Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Simple Woman's Daybook
Outside my window...almost all of the leaves have fallen off the trees. We host a very large squirrel family that has eaten most of the apples off of our tree AND the cute gourds we had on display in the front yard.
I am thinking...that I have never been crabbier in my life. Ha! I would be perfectly content at the moment to not have to interact with another living being for a few weeks. Talking makes me feel miserable and causes me to cough. For some reason everything is irritating me these days. Perhaps I need a vacation?
I am thankful...that Camille is doing great in preschool this year. We had a hard time deciding to place her in kindergarten or preschool this year, but I think we made a great choice. She has also become a great helper at home and has remembered to do her chores without being told.
In the kitchen...I have been cooking without an oven because we had to send a part in for repair. We are managing okay, but now that I don't have an oven, I seem to want to bake everything.
I am wearing...this one always makes me chuckle. Does anyone really care what I'm wearing? I will say I wish my personal shopper college friend would visit our house and help Ken and I go through our closets and put together some outfits. Ken has enough clothes to wear something different everyday for at least a year, and my closet is so bare that the kids can fit in there to play hide and seek!
I am creating...police, firefighter, and EMT vests for Camille's preschool. My mom helped me a lot this weekend, but I still have quite a bit of work left.
I am going... to the ballet with the girls and my aunt this weekend. How fun!
I am wondering...how I can get some more writing business.
I am reading...Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life by Charles Chaput. He wrote it in 2008, but it is certainly relevant during this election season. I was worried it would be one big endorsement for a political party, but it definitely is not.
I am hoping...I got the trash on the curb in time for the garbage men today. We have had it stacking up for several weeks now. For some reason Tuesday is a difficult day for us to remember to take it out.
I am looking forward to...sleeping in my bed again soon. I finally found a doctor who prescribed me several drugs to get rid of my bronchitis. Unfortunately, I pulled a muscle in my rib cage from coughing and the pain is preventing me from coughing and from being able to sleep on my back... or sides...or stomach. The only way I have gotten any rest is by sort of leaning sideways over our fluffy couch cushions.
I am learning...from the Catholicism course by Fr. Robert Barron that Ken and I are taking at our church.
Around the house...we have a mess. I just cannot seem to keep up. As long as I stay at home, I seem to be able to stay on top of things, but one full day out of the house, like yesterday, creates a disaster that lasts for days. I actually have tried eliminating all shelves from our living environment to discourage stuff being set down, and I spend half my life calling junk mail companies to remove us from mailing lists. The paper battle continues...
I am pondering...what will happen to our lawn if the leaves are never taken care of. We have a lot of leaves to rake up, but we have been out of town two weekends in a row.
A favorite quote for today...All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, said by Edmund Burke, an Irish political philosopher. I am genuinely fearful of the current and future state of our nation, regardless of who is elected as our next president. I believe the only path to success these days is to make one's beliefs and values known before they are discarded as that belonging to a small minority.
One of my favorite things...Meghan is at last nearly potty trained. Hooray! She was doing great last summer but had a little relapse. Now, I just need to make her some step stools so she can actually climb onto the potty herself without the risk of falling in!
A few plans for the rest of the week: I just intend to rest.
A peek into my day... I'm supposed to post a picture here. Maybe later?