Monday, February 4, 2013

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, February 4, 2013

Outside my window...  in Gunnar's words, "It's a dark kind of day."  Thick clouds promise more rain, but it's warm and cheery inside :D

Hearing...  the washer beeping (laundry... it never ends), the furnace blowing, and wind in the trees.

Pondering...  one more baby quilt to think up and make.  I mentioned my three friends, and I've made three quilts.  But one of those quilts I've put aside to save for someone else.  I wanted to try something new, and make some "wonky" stars - stars that are purposefully imperfect.  I ended up making a whole constellation that would be just perfect for another friend.  Who is not pregnant.  Yet.  So I'm keeping that one back, in hope of giving it to just the right person.  Which means, I get to make one more for a friend who's pregnant now.  :D

Praying...  for good attitudes, diligent workers, and a peaceful home.  And for Wyatt and Tate, who will each be teaching a class to "cadet Basics" from our squadron (and maybe a neighboring squadron) this Saturday.  It's a good challenge for them.

Thankful...  Kerry is busy with work (yay!), the boys are working hard at their schoolwork, and Wyatt just finished his first semester of public high school with a 3.9.

Wearing...  blue jeans, blue socks, white T, and a great "fair-isle-ish" blue and green sweater I got at Value Village, because I am oh-so-very-trendy ;D  (Hey, I am trendy.  Frugal is the in thing!)

Creating...  yah.  One more baby quilt.  Maybe a scrappy one.  It's time.

Going...  to throw the laundry into the dryer, make my bed (hard to make it when I get up, as there's still someone in it...) and check on Gunnar.

Reading...  wrapping up Mission to Cathay and starting The House of Sixty Fathers, with the boys, and Winter Birds for me.

Looking forward to...  looks like we're going to have my niece for a weekend this month and next month.  Gunnar is over-the-moon, excited!

In the kitchen...  I love having lots of leftovers tucked into the fridge and freezer, especially with rehearsal tonight (during dinner time).  Kerry can have the leftover Taco Lasagna, Gunnar will want the chicken noodle soup, and there's quite a bit of chili, cornbread, cheese bread, and potato skins from yesterday.  *Happy sigh*

In the learning rooms...  ratios, China, catastrophism and uniformitarianism, price-per-unit, calligraphy, pronouns and antecedents, and a research paper on General George S. Patton.  (One guess who is writing about Patton!)

Around the house...  still all wintery - blue, white and silver - but it's about time for a change.  I don't really decorate for Valentine's Day, though, so I'll hold out a little longer for spring.

The Mother Load...  oh, heavens.  Just check the post below!  I got about two thirds through my weekend list, so I'll be chipping away at that for the next few days!

Noticing that...  I forget how much I like reading for myself.

Something to remember for later...  how hard Gunnar and Tate worked on their calligraphy verses, and how easily they memorize (compared to adults).

A favorite quote for today... 
There is but a certain quantity of spiritual force in any man.  Spread it over a broad surface, the stream is shallow and languid; narrow the channel and it becomes a driving force.    - Samuel Rutherford 

One of my favorite things...  finally hitting on a plan for a quilt that I can do and I want to do, as the two don't always coincide ;D

A Bible verse... 
Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
and gave Him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

The boys and I are working on memorizing Philippians 2.

A few plans for the rest of the week...  working through the Mother Load, rehearsal tonight, CAP  and Bible Study tomorrow night, helping the boys prepare to teach their classes, walking with Gunnar, and - if I get the time - sewing (fun!)

A peek into my world...  can't show you the big picture yet, but here's a little detail...


Choate Family said...

Warm and cheery inside - perfect! And love that quote :-)

melanie said...

Hurrah for a 3.9 ~ Well done, sir.

Looking forward to seeing more of your quilt projects.

Felicity said...

I don't know how the school ratings work over there, but it sounds as if Wyatt did well. ;-)
Your quilting always sounds so good, looking forward to seeing photos of them.
Good for Wyatt and Tate to be teaching classes! What ages will they be teaching to? They've done well.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh Felicity, I should've explained the grades. The students get letter grades, which have a number value.
An "A" is 4, "B" is 3, etc. Wyatt - I think - has two "A's" and an "A-", which is a 3.9 Really good :D

And the classes they're teaching are for Civil Air Patrol. They're teaching the newer kids (who will probably be about their same age - have to be 12 to join CAP, but can be older) about various aspects of CAP.


dlefler said...

I love seeing "sneak peek" pictures of your quilts! YAY for Wyatt's 3.9! Almost perfect!

We actually saw the sun for about an hour this morning. I was so excited to see BLUE sky. It's gone now, but at least I have the recent memory, haha!

Ann said...

I'm with Gunnar on the chicken noodle soup - that sounds good.

I cried in House of Sixty Fathers. Olivia laughed at me. But, she cried in another one, so I think we're even. :-)

Can't wait to see the scrap quilt pictures! Scrap quilts are my absolutely favorite!