Tuesday, September 30, 2014
We had our usual day of school for Tuesday. Today is a day that I don't have any long times with the children...just Isaac and Elijah's school times and then reading with the others. While I was reading with Abigial, we started smelling something good...when Abigail's time was over and Graham came in, we went to investigate. We found out that Goosey was making cornbread. After lunch Isaac came over to see if I was ready to go get him some new fast running shoes. So Kathy, Isaac and I headed off after that leaving Goosey in charge of the older children and Joseph because Nathan was off running errands.
Isaac is pretty happy with his new blue, fast running shoes! He said that they were awesome! I came home and rested for a few minutes and then headed downstairs to tackle our supper. I had planned to make chicken noodle soup, but decided that chili would be a better "go with" for the cornbread. After supper, Woody walked to the prayer room at church. He has just returned and we are both settling in for a quiet rest of the evening for this last day in September.
Monday, September 29, 2014
This morning the children and I had a normal Monday school day. Not long after Isaac came and had gotten to work, Goosey (Woody) stuck his head in the school room door and told Isaac that he had a job for him when he finished his school time. Well, it was hard to keep him the whole time after that because he was so curious as to what Goosey wanted him to do! Isaac arrived this morning telling me all about his "muscle shirt." Little did he know that Goosey was going to test out those muscles for the job he had for him! Goosey and Isaac went for a drive to gather pine straw...so he helped Goosey fill up lots of Kroger and Walmart bags with pine straw and then they came back and Isaac carried those bags to the places that Goosey had seeded with grass seed. Then, I think, that Goosey took over and spread the pine straw. Take note of who is doing all of the work of lugging those bags. I love the picture of his daddy and all of his sibblings except baby Joseph and his mommy following him...nary a one carrying a bag! I think that Isaac slept well for his afternoon nap! I will say that Nathan had come over to get a picture of Isaac and that several of the others were outside practicing their unicycles, Elijah had just finished school with me and Esther was on her way over to read with me...and I had her turn back so she could be in the picture. Abigail worked some more on the dress that she is making for herself...hopefully it will get finished before the end of long-sleeved weather! Graham read to me and Elijah had his long Grammy time after lunch. I rested for a while and then headed downstairs to fix a dish for our supper... something that he hadn't had in a long time...a hash brown casserole...yummy! My change to this recipe was to use my homemade cream of chicken soup...so it took a bit longer than the recipe used to take. Over the weekend I stewed a chicken and also made some more liquid gold/chicken stock. Tomorrow I will make chicken noodle soup. I told Woody that perhaps that was what he needed for his allergy ailment...good ol' chicken soup...a cure-all-of all cure-alls!?!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Woody headed off for his usual Saturday errands around town...grocery stores and library. Later in the day he did some mowing and also planted grass seed...as we have given up on the city reseeding the part of our yard that they dug up earlier in the year to work on sewer lines. I went to the quilt store after lunch. Then came home and popped the fabric into the washer and then drier so it will be ready when I have time to do the next step--the sashing around the blocks I have made. This evening I have been putting the final touches on tomorrow's Sunday School lesson for my ladies' class. Woody has been reading, working cross word puzzles, watching baseball and football.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Woody went on his four-mile walk again late in the afternoon. I asked him when he got home if he had gotten wet. He said that he had gotten a bit wet. He told me that not long after he left he thought to himself that I needed to be on the walk with my camera as the clouds were really interesting...some really dark and some really white. I don't think that he expected a shower to pop up! He was about a half-hour+ into his walk when it started raining here...the sun was out, but it was pouring. All I could think was: "There's a rainbow somewhere." and "Woody is probably getting wet." It didn't rain long.
I talked for quite a long time (perhaps a record) with my sister this afternoon. It seems like lately we haven't gotten to talk much...so I guess we were making up for lost time. We chased a lot of rabbits! I have also gotten more done on Isaac's quilt. The animal squares all have the strip added to the bottom of them and they have been trimmed to the proper size, so now I am making "triangle squares" for the corner of the block. They are sewn together and now I am doing the trimming. So the main squares are coming right along. Someone invented a nifty "ruler" to create these triangle squares. I'm glad that this measuring tool was invented as it has taken the math work out of this step...thank goodness!
I forgot to mention in yesterday's blog that Woody took care of the grandchildren for a while yesterday afternoon. Nathan came over and made arrangements with Woody, while I was reading with Graham so I didn't know anything about it till Woody told my "good bye" and where he was going. Kathy and Nathan were in search of a birthday present for Abigail and perhaps one for Joy. October is right on September's heels so that means that their birthdays will be here before we know it. We have Joy's present, but so far haven't come up with what we will give Abigail. Yesterday I asked Abigail for some suggestions. So she went home and made a list...she said that it would be a list for her birthday and Christmas so we could choose from it and she would still be surprised! Very thoughtful! Kathy hand delivered the list to us...and made another suggestion that Abigail hadn't thought about. Now for us to make a decision and find what we want (not always easy in little Tullahoma)!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Woody went for his four-mile walk while I cooked our supper. I made a modified version of our Pasta with Spinach Sauce recipe. It turned out to be quite good and more moist than the original recipe. We have had supper and have now settled in for the evening. I have been reading a new book. Woody is probably dividing his time between the TV, reading and cross word puzzles
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Here is evidence that the sense of order is different from one person to another. Dr. Maria Montessori wrote about a child's sense of order and I see this in Joy's arrangement of the apples in the bowl versus my arrangement. When I place them in the bowl I like to have them look like they have just been poured into the bowl and fell "wherever." But, if, I arrange them "my way" I will inevitably find them in a day or so arranged Joy's way...with the red apples in the center and the others circling the red ones. I had dusted the apples and bowl that sit on our kitchen table last week and wondered how long it would take for Joy to change the arrangement...and sure enough it only took a day or two for Joy to notice and arrange them "her way." It is fun to watch children, as most do have a very definite sense of order. I see this daily as I work with them with the Montessori equipment that we have. When I have had the children put out various decorative items around the house, I notice that they tend to line things up...and I tend to want them haphazard (at least to them, I am sure that my arrangements seem haphazard...to me there is a plan and a reason for trying to make them not look lined up)! I guess my sense of order has been lost...or perhaps it has just reached a different level!
We didn't have school today as Nathan and Kathy and children had a funeral to attend. So I got up and got back to work on Isaac's quilt top. I have managed to cut some strips and attach them to the bottom of four of the zoo animal squares. I am pleased...so far...with the way the pieces are going together. After lunch Woody went to do his weekly Krogering and I went to work in the church library. When I got home I had to rest for a while...my back wasn't happy. Woody went for a four mile walk while I rested. After resting I went back to piecing Isaac's quilt top. I think that I have done enough of whatever for today. I think that the rest of the day will be sitting for me. I hear the TV going downstairs...so probably Woody is multitasking between watching TV and reading a book and settling in for the evening.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
We had a normal Tuesday school day. Isaac and Elijah had their school time with me and then the others came over for a time to read out loud with me. Woody has just returned from his Tuesday evening walk to and from the prayer room at church. The harvest pumpkin pictured above arrived in the mail from my sister today (Thanks, Cheryl!) along with some birthday presents for a couple of girls next door who will have their birthdays in October. The new pumpkin is incentive to pull out some of my other Fall decorations...maybe tomorrow!
Monday, September 22, 2014
Today has been a "get back in routine" day. We followed the regular schedule for school on Monday. Woody got a bit of a slow start on his day as he has allergy problems and he took some medicine that made him very sleepy so he lolled around for quite a while this morning. He waited to go on his four-mile walk till this afternoon. The temperature for this last day of summer has been quite cool...definitely it felt fall-like all day today. Good bye, Summer!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Woody walked four miles this morning. Then he proceeded on to the library andthen on to do our weekly Saturday grocery shopping. I got up and headed down to start the process of making my mother's recipe for Boston Baked Beans. That process just ended a little while ago when I took them out of the oven after they baked for around seven hours. And, now it is time for Woody and me to settle in and relax for the rest of the evening.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Now I wonder how many of you caught my blunder last night! I guess I was wanting the time to go faster than it already is, since I announced that the first day of Fall was today...oops! I realized when I was talking to Woody in the car this morning that Fall doesn't arrive until next Tuesday...and, I knew that but got mixed up with the dates when I was talking to Elijah about Fall last week. Well, it is one of my favorite seasons I guess I just wanted it to be a week longer. So probably yesterday's rain wasn't the last summer shower of this year...or perhaps I have become a weather predictor. Now time will tell if I was right or not, Oh, well...isn't the first mistake that I have ever made nor will it be the last!
Monday, September 15, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The day seems pretty long when it starts a little before 3am. I had slept for about four hours when I woke up so it was like a long nap and I just couldn't get back to sleep! Woody got up not long after I did and he ended up going on an eight-mile walk...I was not so energetic...as I kept hoping to go back to sleep. Sometime between 7 and 8am I did doze off for what I will call a power nap as I was awakened by my second alarm (the one that I have set in case I oversleep or don't hear the first one...the alarm that makes sure that I am up in time to call Isaac to come over for school). The usual Wednesday school schedule was followed this morning. Esther finished her first cross stitch project...a bookmark during her Grammy sewing time. I think that she did a great job and she was very pleased (the important part!). Goosey (Woody) had his hour time with Graham. After lunch Woody headed off to do our weekly Krogering and I headed off to work in the church library. Once again Donna and I got a lot done. After I left the church I had several errands to run...probably not the wisest after my day starting so early but I needed to go a couple of places and since I was already out and about I figured that I might as well run those errands. I got home in time for supper. Woody had popped a pizza in the oven. It tasted really good and the spiciness was a good thing for my throat/cough. I am still coughing quite a bit...thought last night that it was getting better...but now not so sure about whether it is subsiding or not. We got a phone call from Vanderbilt a little while ago...a reminder about Woody's appointments next week.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Woody walked six miles early this morning. We had our normal Monday school day. That's our day in a nutshell!
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Today we got back into routine after yesterday's Labor Day celebration. I had school this morning with Isaac and Elijah and then listened individually to Esther, Joy, Abigail, and Graham read. Then this afternoon I took it easy. We have enjoyed Labor Day leftovers...so no cooking. Abigail is happy as the shoes that were ordered for her came in so we took her to pick them up. Woody walked to the prayer room this evening and has just returned. He said that he hasn't experienced any more fatigue like he did yesterday morning...so that is good.
Monday, September 1, 2014
(I will add just so I can remember...Woody did admit that he got awfully tired today when he had hardly done anything...just gone out and emptied the kitchen wastebasket and the compost bucket. He came back in and sank into his chair. He said that he guessed he couldn't tell Dr. Sosman at his next appointment that he hadn't had any fatigue.)