In the garden...
...This answer is the same as the last time I did this -- weeds. And now there are no pretty orange day lilies, or at least not many. I keep telling myself I'm going to weed one section of the garden every couple days, but it's so hot and dry during the day, and after dinner, I'm so tired. I have a feeling this might not get done this year. My new back pain doesn't make it any better. I have a tendency to hurt my SI joints in the garden and right now I have upper back pain the doctor is treating, so I really don't need lower back pain.
We've been having Sunday family dinner every week though and Geoffrey took a couple pictures of the bees on the coneflowers (I guess there is a little more than weeds in the garden). And I took a picture of the moon on the night before the Blue Moon (the first full moon of July).
photo by Geoffrey
photo by Geoffrey
...starting back to school...eventually. I still haven't made any hard decisions, but I'm seriously leaning toward doing all Seton this year. Faith won't be happy, but she never is happy about school, so that shouldn't be a deciding factor.
I am wearing...
...a blue and green skirt and blue v-neck. I'm barefoot right now (with a neuroma pad on the bottom of my right foot), but I'll wear white sandals when I go out later. I don't know if I mentioned that I have a neuroma (a nerve growth) in my right foot -- called a Morton's neuroma. I had an injection and I wear a pad every day, but I'm considering surgery because any time I am standing for any period of time -- shopping, cooking, ironing -- my foot burns like it's on fire. I think it's odd that I have all my nerve issues in my right leg and clotting issues in the left leg.
...Crash: A Mother, A Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude. I'm still reading it and it's a good read -- about the long-term effects of brain injury.
Also reading The Flame of Love, the diary of Elizabeth Kindelman -- no decisions yet
I am creating...
...I have several projects, as always.
The rosary I was making for the auction at Ohio Dominican University has turned into a gift for Coach Gerry Faust, the keynote speaker for the event. According to my husband, he has a great devotion to Our Blessed Mother, so I am really humbled that this will be a gift for him. Ohio Dominican's colors are black and gold, hence the black onyx beads and topaz Swarovski crystals.
I'm sewing a scapular, and cutting squares for a baby boy quilt.
I also have a baby cap on the needles, but it's kind of complicated and I'm not sure it's the best nighttime knitting.
In the kitchen...
...tonight: hmmm, maybe take-out. I was really good when I went to the store yesterday about planning meals for this week, but for some reason I forgot about today. I'm trying some new recipes from a Six Sisters cookbook I got from the library. They are quick and simple and pretty tasty. I have this book.
...still doing math and English every week day...very reluctantly, but almost finished. We'll at least get a couple weeks for a break.
Around the house...
...not much unless you count loads of dirty laundry as much. Not much has changed since I typed that last time. We moved Josh and Taylor into their apartment on Friday, traveled to Cincinnati for a family reunion on Saturday, and had family dinner on Sunday -- that shot three entire days. Still catching up on laundry.
Plans for the rest of the week...
...the Black and Gold event Thursday, a doctor's appt. on Friday, and....drumroll...Josh and Taylor's commencement from the Ohio State University on Sunday. They'll be right next to each other -- Stein and Stein -- so their names will be called one right after the other. Can't wait! I didn't walk at my commencement -- sour grapes/long story -- and Geoffrey didn't either, so this is the first since Doug, and I wasn't dating him then.
A few of my favorite things...
...family reunions -- I just love my family. I think they are the best people ever. I know most people probably think that way about their families, but not all. I even got back on FB just so I could keep up with all my family's news. And of course my favorite bloggers -- Jamie :-)
...a Knightstick -- which you probably only know about if you're from Westerville. I had an appt. a short while ago, so I took Faith and her girlfriend to get a Knightstick. I have to get one per summer. Mine was peanut butter cup. I think it was my dinner (see above note about dinner).
Prayers sent heavenward...
...for my husband and children, to do God's will every day
...for all priests and religious, especially our priests Fr. Sill and Fr. Schmit, and for Fr. Howe
...all babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion, for a change of heart
...for friends who have asked for prayers
...prayers of thanksgiving for my sister-in-law
...prayers for the daughter of an online friend
Photos for the day..
This is Joshua at the family reunion at my Uncle Bob's farm -- this is so Josh because he has a way with animals and apparently so Dancer the horse.
and if that doesn't make you smile...