Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Daybook in July

For Today . . . July 12, 2016

Looking out my window . . . a warm summer evening.   There's been a forest fire burning for several days in the mountains near us, and the air has a soft hazy look to it.  The sun is setting behind the mountains and the sky is orange.

I am thinking. . . that it was really nice to have a 'stay-cation' last week from work. And that it was really nice to go back today to a fairly empty office.  I got a lot done!

I am thankful . . . to live in a neighborhood where there are a lot of retirees and other people home during the day.  It's nice to go outside and see other people, even just to wave hello.

One of my favorite things. . . my Chaco sandals.  They are soooo comfortable on my feet.

I am creating . . . a collection of writings about my family history.

I am watching. . . Homeland on Netflix with Dan.  We're on season 4 and we have a routine where we watch two episodes on a disc, save the third for the next night, then return the disc and wait (fingers drumming) for the next disc.  We are old-fashioned in that we don't stream, just get the discs.  If we streamed . . . well, we have no self discipline and we'd watch a whole season in one night, probably.

 I am listening to . . . a Carole King song on Amazon prime.

I am reading. . . Contrition by Maura Weiler.

I am hoping. . . that Dan's team wins their softball game tonight;)

I am learning practicing . . . how to listen to my young adult children without trying to sway their decisions or wishing for a preferred outcome.

In my garden . . . zucchini, zucchini, zucchini.

In my kitchen. . .  lemon zucchini bread.  The recipe is here.

Shared quote . . . Don't overly spiritualize your religion.  We're meant to live our faith in the everyday.  God wouldn't give us a gift we couldn't use. He wouldn't give us a way we couldn't walk. The law is written on our hearts, and with grace, we can live in it now. (From A Book of Grace-filled Days by Jessica Mesman Griffith).

  A moment from my day. . .

Closing Notes. . . Last month, Peggy (our hostess for The Simple Woman's Daybook), had a drawing for a gift package.  Imagine my surprise and delight to receive an email from her that I am the lucky winner!  I feel doubly blessed, for participating in the Daybook each month, and now this.  Thank you, Peggy!

If you would like to try writing a Daybook, here's the link:  The Simple Woman's Daybook



Stacy said...

So many nice things going on. Thank you for sharing them.
That one about listening to the adult kids and not trying to guide them....that's a tough one, isn't it? My oldest has been out of the nest for 11 years and sometimes I still struggle. With the youngest I've found if I keep my mouth shut,she usually comes running to ask. :)
You're lemon zucchini bread sounds good. I have a recipe you might like to use up zucchini and also blueberries that are in season now.

Pineapple-Blueberry Zucchini Bread

3 eggs. 3 cups flour
2 cups sugar. 1 tsp. Baking soda
1 cup oil. 1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Vanilla. 1 tsp. Baking soda
1 cup drained, crushed pineapple
2 cups grated zucchini
1-2 cups blueberries (to your liking)
Mix all ingredients.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Makes 2 loaves. Freezes well also.

Mari said...

Stacy's bread sounds yummy!
I never heard of Chaco sandals. I wonder if they have them around here.
Congrats on winning!

Patti said...

Karen, once again we are kindreds...I, too, am writing family history stories. I am passionate about family history and the need to also record our own stories.

I am right there with you on not trying to sway our adult children. Gary and I live by the philosophy "if no opinion is asked for, no opinion is given." We don't want to butt in all the time. Even though we are older and have experience, our way isn't always the best way.

Also, we try to live by "if we wouldn't say that to another adult, don't say it to our kids."

Easier said than done on both accounts!!

I'm having lots of zucchini too, though not my own. We've been taking care of friends' house and garden while they are gone, and their zucchini is very prolific...as are their hens. I could make a zucchini omelet every day for 2 weeks and not run out of ingredients.

That's fun that you won Peggy's giveaway. Enjoy!


Laura Lane said...

My friends are giving me zucchini and yellow squash. I thought I might try some lemon zucchini bread, too.

It's so hard to learn how to relate to adult children.

Thanks for talking back at Harvest Lane Cottage,

Linda Ann Nickerson said...

We just got Netflix. And everyone's talking about HOMELAND. I'll have to check it out.

Heard a Carole King song on the radio on a recent solo road trip. Hadn't heard it in MANY years, but I sang along --- every single word. ;-)

Blessings --


Keira said...

I like this diary post! Thank you for the recipe, I will try it.