Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook - May 28th

(Hosted by Simple Woman's Daybook)

Outside my window...it is just beginning to get light outside. The clouds are thick and we are expecting rain. The birds are awake and singing.

I am thinking... about summer vacation. About doing fun things with the family, yet balancing with quiet, rest, time for reflection. Giving the kids space to be "bored" and to figure out what to do about it themselves.

I am thankful for... the last two days of rest I have enjoyed after a very busy and stressful spring season. All good stuff, but still stressful.

In the kitchen... serving pieces from the party we had with Rachel's group on Saturday. All clean and stacked and waiting to be put away. And two new counter stools we bought yesterday. And ingredients for a couple of homemade treats (granola bars, puppy chow) - I'm looking forward to more cooking/baking from scratch again.

I am wearing... my warm brown Lands' End fleece cardigan, found at Goodwill for $5 and worn daily around the house this winter and spring.

I am creating... a plan for our summer. A rough outline for each day to make sure chores, summer reading, and instrument practice get done. Plugging items from our Summer Bucket List into the calendar so we "do" them instead of just think about doing them.

I am going... to Rhode Island for a few days in August (I hope). To visit with my mom and Larry and Mimi and to attend a big 50th birthday bash with my high school classmates.
I am wondering... how many times I will have to say, "I don't care about 'the other kids', I'm talking about you!"

I am currently reading... The Knitter's Life List, sort of a bucket list for knitters.

I am hoping... that our little garden produces some good food this summer. So far we've had plenty of good rain, and the little sprouts are looking healthy. 

I am looking forward to... my Mom's visit in a few weeks. We're going to the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair in Grayslake while she's here.

I am learning... about knitting with lace-weight yarn. It's tricky and slow-moving, but the results are very pretty.

I am hearing... the birds outside the window, the hum of the refrigerator, the gurgle of the coffee pot.

Around the house...  lots of little projects getting done. New pictures being hung on the walls, closets and drawers and boxes being purged of unnecessary stuff, cleared surfaces I hope to keep cleared.

I am pondering... what's next for me (rapidly approaching "big" birthdays will do that).

A favorite quote for today... 

One of my favorite things... the promise of summer vacation after a long, busy school year. The potential, the possibilities, the Bucket List, the "down time".

A few plans for the rest of the week... the last three days of school for the girls; grocery shopping with David for the first time in months; getting him some much-needed summer clothes and shoes; taking the kids swimming on the last day of school.

A peek into my day... Aldi, Target, Abbie's violin lesson, ham casserole for dinner. That's enough.

A picture I'd like to share...
David and Angel sharing a quiet moment yesterday morning...

1 comment:

Mrs. Homesteader said...

You have a beautiful family! I had to chuckle when I read "I am wondering"...brings back memories! I am a BIG fan of Goodwill and Aldi! Saving money is an "obsession" of mine LOL! SO glad I got to visit you today!