Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Daybook...mid October


Outside my window...
...clear blue skies, temps in the low 70s. Rain predicted for later and we really need it. This past weekend the leaves fell in copious amounts each time the slightest breeze blew. It's so dry here.

I am thinking...
...about my grandma. She is a huge Reds fan. She is 94 years old and has always been a huge Reds fan, a fact which always gives me the biggest chuckle when I think about it. Anyway, we stayed up too late last night watching the Reds lose the third game in the playoffs. I'm sure my grandma was disappointed, but probably went to bed thinking, "Well, there's always next year." That's just the way she is.

I am thankful for...
...this might seem odd, but I am thankful that Josh broke curfew on Saturday and so he is grounded next weekend. He was 30 minutes late (though his curfew was 10:30, which is fairly early) and so there are consequences. She may come here, but he may not go out, no arguments. They will be under my most watchful eye. ;-)

From the learning rooms...
...same-old, same-old for the most part. Noah is catching up on some history tests this week that I completely missed because Seton did not publish the history lesson plans for grade 8 this year. They are delayed in getting the History 8 text out (which is why they have not published the lesson plans) and we (everyone doing Seton grade 8 history) are all working from an online version. I'm actually kind of annoyed that they decided to use the new text this year even though it was not printed. Thus far I have printed, from my own printer, four chapters of the book. Urg.

Faith is adding four digit numbers, after starting two digit numbers just a week or two ago. I am again reminded why I dislike MCP math. My kids are all the same -- they get the concept on the last day the book covers it because MCP speeds through concepts so quickly. There are also waaay too many problems on each page... I can not even imagine making her do all that is there. Pretty soon I'll be creating my own practice pages. It happens every time we switch back to MCP. We'll be doing Saxon in 4th grade.

Alright--something positive about school: Faith loves science and spelling, and Noah loves math and English.

From the kitchen...
... Red Beans and Rice for dinner. The kids hate it, but Doug and I love it. You can't please all of the people all of the time.

I am wearing...
...khaki pants, a warm, a blue and white blouse, and Berkies -- again, we're not going anywhere today.

I am creating...
...still working on this hat, and I have a couple rosaries to make. I also need to get a piece of fabric to finish a baby quilt.

I am reading...
...Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire from Within. I also started Night, which I had never read.

I am hoping...
...to get to bed early tonight. I fell asleep during my rosary this morning and was startled awake by Josh's text saying he made it safely to school. I felt a bit like the poor Peter (Lk. 22: 49).

I am hearing...
...Noah and Faith in the back yard having a post-lunch break. I think Noah is trying to set fire to acorns in the fire pit. Hmm. Maybe I should check on them?

Around the house...
...reorganization. Faith is in one of her moods where she reorganizes every room. Every time I walk into a room, she has moved books and knick knacks around. Mostly I get a chuckle out of it, as long as she doesn't mess with the draperies or the furniture.

One of my favorite things...
...October. I don't know anyone who doesn't love October...it's a big club.

A few plans for the rest of the week...
...not much until Friday. If it's doesn't rain we're going to the county fair. Fun.

Especially Remembering in prayer...
A couple of soldiers -- one a doctor, another a chaplain, a few rosary recipients with special intentions, unborn babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion today.

A picture thought...

..or two from the weekend.

Doggy love.

Fooling around.

More doggy love.

Jack-o-lantern love.

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie, a la Margaret.

The setting sun and some hues of gold and green.



  1. Your backyard is beautiful.


  2. Cute pictures!

    "Night" is great!

    I think it was you who told me about "The Book Thief" also excellant!! Thanks!

  3. The only thing I don't love about October is the halloween obsession---other than that, it's all good.

  4. Thank you, Christine. It's rather messy this time of year.

    Night is great, in the way that books that are disturbing are (you know what I mean...just like The Book Thief).

    For the most part I avoid the obsession by staying out of stores. My own neighborhood doesn't really go overboard at all.

  5. October really is the best. I always wanted to get married or have a baby in October, and neither of those have happened. Too late for the October marriage, but the baby? . . . ;)

    And, as always, I love your home.

  6. We read "Night" In 8th grade, the public school kids read it in 7th. I think it must be part of the Ohio Education Curriculum: Thou Must Do A Holocaust Unit in Junior High...

  7. You do know someone (at least virtually) who doesn't love October. That would be me. It signals the impending winter, which I hate, so October depresses me. I can hear rainfall right now, so that means it will be uncomfortably cool and dreary. Ugh. Give me spring any day! But I remember you dislike the heat, so you might find today comfortable and cozy. :) If the summers weren't so glorious here (in Colorado), there's no way I would stay. At least it's normally sunny.

    Have a great day!


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