Not Quite Ordinary Observations
For Today...Monday, July 6,2015
In the great outdoors...cloudy and still very comfortable as we’re coming off of a weekend cool front ( low to mid-80’s). It’s supposed to be heating back up this week, but today’s forecast high is showing 90° (as opposed to the 95-97° I thought was forecasted!). So,maybe the reheat will be a little slower than expected.
Which is good, because we have a lot of work that needs to be done in the great outdoors. The owner of this house apparently loved to work in his yard, and he left bushes and flowers galore! Unfortunately, when a yard that was worked in a great deal is then left on it’s own for a year or more, it quickly goes crazy. We’re not really yard people, so I don’t know that we’d ever be able to re-tame everything. So,we’ll clean it all up and start from scratch with what we know we can handle. The kids and I are going to carve out some early morning time this week to get it done before it gets too hot.
I am excited, though, about keeping the hydrangeas. If I can just get them cleaned up (lots of dead sections, as surrounded by some monster weeds and overgrown bushes), I think they’ll be beautiful!
Oh, and there were chickens in our yard this morning! This time in the back yard after pushing their way through the fence. This did not include the white chicken we’ve seen in our front yard on occasion.
Within our four walls...real routine coming back this week. Yay!
A heart of thanksgiving...for the cooler weekend which allowed us to make progress in the garage and storage areas; for kids who so cooperatively bounce back into routine; for friendships.
A heart of prayer...for a long list of friends this morning; for a long list of salvation needs.
Random observations...the keyboard on my laptop is not functioning super well right now. Of greatest concern is the space bar. I’ve had to go back and insert spaces between many of my words this morning!
My silly children...are very, very quiet this morning. Hunting wabbits, perhaps?
Thoughts from the kitchen...maybe a quiche today. Or spaghetti. Not sure. Still need to get that menu plan done.
On my bookshelf (and Kindle)...review books Heartbreak Trail by Susan Marlow and Everyday Grace by Jessica Thompson.
Plus, we’re all trying to make sure we read on biography a month. Mine for this month is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. And That Hideous Strength, last in C.S. Lewis’ space trilogy, is on my must reads list. I read the first two in the series forever ago, but got really bogged down in the second one and never finished the series. Doug tells me the last one will probably be my favorite, so I need to get back to it!
Projects...finishing up school orders today, then starting on lesson planning for the new year. Also, Angie and I are going to go through our fabric to make plans so we’ll get it used. We don’t have an accessible storage place for it here – just tubs that will have to be stored in a garage storage room (fortunately, there’s an A/C vent in that room for a bit of climate control!). That means it’s going to be really hard to see and grab for projects. So, we’re going to inventory and find a way to be aware of what we have so we can still utilize it well.
Sounds of the moment...Olivia finishing up the living room floor (loving the hardwoods!); Piano Guys music wafting in from the dining room.
From Hibbard Academy...still just the basics – math and language arts. Will probably restart read-alouds soon, as I think we got a little behind leading up to the move. Otherwise, just planning and prep.
A favorite thing from last week...getting to work in the garage, accomplishing a little more toward settling in.
The planner...a week with very few plans!! YAY! Even though we’re not doing full school, we’re going into the week very intentionally. Next week the girls will be off to Praise Works and Joy Works at Ouachita, so we’ll be out of routine again. But, at least we get a week of working through the kinks out of the way first!