I feel, what I can do about that, and just leaning on my faith in Jesus Christ to help me enjoy and invest in all the beautiful relationships here. 

I am thankful - book orders coming from the last time I had a bit of money. We all so delight in seeing what's in each package. Books truly are a treasure!

One of my favorite things - early morning stillness and the light shining in ways it only can in the morning.

I am creating - journals. I love my journals. I hope to take a bit more time with some of them as maybe a way of refilling my soul's exhaustion. :) 

I am wearing - clothing. ;) I wear sort of boring things at home and only wear nicer things when I go out. I know that sounds bad, but I ruin everything here with cooking, children's snot, ink stains, and messes. I used to wear more aprons, but got out of the habit and forget!

I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to - I really am enjoying the podcasts: Grammer Girl Quick and Dirty Tips  and NPR's How I Built This lately. My friend just gave me a book in a similar vein to Gladys Taber's writing and I'm slowly dipping in and I will share more later!

I am hoping - to go to a local area home educating family gym night. We are sort of far from our friends and family at our new place, that I would like to meet some new families in this area. 

I am learning - that it is truly in our weaknesses that the Lord shows Himself strong. 

In my kitchen - I made homemade cinnamon rolls this morning. They were a huge hit. I don't do that often because it is quite a bit of work on a school morning, but I'm glad I stretched myself a bit. 

In the school room - We enjoyed watching A Midsummer Night's Dream with James Cagney in it...and a young Mickey Rooney. It's a bit weird and maybe parts of it are sort of scary, but overall we liked it. 

In my garden - We got all of our spring bulbs planted! Next year, I hope to put in a lilac or two (or a hundred ;) ) and maybe some peonies. I need to research more about what time of year is best and how to go about planting those. Also does anyone know if I should cover a hydrangea with anything in the winter? I'm zone 4 I think. 

Board room -

How come there is a photo of me on Pinterest? :P Heehee!

Shared Quote (violent ;), yet good rule of thumb for reading. Hmmm...kinda eliminates most Christian fiction, though. LOL!)

 "If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us." Frank Kafka

A moment from my day

Closing Notes - I noticed that Katrina Kenison has a collection of her blog posts? being published and I love her writing.  She wrote Mitten Strings for God and The Gift of an Ordinary Day, which are favorites of mine! A few things, I take with a "grain of salt" as we don't share the same faith, but I think this will be beautiful. Saving up for it! :) 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday Ponderings...(on Tuesday)

"But it is much to a child to know that he may question, may talk of the thing that perplexes him, and there is comprehension for his perplexities. Effusive sympathy is a mistake, and bores a child when it does not make him silly. But just to know that you can ask and tell is a great outlet, and means, to the parent, the power of direction, and to the child, free and natural development." 

pg 3. Vol. 3. Charlotte Mason 
(emphasis mine)

Friday, October 14, 2016

100 Thanks by Thanksgiving...

{some old photos off of my phone}

1. shafts of sunlight shining, reaching in and touching my soul
2. the Holy Bible, beauty and life
3. little boys hands, hugging my neck
4. "Hmmm, this chili is so good, Mom."
5. book gifts from friend


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Daybook {October 12th}

Many years ago, on an old blog of mine, I enjoyed participating in The Simple Woman's Daybook. I thought it would be fun to do occasionally again. I really enjoy reading others entries. *smile*

For Today

Looking out my window: It is gray and rainy. The wind is whipping through the trees. I'm so glad I put up two long strands of twinkle lights the other day...I have been anticipating the gray & white colors that come after autumn and flow through winter. The lights are SO cheery. I highly recommend it! It makes up for my Vitamin D deficiency in winter. :)

I am thinking - about my prayer journaling this morning, an encouraging email I received, and an extra project list that I made this morning.

I am thankful - for a nice date my husband and I had last night. His aunt gave us spa tickets! We enjoyed soaking and relaxing, they even have gorgeous outdoor pools at this place. The moon was glorious and they had a fire going with lovely rockers to sit in. We then went out for a delicious dinner. So thankful for that time to talk uninterrupted. 

One of my favorite things - planning gifts for loved ones! The Christmas season is slowly approaching. 

I am creating - not a lot right now. I have so many unfinished projects and ideas for Christmas, but I need to make a plan and then put the steps on my daily list, and then execute it. LOL. ;)

I am wearing - comfy gray sweatshirt and my black stretch pants.

I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to - I just dipping into Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery. I try to read at least one of her titles a year. She is one of my most favorite authors. Some of my dear family and friends think she is too "purple prose-y", but I love it! My favorites of hers (so far!) are Anne of the InglesideRainbow Valley, and Jane of Lantern Hill.

I am hoping - that this busy weekend goes off without a hitch. I'm going to have to really get my act together later this evening into tomorrow to get everything ready for people going every which way and a wedding that we are attending. 

I am learning - that pride and bitterness can blind you to how you respond to people. Ouch. Hard lesson.

In my kitchen - soon I must make a cherry pie for my husband as I finally picked up some of the ingredients for the crust. We picked cherry's this summer and I've been meaning to make one. On tonight's dinner menu is chili and cornbread, perfect for the weather! :)

In the school room -
our favorite things right now are Shakespeare, Greek Myths, and Silent Storm, a book about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller. 

In my garden - I have collected some bulbs that must be planted SOON. My 7 yo and I hope to do it in the next few days before it gets too cold. I need to sketch a plan on where to put them and also just to remember where I did indeed plant bulbs come spring. 

Board room

Someone is welcome to make me that above quilt in their spare time! ;) I just about swooned when I noticed it on Pinterest here.  It will be JUST the ticket with my twinkly lights to keep me cheerful through winter. Heehee. :)

Shared Quote

"Sometimes we want greater clarity
When what we need is deeper trust."
- Ann Voskamp

A moment from my day

Closing Notes - Today is filled with stories, math, writing, and hot chocolate with my children. Oh and Mount Washmore. ;)  I might run to the library and thrift store too! Bless you today as you go about your work. :)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Ponderings...awareness of beauty

There is always one moment in a day when I think my heart will break. Such a moment I think all women have, and men too, when all the meaning of life seems distilled and caught up and you feel you can never, never bear to leave it. It may be when you turn and look down a blazing autumn road or it may be when you see your house under great ancient trees or it may be, in the city, when you look up at a towering apartment building and see one light and think "that is mine." It may be any one of a number of things, according to the circumstances of your life. But there is a moment, and all the heartaches and sorrows of your life suddenly diminish, and only the fine brave things stand out. You breathe sharp clean air, your eyes lift to the eternal wideness of the sky. Anybody has moments like this to store up, but some people are too busy adding up their frustrations to appreciate them. And yet all we need is an awareness of the beauty in life to make us richly content. My definition of happiness is just the ability to garner the perfect moments. 

~Gladys Taber
Stillmeadow Daybook 
pg 146
(emphasis mine)

Howards End by E.M. Forester - A Book Review

Howards End by E.M. Forster - I was a bit confused in the beginning of this story, I'm not sure why, maybe not knowing ANYTHING of what it was about, so I cheated and watched the movie with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. I really enjoyed the movie, gorgeous costumes, houses, and English countryside (or wherever it was filmed) and it whetted my appetite for the book. I was actually pleasantly surprised that much of the plot was similar from the book to the movie, although there were still changes and adjustments. This would be a great date night movie, I think. This book was enlightening to me most of all about the class distinctions in England in following the Victorian era. It's so interesting to see points of view between the wealthy, middle class, and the poor. I don't deal with class distinction as much in my life, but it made me think and consider a bit about how as an American, I look at Second and Third World problems, through First World glasses, which is not good. I don't have the frame of reference to be able to give true opinions. For example, I've never had to struggle for a whole day, just finding and hauling drinking/cooking water. I also was intrigued by how the place of women in society was changing a bit, yet things that were accepted for men to do and say, where still considered scandalous for women. The story begins and basically follows, with side plots, the lives of two, middle-class, pretty well off single sisters Helen and Margaret Schlegel, their brother, Tibby, and their interactions with a wealthy family, the Wilcox's, and a poor man, Leonard Bast, and his wife. There is also a bit of race threads running through this book, as the Schelgel's father was German and their mother English. Many of their idiosyncrasy's are blamed on the German "influence" in their blood and life. There are so many interesting tidbits and thoughts to chew on in this...Margaret and Mr. Wilcox's different looks on life and clashes, Tibby's indifference in a way, Helen's choices, Leonard's attempt at furthering himself, the difference in morality views between men and women...and so on. I really enjoyed this title. I read this for my A Classic Which Includes the Name of Place in the Title as apart of the Back to the Classics Challenge 2016. ~