outside my window . . . We are nestled back in our green camouflage making the house seem so private and cozy. Our yard needs lots of work (compacted and mossy lawn, messy and weedy beds).
listening to . . . fan blades whirring, grandmother clock chiming, pots already boiling, and some NPR morning news.
wearing . . . my favorite pjs - white with bright orange, pink and lavendar flowers. Later: jean capris, white shirt - plain for a cleaning day.
pondering . . . how life will be different with one less child in the house.
reading . . . Ivanhoe, Figures of Speech, Quiet, The Faith - and not a few online articles.
creating . . . a plan for a baccalaureate celebration; some nice mounted icons for a prayer corner.
around the house . . . Artemisia has asked to earn more money in her allowance by taking on the laundry. She had a "test" run this week and has done an amazing job. She even delivers the cleaned laundry with sweet notes. Is the goal to work my way out of a job?
from the kitchen . . . Oh, my kitchen is a "hot" kitchen. I have discovered that cooking in the late afternoon is a recipe for a VERY warm house. So, I've decided to try to do any open flame cooking (seems to make the kitchen the hottest) in the early morning hours. Thus the boiling pots and whirring fan blades.
real education in our home . . . We are STILL reading Watership Down. We sit outside and read while Kalliope plays. Both my middle kids are determined to catch up/get ahead in math this summer. So, we are still doing math all summer, it seems.
rhythm and beauty in our home . . . I've determined to start a new tradition: Sunday family dinners. My eldest has been very active in our church's youth group, which meets on Sunday evening. However, things are changing (eldest leaving for college and a new youth leader to be hired). It's time.
the church year in our home . . . I'm working on setting up a prayer corner. I'll post some photos later this week. Kalliope likes to make sure the holy water is always ready.
one of my favorite things . . . my bullet journal:
recent milestones . . . Athos submitted 8 applications and received acceptances from 6 colleges and was waitlisted at a 7th. He has decided to attend my and my husband's alma mater: James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA! We visited in the late fall and he fell in love, so when that acceptance came it is was almost an instant decision. Go DUKES! AND his younger brother, Faramir, is finishing up the classroom portion of driver's ed. How did they get so old?
the week ahead . . . Mom and step-dad arrive today!! Athos turns 18 tomorrow!!
picture thoughts . . .
"CURLY TREE" Taken in mid-March on an early spring hike.