Monday, October 20, 2014

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, October 20, 2014.

Outside my window...  the dogwood is losing its beautiful leaves in the October breeze.

Hearing...  quiet, at the moment.  Thankfully, the boys are old enough that silence is no longer fear-inducing ;D

Pondering...  had a wonderful, relaxing time on our getaway last week.  I'll be sharing photos over the next few days.  I went a little crazy, so I'll dish them out bit by bit ;D

Praying...  Wyatt has a new job lead that could be much better than what he's been pursuing but whatever he gets, he needs to get working!  Praying for all the boys - they're turning into young men right before my eyes.

This  young man is not too old to enjoy his Geo-mags, and wanted to share his latest creation.  It's some sort of space craft.

Thankful...  for our anniversary vacation - everything went smoothly with us, and at home with the boys and my mom.  So thankful the boys are trustworthy and my mom was able to "hang out" here with them. No worries :D

Wearing...  sweats.  Whoopee.

Creating...  one of the highlights of the trip (KERRY said this!) was a stop at a quilt shop in Twisp.  Kerry has talked about a piece of art he saw back in college and wanted me to do a quilt of it.  Finally found some fabric that will make this a cake-walk, so guess what he's getting for Christmas?

Going...  to rehearsal tonight - missed last week.  Then to bed as soon as possible, as Tate and I have to be in Seattle for an 8am appointment tomorrow... fun.  (Just kidding.  About the fun.)

Looking forward to...  we have a secret surprise for the boys, December 12.  Can't tell yet!

In the kitchen...  why are there never any leftovers anymore?  Oh.  Yah.  Three teenage boys.

In the learning rooms...  the boys are doing great - faithfully getting their work done.  And I get to brag on Tate for a moment... he transitioned into p/t high school this year.  It's kind of a big deal, after being homeschooled for seven years AND being deaf.  Just got his mid-terms.  All A's.  I'm so proud of him :D

Around the house...  we finally turned the furnace on.  It's not like we've been here, shivering, trying to prove something, but we just haven't needed it.  Yesterday, mid-October, it was SIXTY-EIGHT DEGREES.  Yah.  But it's feeling quite fall-ish today.  Complete with interesting layers of clouds.

The Mother Load...  sometimes I wish I could have a secretary, you know?  So many little details to keep track of.  But the "big" thing on my mind is CHRISTMAS.  I'd love to save money by making gifts, but only if they're things people would actually appreciate.  Hmmmmmm.....

Noticing that...  Gunnar is getting taller!  He's grown three inches in the last year, and I suspect it's been fairly recent.  Wow!

Something to remember for later...  how many people go on a little getaway for their 20th anniversary, and buy a car?  Yah.  That would be us.  Kerry's best friends' dad doesn't drive anymore and let us have his 1979 Buick Regal for a mere five hundred bucks.  And it's not even a total land-yacht!  They put a new engine in it not too long ago, so in spite of the car's AWESOME appearance (/sarcasm) it runs great.  At this point, it's going to be stored until we decide whether we'll resell it, or keep it until Tate starts driving. (He wants to buy it from us.)

Ralph, the former owner, was a Navy submariner on a boat called the Sea Fox.  He kept the vanity plates.

Something fun to share...  what?  A 1979 Buick Regal isn't fun enough for you?  (Oh, I crack myself up.)

While Kerry was choosing fabric for his quilt, I picked up a few little fat quarters for other projects.  I love vintage material :D

And I saw a gorgeous fall quilt that had blue and turquoise in it, too...

 One of my favorite things...  finishing projects!  So I'd better get cracking ;D

A Bible verse...  A generous man will prosper.  He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.  Proverbs 11:25

A few plans for the rest of the week...  getting back into the school routine after a week off.
Monday - rehearsal for Messiah
Tuesday - down to Seattle with Tate
Wednesday - meeting with a Running Start advisor to map out Wyatt's time there
Thursday - consultation with a doctor (me)
Friday - sew sew sew!
Saturday - women's retreat

A peek into my world...  a teaser from my vacation pics -

Out for a walk in Winthrop...


Joyful said...

wow! this daybook was so full of activity it left me breathless! :)
I cracked up about the silence! I so know what you mean...
You know, we have had some older vehicles that run like tops but aren't the prettiest. They get us where we're going and are cheap to own. Congrats on landing this great car!
Hope your week goes well, looks kinda busy! :)

melanie said...

Okay, so it didn't hit me at first... 1979! Buick. {if I knew html, I'd have bolded that or something - ha} Wowsa, Tate will be One Cool Dude if he gets to drive that vintage machine! :D

Well done on the mid-terms, Tate!

So glad you had a great week with Kerry ~ Welcome home!