Daybook 2017 Vol. 5

Looking out my window, the sun is shining and the sky is clear blue.  Up north, we call these days “brisk”.  I also call them devious.  The sun lures us out the door with that pure, yellow glow and then the bitter cold slaps you across the face and says, “Ha! Gotcha again!”

I am thinking how much I have to do.  Too much procrastinating has led to a Second Week of Advent with much left to do to prepare. Even still, I managed a procrastination trip through the transcripts of a TED Talk and then its corresponding website of surveys.

I am thankful for the peace I’ve been given by the Holy Spirit.  I’m thankful that it’s real peace and not something based on a false sense of euphoria.  That it’s not dependent on everything being okay in the world.  I don’t have to pretend our president doesn’t suck to rest in God’s Peace.

I am creating graphics for the American Solidarity Party‘s social media platforms. Planning to try a new recipe for Tuscan Chicken in the Instant Pot.  And doing little projects here and there for Advent and Christmas.

I am wearing black capri leggings with a purple (!💜!) mock turtleneck.  Sitting in front of the fire barefoot. I’ll have to change soon, though.  Going out into the frozen tundra to meet Alex for lunch.

I am reading Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Daily Meditations by Heidi Hess Saxton.  I used this as my Advent devotion in 2016 and I loved it so much I’m using it again.  It’s still awesome.

I am hoping and praying for a safe and swift delivery for Wyatt Angus.  I didn’t start feeling fear until this week.  Thankfully, it’s not the crippling extreme fear of my mother, but it still helps me understand her more.  Again.  My baby is having a baby.  And so many things can go wrong.  Trust.

I am learning about hiking during the winter.  Or, relearning, actually.  This weekends lesson?  HAND LOTION!  Before and after.  And after again.  My hands are an itchy wreck today.

In my kitchen we have soup in the fridge.  Pork vegetable with squashes.  I bought the already chopped veggies for roasting from Kroger to use in the soup because I knew I’d not have a lot of time for cooking when I got back from my trip.  Expensive, so I don’t see it becoming an everyday thing, but it sure did make it easier to make soup!

Daybook 2017 Vol 4

November 27, 2017

Looking out my window, the sun is shining and the sky is bright blue.  It’s so bright I can barely tell that the Christmas lights on the shrub right outside my window are still on.

I am thinking about Advent, impatiently waiting for the weeks of patiently waiting.  I love the irony.  I hate when there are only three full weeks of Advent, it never seems like enough time to prepare.  Even so, I’m going to have one of the boys bring down the Christmas tree and get it set up with the white lights.

I am thankful to be sitting in a house that’s clean and orderly.  Benefit of having everyone home and unencumbered for the last five days.

I am creating Jesse Tree and O Antiphon ornaments large enough to hang on the Christmas tree each day of Advent.  There will be glitter.

I am wearing grey leggings and a hot pink long-sleeve t-shirt.  Birkies.  Dressed to say in today.

I am reading  Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World and thinking about being a woman in the last decades of the 20th Century.

I am hoping still for a new placement.  The quiet is deafening.

I am learning servant leadership.  See book above.

In my kitchen I have some leftover Turkey.  And a small amount of homemade noodles (lunch?)  I deliberately tried to avoid leftovers – success!  I’m planning to use the meat to make pot pie this week.  And I’m also going to make soup tomorrow with bone broth made from the carcass.    Also on the menu:  Avocado Toast, lox and bagels, Turkey Mole Enchiladas.

Daybook 2017.3

November 6, 2017

Looking out my window I can see signs of Autumn everywhere.  My yard is lonely on this gray, rainy day.

I am thinking about humility and the overall lack of it in our culture. How does a society even cultivate a spirit of humility when it isn’t even a fruit of the spirit that we value?

I am thankful to be blessed with a spirit of thankfulness.  At this moment, I’m thankful for progressive lenses.  I never thought I would stop wearing contacts, but that I have.  I do put in my contacts (also progressive these days – finally) on sunny days so I can wear sunglasses when I’m driving.  Purple sunglasses.  Something else to be thankful for!

I am creating a new space in my living room and playroom.  New “built in” shelves along one wall have taken the place of boring old bookshelves.  We hung fake brick paneling on the wall before setting up the Ikea shelves, sans back.  Now these two spaces feel more connected.  And the living room feels much brighter without the dark, formal bookshelves.

I am wearing black capri leggings (surprise!), a teal mock turtleneck, new SmartWool socks, and old tennis shoes.  And my glasses.

I am watching NCIS: New Orleans, now in Season 3 and almost caught up.  Have you ever noticed how so. many. television shows recreate the family in the workplace?

I am hoping for a new placement.  Still.  It’s been two months since our last blessings went to their great-grandparents.  I’m craving the chaos that comes with having little ones in the house.

I am learning about hygge.

Hygge (/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or /ˈhuːɡə/ HOO-gə) is a Danish and Norwegian word which can be described as a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).

In my kitchen I’ve actually been cooking again.  Even when it’s just me.  It is really hard to cook for only one when you are used to cooking for a crowd!  I’m thinking that leftovers will be the key for me.  Last night I had leftover hashbrown casserole with dippy eggs on top.  Yum.  On the menu:  leftover ham and bean soup and beef pot pie from Sunday Dinner leftovers.


October 30, 2017

Looking out my window it’s another bright, sunny day.  But with the end of October, it’s finally brisk and feeling like Autumn.

I am thinking about politics and political parties and the future and how messed up our two party system is.  I’m thinking about whether our current representation in Washington has the moral courage needed to make real change.  And on top of that, I am thinking about how one middle-aged semi-retired lady in flyover country of flyover country can possibly make a difference.

I am thankful for the opportunity to be so caught up in all my thoughts.  I have a husband who has always provided for us financially, a roof over my head, good food on the table, and a new car in the driveway.  I don’t have to worry how I’m going to pay the electric bill or our car insurance.  I don’t even need to work outside the home, for which I’m exceptionally thankful since being able to stay home makes me a better foster mom.

I am creating graphic art.  I just finished a big project to help a new online friend campaign for New Jersey State Assembly.  I love doing this and look forward to more opportunities.  I also need to create more for my Facebook page!

I am wearing black leggings, a loose flowing tunic (with POCKETS!), and my Keen water shoes.

I am watching all sorts of grown-up shows.  I’m not a big fan of watching television so when we have little ones in the house I choose to keep it off at night.  Since we don’t have any extras at the moment I’ve been watching prime tv with Ashe and Elwood.

I am hoping for a new placement.  Today.

I am learning how to use PhotoShop more extensively.  It takes time because I always seem to be in a hurry to get things done.  BUT, now that I know Adobe has its own font library, I find myself more inspired.

In my kitchen it’s starting to look more like a kitchen and less like the junk drawer.


September 25, 2017

Looking out my window it’s a beautiful sunny day. The kind with little puffy clouds and warm sunshine that makes you want to sit on the porch and drink sweet tea.

I am thinking about people and how horrible we can be too each other. Wondering how to inspire others to show more empathy. Wondering how to BE more empathetic myself.

I am thankful for the quiet of an empty house.

I am creating life books for K and W along with a template to use in the future. My goal is to have our placements be part of the making of their books.

I am wearing summer clothes. At the end of September. Yep. It’s southern Kentucky.

I am watching When Calls the Heart with Ashe. Trying not to be too indignant about how much the story line’s been changed, not complain about the low-budget costuming, and not rant about the insertion of modern feminism into a time where it’s completely out of place.

I am hoping for a kinder future.

I am learning how to be more patient. (STILL, at age 50!)

In my kitchen not much is happening.  Right now there’s a frozen dinner baking for our dinner.  I’d barely gotten used to cooking for three when we became a family of seven.  As much as I’ve enjoyed the quiet, I’m ready for the circus to come back to town!  I’m much better at cooking for a crowd.

And that’s my first daybook entry.  I hope it gets easier!