Outside My Window
4:45 p.m. and it's almost dark. The whole back yard is covered in snow (I do live in Canada, after all!).
I Am Listening To
Silence in the house...kids just got home from school and are doing their reading. One kid is practicing their piano lesson.
I Am Wearing
A long-sleeved t-shirt (made in Canada...yay for Costco carrying made in Canada products), jeans, bare feet. Bare feet you say? I go barefoot in the house almost all year 'round. I really shouldn't because I do have plantar fasciitis, and it's better for me to wear a good supportive pair of sneakers...however, old habits die hard.
I Am Thankful For
Entering into the season of Advent. I so love this time of year...preparation, anticipation, and waiting.
For my new MacBook Air, upon which I am typing this blog post. My other netbook was dying a slow and painful death...hastened, no doubt, by my spilling a cup of coffee on the keyboard about a year or more ago. Can I just say...I love Apple...simple, easy to do setup of this laptop just made my day. My husband is my in-house tech support...I didn't need him for the setup.
Also thankful for my family.
I Am Pondering
Pondering Genesis 16:13 yesterday and today. The name of God here, El Roi, the God who sees me...meets me where I am right now.
Also pondering ways to keep the kitten from climbing the Christmas tree and knocking off ornaments. Ahem.
I Am Reading
War Brides by Melynda Jarratt. This is a book all about, mainly, WWII war brides who came to Canada. The book is broken down by province. There is also a chapter at the end that deals with WWI war brides and their experiences. A most interesting read. The culture shock some of these women had, and braved, was immense.
The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. I am really enjoying this book for our Advent traditions here at home.
Grace Filled Marriage by Tim Kimmel. Oh this book...THIS BOOK. Such a good read. I'm about 1/4-1/3 into it, and it's just...so good.
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk by Elaine Mazlish. Also very good, but not one to skip through. Taking my time with this one.
Also, issues of Canada's History magazine. My Mum gifts me with a subscription to this every year for my birthday, and I just love it. This year, though, for some reason, I've been reading so many other books, that I've fallen behind in reading these, and as a result have several issues to "catch up on."
I Am Thinking
About the rest of the Christmas baking I need/want to do. Actually I'm doing pretty good...about 1 thing every day or so, and I'm getttin' her done. Also thinking about DH's work holiday party tomorrow night...TOMORROW NIGHT...man, how did that happen so fast???? Yikes.
I Am Creating
I finished knitting a scarf from the sock yarn one skein wonders book. I did so well...so well. I learned a new thing: grafting, using the Kitchener stitch. This scarf you knit in 2 parts, and then graft together. I read how to do it. I watched an online video tutorial of how to do it, and then grafted along with the video, slowly, till I could do it on my own. And? The ridge that *should* be on the wrong side, is on the right side. GAHHHHHHHHH.
Toward Rhythm & Beauty
The rhythm has changed to adjust with the season, both of Advent and winter. I love this time of year, in a way, even though Fall and Spring are my favourite seasons. The beauty part is all around...I love decorating and making things seasonal with decor and my own touches around here. Christmas and Advent are fun seasons to decorate for. The trees are both up and trimmed...decor is up and it's looking nice here. I love it.
To Live the Liturgy
I am making changes here. The kidney stone episode of a couple weeks ago is behind me, but in its wake has been a slew of catching up on things around the house, and getting back in the saddle again with Bible reading and prayer. The lack of this is showing...sigh...
Hoping & Praying
Hoping we do not get the freezing rain/rain and warm temperatures here...because here, at this time of year, it is followed by a flash-freeze...which turns everything into a skating rink and is treacherous for man, beast, and vehicle.
Praying: that my Xray will show the kidney stones gone...and that my follow up lab work will show my doctor what is causing the stones; for our church as we head into a year of transition and uncertainty (I'm calling it the year of "pray to God, but row for the shore"); praying for mercy and grace.
In the Garden
The garden is buried under snow, and will remain that way till spring, DV. I am thinking about next year's garden. I didn't get the garden cleared out, nor my garlic planted, as I had hoped to this fall. Also, DH didn't get the lumber and build my other raised bed. So, those will happen in the spring. Mostly, I will be planting the same things as this year, but will be rotating my crops. I hope to add dill to the herbs...it was a fail with seedlings this year, as was everything else I started from seed. I also want to start my seedlings much earlier this year, because I was very much behind the 8-ball this year. I am pondering growing squash, but we will see...it needs a lot of room, and I don't know if I have the room it would need to do well.
Around the House
I am managing to get things back under control here. The main floor is pretty much cleaned as it should be, now the upstairs needs some TLC. Also on the docket: deep cleaning the Powder Room. Small room, but it shows the "love" a bit more than some of the other rooms do. This year, I've deep cleaned the kitchen and dining room, and the kids' bathroom. One bit at a time, and it will get done. We also hauled a car-load of "junk" over to Value Village yesterday. I have 2 more boxes to take over, and then that will be it. I need to sort through the spare room/office before family arrives for Christmas, later this month.