Monday, September 26, 2011

A Daybook

FOR TODAY, September 26, 2011

Outside my window...It's already dark and it's only 7:30 p.m.

I am thinking...about the busy weekend we had.  Emily went to her first Homecoming dance.  Dan and I drove her and a friend, and we had a few hours to 'kill' until it was time to pick them up.  We found a microbrewery with patio seating and had a late dinner, then shared dessert.

I am thankful...that I am still able to be a stay-at-home-mom, even though my kids are teens and one is a young adult.  

In the kitchen...Salmon on the grill, butternut squash, and a new recipe with red quinoa.

I am wearing...shorts and a t-shirt.  It was 89 degrees today!

I am creating...a menu plan for fall and a new plan for household budgeting.

I am bed early!

I am wondering...what my grandmother would think, if she could see our lives today.

I am reading...
A Confident Heart by Renee Swope
Escaping Into the Open by Elizabeth Berg

I am hoping... to get the rest of the windows clean in my house before the week is over.

I am looking forward with my aunt and my sister-in-law on Thursday.

I am hearing...the sound of the fan in my office, the television downstairs where Dan and Emily are watching a show.

Around the house...I decorated for Fall today.  Just a few things, a fall garland along the mantle, a few pumpkins here and there, some scented candles.

I am pondering...these words:
Drudgery is the touchstone of character.  The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things to do.  "Jesus took a towel. . . and began to wash the disciples' feet."  (Oswald Chambers)

One of my favorite things...fall-scented candles from Yankee Candle

A few plans for the rest of the week...Have lunch with a friend, parent-teacher conferences, a birthday party for my nephew, have the dog groomed.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...early morning at Lake Granby, Colorado.

Thanks to Peggy for hosting The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Favorites

Looking back over the week, can you think of five moments or five things that blessed you?  That's what Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story encourages us to do with Friday's Fave Five.  Here are mine:

1.  Today being the first day of Fall.  The air has cooled and the maple tree in my front yard is turning gold.   How I love Autumn.

2.  My favorite shows had season premiers -- The Good Wife and Modern Family. The latter is one that Dan and I watch together.  It makes us laugh -- really laugh -- every single time.  Nothing like laughter to lift your spirits.  The Good Wife is 'my show' and I love the 'me' time I get from it.

3.  My book club met at my house this week.  Our group has been meeting for 10 years!  Our kids have grown from babies and toddlers to teens and young adults.  We've read great books and not-so-great books, but our time together is always golden.

4.  I made a new recipe this week. Pasta Carbonara.  It requires just four ingredients -- linguini, bacon, Romano cheese and egg yolks.  I added chicken.  So simple, but so good.

5. The Firstborn turned 22 this week.  22!  We'll celebrate his birthday tonight, when the Middle Child gets home.  It will be good to have everyone around the supper table tonight.

How was your week?

Sunday, September 18, 2011


I've been AWOL for the past week and, boy, did it feel great.  A week ago Friday, I took off for a trip to Pennsylvania to see my friend, Pamela.  I stayed with her and her husband, Jim, in their beautiful home in the Poconos.  They are now empty nesters, and my time there was so peaceful and I came home renewed!

Pamela and I have been friends since junior high school, and Jim grew up in my hometown.  Needless to say, we have a long history together.  Pam and I had a ball, shopping at the flea market, at outlet stores, going into New York City, and visiting my Aunt Riz one day.

When we were "young moms",  Pam and I spent a lot of time together through our involvement in MOPS, hanging out together with our kids, and regular afternoon tea while cheering one another on during the tough times and celebrating the milestones. When our oldest kids were three, and her daughter was just eight months old, she and Jim moved from the Denver area to Tokyo for a few years.  We missed one another terribly and wrote letters to each other at least once a week.  Back then, phone calls were extremely expensive, so they were reserved for rare occasions.

Through the years, I saved her letters and she saved mine.  So, last week, I took her letters with me and one day we spent the whole day, reading through them.  What a treasure!  A priceless account of our lives as young moms, raising toddlers and trying to figure it all out.  We read through them for hours, taking breaks for  meals, but ended up each taking the remainder of our letters to bed, still reading. 

When they returned to the states, Jim and Pam settled on the east coast.  I wish I could say we kept up our correspondence, but by then email and inexpensive long distance plans had taken over, so we have only a few letters from that time.

We've both promised to take up writing again, even if it is less frequently than before.  We still have a lot to say, as we navigate this part of lives.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Favorites

One of the best parts of the week is writing my Friday Favorites post.  Looking back over the the week and mining for the good stuff, the gold nuggets, the grace points. 

1.  The used book store in town.  The young woman who owns it is just a delight.  She always has a pot of coffee going and a plate of cookies.  It's a small shop, but she's managed to squeeze in a couple of overstuffed chairs.  There are always one or two other shoppers in there, browsing the shelves in companionable silence.  It's become one of my favorite haunts.

2.  Our Keurig coffee maker.  I love it.  Some mornings I wake up, and it's the first thing I think of, enjoying a cup of rich, flavorful coffee, while enjoying the early morning on the back porch.  It's what gets me out of bed, as I'm not a morning person.

3.  My husband.  Always.  After 27 years, he still makes me laugh, makes me swoon and I love 'im.

4.  September.  The sky is bluer, the air is clearer, it's such a welcome change after the long, hot summer months.  I love the anticipation of fall and the new beginnings.  September has always been my "new year."

5.  Sending a care package to The Middle Child.  I remember how much it meant to get mail when I was in college.  Even though it's easier to communicate these days with texts and phone calls, nothing says "i love you" like a package in the mail!

I hope you all found lots of blessings in your week!  I'm linking up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for Friday's Fave Five.