Monday, February 23, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook--my first

Today: February 23, 2009

Outside my window…21 degrees, frost sparking on the ground, the first rose-tint of dawn visible on the horizon.

I am thinking…about Lent and how to make it meaningful each day for the children without giving them a sense of dread about what sacrifices we are making as a family.

I am thankful for…getting through last week's challenges without too much self-pity. It was a costly weekend: over a hundred bucks for the repair of the washer and more than twice that to get the heifer well. But how wonderful that the heifer is well and the washer is fixed!

From the kitchen...not much at 6 a.m. other than the coffee pot. I will make muffins for breakfast this morning, and I may do a batch of yogurt. Dinner tonight? Ugh...I don't know. I have got to get back to the practice of menu planning! I don't hate cooking, but I do detest the daily, "what am I going to cook tonight...?"

I am creating…several projects. Just finished my first baby cardigan last night (still needs buttons), and I want to get back to working on my embroidery project. I also must complete a little project for the redecorating that has been going on at Our Lady of the Caves.

I am reading…two books that I think were so helpful in making my last homebirth a near-perfect homebirth experience for me: Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and Heart & Hands.

I am hoping…that we will have a peaceful, uneventful week, and that I will get the things on my To-Do list accomplished.

I am hearing…two noisy little boys who have invaded the sanctuary of the office and are making this post an exercise in perseverance!

A few plans for the rest of the week…work on making Stations of the Cross with the children, which we will put up around the house. For six years now we have replaced Friday's family Rosary with the Stations during Lent. In the past we have used printed and laminated pictures of the Stations, but this year I have enough big kids to color and make a version I found (more on that maybe later today). I also want to come up with a bit of a menu plan and cleaning schedule this week if I can find the time. I also want to schedule a haircut for myself. My hair has been pretty much the same for 20 years, and somehow being 45 and pregnant is making me want to DO SOMETHING!

The children are...all up. Una's light is on, which means she is reading in bed. Sebastian is here trying to draw robots from Wall-E, and the other three are on the living room floor building with MegaBloks. Bret is still in bed, as work is slow and he is home today. I need to rouse him now and get him to milk the cow.

A picture thought: It is a sunset from a year ago, but I love the drama of it...

I am off to dress and make muffins!

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  1. congrats on your first daybook post. glad you shared. that picture is beautiful! what kind of muffins are you makin'? glad to know someone else has had the same hair for so long. i have been wanting some layers, but there never seems to be time....
    anyway, hope you are feeling ok. have a blessed week. =)

  2. The muffins were just ordinary sweet-milk muffins with a little citrus & vanilla extract and a choice of blackberry or strawberry jam or orange marmalade. And there were orange slices as well. Mondays are nicer when they start with something a bit special for breakfast.

    Yep, layers is what I'm going for. My sister lopped off 14 inches of my hair a couple of months ago, but it is still only a few inches from my waist and all one length. Since my sister is no hairdresser, I'll have to go to a pro...

  3. those muffins sound yummy. i have been making mama cakes instead of muffins because they are quicker and easier, but i miss the taste of muffins. i have been dying for some blueberry muffins......good luck with the hair cut-my hubby likes mine long so i have to get some layers because my hair is driving me nuts!


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