There's no place like home.

There's no place like home.
Home is where my husband and I reside; wherever that may be.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook 25 February 2013

Outside my window...there is a typical late February day in store.  The temperature hovers around freezing and the countryside is half mud and half snow.  I think it is for days such as this one that words like dreary, bleak, and depressing were coined.

I am thinking...about what needs to be done and what I'd like to be doing.  They aren't the same.

I am thankful for...mobility!  Even though there is pain and stiffness I am still able to get around this place by myself.

From the kitchen...there is plenty leftover from yesterday's supper to satisfy this lot for today too.  

I am wearing...cozy flannel jammies!

I am going....to the funeral home to bid farewell to the mother of a friend today.  Beyond that I fully intend to stay right where I am.

I am reading...The Aeneid by Virgil.

I am hoping...for fair weather and peaceful travels for a very good friend.

I am hearing...the shower running which tells me that Melissa is getting ready for work, Layn talking to himself while he eats his breakfast, and MK's bird chirping in its cage.

Around the house...everything is familiar, cozy, and home.

One of my favorite things....warm gooey chocolate cake fresh from the oven.

A few plans for the rest of the week...dog sitting, holy hours, and then moving out for awhile so I can get some quality work done for school.  Thank you Dan and Mary!

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing with you...
Last Friday Ian and Melissa took the little people to the farm show.  I think Savannah enjoyed herself immensely.

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook 18 February 2013

Outside my window...a deceptive sun is shining.  Why deceptive?  It looks like a warmish day with the sun shining on the bare ground.  Well, the sun may be shining but there is no warmth in it.  Right now it is 12 degrees and the high is only supposed to be 25.  It is a good day to thank God for the furnace and all the wood that my men cut last summer!

I am thinking...about plans.  Plans for the rest of the day and plans for next week.  Plans are like laws, great guidelines but not necessarily written in stone.

I am thankful for...Sunday's spent quietly with family, for leftover pasta and sauce, and friends who let me use their houses so that I can study in peace.

From the kitchen...there is plenty of sauce and pasta leftover for another meal! Whatever happens I will be content and not pine for more.

I am wearing...warm jammies!  Thank you God for flannel and fleece.

I am going...to spend the day peacefully working on my courses.  A dear friend is going away for a couple of days and is graciously letting me use her quiet home for  a study place.

I am reading...Homer's The Odyssey.

I am hoping...to get a lot of writing done this week.  I have four major works due next week.

I am hearing...the washer cranking out its first load of clean laundry for the day, Layn in the kitchen picking out his cereal, MK bustling about putting things away.  The beauty and wonder that accompany the sounds of normalcy.

Around the house....everything is as it should be.  MK and Melissa have Monday well in hand and are not in need of my services.

One of my favorite things...the voice of Luciano Pavoratti.

A few plans for the rest of the week...continue with my Lenten practices, work on school, workout and keep away from the delicious food that is prepared here each day.  That should keep me busy and out of trouble.

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing with you...
Friday was Ryan's 28th birthday.  Saturday he spent it with Adam and a friend.  Looks like he is having an enjoyable and happy birthday.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Outside my window....there is sleet and freezing rain falling.  How quickly things change around here! On Friday we had cold, snow, and blowing winds and today it is in the 40's with freezing rain.

I am thinking...about the many things I don't know concerning my computer.  Just when you think you have mastered the use of something it throws you a major curve.

I am thankful for...sweet baby breath and little boy kisses.

From the kitchen...I am sure that good food will prevail although I am not in charge of the victuals today.

I am wearing....grinch printed cozy pants and a large night shirt, and likely to stay in this getup all day!  No need to go anywhere and the weather is too bad anyway.

I am going...to spend the day curled up with my school books and soak in a lot of good literature.

I am reading....The Iliad for my world lit course.

I am hoping...that the news I read this morning was just a bad dream.

I am hearing...the fan running on the furnace, Layn drinking his morning juice (the cup makes a funny sound each time he vents it) and MK's bird chirping in the sewing room.

Around the house...family life goes on and on.  Layn is sitting on the couch offering his stuffed dog a drink from his cup.  Witnessing the development of a child's imagination is a fascinating thing.

One of my favorite things...having little people in my home.  

A few plans for the rest of the week....work, work, work!  Lent begins on Wednesday and so will also a season of deep reflection and preparation for the passion of Our Lord.

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing with you....



Watching Shaun the Sheep with Auntie Cake!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere is
1
person with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook 4 February 2013

Outside my window...it is still dark.  The weatherman was calling for more snow last night and today so I will not be surprised to see more of the white-stuff on the ground.

I am thinking...about the day ahead.  Today begins the last semester before graduation.  Twelve more credit hours and I will hopefully have a bachelors in English to show for all of my hard work.

I am thankful...for the sacrifices my family has made for my education and all the love and support that they have shown me. I could not have done this without their help.

From the kitchen...there is plenty in the refrigerator to tide us over today.  Yesterday I made scalloped potatoes and ham, chicken parmesan, and beef stroganoff.

I am wearing...nice warm jammies! The winter cold has come back to Central New York with a vengeance.

I am creating...an atmosphere conducive to family togetherness.

I am going...to take my sewing machine to the shop for some much needed maintenance while resisting the urge and temptation to purchase fabric.  We'll see how that pans out.

I am reading...The Crucified Rabbi by Taylor R. Marshall

I am hoping...for miracles.

I am hearing...the sound of Ian getting ready to go out to work (his phone went off which means that there is snow on the roads and the world needs a hero!), the windchimes sounding outside my window (further proof that the roads must have snow drifting on them), and the rest of the house trying to settle back into it's very early morning slumber.

Around the house....the feeling of rightness and warmth pervades the atmosphere.  Everywhere I look there are signs of togetherness that bespeaks family.

One of my favorite things...sitting back and watching my people be with each other.

A few plans for the rest of the week....a whole lot of the normal along with a bunch of usual are on tap for me.  A hefty helping of education will be heaped onto my days just to make sure that I don't have too much free time on my hands.

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing with you ....

There is something so right and good about the reaction of a little boy to the presence of an infant in his world.