Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thoughts for Tuesday

Weather-wise this is my favorite time of the year.  The sky is such a saturated blue with fluffy white clouds, most of the trees are still green with a teasing of brilliant red and orange.  The morning glories are full and abundant, growing over hurricane fences, up drain spouts and rose trellises.  Potted mums are popping up on front porches next to early pumpkins, bales of hay and scarecrows. 

I pulled out my winter clothes today.  My favorite denim jacket, black cardigan sweater, flannel nightgown, and soft, warm loose-knit fair isle sweater.  I folded up all my summer clothing yesterday in preparation to be boxed up and stored for the next 6-7 months. 

The plan for tonight was chicken stir fry, but I think I might change it up and do this super simple chicken and dumplings made with biscuits.  The cool air coupled with my need of comfort food makes this a great choice!  LOL

Emily and I have a heavy school load for today.  Biology, world history, grammar, literature with Little Women and Pride and Prejudice, math, Shakespeare, Bible, current events, president study, etc. 

I'm stopping by a friend's house to help her with a quick task, doing laundry, and have to stop and get some dishwasher detergent, toilet paper, and garbage bags. 

Tonight I'll be watching some episodes from Criminal Minds season 2!  My current addiction. 

That's about it for today.  Life is going to be turned upside down in the next week, so these last quiet days at home are really ones I'm cherishing!

My Scripture for the day:  Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Happy Homemaker Monday

I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a SaHM for Happy Homemaker Monday!

The Weather:::   I'm loving the fall weather.  It was in the 30's last night!  The afternoons are in the mid-60's to lower 70's.  *love*

On my reading pile:::  I am about 1/2-way through two books this week - "A Year with Austen" about a woman who travels through South America having book groups and discussing Austen novels (true story) and "The Covenant" by Beverly Lewis. 

On my tv:::  I watched the 1st Glee episode for this season with my girls.  Other than that I watched season 1 of Criminal Minds on DVD.  
On the menu for this week::: 
Sunday  -  Spaghetti and Meatballs
Monday – Crockpot bbq ribs, green beans, brown rice w/ spinach
Tuesday -  Ham, scalloped potatoes and corn (also Crockpot!) 
Wednesday -  Chicken stir fry over brown rice
Thursday – Jake’s football game & then dinner with family
Friday -  Baked chicken legs and french fries, steamed broccoli and carrots
Saturday -  Dinner at my parents’ house

On my to do list::: 
The usual
Looking around the house:::  It's cool with the kitchen window open and it smells like cranberries from the burning candle in the entryway. 
From the camera:::  
Starting on Pride and Prejudice today for the homeschool book club.  I found this Jane Austen finger puppet and simply couldn't resist!
On my prayer list::: 
Friends from church
My best friend who is going through testing for breast lumps
Upcoming election & our country

Scripture:::  Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.  In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.   1 Peter 5:7-10 NLT

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


It seems I have a very good prospect for a job.  I feel full of hope as if this is the interview which will lead to the job God has in mind for me! 

As for this morning, it was so chilly I actually donned a sweater and turned on the heat in the car to drive Jennah and Jacob to school!  Jennah looked so cute in her favorite knit beret and two-tone gray-striped, button-up cardigan!  Some fingerless gloves too  

Jacob is having yet more football troubles.  After practice he is so tired he is falling asleep while doing his homework and not getting it done.  He has a few English papers that we will have to do together in order to turn them in late.  He is the most difficult of my three to help with homework.  (or to teach anything for that matter)  He has a very short attention span, but thankfully up until now his intelligence has gotten him through with good grades.  Now that he is in highschool, he has to actually study and do homework!!  So we are working on a new schedule and place for homework to be done - one that is NOT easy to fall asleep at!

My homeschooled girlie is sick today.  She got me up about 445 this morning with stomach pain on the left side.  I gave her some Pepto which soothed her somewhat and she is finally back to sleep here in the living room. 

I have a breakfast concoction in the oven ("crust" of hashbrowns topped with breakfast sausage, spinach, eggs, and cheese)  I think it will be quite tasty for a late breakfast with some yogurt & fruit. 

I am supposed to go and pick up my new glasses today.  BIFOCALS.  OMgoodness.  But I do so much reading and computer work that they are needed.  And I will use them and appreciate them!  But I will still feel old :/

I have some errands to run today as well, depending on how Emily feels.  We may have a shortened school day if she still has a stomach ache.  I'm sure it will get her out of some math at the very least!  LOL 

I found a recipe for homemade Carpet Fresh online  using baking soda and herbs.  Lots of different ways - some use 1/2 baking soda, 1/2 borax + herbs & spices.  I made mine with baking soda, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg.  Costs about 50 cents to do the whole place!  25 cents if I can catch a really good sale on baking soda!  One way I want to try is to use ground up lavender.  Also you can use essential oils (it says to leave it mixed overnight before using it so the powder absorbs all the oil)

I have a load of towels in the dryer and I just love folding them and putting them away.  Fresh smelling and warm. 

Have a blessed day and remember to enjoy the little things.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Typical Tuesday

You would think that a woman who is diligently looking for a full-time job would have a lot of time on her hands.  Not so!  My days are full and I wonder how I will ever fit it all in once God places me in the job He wants me to have!

Today is Tuesday and it started just like most days do - up at 6:45 to take Jennah and Jacob to their respective schools!  Jennah is in 11th grade now and she is involved in the Spanish club, a book club, and another school club I forget at the moment!  LOL  She is fully focused on her studies and I couldn't be more proud of her! 

Jacob is all about football.  Every year in late summer and fall he is at practice 5-6 days per week and has a game every Thursday evening.  His asthma has really been giving him problems this year.  He had pneumonia when he was 8 which weakened his respiratory system and he has had minor asthma since.  For some reason this year it has worsened and he has to use his inhaler daily before practice. He is in 9th grade this year, and out of my 3 kids, he is the one most concerned with name brand shoes and shirts, the "RIGHT" way to wear a baseball cap, and pretty much having the need to just blend in.

Emme started 7th grade this month - but she is my homeschooled kid!  This year has started off SO well.  7th grade is a lot more work than any other year we've done.  Biology, world history, math, French, nature study, grammar, literature, election study, president study, religion, phys ed, Shakespeare, art, and more, more!  I'm more involved this year - even though she is able to work independently in many subjects, we are working on note-taking, outlining, etc in several subjects so I am helping her get the feel for it. We also have homeschool group and just started a girl's middle school book club! This is a typical Em photo:

I got back home at about 7:50, put a load of laundry in the washer, and unloaded, reloaded and started the dishwasher.  (I've been under the weather the past few days and got a little behind!) 

Popped in a CSI DVD and have been doing little odds and ends.

Emily and I will be going to Walmart today to replace our broken printer.  I have needed a printer so many times since school started!  Then going to Kroger to finish up our 2-week grocery shop.  Then I am going to see about getting my cable turned back on.  Thought we could live without it - but it's just not happening!

Emily and I will do school work through the afternoon and I will do housework while she is doing independent work. 

The weather has cooled to where it is perfect open-window temperature.  But thanks to the little guy below (Jasper) I need to reinforce the screens this afternoon.  He has a bad habit of pushing the screens out and going out on the town!  Thank God he has always come back to us! 

Dinner tonight is going to be chicken fajitas with blue corn chips and fresh guacamole. 

We are supposed to go to a Lia Sophia party tonight, but I am not sure if I am up to it.  I've been in bed most of the past 2 days - cough, headache-y, and an on & off again fever.  If I can make it through all my plans today and still feel alright, then I will be spending time looking at jewelry!

Have a blessed day!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Happy Homemaker Monday - 9/17

 The Weather:::   It has been simply gorgeous here most days – upper 70s and sunny during the afternoon and brisk in the lower 50s in the mornings and evenings.

On my reading pile:::  Last week I finished “The Widow of Larkspur Inn” by Lawana Blackwell, “Return from Tomorrow” by George C. Ritchie, and “Inescapable” by Nancy Mehl.  The first was my favorite and it really made me want to go and live in a small, country village!   I started “The Keeper” by Suzanne Woods Fisher on Saturday and ended up finishing it on Sunday.  Four out of five of these books are about the Amish – I have been reading so many books about them lately! 

On my tv:::  Our cable has been off for a week now and I think I may just have to get it turned back on :/   It’s not going so well just watching DVDs in the living room!  I’ve watched nothing aside from CSI: Miami and CSI: NY all week. 

On the menu for this week::: 

Sunday  -  Surf n Turf with baked potatoes and green beans (Em’s request)
Monday – Crockpot chicken fajitas with homemade guacamole & blue corn chips
Tuesday -  Having dinner with a friend from church
Wednesday -  Stuffed shells with steamed broccoli
Thursday – Jake’s football game & then dinner with family
Friday -  Tacos & Mexican rice salad, baby carrots
Saturday -  Dinner at my parents’ house

On my to do list::: 
Grocery shopping
Lesson planning/homeschooling
Washing the walls

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::  I’ve been working on Scripture journals.  Sort of like a smash book with Bible notes, scripture, hymns, inspirational quotes, etc. 

Homemaking Tips:::  I’m starting to think there is nothing better than hot, soapy water!

Looking around the house:::  I made some pumpkin spice “Febreeze” to spray my bedroom linens with and I just love the scent.  My bed is comfy and cozy with lots of pillows and 3 quilts! 

From the camera:::  

On my prayer list::: 
Friends from church
Friends and family members who are not saved
Upcoming election & our country
Countries praying for this week:  Phillipines & Poland

Come close to God, and He will come close to you.  James 4:8