Daybook on a Fine Morning in July

Outside My Window

PIles and piles of trash and recycling, awaiting pick up. We have conquered the cleaning and clutter in this place. Hooray!


I am Listening to



I am Wearing

A pink polo shirt and capris.


I am so Grateful for

the opportunity to be home with my children. So grateful.


I'm Pondering

The second problem I see is overscheduling. Most mothers I see allow their kids' schedules to get completely out of control. Evenings and weekends are spent racing from one music or athletic event to another. I know because I made the same mistake when my kids were young. If this is a struggle for you, simplify life for everyone by adopting the "One Rule." Tell each child he may choose one after-school activity per grading period. This sounds outrageous to some parents who want their kids to excel in many different areas and who most certainly don't want to deprive opportunities. But remember one thing: Whenever your child is on the soccer field, he's deprived of time with you and the family. And which does he really need more time with in order to grow up emotionally and mentally sound?

Cutting activities from a child's schedule seems heretical for a modern-day parent. Let's face it, we are competitive with the parents in our child's class and it's hard to be home watching the other kids' parents pulling out of the driveway on their way to ski practice while you and your kids are sitting down at the kitchen table to tuna noodle casserole. But whenever you neighbor takes off with a car full of kids at dinnertime, remember that you and your kids are the real winners. You aren't doing nothing with them; you are building stronger relationships with them. And kids need better relationships more than they need more practice at any sport or extracurricular activity. They will never regret time at home

 10 Habits of Happy Mothers


Really taking this to heart as I look at the season ahead. We generally adhere to the One Rule, but it's nice to see it in print.

I am Reading

10 Habits of Happy Mothers. Good stuff here. Really good stuff.  I'm listening to the Audible version on Kindle.  Actually, I just finished.  I'm planning to do a book study here, beginning next week. Join us? Get the book and meet me back here on Thursday.

My current, fun, treat-after-massive-housecleaning book is Signature Styles: Twenty Crafters Stitch their Look. I don't really--ahem--have a style. It's pretty much a look in the closet and wear what fits kind of thing. There's no budget for it and for so many years I've been pregnant or postpartum or nursing that complete utility has dictated what I wear. Furthermore, it's hard for me to spend money on my own clothes for some reason. I always head out to buy myself something and end up at a kids' clothing store. Since what fits right now is often eight years old or older,  I'm guessing I'm dated. But I'm going to work on it and this book is lots of fun!

I am Thinking

This post. I remember when I was just beginning my first post-cancer year. I'm listening carefully to what Libby is thinking these days. For me, they are refresher courses. And she is so in my thoughts and prayers. Click over. It's one of those posts that might just change your life.


I am Creating

~ a new cap sleeved sweater. All the pattern links appear to be dead ends. Maybe there's some editing happening?

~embroidered appliques on some old denim capris. I'm so inspired by this embroidery tutorial. What a generous sharing of such great information!


On my iPod

Craftsanity podcasts. So far, this one is my favorite.


Towards a Real Education

We have begun to plan. News forthcoming. 


Towards Rhythm and Beauty

Clean and uncluttered really has its own beauty, doesn't it? 

And now, we've lived here ten years. I think it might be time to make some curtains. But I'm not going to rush it.


To Live the Liturgy...

Look for a post soon on preparing to celebrate the feast of St. Joachim and Anne.


I am Hoping and Praying

for Elizabeth deHority. She is constantly on my heart and in my prayers. She needs you now. Please, please pray with me. 

 for a friend for whom life has been exceptionally difficult and lonely

for Libby Ryder and family

 In the Garden

Those tomatoes aren't looking very healthy. I do hope that we have some tomatoes from our garden. I am consoled however, that a tomato you-pick place is about a mile from my house. If all else fails, we'll pick there.


Around the House

My house is so happy! My kids are so proud of themselves! We did it, all the way down to the innermost crevices of the basement. I feel like I can take on the world--at least the domestic arts world:-)


From the Kitchen 

Raw honey. Did you know that raw honey is an excellent balm imeediately after a kitchen burn? It really lessens the sting and is nearly miraculous in reducing healing time to a matter of minutes.


One of My Favorite Things

Road trips down 29 to my favorite college town.


A Few Plans for the Week

We're heading to Charlottesville for a couple of days of spoiling and theater and lakeside fun.


Picture thoughts:


How I've solved my tension problem. In more ways than one;-) Machine here. Iced coffee here.