Out my window:: The moonlight this morning was so bright I thought the neighbor's lawn was covered in snow. The day is dawning and more beautiful weather is on the way. I have few complaints about the Minnesota climate this summer. Just not enough time to properly enjoy it.
Around the house:: Books, books, and more books. Coming and going. My sales on Amazon Marketplace have been going well. Three kids' book piles are organized and I have two to go.
In the kitchen:: Peach-plum crisp, roadside sweet corn, tomatoes with cheese and fresh basil, ice cream, grilled everything, lemonade and hard apple cider.
In the garden:: I slaved away for a weekend or two on our Mary garden in early July. The deer ate my phlox and several other perrneials and the trees have grown and cast too much shade, but the blooms that do muster to blossom bring me great joy and aid in honoring Our Lady.
The Little Princess loves her pink garden too -
Upstairs:: Deep bedroom and basement cleaning going on with plans to repaint the girls' room and arrange bookshelves like these.
Online:: It's gleaning time. I am gleaning from Elizabeth how to get up early enough to have computer, exercise, and prayer time. I am gleaning book basket ideas from Jen. I am gleaning how to incorporate Shakespeare and revive our read aloud time (all while staying restful) from Sarah. I am gleaning how to pray each morning from Christine. I am gleaning Suzuki tips from all over and plan to print some of the pdfs here. I am learning vicarious lessons in surrender from Jamie.
But I am also overwhelmed with sorrow about every other post, especially on FB. I keep hitting "share" on all the bad news and think perhaps I had better contribute some joy to balance it all out.
Praying for:: All the sad news on FB of late. Genocide in the Middle East. Satanism in my home state. The denegration of marriage. The sudden death or illness of Moms of Many. Robin Williams death from despair and for the soul of my own late brother, the crosses born by so many, for a friend whose Jewish ex-husband is fading quickly from a brain tumor, for single/engaged friends to discern the matches God intends for them, for the recovery of those who recently had major surgery, for the conversion of friends and family and friend's stray children, for my daughter's heart to open and prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, for humility and charity, for all the myriad decisions I have to make regarding the new school year, for discernment and prudence in our choice of activities, for our finances and my husband's 2nd job that will help us catch up and eventually move but will also shrink his availability and family time, and for my own family members and each of their needs.
Reading:: Making progress through Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child. The skyscraper of books in my queue got shelved. Three at a time are now allowed on the nightstand.
Out & About:: The Guthrie to see My Fair Lady, the Oliver Kelley Farm, lots of appointments, music lessons, pick-up baseball, lakes, pools, and wood working day camp. Without having waterfront property of our own we sure appreciate the invites from those who do!
Mother Culture:: Two things I want to do next year - continue church choir and participate in The Well Read Mom. Not sure I can do either one well with all my other responsibilities, but as Chesterton would say . . .
Kid Culture:: Difficult, difficult decisions about fall activities and our rough draft of a schedule changes every week. After music lessons are firmly in place everything else will have to fall around schoolwork and lessons. Lots of things on the chopping block (or The Bench), and I am trying, trying not to get off one crazy train and on to another. So far it looks like we will have evenings after 6pm free for the first time in years and I am elated.
On Blogging:: I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. The thing is, this is my way of reflecting and digesting life. I don't do blogging well, but it's good enough for me and I think a more interesting way to share than FB or google+ or sharing photo books online. But I do sort of wish an alternative would jump out at me.
Technology:: White flag. Thought I could start up with Evernote but have no idea how to even get started in spite of all their emails. All the Lightroom time I blocked out on my calendar got eaten up by other stuff. My technology tutor is doing all he can when he can to help. It will be all I can do do help get my kids set up with their MODG online classes in two weeks. I need a girlfriend to come stay with me a week and give my technology skills an overhaul.
Projects:: I intended to make several photo books but have not. I intended to make a family prayer book but have not. I wanted to go to the park by the river during the Golden Time and photograph my kids for a blog post with their year-end interviews but have not. What I did do was spend several hours on a project for someone else - but they did it on their own, much better, and in less time than it took me. I'm trying not to be upset about this waste of time but at least I had an introduction to Publisher and a dose of humility. At least I am trying to let it be humility rather than a humiliation.
School:: We will do our Fun First Day (photos, out for breakfast, self-portraits) next week, have a little orientation, but start for real the 25th. I'm about halfway ready. If I could get more done outside of the 9pm - midnight shift I would be happier, healthier, and better rested.
(not a disaster, but not ready either)
All for now, off to prep for school. Praying for all of you, especially those prepping heart, soul, and home for a new school year.