Saturday, October 29, 2005

Mini-Retreat

I went to a "mini-retreat" today... A Talk a Latte... (much to my disappointment, there weren't actually any lattes!) The topics were on home organization and scheduling/routines. There were three really great quotes that stuck out to me...
"Our unwillingness to say no to requests for our time or involvement is a modern form of idolatry. We enthrone our own desires, our pride and the lure of appearing busy." --Alice Fraley
"Put first things first and we get second things thrown in. Put second things first and we lose the first and second things." --C.S. Lewis
"Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry, because I never undertake more work than I can go through with calmness of spirit." --John Wesley

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

5 Weird and Random Facts About Me

Since I'm one of SophieMae's subscribers I think I got tagged again. She was rather vague about who she was tagging... but I suspect she meant me! Anyway, I think the tag games are kinda fun...

The assignment for today is to come up with 5 WEIRD and RANDOM facts about myself.
  1. I have a small birth mark in the palm of my right hand. It's how I tell right from left. Really! I know the compass directions intuitively, but I have to look at the palm of my right hand to remember which is right and which is left.
  2. The only way I can listen to anything is if I have something to do with my hands. Otherwise my mind wonders. I wish it would be acceptable to take my knitting to church!
  3. I am widely traveled within the continental US, having visited something like 35 states, but I've only barely been across the border into Mexico and Canada. Never overseas. I'd like to visit Europe... but I doubt I ever do. I'd also like to go on a road trip to Alaska. That seems more likely than the Europe trip.
  4. I think a day-old piece of cornbread crumbled in a glass of cold milk makes a pretty good breakfast!
  5. I have traced my family tree clear back to Adam and Eve! (Okay, so everything before about 1500 or so is most likely mythology... it was still fun to do.) I love seeing where all the branches wander off to.
Well, there ya go. Who wants to play next? You know the rules. Tell us the facts, then choose 5 others to do likewise. 'Cept I'm not gonna choose. If you read my list and want to play, go for it!

Sisterchicks

I've heard about this series for awhile, but finally found one at the library. It was a kinda fun read... but it made me wonder... Am I the only woman who doesn't have a "sisterchick" and doesn't really feel a need for one? The cover blurb has a definition...
sisterchick n.: a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a sister, and provides a reality check when you're being a brat.
Ummm... except for the part about loving like a sister, that definition fits my husband! (And I'm pretty sure he doesn't love me like a sister! Goodness!) So... since my husband is my best friend, I don't seem to miss having a "best girlfriend". I have sisters and I have good friends... but nobody that close to me.

In this particular story the 2 "sisterchicks" go on a cruise to Mexico and have a grand and adventureous time. Sounds fun... 'cept I'm just sure I'd want my husband with me on such an excursion, rather than some other woman. Am I weird? Oh, well... don't tell me if I am 'cuz I really don't care!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

10 Things That Bring Me Joy

SophieMae tagged me a week or two ago to tell about the music I was listening to. I honestly don't listen to music much. (Weird, I know.) So I never got around to doing the game. However, she posted another one about what brings you joy. She didn't tag me on that one, but I took the liberty of "trading"! I decided it would do me good to think about joy in my life right now...

The challenge: name 10 Things That Bring Me Joy...
  1. Walking with the Lord. His peace gives me joy... even when it seems like I don't feel very joyful.
  2. Talking with my husband. Two weeks from today is our 20th anniversary. What a short 20 years it's been!
  3. Reading to my children. Read-aloud time is the best part of the school day!
  4. Long drives on back roads... or better still, long road trips... Our best family times are usually in the car.
  5. Watching the puppy play. Can't help but smile.
  6. A caramel latte... especially when my husband swings by Starbucks unexpectedly and tells me to get him a mocha and get me whatever I want. Let's see there was a fancy name for a certain style of latte that I really liked... What was it? Macciati? Something like that, seems like. It was creamier or something. Can't remember. But it was yummy!
  7. A good book... and time to read it!
  8. Camping in the mountains. Fresh air. Wood smoke. Time to relax. Mmmmmm....
  9. Time away with my husband. We try to get away for at least one night every year around our anniversary. The kids call it our "honeymoon".
  10. A crackling fire on cold winter evenings. Our house is tiny and crowded but we do enjoy the fireplace!
And a very special #11 for my sweet little nephew, Garrett, who embraces everything in the world with more joy than anyone else I know.

Ha! Reading back over the list you can tell I'm a romantic... and very much in love with husband, can't you?

10-year-old Boys

The little boys in my Character Qualities class crack me up. As I mentioned before, they are all about 10. It's such a funny age. Today's character quality was Gratefulness. One of the activities was an acrostic of the word "gratefulness" written on the board and then the class was supposed to think of things they were grateful for that started with those letters. The first thing one of the little guys thought of was "Great-grandparents!" Skipped right over the grand-parents to the great-grandparents. LOL! So for a few minutes everyone was randomly calling out things that they could think of. I told them I wanted to cover the whole board. Well, after several minutes of brainstorming and basically naming every toy and food and animal they could think of... they struck on insects and reptiles! "Gratefulness" has 2 S's, you know! So we got spiders, and snakes, and scorpions!!! And, of course lizards... and praying mantises would have been added to list if only there was a P in gratefulness! LOL! Only 10-year-old boys would be grateful for such things! I told them that was like being grateful for mosquitoes! At the end of the class I told the lady who was helping me that every noun that popped into their heads that started with those letters went on the board.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Ramblin'

I have been doing quite a bit of deep cleaning lately... we got some new bookcases and a new desk, so been digging through papers and books. I came across my journals from 1989-1992. Guess what? This is not the first time I've been depressed! However, the last time I remember being hit this hard was the winter of 1998-99. So I guess I should count my blessings instead of moping around. *sigh* Oh! And I really should do a better job of keeping a journal!

I was looking forward to an all-day scrapbooking crop on Saturday, but got an email from the lady today saying it had been cancelled. *sigh*

The kids were invited to attend AWANA tonight with their cousins. (They are not in AWANA regularly for several reasons, but we let them go tonight as it was something one of their cousins needed as a badge requirement or something--to bring a friend.) I took advantage of the opportunity to have a date with my dh! He had to work late but it didn't take much persuasion to convince him that I could pick him up and go out for supper with him anyway. There's a restaurant near where he works that he's been wanting to take me to. We were hoping to go there, but turns out it's closed on Tuesdays. So we went to a diner instead. I just enjoyed the company! Love dat man!!!

I have a question. I don't keep up on fashion much, so I don't really know what all the latest styles are. Tonight I was in Wal Mart and needed to get some pantyhose. I also wanted some heavier opaque tights to wear with dresses and my winter clogs in cold weather. Wal Mart's "panty hose aisle" is half the size it used to be. I had noticed that before... however, I couldn't get the style I wanted in my size. And much of the merchandise in that section was dusty like it had been there awhile. I also didn't find the color I wanted of opaque tights. I had to settle for what they had that would fit. So, my question is: what do women wear on their legs with dresses in the winter these days? In the summer I noticed that it seems to be acceptable to wear bare legs everywhere... even to formal occasions such as weddings and Sunday morning church. But in the winter, it seems like your legs would get cold in a dress! I feel like an elderly grandma... "Why! Back in my day... a woman wouldn't be considered fully dressed to go out with her legs bare!" LOL! My mother has worn pantyhose every day of her life, I do believe.

We were going to try spinning with drop spindles tomorrow in my medieval life class. But all my efforts to find some wool to work with have been in vain. I am seriously considering stopping by Joann's in the morning and buying a bag of polyfil to try spinning! Oh, yes, indeed, girls... the peasants in medieval times had polyester sheep!

Under Attack

I am really feeling under attack right now. A lot of not-fun things going on, in addition to too many responsibilities. Oppressed, depressed, stressed... that's me. Every time I turn around lately it's something different. And it's not even winter yet! Although, the daylight hours are getting shorter, so that's not helping.

Our pastor had a good message last night on how to recognize attacks of the enemy. It was heartening for me to realize that is what is going on... but it didn't help me feel much better. And yet another major attack from a totally unexpected quarter today. But tonight, I opened my Bible to where the bookmark was... it's been a few weeks since I used this particular copy of the Bible, so the bookmark was just at a random place. I just started reading on the page... and God spoke healing to my heart through His word...

Teach me how to live, O Lord.
Lead me along the path of honesty,
for my enemies are waiting for me to fall.
Do not let me fall into their hands.
For they accuse me of things I've never done
and breathe out violence against me.
Yet I am confident that I will see the Lord's goodness
while I am here in the land of living.

Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Psalm 27:11-14 NLT

I was also reminded in the message last night that my "enemies" are not people. The enemy is Satan himself, and he will do everything in his power to deceive. Hmph! I don't b'lieve I'm gonna let him get by with that!

I could use extra prayer right now, if you feel so inclined...

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Randomness

We don't pay our pastor enough... or rather, I can understand why that's a job that requires a calling from God. I just can't imagine that anyone would willingly accept the headaches and heartaches of such a job for mere money. Our pastor and his wife were on vacation for 2 weeks, and we had to fill in the gap. I am very grateful they are home now!

Monday I actually got school done in 3 hours. The kids, for once, did what they were supposed to do when they were supposed to do it. It was wonderful! That evening we printed 50-some sets of the little books I am publishing. We are getting orders in pretty steadily.

Yesterday I had a teleconference for an hour right when I usually start school, so that pretty much blew our morning. Then the monthly homeschool skate meeting was in the afternoon, so we didn't get as much school done as we should have. Still, we got some done... so I was glad for that.

Today was our co-op day. For myself personally I would just as soon not do it... but my kids are enjoying it, and I think it's good for them... so I continue to do my part. I am teaching 3 classes and they are all very different from each other. My newsletter/journalism class is 5 teen boys. Medieval life is 4 teen girls. And Character Qualities is 8 ten-year-old boys! That class is a crack-up! The groups for each class just happened that way. I didn't set it to be for only boys or only girls... and the Character class was open to 4th grade through high school.

Tomorrow I need to go to a tax workshop on Sales & Use tax for my little business... and then take R to speech therapy in the afternoon.

Friday evening is our annual fall weiner roast for the Youth Group.

Let's see... I think Saturday is still pretty much open. At least right now.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Train Ride

We went for on the Fall Colors Excursion Train Ride on Saturday. It was so much fun! I was surprised that more families weren't doing it. The kids loved it! The train was full, but it was predominantly senior citizens. The "Red Hat Society" was out in all their glory!

The Red Hat Society cracks me up. One little old lady in a bright red hat is cute. A whole herd of them is just too much of a good thing! I just look at them and smile. Maybe that's the idea. I dunno... I've just never been one to follow the crowd, and I can't see myself doing so when I get to be 80 either! Even if I was inclined to wear a red hat, if every one else was doing it that would be a good reason for me not to!