Daybook for January 27th

 
 

Outside my window… the snow that was falling gently this morning has turned to rain, but that also means that it’s warmer.

I am thinking… mostly about various writing projects. So of what goes into my writing is turned over and over in my head before pen ever hits paper.

I am thankful for… childhood friends who are still practically family. Seeing our children now playing together is something special.

From the learning rooms… I’m so excited about the Olympic Games History class that we’ll be taking this week! (Click here for more information on the class.)

From the kitchen… I should probably bake something. It seems like baking weather.

I am wearing… jeans and a fuzzy, red sweater.

I am creating… more mittens that I’ve been asked to knit, but after this batch I’m done for a while.

I am going… to wrap up a few projects this week. Lots to do!

I am reading… Plot versus Character still, but I’m debating what fiction book to dive into next. I’ve also got a physics book that came this week to put in my reading stack.

I am hoping… that something in the very early planning stage will work out in the next couple of months. It’s interesting how many great ideas we have, and how few of them pan out in the end. There’s probably a lesson in there…

I am hearing… Beethovan’s Second Symphony. I may have eclectic music tastes, but I’ll always love classical music.

Pondering these words… “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.” – Joss Whedon

Around the house… a toddler is napping, kids are playing letter games, and my IT staff and I are working in the office. It’s a pretty quiet day.

One of my favorite things… is the dry sense of humor that my kids seem to have. They truly make me laugh so much!

A few plans for the rest of the week: a fun online class with the kids, more writing and knitting, lots of tea, and laundry of course

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Daybook for January 20th

 
 

Outside my window… it’s been snowing all day.

I am thinking… about personality types and how that relates to writing interesting characters. Also realizing that I seem to be surrounded by extroverts!

I am thankful for… all of the wonderful family stories that I can tell the kids.

From the learning rooms… since we’re all on the mend, tackling studies is a little easier!

From the kitchen… tea. I’m still drinking a ridiculous amount of tea to combat the congestion and cough.

I am wearing… jeans, a green shirt, and my tan cabled sweater.

I am creating… a story. A mystery to be precise. I am reading Plot versus Character by Jeff Gerke and following the pattern laid out in the book. So much to think about! Hopefully it will all make me a better writer.

I am going… to remember to pick up a new metal trash can one of these errand days. Ours was mercilessly crunched by the ice coming off our roof. So very thankful that it was just a trash can and not a person!

I am reading… Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest by Edward T. Welch. Considering that I’ve chosen “Fearless” as my word for 2014, I thought this might get me pointed in the right direction.

I am hoping… that we can do a few fun “extras” in school this week.

I am hearing… “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”. It was one of Mom’s favorite songs, and always reminds me of her.

Pondering these words… “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams

Around the house… books, projects, LEGOs, and signs of creativity!

One of my favorite things… is spending time with Aaron after the kids are in bed.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Studying, writing, drawing, knitting, laundry, and all of the other regular stuff.

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Daybook for January 13th

 
 

Outside my window… the metal trash can that we use for ashes has been demolished by ice falling off the roof. The kids were right, they are deathcicles!

I am thinking… that I would really like a nap.

I am thankful for… kids with a wonderful relationship with their dad. Aaron is such a wonderful father, so it’s no surprise that the kids all love their daddy to pieces!

From the learning rooms… we’ve been focusing on just the basics and not worrying about extras at the moment. Some nasty virus is making all of us pretty miserable.

From the kitchen… tea. Lots and lots of tea.

I am wearing… black pants, green shirt, and the warm cabled cardigan that is my most recently finished knitting project.

I am creating… a Fair Isle pillow… maybe. I’ve always avoided color work more complicated than stripes in knitting. This is my attempt to try something new.

I am going… to crawl under a blanket with my tea and commiserate with the kids.

I am reading… several books going at the moment.

I am hoping… that all of us get over this cold quickly! None of us got much sleep last night, mostly because the poor toddler was feeling quite awful.

I am hearing… a pretty quiet house right now. All of the kids are resting on the couches and watching a little Netflix.

Pondering these words… “Never say, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ to an introvert. We tend to have very good imaginations.” – Unknown

Around the house… the kids have been enjoying some projects lately. It’s fun to watch them work on building/creating something!

One of my favorite things… hot tea, warm sweaters, and soft tissues!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Resting when possible, and making sure the kids drink plenty of fluids!

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Outside my window… it’s raining and the giant sheets of ice and snow on our roof have decided to swan dive to the ground.

I am thinking… about a story rattling around in my head. Should I try writing a mystery?

I am thankful for… a very good day of learning.

From the learning rooms… first day back after Christmas break! Trying some new things and getting back into the groove.

From the kitchen… I tried making cheese crackers today. It’s a new recipe for me, and I’m sort of indifferent. The kids, on the other hand, have been devouring them!

I am wearing… jeans, purple shirt, purple shawl, and fuzzy owl slippers.

I am creating… a mini scarf to wear inside. Seriously, just tossing a scarf around my neck makes me feel much warmer. How the kids can be running around in t-shirts is beyond me.

I am going… to hide in my house. The ice and snow I mentioned? Thunderous sounds when part of it lets go and lands on the ground by the front door. Even the delivery guy didn’t want to stand too close to the house.

I am reading… Lies by John Hileman. Nope, you can’t order it yet, but I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s out!

I am hoping… that I can find a pair of glasses frames that I like for a reasonable price. It’s been seven years, and I guess it’s time for a replacement pair.

I am hearing… some David Arnold soundtracks. He’s on my list of favorite composers. A good score is wonderful writing music.

Pondering these words… “Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.” – Ray Bradbury

Around the house… we are surrounded by ice, snow, and deathcicles. (That’s what my kids have dubbed the scary-big icicles hanging off our roof!)

One of my favorite things… is just hanging out with my husband.

A few plans for the rest of the week: getting back into the swing of school days, and figuring out how writing is going to fit into my life this year.

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Daybook for December 30th

 
 

Outside my window… there is a truly astounding amount of snow!

I am thinking… about all of the mailbox trouble we’ve had throughout the years. Ours didn’t handle the latest storm very well.

I am thankful for… my IT staff arriving home safe and sound last night.

From the learning rooms… last week of Christmas break, so I’ll be lesson planning one of these days.

From the kitchen… Earl Grey tea and toast.

I am wearing… jeans, my IT staff’s plaid shirt, fuzzy owl slippers, and a scarf.

I am creating… a cabled cardigan. It was nearly done, so I thought I should seam it and knit on the button band sometime before spring.

I am going… to the eye doctor’s this week. I keep debating whether to try ordering glasses online.

I am reading… The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle. I wanted to read something just for fun this week.

I am hoping… that it doesn’t get quite as cold this week as they are predicting. 19 degrees below zero is pretty cold!

I am hearing… the wooden whistle that the kids found, followed by the dog scurrying through the house yipping.

Pondering these words… “I would not tell them too much. Women are never to be entirely trusted, — not the best of them.” – Sherlock Holmes (I find myself wondering if the author shared these sentiments or simply wrote it because it fits with the character.)

Around the house… icicles of doom hang threateningly over every door.

One of my favorite things… is picking out a new knitting project. Time to start my planning for the Rav Games! (For those who are not knitters, the Rav Games are a fun knit along that some of us do during the Olympic Games. You pick a project, but don’t start until opening ceremonies. The goal is to finish by the closing ceremonies.)

A few plans for the rest of the week: Lesson planning, taking the tree down tomorrow, laundry, and getting back into the groove.

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Daybook for December 9th

 
 

Outside my window… it’s been snowing today!

I am thinking… about my grocery list and what I need to remember to pick up.

I am thankful for… the sweet dog we adopted last week.

From the learning rooms… ahhhh, Christmas break! (Definitely one of the advantages of year-round schooling.)

From the kitchen… I should probably think about doing some Christmas baking pretty soon.

I am wearing… fleece PJs and fuzzy socks because it’s a cold evening.

I am creating… Mr. Q’s Christmas sweater. I thought I’d be finished by now, but other projects have sidetracked me.

I am going… to stay inside where it is warm.

I am reading… actually, I’m trying to decide what to read next.

I am hoping… that the snow sticks around. It makes the house warmer when we’ve got some snow piled up.

I am hearing… a quiet house since the kiddos are in bed.

Pondering these words… “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” –Winnie the Pooh

Around the house… we are all enjoying the lights on the tree in the evenings.

One of my favorite things… is curling up on the couch with the kiddos.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Christmas knitting, helping the kiddos with some of their projects, maybe some baking, and unless we switch to disposable clothes… laundry.

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Outside my window… step outside and it’s cold! We could use some snow to help insulate the house a bit.

I am thinking… “Is it December yet?” November is always a busy/crazy month for us.

I am thankful for… hot tea and hugs from my kiddos.

From the learning rooms… we have this week off for Thanksgiving. The kiddos and I are both enjoying the break.

From the kitchen… I’ll be baking pies and rolls this week. I’m trying to decide whether to try out a new recipe for soft whole wheat rolls, or just make a batch of breadsticks.

I am wearing… black pants, black shirt, and black shoes. If it wasn’t for my bright red socks I’d look a bit depressing!

I am creating… fingerless mitts for Christmas gifts, and still working away on the kids’ sweaters.

I am going… to need a bigger mug for my tea…

I am reading… actually, I’m between books and trying to decide what to read next. It’s a harder choice than you might think! I’m eyeing a time travel historical fiction book that looks intriguing…

I am hoping… that we are able to find a car soon. Car shopping is not particularly fun, but even less so when you have to do it in a rush.

I am hearing… Future World Music. They have a couple of wonderful instrumental albums out, and they are fantastic writing music!

Pondering these words… “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.” – Oscar Wilde

Around the house… how on earth did the kids collect so many cardboard boxes? It may be time to toss a few, or a lot…

One of my favorite things… is the happy singing and chirping sounds that Aiwendil makes.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Definitely cooking, then putting up the Christmas tree with the kids. Since we have the week off from studying, I’d really like to fit in a nap one of these days too!

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Daybook for November 4th

 
 

Outside my window… it’s gotten dark. It’s getting dark really early now.

I am thinking… that adorable red-heads sure have tempers to match.

I am thankful for… the adorable red-heads, and my blonde boy! Parenting toddlers may be challenging, but I wouldn’t trade a second of it.

From the learning rooms… since it is dark, we got to do a fun little experiment with flashlights.

From the kitchen… homemade mac & cheese for the kiddos tonight. Definitely one of their favorite dinners.

I am wearing… jeans and a grey shirt.

I am creating… a Doctor Who scarf for Camo.

I am going… to go shopping with my sister on Friday. I’m really looking forward to it!

I am reading… A Million Little Ways.

I am hoping… to get the Doctor Who scarf finished in time for Camo’s birthday next week. Since it’s a scaled down kids’ version, I think I can.

I am hearing… LEGOs being sorted through in the next room. Of course, that’s a pretty common sound when the kiddos aren’t studying.

Pondering these words… “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” – Flannery O’Connor

Around the house… I’m starting to notice the drafts that tell me that winter is nearly here.

One of my favorite things… is discovering music that makes a good writing soundtrack.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Learning, laundry, and lots of knitting!

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Daybook for October 14th

 
 

Outside my window… half the leaves have fallen, and the day is overcast. I’m wondering if we’ll get some rain today.

I am thinking… about an article I’m working on and what I need to edit.

I am thankful for… a coal stove that is once again working!

From the learning rooms… this is our week off, so the kids get a break. I’ll be lesson planning for the next six weeks.

From the kitchen… I’ve been trying out green smoothies.

I am wearing… jeans, pumpkin orange tee, and a plaid shirt.

I am creating… sweaters for the kids. It’s a Christmas project, but they don’t read my blog yet, so it’s safe for me to mention it here.

I am going… to lock myself in the closet with the computer and finish my writing. (It would probably be a better idea if I had a closet with a door and a laptop.)

I am reading… My Beloved and My Friend by Hal and Melanie Young. Look for the review here on my blog later this month!

I am hoping… to get this article finished this morning. It’s hard to write a Christmas theme piece in October.

I am hearing… Bonfire Heart by James Blunt. I stumbled across it last night, and it’s a really catchy song.

Pondering these words… “Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis

Around the house… my IT staff is home from a week and a half photo trip. I’ve got the laundry done, now to finish unpacking the stuff in the dining room…

One of my favorite things… is knitting and a cup of hot tea.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Lesson planning, writing, laundry, cooking, hopefully some sewing, and maybe a nap one of the days this week.

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Daybook for October 7th

 
 

Outside my window… it’s rainy and cold. The leaves seem to be past their peek now.

I am thinking… about learning calculus and physics. I regret taking chemistry instead of physics in high school, and I’ve decided that there’s no reason why I can’t learn it now. If anyone has any good book recommendations for learning calculus or physics please do let me know!

I am thankful for… a coal stove that keeps our home warm, and the fabulous new 3-hole paper punch that Aaron’s mom gave me at the start of this school year. (Never underestimate the value of a good 3-hole punch when homeschooling.)

From the learning rooms… last week before our week off. Looking back, I’m pretty happy with our book and curriculum choices this year. The kids are enjoying the new spelling practice app that we’ve been using. It’s definitely a keeper!

From the kitchen… English muffin bread is in the oven again. It’s one of the kids’ favorite kinds of bread, and I appreciate how quick and easy it is to make.

I am wearing… jeans, a grey long-sleeve tee, and the trusty purple crocs have been exchanged for my favorite LL Bean shoes.

I am creating… dishcloths for Christmas. Mom used to knit so many of these for gifts!

I am going… to have to go to the grocery store by the end of the week. It’s amazing how much food four growing kids can go through. (Yes, I’ve heard it will be even worse once they are all teenagers…)

I am reading… The Quarryman’s Bride. I should be finished with it this week so that I can write up my review. I haven’t done as much reading this past week because I’ve had to put in a little extra writing time.

I am hoping… that we get some good photography weather this week. My IT staff isn’t just a computer wizard, he’s also a fabulous photographer. He’s hoping for good night photography weather sometime this week.

I am hearing… We Dream of a Kingdom by Greg Long. I listened to his albums quite a bit when I was a teenager, and I’ve been listening to them again this weekend while writing.

Pondering these words… “I know very little about how this story was born. That is, I don’t know where the pictures came from. And I don’t believe anyone knows exactly how he ‘makes things up.’ Making up is a very mysterious thing. When you ‘have an idea,’ could you tell anyone exactly how you thought of it?” – CS Lewis

Around the house… Munchkin made a LEGO pizza, Mr. Q and Camo made an indoor golf game, and Little Guy is happily playing with his wooden puzzle. Their creativity amazes and delights me!

One of my favorite things… is listening to my kids’ conversations while playing. Munchkin: We’re not going to make it! Mr. Q: Nonsense!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Reading, writing, laundry, and exploring the Khan Academy physics videos.

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