I've really enjoyed The Simple Woman's Daybook--be sure to visit Peggy for the latest entries.
Outside My Window
...The basil looks a bit crowded in the square foot garden with the tomatoes. I think I'll move it back to the rose bed next year. And the roses? The roses are blooming again. I've had to prune even more than when I last wrote about it
. What lessons in pruning the Master Gardener is teaching me this summer! But bloom they do and I rejoice in the hope that offers to the souls in my home.
We need to buy more bird food. We have squirrels who like to visit this year, much to the delight of my children. And just last week, the squirrels introduced our feeders to the rabbits:-). I think a whole family of rabbits is living in the hedge in front of the house. Very, very exciting!
Towards a daily rhythm ... I still need to recreate the chore chart. I lost all my home management files in the lightning strike. My notebook needs updating anyway, but I wonder if this isn't a project I will save until later. The chore chart I need now, but the notebook is committed to my memory, more or less, so I'll focus on the doing now and the recording later.
I am thankful for ... mornings when all ten of us fill a pew in church and evenings when all ten of us crowd around our kitchen table.
From the kitchen ...
for breakfast:Dutch Apple Pancakes
Lunch:peanut butter and jelly
and for dinner: no clue...looking for inspiration.
The dishwasher is functional. It still pops open mid-cycle, but not if we move heavy furniture in front of it. The faulty valve has been replaced and it no longer spews water uncontrollably. The refrigerator guy will get back me. August 5th.
To live the liturgy...On the Feast of St. Martha, tomorrowCollect:
Father, your Son honored St. Martha by coming to her home as a guest.
By her prayers may we serve Christ in our brothers and sisters and be
welcomed by you into heaven, our true home. We ask this through our
Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I think I'll re-read Holiness for Housewives
. It used to be named Praying While You Work: Devotions for Use of Martha Rather Than Mary ***
I am wearing ... boxer shorts and a T-shirt. It's still very, very early.
I am creating ...a giant mess as I pull apart bedrooms and completely re-organize who goes where and what they store there. It's definitely the storm before the calm.
I am going to breathe deeply ...this is supposed to be my exercise block. No exercise allowed right now. I'm going sit and breathe. Preferably outside.
Bringing beauty to my home ...I'm taking the girls and Patrick to gather paint swatches so that we can plan our next re-decorating scheme.
reading listening to ... On Holy Silence by Fr. Basil Nortz
. I listened to it during Lent and I'm re-visiting it now. Many thanks to Kristen
for first mentioning this wonderful resource. There is so much wisdom in these CDs.
I am hoping
...oh, so many things that I'm keeping close to my heart. Whisper a prayer if it comes to mind, please?
Around the house
... Mike and the children cleaned out the garage on Friday and Saturday. That statement sounds so insufficient for the huge amount of work that was done--cheerfully.
One of my favorite things
...watching Karoline feed herself breakfast granola.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
It's all about that list
Here is a picture thought I am sharing~
All this stuff used to be in my garage. Now, the garage is so clean you could eat off the floors (Mike bleached them--when he gets on a roll, it's rather amazing).No time to crop the photo. The smell of apples and cinnamon has done its job and roused the troops.