Thoughts for Tuesday, January 30th

Outside my windows… we got a bit of snow today to top off the ice skating rink in the driveway.

Inside my house… so much tea! It’s definitely the season for lots of tea drinking by the coal stove.

Counting 1000 gifts… the houseplants on my table.

Prayers of the heart… for everyone with this nasty stomach bug and cold that’s going around to get better quickly!

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… unloading the dishwasher for me, and I have to say that it’s rather nice to have the extra help with the never-ending flow of dishes.

From my playlist… Steve McDonald’s albums are a current favorite, and Loch Lomond is the track playing right now.

From my reading list… Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado. Very good book that’s giving me plenty to think about.

From my needlework basket… working on a shrug for Munchkin… that needs to be done for Thursday night. This is totally doable, right?

In the learning room… Famous Men of Ancient Greece and Children’s Homer have been on the reading list lately. Lots of questions from the kiddos about how to properly pronounce some of these names!

Random ramblings… Winter is getting to me a bit earlier than usual this year. I think it’s been the extended cold snaps we had from Christmas to mid-January. Even so, when my cousin in Florida talks about the baby gators in the lake near where they live, I start thinking that the cold, ice, and snow probably isn’t the worst thing to deal with…

Profound ponderings… “It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.” – Excerpted from the Declaration of Arbroath, Scotland, April 1320

Caught on film…

Neon nails, Earl Grey tea, and a keyboard. #amwriting

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Thoughts for Tuesday, November 28th

Outside my windows… we’ve had a dash of flurries recently, but nothing has stuck around for the long run yet.

Inside my house… in a moment of madness, I strung up lights in my dining room, garland on the bookshelves and random ornaments hang here and there. I’ve not done more than just a Christmas tree for years!

Counting 1000 gifts… Color. What a beautiful and wondrous thing color is.

Prayers of the heart… for perspective. So much is shifting in how I look at things. I pray for a perspective that comes from the wisdom of God, and not my own.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… running about in the back yard on a recess break. It’s very quiet inside right now, though I occasionally hear snatches of loud voices from outside!

From my playlist… the Amazing Grace musical soundtrack.

From my reading list… A Simplified Life by Emily Ley arrived yesterday, and I’m anxious to dive into it. I’m still reading through Coming Clean: A Story of Faith by Seth Haines too. It’s been a challenging and thought-provoking read so far.

From my needlework basket… mittens, hats, and a cowl for the cold weather that’s ahead.

In the learning room… It’s our last week of full school before December break. We’ve got some other studies to work on for the rest of the month, but it will be nice to have a more relaxed study schedule for a few weeks.

Random ramblings… There are times when I wonder just how much of my stories I should tell. I read quotes like the one below and I ponder this. Is it better to tell our stories even if it’s at the expense of relationships or the feelings of others? Or, is it the better thing to stay quiet? I’ve grappled with this for a couple of years now, and I don’t know that I’m any closer to an answer, not really. So many things that I write never see beyond the pages of my journals. That doesn’t mean that writing them down has no purpose, in fact, just writing in my journals does a lot to help me face things and work through them. How much of that should ever go beyond the journal pages is something that I still can’t sort out though. I see the advantage of sharing our stories, and I see the potential problems as well. (And this is why I take forever to make up my mind about anything!)

Profound ponderings… “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” – Anne Lamott

Caught on film…

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Thoughts for Tuesday, July 11th

Outside my windows… are all sorts of wildflowers. I love all of the variety and color in my yard at this time of the year!

Inside my house… is plenty of fresh air. The temperatures have been fairly moderate so far this summer, and we’re all enjoying having the windows open as much as possible.

Counting 1000 gifts… blueberry coffee and work meetings.

Prayers of the heart… for friends who are dealing with hard things right now.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… creating cardboard box forts, building LEGO spaceships, and researching gerbils.

From my playlist… “We Believe” by the Newsboys. This may be my new current favorite!

From my reading list… Beyond Boundaries by Dr. John Townsend. I read the book Boundaries co-authored by Dr. Townsend and Dr. Henry Cloud a couple of years ago, and it gave me so much to ponder. This follow-up book is just as good, and if you’ve read Boundaries, I highly recommend reading Beyond Boundaries!

From my needlework basket… socks for me in some crazy-bright neon colors! I’m somewhat fond of neon, and anyone who knew me in high school could attest to. (Neon + Tye Dye = Pictures I’d Rather Forget)

In the learning room… this is our last week of the 2016-2017 academic year. New books and curriculum are trickling in, and the assessment tests have been completed. Where did this year go?

Random ramblings… Journal excerpt – “I’m just me. I’m Teish. I’m not supposed to fit where everyone else thinks I should. I’m supposed to fit where God has put me. That may look crazy to everyone, and maybe no one else will understand it. Maybe I won’t quite understand it! But I’m going to bloom where I’m planted. I’m going to bloom like the wildflowers in my yard, in whatever weird place I happen to be.”

Profound ponderings… “Simply put, grief is letting go of what you cannot keep.” – Dr. John Townsend

Caught on film…

Reading and knitting! Two of my favorite ways to unwind. 🙂 #teishknits

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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

Caught on film…

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

Caught on film…

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

Caught on film…

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

Caught on film…

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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