Thoughts for Tuesday, May 17th

Outside my windows… the sun is playing hide and seek today among the clouds!

Inside my house… a sample of paint is on the living room wall, and I’m still finishing up the last of the dining/school/office room project.

Counting 1000 gifts… warmer weather that has come at last!

Prayers of the heart… There is just so much coming up over the next month. It’s exciting and a bit nerve-wracking all at once though. I’ve got to say, I’m so proud of my “IT Staff” and all of his hard work, and I’m thrilled about some of the opportunities that have come up for him.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… making stop-motion LEGO movies with a really neat app. It’s fun to see their ideas take shape!

From my playlist… In This Life by a group that I’ve never heard of. It’s catchy, and this line appeals to me: “I know there’s something for you out there in this life.”

From my reading list… I’ve finished The Vexing by Tamara Leigh. What a great addition to the Age of Faith book series! Since I’m part of the Cultivate book launch team, I’ve got a sneak preview copy of Lara’s new book that I’ve started reading!!! I can’t wait to get the print copy that I pre-ordered when it comes out in June! I love pre-order bonuses, and you can still pre-order Cultivate and take advantage of the bonuses they are offering! (Yes, too many exclamation points, but I do tend to get very excited about books!)

From my needlework basket… more socks for me. I’ve grown attached to my wool socks in the winter, and so I shall spend the summer months filling my sock drawer.

In the learning room… the kids will be done with their Math-U-See courses this week. We’ll take next week off and then put in another 6-week block of school to finish up language arts and anything else left for the academic year.

Random ramblings… I just love being able to open the windows and let the fresh air in! I also love the fact that the screens keep all of the black flies that have returned outside…

Profound ponderings… “I’ve been given a story to tell – and live – and so have you.” – Lara Casey

Caught on film…

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Thoughts for Tuesday, May 2nd

Outside my windows… it’s raining, but there’s green grass appearing!

Inside my house… one very large, very dark piece of furniture has a fresh coat of white paint!

Counting 1000 gifts… lunch visits with friends.

Prayers of the heart… summer just gets busy all around for us. Praying for wisdom in balancing and not losing sight of the most important things in the busyness.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… Munchkin is currently acting as an assistant to my IT staff. The boys periodically pop their heads in to see how the project goes.

From my playlist… the David Arnold soundtrack for Wing Commander. Epic stuff!

From my reading list… The Good That Men Do. It’s a Star Trek book, and I haven’t read one of those in a while. I read many back in high school, and still enjoy them.

From my needlework basket… almost done with the shawl. I’d be done if I hadn’t succumbed to temptation and cast on another pair of socks…

In the learning room… a fresh coat of paint is going up on the walls this weekend! It will be a good excuse to go through and re-organize some shelves, right?

Random ramblings… Is there anything like a fresh coat of paint to make a room or piece of furniture seem brand new? I have fond memories of helping Mom paint rooms when I was growing up. I still love to put a new paint color on a wall, and it’s fun to have Munchkin helping me too! (She’s very good at cutting in along the baseboards where it’s harder for me to reach.)

Profound ponderings… “It’s OK to grow slow.” – Lara Casey

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Thoughts for Tuesday, April 18th

Outside my windows… there was a dusting of snow this morning, but we’re back to just remnants of snowbanks now.

Inside my house… I have patches of wall paint samples. Our dining room is getting a fresh coat of paint, and I’m painting a piece of antique furniture white. (Every antique collector and dealer just cringed…)

Counting 1000 gifts… picnics outside.

Prayers of the heart… for the friends who are facing health issues.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… making movies with an app and their LEGOs. (Their sound effects are creative!)

From my playlist… “Praises” by the Newsboys.

From my reading list… Recall the Earth. Book 2 of The Guardian Knights of Terra by Kyle Pratt. The books are fairly short, but I’ve been enjoying this fun read. If you’re a fan of sci-fi, you’ll want to give these a try!

From my needlework basket… still working on a shawl that I’ve had to frog (rip out) a lot of sections on. Getting so close to the end now though!

In the learning room… Science experiment success seems to be hit or miss this past week, but at least it’s not boring, right?

Random ramblings… Planning for the next school year, planning summer home projects, planning writing… so much planning! It’s a good thing that I like planning so much. Of course, the danger in that is that I always end up planning more than I can realistically get done!

Profound ponderings… “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” – Albert Einstein

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Thoughts for Tuesday, March 21st

Outside my windows… there’s still a fairly large pile of snow, but there are patches of bare ground in the driveway.

Inside my house… I’m itching to start opening windows!

Counting 1000 gifts… weird, quirky, still-not-warm Maine weather.

Prayers of the heart… thankful that two things that weighed heavily on me have been taken care of.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… the boys have created some kind of game that I don’t completely understand, while Munchkin has been outlining stories.

From my playlist… We All Fall Down by Bon Jovi

From my reading list… The Fellowship, which is a book about four members of The Inklings. (Tolkien and Lewis are two of the four.) Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell. Hoping that reading it will help me write a better first draft next month.

From my needlework basket… a shawl in yellow, gray, and sky blue – all of the colors of the sky!

In the learning room… I’ve considered making a poster reminding the kids to label the answers to word problems. 3? 3 what? Yards? Inches? Decibels? Watermelons? I’m sure every teacher I ever had is laughing right about now!

Random ramblings… So… I have decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo. I am clearly crazy. I’m going to write a first draft of a book idea that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. Started out when I read a paper on “The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence“. Inspiration comes from strange places at times, and yes, I do read strange things. I’m not doing an evil AI story or a Pinocchio scenario either. I’m up to my elbows in character sketches and plot outlines at the moment!

Profound ponderings… “To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.” – Anne Rice

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Thoughts for Tuesday, February 21st

Outside my windows… there is a giant pile of snow. If I opened the window, it would land on my desk, and I’m not even kidding about that part!

Inside my house… I’m still playing with my desk area set-up, and my thoughts are turning towards summer home projects…

Counting 1000 gifts… paper and ink. Much as I use my computer for work and writing, I’m still like the tactile experience of writing with paper and ink.

Prayers of the heart… the pace of life is picking up again, and it’s going to get much busier from here on this year. Praying that I have the wisdom to keep my priorities in order.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… Mr. Q just recently finished reading Little Pilgrim’s Progress, and all four of the kids were pretending to be characters from the story.

From my playlist… Holst’s The Planets as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. (Jupiter is my favorite, though Mars is a close second!)

From my reading list… Lost & Found by Kendra Fletcher. Kendra and her husband do the Homeschooling in Real Life podcast, which is a great listen for any homeschoolers out there!

From my needlework basket… I’m jumping around from project to project at the moment. I worked some more on a pair of red socks for myself last night.

In the learning room… Skip counting, DNA, and The Hobbit! A week off was nice, but getting back into a routine is good too.

Random ramblings… I keep a notebook on my nightstand for late-night ideas. It’s surprising the things that have bounced around my brain just before I go to sleep! A new story idea was one of them a couple of nights ago. (Yes, another story idea!) I quite like this one, and so ended up making enough notes so that I can pick it up again and write it. I’ll have to research a bit first, since I need to know more about artificial intelligence and space station operations/maintenance. (Anyone know of any good books on either topic?) This particular idea started with just one line – “Dr. Martin Telos? Welcome to research station Renegade Five.”

Profound ponderings… “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” – Shakespeare

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Thoughts for Tuesday, February 7th

Outside my windows… there is a huge pile of snow. It’s sort of funny to look out the window and see how much snow has landed right by my desk window from the roof!

Inside my house… I’m tweaking my new desk area. Working on getting the setup just right. (My IT staff gets nervous when I whip out the measuring tape!)

Counting 1000 gifts… extra shine on the old linoleum courtesy of spilled glitter nail polish. It’s a reason to laugh, right?

Prayers of the heart… safety for everyone who has to drive in the snow tonight and tomorrow.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… a last minute “playdate” with friends!

From my playlist… instrumental tracks by Michael W. Smith.

From my reading list… Different by Sally and Nathan Clarkson. This book has been amazing, encouraging, and food for thought.

From my needlework basket… still working on what I’ve dubbed “Molly’s Sweater”. The stitch patterns look to be shaping up OK so far, but I’ve got a long ways to go before I have a finished sweater.

In the learning room… The kids were doing origami art projects, and it’s pretty apparent that they got their paper folding skills from me. Basically, none of us are completely sure what these folded pieces of paper are supposed to be…

Random ramblings… When there are six of you, it sometimes seems that someone always has an appointment for a checkup, a dental cleaning, and eye exam, etc. It’s tempting to be frustrated with the appointments “cluttering up” my schedule. It would be better for me to be thankful that we have the option of getting these services. So many in the world do not.

Profound ponderings… “It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” – CS Lewis

Caught on film…

Mittens drying by the stove! #mainewinter #handknitmittens

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Thoughts for Tuesday, January 3rd

Outside my windows… sits a pile of snow…

Inside my house… I have a new desk area in the dining room!

Counting 1000 gifts… visits from out of state cousins.

Prayers of the heart… that I start this year off well.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… frolicking in the snow piled up in our back yard.

From my playlist… Do You Hear the People Sing? from Les Miserables.

From my reading list… A Real Piece of Work by Chris Orcutt and Make it Happen by Lara Casey. I’m hoping to get them both finished this week now that we are past the holiday busy season.

From my needlework basket… a scarf for myself in shades of purple and grey.

In the learning room… Our first week back after winter break! It’s had rough patches, but then you have something like our science experiment today with magnets that reminds you that teaching really does have fun moments.

Random ramblings… Anyone else watching the new episodes of Sherlock? The one that aired on January 1st was quite good in my opinion. I enjoyed the reference to “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories.

Profound ponderings… “You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” – Evan Esar

Caught on film…

My new desk area! It's small, but it's by a window!!! #workingfromhome #writingspace

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Thoughts for Tuesday, December 20th

Outside my windows… ice and snow.

Inside my house… last minute wrapping and cooking this week. I’m trying to spread out my baking throughout the week so I’m not swamped with it on Friday!

Counting 1000 gifts… midnight drives around the circular driveway with my IT staff!

Prayers of the heart… for wisdom. I’m looking back on 2016 and also ahead to 2017. It’s good to re-assess and decide what it working and what should change.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… they’ve taken some short jaunts outside, but it’s too cold to stay out for too long!

From my playlist… Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas albums have been playing in my earbuds today.

From my reading list… Still working my way through Make It Happen, and I’m also starting on my 2017 Powersheets. (Also from Lara Casey.) I’m excited to be doing some real goal setting for the coming year!

From my needlework basket… last little bit of my Christmas knitting projects. I’ve got a bulky sweater for myself in progress, though I don’t think I’ll be wearing it on Christmas.

In the learning room… We’re halfway through our December break, and it’s gone by so fast! Next week I’ll be working on getting things geared up for getting back to studies just after New Year.

Random ramblings… I’ve been watching an interesting documentary series by Oliver Stone about US History. It’s interesting to see a different perspective on events and hear about some of them for the first time. I’ve certainly found a few things that I want to read more about. What I find most interesting though, are the repeating themes and patters that are all throughout history. I guess there really isn’t anything new under the sun.

Profound ponderings… “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde

Caught on film…

Thoughts for Tuesday, December 13th

Outside my windows… the sun sets so early now, that it’s quite dark by dinnertime.

Inside my house… I’m plotting where to fit a desk for me in the school/dining room. I think I’ve picked my spot…

Counting 1000 gifts… falling snow. Even I have to admit that it’s pretty…

Prayers of the heart… that all the things that need to be finished by the end of 2016 will be.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… new episodes of Rescue Bots are on Netflix, so they’re watching those while dinner finishes baking.

From my playlist… songs from Muppet Family Christmas. I can sing along with all of them!

From my reading list… Candy Cane Kisses novella collection for fun, and Make it Happen for thinking about.

From my needlework basket… It’s not completely crazy to decide to make yourself a sweater in the week and a half before Christmas because you hate clothes shopping, is it?

In the learning room… has a lovely advent calendar project! You get instructions for a new build each day. It’s a great way to get something a little educational but fun into our winter break!

Random ramblings… Sometimes, especially if you are working in sales or customer service, Christmas isn’t filled with quite as much “goodwill towards men” as you’d think. Ask any cashier at a coffee shop or the local department store! Christmas means that things will be busy, and customers will be stressed. I can’t change the fact that the person ringing up our purchases in Walmart is going to have to deal with a lot of rude people. However, I can take just a minute to smile, make eye contact, and say something sincerely nice to them. It really does mean a lot.

Profound ponderings… “I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.” – from Make it Happen
by Lara Casey

Caught on film…

Winter morning in Maine… #reasonstolovemaine

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Thoughts for Tuesday, December 6th

Outside my windows… there’s a little more snow on the ground than yesterday.

Inside my house… mittens, hats, and snowsuits are drying by the stove.

Counting 1000 gifts… thankful for the coal stove to be sure!

Prayers of the heart… for hurting friends, and safe travels for loved ones.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… Munchkin is sewing a mini Christmas stocking for her gerbil, and the boys are playing with LEGOs in the living room.

From my playlist… I’m enjoying Christmas music. Once upon a time, I would have never expected to hear myself saying that!

From my reading list… Make It Happen by Lara Casey. It looks like an interesting read!

From my needlework basket… bits of Christmas knitting. Lots of mittens!

In the learning room… We’re officially on our winter break, but there’s still plenty of learning going on! Most of it disguised as fun projects or seasonal reading!

Random ramblings… Well, I finished the first draft of my novel. A lot of it is pretty bad, but I still think that there’s something there worth working on. And so the new year will bring editing and re-writing. Even knowing just how much hard work is ahead of me, I can’t help but feel a bit of a thrill when I hold my printed out copy in my hands. I’m also thinking about what to write next…

Profound ponderings… “Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.” – Ray Bradbury

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