Friday, January 28, 2011

Dead of Winter Daybook


This is my own Cajun Cottage version of the Simple Woman's Daybook ...begun Sunday night, forgotten by Monday morning, finished Friday at noon
Outside my Window..."the dead middle of winter" is what the newscaster calls it...brown grass...brown leaves...brown ground...brown trees...brown everything.

I am thinking. . . I want one of these. Anyone know how much one costs?

I am hearing...(Sunday Night) Sweet Home Alabama...the children are watching Despicable Me
(Friday @ Noon) slight hum of electricial fireplace, steady scratch of pencils across papers...kids are doing their school work as I pay bills and finish my daybook...and incessant clawing of pet dog at the French doors wanting to come back inside because even she knows where warmth and comfort are.

I am thankful for. . .Holy Experiences and Graces
From the schoolroom. . .must find my copy of "Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum" in order to re-evaluate my 11th graders curriculum. Saint Anthony? Are you home?

UPDATE: I found it by Wednesday morning. Thank you, St. Anthony.

From the kitchen. . . Annie-girl and her Daddy are mixing and stirring and gumming together the Gum Factory Kit that her Godmother got her for Christmas.

UPDATE: She made mint bubblegum and all her siblings tried a piece. Not bad! Quite tasty!

I am wearing. . . old, red, baseball "My Daughter is a Sweetheart" T-shirt, jeans, warm socks

I am creating...a poetry study of Longfellow's Evangeline
I am reading. . .The Pope's Reflections on Facebook because I really do enjoy Facebook and I can always use our Holy Father the Pope and our Holy Mother the Church's guidance in making sure I don't overstep my compulsive boundaries.

On this Feast of St. Francis de Sales (patron saint of communicators), our Holy Father invites us:

"I would like then to invite Christians, confidently and with an informed and responsible creativity, to join the network of relationships which the digital era has made possible. This is not simply to satisfy the desire to be present, but because this network is an integral part of human life. The web is contributing to the development of new and more complex intellectual and spiritual horizons, new forms of shared awareness. In this field too we are called to proclaim our faith that Christ is God, the Saviour of humanity and of history, the one in whom all things find their fulfilment (cf. Eph 1:10). The proclamation of the Gospel requires a communication which is at once respectful and sensitive, which stimulates the heart and moves the conscience; one which reflects the example of the risen Jesus when he joined the disciples on the way to Emmaus (cf. Lk 24:13-35). By his approach to them, his dialogue with them, his way of gently drawing forth what was in their heart, they were led gradually to an understanding of the mystery."



I am hoping. . .this week is a replica of the past three weeks...so far so good.

I am praying...for my college students...it's going to be a long, tough road this semester.
And for Garrett's MRI results...hopefully there is something that can be done.
Observing the Liturgical Calendar...I really want to do a better job this year and am using Pope Pius XI's Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King) as my guide...in home and at church.

"For people are instructed in the truths of faith, and brought to appreciate the inner joys of religion far more effectually by the annual celebration of our sacred mysteries than by any official pronouncement of the teaching of the Church. Such pronouncements usually reach only a few and the more learned among the faithful; feasts reach them all; the former speak but once, the latter speak every year—in fact, forever. The church's teaching affects the mind primarily; her feasts affect both mind and heart, and have a salutary effect upon the whole of man's nature. Man is composed of body and soul, and he needs these external festivities so that the sacred rites, in all their beauty and variety, may stimulate him to drink more deeply of the fountain of God's teaching, that he may make it a part of himself, and use it with profit for his spiritual life." (Pope Pius XI)

Around the house. . . I cleaned my pantry last week and my laundry room yesterday. Small spaces. Small spots. Small corners. I'm better in the small than I am in the large.

I am wondering...what brings you more domestic pleasure? A linen closet? Or a pantry?

One A few of my favorite things. . .
  • my new Scentsy (A Gift Heavenly and Sweetly Sent!)
  • my new iPhone (Love. It!)
  • movie nights w/ Annie-girl!
  • my chickens
  • fresh brown eggs
  • a husband who can fix almost anything
  • planning First Reconciliation/First Communion Retreat for 2nd graders
A few plans for the rest of the week. . .Co-op classes on Monday/ Keeper's Club and Basketball Game on Tuesday/ Work and CCD on Wednesday/ Shopping and Birthday party on Thursday/ dr. appt. and Basketball Game on Friday/ Catechetical Conference on Saturday

Here is couple of picture thoughts (to brighten the "dead of winter") I am sharing...


1 comment:

  1. linen closet or pantry...that is a tough one.
    when the pantry is full (and neat) i feel a sense of taking care of my family.
    when the linen closet is full (and neat) of sheets i am just thankful that i have folded all that!

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