Monday, November 17, 2008

For Today

FOR TODAY, November 17, 2008...
Outside my window...The neighborhood is very quiet. All the kids have left for school, adults are either off to work or inside their homes going about their daily routine. The sun is shining and it's going to be another beautiful day.
I am thinking..about how fast the weekend went and that in one more week the holiday season will officially begin.
I am thankful...that I don't have to take chemistry ever again in my life. This weekend, I helped my son study for a biochem exam. It's been 30 plus years since I took biochem in college. I'm thankful and in awe of people who understand science and can apply it to making our lives better.
From the kitchen...Dan is out of town this week, so we'll have simple things for supper. . . soups and sandwiches, breakfast foods.
I am wearing...a black sweatsuit
I am creating...piles of packages from holiday shopping. It's mostly all done.
I am be running around a lot this week, so this is my stay-at-home-day to work.
I am reading...Loving Frank, a fictional account of Frank Lloyd Wright. Still reading this from last week. I can only get in a chapter or so at a time in the evenings. I'm not sure if that's why the book seems to be slow-moving or if it's the plot line.
I am hoping...that my son does well on his exam tomorrow.
I am hearing...a clock ticking and the drone of an airplane overhead.
Around the house...I repainted the living room. Yes, the room I painted last weekend. The chocolate brown was way too dark, and the new soft celery green is relaxing and calming. It was worth doing over again.
One of my favorite things...when the milkman starts carrying the quart size bottles of eggnog for the holiday season.
A few plans for the rest of the week... Book Club on Wednesday, Bible Study on Tuesday, choir for Em on Wednesday, shop with my aunt for her new car!, haircuts, homework for kids, all the usual stuff
Here is picture thought I am sharing. . . this is my desk, which typically reflects my state of mind. As you can see, it is very full, very disorganized and needs attention. The same might be said for my house. There is laundry to do, bathrooms to clean, sheets to change, kids to feed. So I won't be blogging for the rest of the week. Have a good week, everyone, and I'll be back once I get my act together!
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday's Fave 5

It's time for Susanne's Friday Fave 5, taking a look back at the week and thinking of the good stuff that happened. I love doing this. It's a good reminder of all I have to be thankful for. 1. First on my list happened just today. We got the news that my brother, Matt, will be home in time for Christmas! He's been over in the big sandbox since March, with a short leave home in September. This time he'll be home for good, a whole month earlier than we expected! 2. Everything else seems to pale in comparison to #1, but it was such a good week overall. Today, Dan and I had our traditional Christmas shopping day. He takes a day off work and we start out with breakfast, this time at The Egg and I. We got a lot done and had to stop to refuel with coffee a couple times. Such a good day spent together. 3. We had our first snowfall last night. I don't know if it was enough to be considered the first of the season as it was only a dusting at our house. But, even if we didn't officially break the record of November 15th as the "latest first snowfall" (say it slowly, I did), it was nice to have the white stuff and the cold, cold morning. 4. I got two real letters in the mail this week! I love snail mail, and since I don't write many letters, I rarely get them. Maybe I should make it a practice to write more. Hmmm. 5. A book from Amazon arrived on my doorstep earlier this week. It was a steal, from the used book section. I've been on a mission to find a print of this painting. I don't know if one exists, but in the meantime, it has a full page in the book. It's called Before the Railroad Came and it depicts one of my favorite eras and subjects, women on the Western frontier. The book is on the complete works of the artist W.H.D. Koerner.
It was such a good week, but I'll stick with the rules and end here at 5;)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank You . . .

My dad served in the Air Force during the Korean War in the 4th Troop Carrier Squadron. My uncles were in the Navy during World War II, my godfather serving on the Bunker Hill. And my Grandpa was Navy in World War I. Thanks to all of these men, including my brother who carries on our family's military tradition, and all the men and women who have served our country in the past and those who continue to serve today.

Monday, November 10, 2008

For Today

FOR TODAY, November 10, 2008...

Outside my window...The sky is overcast, beautiful shades of gray that look like they've been painted in watercolors

I am thinking..about what a nice weekend it was. There was nothing on the calendar. On Saturday night we went out to eat and to the mall. It's crazy there on Saturday evenings! Not sure we'll do that very often, but it was something different. Luke ran into some friends and went to a movie with them. On Sunday, Dan went to a car race with a friend. It was a nice weekend, we got some chores done and had some fun, too. A good balance.

From the kitchen...Something from a new cookbook I picked up, Taste of Home Casseroles.

I am wearing...Jeans, long sleeved shirt and funky socks.

I am creating...more color in the house! Painted the living room over the weekend. I will post a picture soon.

I am stay home today, except for chauffering kids to school and back.

I am reading...Loving Frank, a fictional account of Frank Lloyd Wright, and Escaping Into the Open, by Elizabeth Berg

I am hoping...that all the fuss about Sara Palin will just stop. I didn't vote for her ticket, but no one deserves to be raked over the coals like she is. She gave the past few months of her and her family's life to her country and I admire her for that.

I am hearing...the heat come on in the house and a funny little bird chirping outside the window.

Around the house...hang some curtains, give the kitchen a good cleaning, dust and vacuum.

One of my favorite calls from Joey.

A few plans for the rest of the week: The kids don't have school tomorrow. Indoor soccer starts on Saturday. Not much on the calendar, which is really nice.

Here is picture thought I am sharing. . . Abby

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I'm thankful for Wednesdays. It's a 'late start' day for my daughter, which means school begins at 9:30 instead of 8:30, giving the teachers an hour each week to have team time to consult about students' progress.

For us, it means we get to take it easy on Wednesday mornings and it's become a tradition to go out for bagels on the way to school. If I could start every day at 9:30 I would be a happy camper. I am so not a morning person. I never have been. Just give me an extra hour and a second cup of coffee, and I'll be fine.

I do love Wednesdays.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Livin' in the USA

Today is the big day! This morning, the Today Show is airing footage of long lines of voters, waiting for their turn to cast their ballots. It makes me so thankful and proud to be an American. Everyone one of us has a voice and how we choose to vote is our right, our privilege and our own business. No matter how obnoxious the ads get, how long the campaign process drags out, it beats the alternative of living in a country where we don't get to decide.

Like everyone else, I have my opinion on who would be the person best qualified to lead our country. And I hope that enough Americans agree with me, that he'll have the opportunity to do so. But I also believe that both candidates are good, honest, decent men who have the country's best interests at heart. In the end, it isn't up to just one man to make our country the best in the world. It's up to all of us to do our part, by the way we live and in the decisions we make every day.

Today I'm just grateful to be living in the U.S.A.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Thankful for Mondays

Yes, Mondays. There was a time in my life when Mondays were not so welcomed. It meant going back to work, leaving the cozy, comfort of my home, starting the wait for the weekend all over again. But, that was then. Now, Mondays mean the house to myself, a new start on getting things right, a new week to fill with good things. It means a new work week, yes, but I get to work from the comfort of my home, with my dog at my feet, the radio set to the station of my choosing, and stopping to blog or throw in a load of laundry. It means dropping the kids at school, going by the office where my clients work and picking up packets filled with work. And starting fresh on all the accounts, scheduling and putting things in order. I work for a group of family therapists and do their billing, scheduling, intake. They're all just lovely women and if I go crazy, I know I can always pencil myself in. Which I haven't done nearly enough. Today, I'm not so alone, as there are two men running electricity for my husband's workshop. I hear them running up and downstairs, jiggling wires on the other side of the wall, pounding in the basement (I'm not sure I want to know what that's about), and generally making the dog a nervous wreck. As if that weren't enough, there's another man here replacing some windows that were found to have broken seals during the house inspection. Besides the fact that the electricians turned off the power long enough to mess up the t.v. --which I don't watch during the day, but keep it on the country music station -- so I'll have to wait til the kids get home because I'm not sure what they jiggle or flip or what in the back to make the t.v. go back on again, it's been a good day. It's kind of nice, working with others busy working around me, and we're getting lots done. The crockpot is busy at work, too, cooking a pot roast for supper. And in two days, the election will be over and there will be no more obnoxious political ads on t.v. I'll miss the ads about as much as I'll miss the backache I woke up with this morning, the result of moving too many boxes in the basement yesterday. And on that note, I'm thankful for Advil:)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Thankful Month

Leah is hostessing the Giving Thanks Challenge again this year. See my sidebar and click on the beautiful button to find out more about it. All month long, I'll be adding things to my list on the sidebar, giving thanks for the many gifts in my life.