Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, September 6, 2016

In the great outdoors...strange noises on this cloudy, humid Tuesday. In addition to the normal crows sounding off, there is somethin in the distance that sounds like screams. It’s definitely animal. Not sure exactly what kind, though.

Within our four walls...getting back into routine after a long weekend.

A heart of thanksgiving...for yesterday – a day when we were actually able to stop and take a breath. Typically, I go ahead and work on some of these no-plan Monday holidays like Labor Day. But, yesterday we just needed the rest. It’s been a while since we’ve had that.

A heart of prayer...for the Gulledge family. Randy Gulledge, one of our deacons, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and passed away over the weekend.

Random’s time to declutter again. And rearrange something. Life is just feeling too cluttered overall, and sometimes physically tackling some of it in the house helps in the overall life feeling.

My awesome children...are all ready for school 15 minutes early. Guess I better wrap it up quickly!

Thoughts from the kitchen...there’s a roast in the crock pot. Slightly seared and well seasoned, the smell already permeating the house. Yum.

We finally got back to assigning cooking days to the kids again. We did that as often as possible in Almyra, but we never reworked it into the schedule after we moved here. That’s one area where I do not do well in training the kids. I don’t enjoy cooking, so I struggle to teach them how to do it. They all know how to follow a recipe and put together a dish. But, they need practice in balancing timing and such. So, that’s what we’ll be working on.

On my bookshelf...I finished Housewife Theologian and I’m starting God in My Everything by Ken Shigematsu. Still working on Sewn with Joy – even though it’s a quick read, I’ve only had chances to read in bits and snatches.

Projects...Angela and I tried to get started on her antebellum dress yesterday, but we just couldn’t make the fabric work. Admittedly, we were trying to squeeze a full skirt out of a far too small piece of fabric, but we were still hopeful. Sometime this week, we’re going to go shopping to see if we can find a really, really, really good sale on some pretty fabric. 

Sounds of the, the school bus stopping at the corner, the crows cawing outside, kids working on chores. The mysterious scream has stopped.

From Hibbard Academy...back to it today. I sketched out the week late last week, and I honestly have no idea what we’re focusing on today! That seems bad, I know, but it’s nice to have it all ready and not have to think about it.

A favorite thing from last week...the start of football season. We’re not the type of people who have to have it on all the time. But, over the opening weekend, we did enjoy a bit more than our normal football fare. Saturday we even got to share the start of the Hog season with some friends who came to join us for the game. Fun times!

The planner...diving back into work over the next few days, funeral Thursday evening, and a full Saturday of church activities (another reason I’m SO thankful for yesterday!)

Because visuals are son and his “messy hair.” I asked him if he wanted it spiked or something, and he said, “No, just messy.” Goofy boy.

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Good morning, Ann!
You're motivating me - I've been intending to get back in the swing of blogging along with the routine of school. Glad you all got a good rest yesterday - we needed it too! And your roast sounds so good I can almost smell it. Maybe I'll do a pork roast tomorrow! (Tuesday is pizza day :D)
Have a great week!

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