Monday, October 18, 2010

Simple Woman 10-18-10

For today... October 18, 2010

Outside my window...  frost on the grass and roofs, leaves turning red-orange-yellow-brown, not a cloud in the clear blue sky, and busy, busy squirrels.

I am thinking...  how much I love these clear, crisp fall days.

I am thankful for...  good friends, a nearly perfect Sunday yesterday, and hot cocoa with a touch of salted caramel.  Oh my.

I am praying for...  a friend making fresh changes in her life.

I am wearing...  jeans, navy t-shirt, sage green sweater, socks and slippers.

I am creating...  order from chaos.  My office is nearly clean.  Ready to start projects...

I am going...  to be busy this week.  I hope, finishing a project I began in the summer.

I am reading...  Journey to the River Sea, by Eva Ibbotson, with the boys, and enjoying it.  Set in 1910, Maia - an orphan - is sent from London, England to live with distant relatives in Manaus, Brazil.  Things don't go quite as planned.  Apparently this author has written several other books about witches and ghosts, though there is none of that in this book - the only one of hers I've read.  In fact, this one has a bit of a Roald Dahl feel to it :D

I am hoping...  my dad will come with me to Messiah practice.

I am hearing...  silence.  That will be short-lived.  I can guarantee.

I am remembering...  two years ago, having my tonsils out.  UGH.  But no strep throat since then, so it was worth it!

From the learning rooms...  Monday always looks so daunting - so much to do in a week!
But somehow we get through it.  Mostly.
We're starting a special series of devotions on saints, leading up to All Saints' Day / Reformation Day.
This year we'll study ten church fathers and martyrs.

Around the house... more fall decorations making their way out.
And pumpkin spice candles.  Ahhhhhh.

On my mind...  prioritizing time, space, and activities.

Noticing that...  the boys have been very helpful the last week or so.

Pondering these words...
For He is not a God of confusion and disorder, but of peace and order...

One of my favorite things...  days like yesterday.

A few plans for the rest of the week...  school, soccer, school, soccer, and Messiah rehearsal.

Here is a picture I am sharing...

Seen on the way to church...


Felicity said...

What a picture!!! LOL!
Having your tonsils out as an adult must be awful. Mine were taken out when I was 3, and when Daniel was 6 months he had tonsillitis and guess who caught it?? Me! I nearly fell over when the doctor told me that - I mean, I don't even have tonsils! Apparently the 'roots' were infected. I can tell you I felt SICK!! I always feel so bad for my kids when they get it because now I know...

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh Felicity, that's bitterly unfair to get tonsillitis with NO TONSILS!

It was fairly unpleasant, having it done as an adult, but thank the Lord for modern doctors and medicines - it was truly worth it for me.

Cutzi said...

My mom was just telling me about that pumpkin man yesterday! Too funny - love it. I'm glad I got to see it.

And great ideas for leading up to Reformation Day - who are you studying?

Q said...

LOVE the photo!

The dB family said...

Someone get that guy some bigger pants :oD!

I can still remember you going in to get your tonsils out. Has it really been two years already!?

Perhaps this is a little bit of a weird question, but do you actually light your scented candles? I love them, but I rarely light them. Between four children and my space cadet capabilities, they end up being a real fire hazard in our house. Regardless, enjoy that wonderful scent!!


Herding Grasshoppers said...


I do light my candles :D

The boys have grown up with that, so we're all used to it. I mostly have them in the living room and dining room - when we're there - but I'll sometimes leave one going in the bathroom too.

I rarely use tapers (too tippy!) and mostly use candles in jars. I still have to watch them closely when they get down near the bottom. None of mine have ever cracked (and I get cheap ones from Walmart!), but I've heard of that happening.

Once in awhile, if I have one I'm concerned about because it's low, I'll set in in the bathtub and light it - kind of gives the bathroom a glow! (And what would happen, anyway?!)

If I could afford it, I'd use all Party Lite candles. The wax melts at a lower temperature (I think 100F) so they don't get so hot. But they're spendy...

I LOVE my candles and my twinkly lighs :D