listening to . . . Kalliope's spoon scraping the bottom of the bowl of her favorite breakfast: Cream of Wheat. She's the only child who really likes Cream of Wheat, which makes me quite satisfied. I've passed on the love of creamy wheatiness to another generation, as well as the jingle my Dad always sang when he served it to me, "Cream of Wheat, Good to eat, Makes the Baby fat and sweet!"
wearing . . . Oh, heavens - I'm still in my PJs. At 9:45.
so grateful for . . . really good friends.
pondering . . . see below
reading . . . finishing up the last couple of chapters of The Litte Way of Ruthie Lemming by Rod Dreher, which has made me want to really put down some roots in this little town of mine, but also it has made me want to move home to Va Beach. Dreher's writing about his sister's illness has helped me understand more clearly the purpose of suffering in this life.
creating . . . Russian Tea Mix for gifts this week. I'm not sure this really counts as "creating" since it is really only mixing and dumping.
around the house . . . Plotting and planning rearranging my den and sun room. Maybe pictures to follow! We have a nice sized den, but with two full-sized couches (which we need with 6 of us - and four of them full-sized humans) it is cramped. I'm thinking a slight rearrangement just might work.
from the kitchen . . . Ok - I posted this on Facebook, so disregard if you are a FB friend and have already seen this. Made a most-delicious pie for Thanksgiving: Buttered-Maple Black Walnut Pie. NO corn syrup! Made the old-fashioned way with maple syrup and butter. Really, really lovely - custardy and delectable! That website is all "old" recipes - so a great resource.
real education in our home . . . We always break for the holiday season. This will be our last week of school. Instead, we'll focus on Advent, puzzles, playing checkers (a new favorite thing), learning some kitchen skills, and preparing for Christmas.
|My new-to-me teapot.|
one of my favorite things . . . Just bought this lovely little teapot at a local consignment store. It is perfect for our school morning tea.
recent milestones . . . My eldest is just about to complete his first semester of college. He's attending my (and my husband's) Alma Mater: James Madison University.
the week ahead . . . Last day of classes (I teach 2 classes on Thursdays to homeschoolers), last day of Classical Conversations, getting ready for Saint Nicholas Day (more posts about this very soon), and putting Advent up.
picture thoughts . . .
|Girls and I spent a morning at a local park. This heron, cautiously hunting |
his breakfast, is a resident of the pond. He is reamarkable.