Monday, February 1, 2016

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, February 1, 2016

Outside my window...  rain.  I'll tell ya what, 39F and raining can feel a lot colder than low 20's and snowing.  *sigh*  I think about this when Wyatt or Tate is at work, and I know they have to go out in the parking lots and round up shopping carts.  Cold, wet shopping carts.  Brrrr!

Hearing...  a very quiet house.  Just Gunnar is home with me, and he's reading.

Pondering...  sometimes I have the strangest dreams ever.  Why???

Praying...  now would be a really good time for more work to come in for Kerry!

Thankful...  we're all healthy!

Wearing...  "work" clothes - I've been cleaning and rearranging, packing away my blue/silver winter decorations.  I don't have (or want) much that is specifically Valentine oriented, but I've been putting out some red things :D  Red, and turquoise, and some bright, cheery, yellow primroses.

Going...  to enjoy the quiet :D

Reading...  trying to read The Silmarillion, by Tolkien.  I'll see what I think of it.

Looking forward to...  going out to dinner, maybe tomorrow!

In the kitchen...  French dip sandwiches for dinner, turkey taquitos tomorrow, and a "Myanmar Evening" on Wednesday :D

In the learning rooms...  Gunnar is not a happy camper right now.  It's hard to remember that negative exponents aren't actually negative numbers.  Why???  And he has to write A Paper.  It's supposed to be a research paper, but I'm willing to let him substitute a (future) CAP assignment if he'll Just Do It.  (He does NOT love writing!)

Around the house...  the aforementioned red and turquoise and primroses. And a lot more open space and clear surfaces than before.  I love Christmas and all the decorating... All The Decorating.  And then I'm so glad to change over to winter, because it seems so light and sparkly, and there's about half as much of it.  And then... then I go a lot more minimalist and feel a sense of relief!  Because clutter (even "good" clutter) is like mucus - I feel like I'm choking on it after awhile.  And now?  I can breathe again.  *happy sigh*

The Mother Load...  knocked a lot of things off the list over the weekend, but I keep forgetting a phone call I need to make early in the day (time zone issue)!  Arrgh!  But I had a great cooking/baking day on Friday.  I made:
* three loaves of whole-wheat sour-dough bread
* two loaves of cranberry/orange bread
* a double batch of kanelbullar (cinnamon rolls with cardamom and orange)
* nunnymolers (for you Redwall fans)
* five turkey pot pies (four for the freezer and one for dinner!)
* and prepped stew for Saturday, and pizza toppings for Sunday

A favorite quote for today...  
Everything happens for a reason.  
Sometimes the reason is that you're stupid and make bad decisions.
- Bill Murray

Or let's be generous, and call it a learning curve ;D

One of my favorite things...  easy plans for dinner (like French dip sandwiches!) :D

A peek into my world...  no snow at our house, but it's not far up the hills!


Monica said...

I spent Sunday afternoon doing just the same type of cooking you did. Well, I didn't do any baking. But I prepared for three meals this week. It will make things easier when I get home from work!
I don't blame Gunnar one bit. I "strongly" dislike writing too. Would love to see some of your bright cheery decorations. I don't do much in the way of seasonal decorating right now. Life is too demanding.
Yes, that cold damp is generally worse than a cold snow. Visited my sister in UTAH a few years back and there was snow every where but it didn't feel like it does here in Missouri when we get a cold wet day! Yucky!
Hope to be around more now that my taxes are done!
Blessings and praying for work for Kerry! ;)

The dB family said...

I love your Grasshopper Days! I read today's and felt like we live in parallel worlds!

melanie said...

Because clutter (even "good" clutter) is like mucus - I feel like I'm choking on it after awhile. And now? I can breathe again.

:D Love the analogy.

Oh yes. And I/we have clutter way beyond the "good" :p Sooo, I should get up and DO something about that, shouldn't I? Hurrah for an end of political mailings for a while at least! Being 'first in the nation' has its price.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Thanks, Monica, I'll try to post a few pics soon, but the "decor" is pretty minimal :D

Deborah, me too!

Melanie... you all that have more kids must accumulate clutter even faster - more people to generate it, I guess! But even with just five of us... well... it's a lot. I like that analogy too!

Sara McD said...

Pondering… I hate the dreams in which I do something I can't take back - like murder. I spend the whole dream freaked out because you just can't undo that, kwim?