Outside My Window
It is a very hot and very humid day here. The sun is not quite shining, but neither is it completely clouded over. A very meh kind of afternoon here.
I Am Thinking
That I will not be making soup for supper on such a hot day as this. I need to consult the weather forecast before menu-planning in the summer more often than I do.
I Am Thankful
- for the excellent week of VBS at our church last week. It was so much fun, and the kids learned so much.
- for fresh mint from our garden.
- for having the kind of summer we've wanted to have as a family.
In The Kitchen
I made A Penne For Your Thoughts from The Looneyspoons Collection cookbook last night. It was very yummy. Here is a photo I took last night...the veggies (mushrooms, chopped baby spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes) sautéing before being added to the pasta.
The kitchen is taking a break today due to heat, and my sanity.
I Am Wearing
Jeans and a t-shirt...changing into shorts or a skirt soon. Ain't no one got time for jeans in this heat.
I Am Creating
A home that is a haven and nest for our family. I LOVE this part of being a wife and mum.
As we are about to go away next week on vacation, I am not starting any crafting projects...but am hoping to get some going when we get back. Ideas are starting to percolate on my back-burner. It's good.
I Am Going
To work on finishing purging, sorting, and organizing. I did both the kids' rooms this week, as well as the hall closet. Now onto the basement...where I always seem to struggle.
I Am Reading
I finished reading "The Nesting Place" by Myquillon Smith. Lots of good stuff in there for making your, always, imperfect home a beautiful place for you and your loved ones. Good stuff there. I was glad to have spent the $$ to buy it because I can see I'll be coming back to it again and again.
Still reading The Meaning of Marriage, by Timothy Keller. GOOD book. Now, one of my go-to books to recommend to friends who want a good marriage read, or newlyweds.
Starting Jan Karon's At Home in Mitford. I have all the Mitford books, but one...Amazon will be supplying that "need" (ahem) shortly, methinks.
Still reading How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk.
I Am Hoping
That the rest of the week goes well, and uneventfully.
I Am Looking Forward To
Hanging with BFF J. D. before we say goodbye. She and her family are moving, following God's calling from pastoring here, to prepping for the mission field in the new year...in Spain. It's going to be bittersweet saying farewell...they've become dear friends to our family, and a large gap will be there. Our Monday nights will never be the same again!
Prepping for vacation next weekish...going East...visiting family...20th high school reunion (gulp)...looking forward to a good time (please, weather, co-operate...).
I Am Learning
Lessons in kidney stones. I had one blasted via lithotripsy last November. About a week and a half ago I had one decide to kick off and give me some pain (hence my high-fiving of Naproxen last week in this spot). I visited my urologist yesterday...apparently the ones I have left are little wee ones, 1-2 mm, that I pretty much without doubt should be able to pass. Also drinking lots of fluids. Our bodies are truly fearfully and wonderfully made. Also? CT scans are amazing.
I'm also learning not to grease the pan you fry your bacon in. 'Nuff said.
Around the House
Laundry (it does not end...it just goes on and on, my friend).
Cleaning/sorting/purging of afore-mentioned rooms.
Streamlining and simplifying things...so much more peaceful and restful on eye, mind, and soul. Getting that sweet spot of "ahhhh."
I Am Pondering
The why of stores who have back to school sales on less than a month after school has ended...and also the influx of winter clothing in stores already. It may be Canada but really...not a necessity when it's 34C plus humidity.
A Favourite Quote for Today
"A promise must be about things that I can do, about actions; no one can promise to go on feeling in a certain way." -C. S. Lewis
A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week
Gettin' 'er done, as we say up here...the daily grind, some fun, a night away for work for hubby, and a night away for DS at grandparent's.
A Peek Into My Day
Not today...no much happening here! :)