Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Musings--19 September 2011

Right is just after 6 in the morning.  There is a stiff breeze and it is mostly cloudy, looking like a chance of rain today.  Una is up on the other computer doing an algebra quiz.  Every one else is asleep.  I had a bit of a rough night, as has become frequent.  Gemma, for whatever reason, wakes several times a night, and I, being a light sleeper, wake up along with her.

This weekend...was really nice.  Saturday was busy with laundry, baking four loaves of zucchini bread, and helping Una get a grip on the mess in her room.  The mail brought Una a gift from South Africa, a package from her Sending Love exchange partner containing some lovely things.  In the late afternoon we went to an art exhibit in Scottsville where Una had entered two of her photographs.  She didn't win any prizes, but it was really fun to look at what our local amateur and professional artists are doing.

Yesterday we went again to an early Mass, as we were having friends over for the afternoon and needed to get home as soon as we could.  We stopped at the store for a few things and then went home to change and prepare some food.  My friends Cindy and Dale and eight of their ten kids came over for lunch and to hang out with us for the afternoon.  Unfortunately, we live about 1 1/2 hours away from each other, so these get-togethers don't happen as often as we would like.

The weather was perfect and we ate outdoors and spent the entire afternoon at the picnic tables, laughing, talking and watching the little kids play together.  There were Nerf gun battles, tree climbing, swinging, bike riding, walks to the pond and BB gun shooting (by the older kids), all in the most pleasant weather.  After they went home, we tidied up a bit and then sat down to watch Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times (my kids had never seen Charlie Chaplin movies before this weekend, and now are all great fans).

Some plans for this week:  school, naturally; a batch of pumpkin bread to add to the quick bread stash in my freezer; the beginning of the dreaded "Changing of the Wardrobe", probably starting with the girls.  I have to make various lists--autumn and winter menu ideas, things to make for the Etsy shop, things to make or buy for Christmas, seasonal chores and so forth.

If I find some time for myself, I would like to...look for an easy dress pattern for Gemma for some autumn/winter dresses and cast on some leg warmers for her.

I am grateful for: good friends and a chance to celebrate with them as they just paid off their farm!  Other friends, kindred spirits who I only know by blog, phone and correspondence, but whom I truly hope to meet one day; my faith, even though it seems that after 15 years since my baptism and confirmation in the Catholic Church, I am still standing at the foot of a mountain, just on the start of the path leading upward.  I wonder if I will ever get any further along the way...*s i g h*...

Some prayer intentions for this week:  For my nephew Thomas, whose birthday is today!  Happy 6th birthday, sweetie!  For a friend whose husband is travelling overseas right now--for his safety and her peace of mind; for my nephew Matthew, whose name-day is this Wednesday; and for work to come in for Bret before he finishes the job he is working on now.

Something that makes me smile:  Somebody must have stayed up too late on Friday night...

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