Monday, May 25, 2009

Simple Woman #20

Simple Woman

FOR TODAY May 25, 2009

Outside My Window... My "dogwood cloud" is still going strong, and tossing in the breeze today, which is chilly. The boys are out in the yard with Jonathan, a friend and neighbor. Laundry flaps on the line, and the flag on the pole in front of the porch.

I am thinking... how strange it seems to be writing this when it's not a school day! Today doesn't feel like a Monday. Also, being Memorial Day, I am thinking of the book we've been reading, " A Fighter Pilot In Buchenwald".

I am thankful for... all the new trim in my office, the bathrooms, and our (master) bedroom. It looks SO much nicer than it used to! Of course, now it needs to be painted... *sigh*

From the learning rooms... everything is ready for tomorrow, but no school work today :0)

From the kitchen... leftovers, warming in the microwave for Kerry. BBQ for dinner tonight (who would've seen that coming?!)

I am wearing... capri pants, a tank-top, and an aloha shirt. Apparently when I dressed this morning I was overly optimistic, now I'm just cold. (Humming to myself, "going where the weather suits my clothes...".)

I am creating... plans for summer "projects", because that doesn't sound at all like "school."

I am going... round in circles? I'm anxious to be planning out our next school year, but need to buckle down and finish this one. I'm worse than the boys.

I am reading... still reading the same with the boys (mentioned above), also just finished a very quick read, "Rosie Dunne" by Cecelia Ahern. (Also read her "If You Could See Me Now", previously.) Guilty pleasures :0)

I am hoping... to be shocked and surprised by my sudden ability to complete all the projects I'm dreaming up, rather than the usual tenth of them. It's pathetic, really.

I am hearing... Wyatt, practicing piano, with intermittent bouts of whining and complaining. Apparently I have not only ruined his day, but his entire life, with my unreasonable expectation that he tear himself away from Dino-opolis for 30 minutes.

Adolescence has descended upon us.

Around the house... I mentioned last week that we had a contractor here working. (You do want to think carefully when you hire a contractor, because you're going to be spending a lot of time together. Good thing we chose well, as Rod has become a family memeber...) We did our Big Remodel in 2005 and 2006, and it is still going on. That, BTW, is no bad reflection on our contractor, but the state of our finances.

He has finished the most recent project and I am now working my way through the house, wiping up sheet-rock dust, which has an amazing ability to get everywhere. (Reminds me of a certain high school prank involving someone's locker and those teeny tiny styrofoam balls that bean-bag chairs are filled with. You'd probably be shocked at how far and how quickly those will spread with nothing but a little static electricity. Not that I'd know anything about that... ahem... but that's what I'm told.)

One of my favorite things... tight vocal harmonies, like Gene Puerling's "A Nightingale Sang in Berkely Square."

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: nose to the grindstone. Finish math with Wyatt and Tate. Schedule testing. Clean. Sort. Wash. Repeat.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

The boys' Junior Ski to Sea Team


Ruby said...

Ah, ain't life grand!

Kristen@nosmallthing said...

You seem to always get so much accomplished. When will I be like that??? I seem to get something done, but then it doesn't stay done.

I have no time for projects with all the stuff I keep having to redo...

leah said...

I love this time of year. Those teeny tiny styrofoam balls are making me rethink my bean-bag chair idea for the new playroom I'm making! Maybe we'll stick with something crafted from solid foam...

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh, Kristen, I'm with you. Everything I do is quickly, if not immediately, undone!

The flower beds are full of weeds. The laundry hamper is overflowing. And life is quickly descending into chaos. *sigh*

Ruby - good to hear from you :0)

Leah - beware the teeny tiny styrofoam balls!

Colleen said...

Um, yeah, you're camera is way better than mine. Way more clarity in your version than mine!

I've wondered about that book, btw (A A Fighter Pilot in Buchenwald). I take it since you mentioned it here you recommend it?

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Hi Colleen,

Yes, we're enjoying the book. I wrote a little more about it earlier, but this is my thought -

It's definitely written for an adult reader. I decided to pre-read before reading it to the kids, with editing in mind.

Don't get me wrong - there's nothing inappropriate (ie skanky), but there is honest information that is rather weighty for tender little hearts, Gunnar in particular. The author mentions a time at Buchenwald, for instance, when several hundred young boys vanished from the camp - gassed and cremated. That would give Gunnar sleepless nights.

But it's a fascinating book. I want the boys to know what happened, and to honor those who have defended our freedoms.

We also have "Sharing is Healing", by Noemi Ban, which is written for children.