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, February 07, 2011

Daybook...early February

Outside my window... 
...light snow, heavier snow predicted for later today. I'm certain it will cripple the city. Considering that we live in central Ohio, and have always had snowy winters, one would think the city resources could deal with winter weather. But it's the same story every time -- no one is prepared. If the streets were cleaned regularly I could quit worrying about my teenage driver. And if I could quit worrying about my teenage driver I might enjoy winter a bit more.

I am thinking...
...about the Super Bowl broadcast last night. I only watched a small bit, and a small bit was enough to see how much of the world I don't like to see. Almost all of the ads were offensive to me, and yet this is supposedly the best the industry can come up with? It was enough to keep me away from television for another year.

I am thankful for...
...my heating pad -- I injured my back again, ironically, doing the laundry. Ugh.

From the lesson plans...
...I'm starting to look very critically at Noah's lesson plans, and omitting much of what I don't think will be helpful for him during his first year of high school. He needs to learn how to listen and learn, as opposed to read and learn, which is primarily how the homeschooler learns. I need to start teaching him how to take good notes as well.

...more times tables for Faith. I found a trick on the internet that I'm going to use. For those who have young ones struggling with times tables -- try the Answer Card trick found at the top of this link. Faith is about halfway there in memorizing, so I think being able to visually find the answer will be a boost for her confidence. (use a chart like this to fill in the answers)

From the kitchen...
... Banana Pudding leftover for breakfast (I love dessert for breakfast), or I'll probably have homemade yogurt and rye toast. Exciting, huh? Margaret's Extraordinary Soup for dinner, and possibly some homemade ham salad sandwiches.

I am wearing...
...khaki pants, black turtleneck, thick wool socks.

I am creating...
...I need to finish a baby quilt and I am waiting for some rosary parts to work on some chaplets.

I am reading...
...Everything is Grace by Joseph Schmidt, FSC. I also started The Rite by Matt Baglio last night while the boys watched the Super Bowl.

I am hoping...
...for a quiet week, and a healed back by the weekend. Unfortunately, I think I need to stay away from the computer because sitting at the computer makes the back feel worse.

I am hearing...
...my blog music and the space heater.

Around the house...
...some ironing if I can stand at the ironing board. I also need to clean out the freezer, and I think I'll enlist a little helper for that job. She's a pretty good organizer.

I am going...
...to the bank, and maybe the post office, hopefully before it snows too much.

One of my favorite things...
...quiet Monday mornings that follow chaotic weekends.

I am praying for...
...my children, my niece, Fr. Tomasek, Fr. Lavelle, all of my friends and family, four soldiers, in particular, and all of the babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion today. By the way, my niece's surgery went well, but they won't know the results of the biopsy until sometime this week.

A few plans for the rest of the week...
...on Saturday, Doug and I will attend the Foundation's black tie event, so I have a nail appointment later in the week and a hair appointment on Saturday -- must get dolled up. ;-)

Thought for the day...
...from St. Colette, feast day February 7. Appropriately for me...
"If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured." -- St. Colette


  1. Hope your back feels better soon! That's not a fun injury to deal with! My oldest has been enjoying some workshops offered by the teacher at the Lukeion Project. They are one hour, four week classes that are very much like an online lecture and power point presentation. He has learned how to take notes during the lecture and then go back and listen to the recorded version to fine tune them. The cost for a four week workshop might seem a little high, but they are packed with information from a currently homeschooling Dad who used to be a field archeologist. The cost works out to about $13.50 per class. Anyway, just a thought!

  2. Yes, I hope your back is better soon! My chiro recommended one of those big exercise balls to strengthen my core, and I used it as my computer chair because it made me sit properly. Plus, it was fun to roll around a bit on while I worked (ahem, read blogs) and exercised the abs.

    Thought of you as I carried my laundry down this morning! It's really someone else's job, but he overslept and is at school now.

    Re: The Rite---was just informed that it doesn't carry the imprimatur, so bear that in mind. I think I'm getting Eutenauer's book next.

  3. Prayers for a quick healing of back pain. Back pain is no no fun.

    St. Colette

    I like that saint because my daughter is named Colette!

  4. Thanks, Charlotte. I'm not certain my boy is up to that challenge. I think I'll try lecturing at the kitchen table!

    Sara, the exercise ball sounds interesting. My boys have ruined so many chairs tipping and slouching at the computer -- I keep threatening a backless stool. I'm not sure the ball would be used for sitting!

    PS Thanks for the heads-up after I buy the book. Just kidding, though it makes one wonder, why?

    You did, Margaret! And it was yummy (though sadly all members of the family did not agree).

    I thought of you yesterday Christine when I saw that quote, because I remembered you have a sweet Colette.

  5. Just in case you are interested for the future, the live lectures are recorded so that the students can go back and listen to them later to refine their notes. There are no tests or anything like that in the workshops. They are just online talks. The lectures are also incredibly interesting (I've caught myself listening in more than once) and done at what I'd consider a middle school level.


I appreciate your comments -- sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself!