Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Monday, January 19, 2015

In the great outdoors...partly cloudy after a couple of days of bright sunshine. But also much warmer. Supposed to reach 69°today, which means there will be outside play in the forecast!

Within our four walls…a little more progress on the reorganization. Still need to purge and problem solve a few things in the kitchen to tackle the rest of it.

A heart of thanksgiving...for stuff. Because I get to learn to let go of it. I don’t always like to let go, but it feels good when I do it. I love to see huge piles of giveaway items or even trash, knowing that those piles mark a little more letting go. And letting go of physical things teaches me to let go of things emotionally and mentally as well, trusting God with all of it. Constantly learning.

Also thankful for sunshine and warmer temps yesterday morning when a squirrel decided to give its life in demonstration of the evils of electricity. The little bugger caused two transformers to burst into flames, knocking out power to about 600 customers at 8:00 on Sunday morning. But, the sunshine and warmth allowed us to continue on with church with only minor adjustments. What a blessing!

A heart of prayer...for Doug as he handles some schedule adjustments over the next two weeks (and myself as I also deal with some of them); for our church and the HEDUA team as we work out the practical details of maintaining a passion for service to the Lord and a surrender to His will; for spiritual needs galore.

Random observations...Does anyone else ever overcompensate for the new year? As in saying, “I just can’t believe it’s already 2015?!” then turning around and accidentally writing 2016 on something? No? Just me? Okay.

My silly children...were all a bit sluggish this morning. Hopefully they’ll pep up as the day and week move on! But, considering the amount of food all three have been eating lately, my assumption is that the sluggishness has to do with more growth spurts. *sigh*

Thoughts from the more deep freezer! Yay! No, that is not to say we got rid of it. Goodness, I wouldn’t know what to do without that thing! We bought a floor model upright freezer even before Olivia was born, I think, and it has survived all these years and five moves. It allows us to bulk purchase and has really stretched out grocery budget over the years, very quickly paying for itself many times over.

But, we have really wanted to figure out how to get it out of the kitchen. It’s been plugged into a pretty loaded circuit, and we’ve tripped the breaker on numerous occasions. Saturday proved perfect for working in the garage. We got it back in shape, purged a little more, AND found room for the freezer out there. I’ll have to get used to not being able to just snag something quickly from it (which means I need to keep the fridge freezer much better organized). But, it will be worth it!

 On my bookshelf...still the same books as last week, although I did make great progress on Beyond All Dreams this weekend. In fact, I’m almost done, which is a pretty rotten place to be on a Monday morning. I’d much rather curl up and finish it than be diligent!

Projects...continuing to make progress on the reorganization. Some of the kitchen changes have removed flat surfaces (like the freezer top) where some appliances, their attachments, and our cutting board holder had been stored. That problem solving is my major project for the week.

Sounds of the moment...Steven & Read playing; girlies washing dishes before school (they’re so sweet!)

From Hibbard Academy...Steven gets the day off since Read is here, but the girls and I will be diving in. I got it all planned and then promptly let it slip my mind what we’re doing this week. This, my friends, is why I have planners. Just can’t keep it all straight it my head!

A favorite thing from last week...chatting with an author via e-mail. I love my job!! And chatting with Joanna via Skype about field trips we’d love to take together when they get back to Arkansas. I love my friends!

The planner...Doug has a work day today at church. Otherwise, a normal week – I think.

Because visuals are fun...Angie’s knit project turned into a cape for Jack. I’m not sure he was entirely appreciative.2015-01-17 09.18.08


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