For Today…April 27, 2009
Outside my Window…is a mild, spring evening. The breeze trembling the leaves is also blowing in some clouds, which may bring us some rain later on this evening. I notice that my favorite dogwood tree is starting to blossom!
I am thinking…how much we are enjoying spring this year. It was longer in coming, is milder than usual, and is staying cool longer. Rick and the children have really kept up with yard and gardening chores thus far.
From the learning rooms…We are almost done with the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) at our middle school. We all will rejoice to get back to business as usual. This is quite a stressful time for everyone, especially the students, who generally seem to have given their best effort.
I am thankful for…solemn thoughts of life’s transience, from Sunday’s sermon and from conversation with a dear 86 year old woman who was visiting at church this past Sunday. She was obviously cheerful, resting her many cares upon the Lord, but she told me she does get lonely. Of her eight brothers, only one is still living, and two of her sisters died this past year. You could tell she had a thankful heart still, in her loss, and her infirmities (She has gone blind as she has aged.) and that was a blessing to me.
From the kitchen…daughter Rebecca made some soft molasses cookies which are too tasty. I am typing this as I wait for a batch of Honey Whole Wheat bread dough to rise.
I am wearing…black skirt, red long-sleeved top, and multi-colored overblouse. It’s still cool enough here for leggings as well.
I am reading…Schooled by Gordon Korman, one of our 13-year old son’s favorite books at the moment. As you might guess, the story is set in a middle school. The main character, however, is not at all typical. Up until the story begins, he has been home schooled by his grandmother on an old hippie commune. How does he do in school? Read the book and see!
I am hoping…to read a bit more of the book this evening.
I am creating…homemade bread and finishing up the laundry.
I am hearing…the hum of my husband’s computer behind me.
Around the house…Next week I’ll try to post a picture of the cute hanging plant boxes which my husband planted. Flowers are on top, and little tomato plants are growing out holes he drilled in the bottom of the planters. These planters are hanging up around the back deck, where they are receiving extra warmth and are sheltered from rain. Maybe we’ll get nice, red, vine-ripened tomatoes this year!
One of my favorite things…is relaxing at home with my family at the end of a busy day.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…This is one of those uber busy weeks when I work half a day each day, and then need to go out every evening to a variety of appointments and activities. That’s why I just had to get bread baked tonight, even though it’s a tad on the late side. Homemade bread, toasted is one of our favorite breakfasts.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…
This photo was taken 38 years ago, when I was about the same age as daughter Rebecca.
Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!