Not Quite Ordinary Observations

Something about Today…Wednesday, January 25, 2017

It’s a sunny, warm day. We’re soaking up this sunshine! It was supposed to rain a bit today, but it hasn’t come through yet. It’s also supposed to cool down substantially by tomorrow.

Something about the Week

It’s a mostly routine week. Grocery shopping for February has been the main diversion from the normal routine.

Something I Have Observed

Buying groceries on a monthly basis definitely helps with the grocery budget, because it reduces impulse buying. But, it’s also difficult sometimes to really evaluate how much we need of one thing or the other. I’ve been trying to do better about that for a couple of reasons. First, it can be hard to store everything, especially when we have a little extra. Second, there are months when our grocery budget could really use whatever break we can give it.

This month, I was really critical of everything on our restock list. There will be several things that will be tight by the time the end of February rolls around, but I’m very excited that we got to keep the list nice and short this month!

Something I Have Read or Heard

I’m sitting in the church office right now, and all of my quotes are on my Kindle or in a notebook at home. So, nothing new this week. But, I will say that I am thoroughly enjoying everything I’m reading. Chapter six of Passion and Purity was especially delightful to me, because I have had similar conversations with young women before!

Something on My Mind

Pondering an outline for a book. I’m trying to really get serious about doing this.

Something I’m Thankful for

Skype. Technology that spans oceans. And friends who give of their precious time to stay in touch.

Something about My Kids

Sunday night was business meeting at church, but I had a nasty migraine I couldn’t shake. So, the kids and I stayed home. As I dozed on the couch, I heard the kids chattering about this and that, trying to make a decision about what they were going to do for the next little while. I heard one of the girls call out to Steven to “come in here so we can have a kids’ business meeting!”

Over the next few minutes, I could faintly hear motions being made and seconded, then voted on. It’s nice to know my children have at least a basic familiarity with Robert’s Rules of Order!

Something I’m Working on

The aforementioned book outline. And still working on a good, workable daily routine that allows for writing, editing, etc.

Something from Hibbard Academy

We had an odd day today because of the need to run some errands. But, the kids all managed to squeeze their schoolwork in here and there without an issue. So proud of them! Meanwhile, Olivia sat down to work all the way through a practice ACT in preparation for taking the real thing next month. We’ll be going over it together soon!

Something That Makes Me Smile

Seeing my kids with their little adopted “siblings” at church. My girls always have other little girls at their side or on their hips. It’s so precious to me!

Something Coming

Reorganizing the kitchen! Just another step in the purging and organizing to make our home more functional.


Monthly shopping! Now that's ORGANIZED :D But you must stock up on milk and fruit and veggies, right?

What conclusion did the kids' family meeting come to???
I'm laughing about the organized thing, Julie. Believe it or not, it's actually easier for me to menu plan and create a monthly shopping list than to do it more frequently. But, yes, there are definitely small stops during the month. I can't imagine how many gallons of milk we'd have to buy to make it through a whole month!! :D

I think the kids made up games, had cereal for supper, and I'm not sure what else they came up with!

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