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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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

Caught on film…

Thoughts for Tuesday, October 11th

Outside my windows… the fall leaves in Maine are a riot of colors now. I didn’t mind driving yesterday because of the beautiful view.

Inside my house… tea, lots and lots of tea. Tissues and tea are the only way to combat the cold virus hanging out at our house right now.

Counting 1000 gifts… warm sweaters and wool socks.

Prayers of the heart… for direction in what to write now.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… I just heard “I need to get to the castle!” from the living room. Sounds like they’re having something of an adventure. Aren’t LEGOs awesome!?

From my playlist… I’ve been enjoying some of Anthem Light’s music this week.

From my reading list… The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp. I’m enjoying an early peek at her newest book!

From my needlework basket… I’m switching it up this week and grabbing a crochet hook. My grandmother makes hand towels with a crochet hanging loop at the top. My stash needs replenishing, so I grabbed some towels, yarn, and I’m trying to replicate her pattern.

In the learning room… Are we already on week 6 of this school year???

Random ramblings… I can’t help but shake my head a little when people bring up supreme court judges as a reason why we need to vote one way or another when it comes to the president. Interestingly enough, the president can only nominate judges. Congress must grant their approval of the nominee before they can serve on the supreme court. One more reason why who you send to Congress is of far more importance than who is elected president. The president has far less power than one might suspect given the amount of media coverage the election garners.

Profound ponderings… “All I can think is – only the wounds of God can heal our wounds.” – Ann Voskamp

Caught on film…

Morning math! I'm still trying to wake up with some coffee… #homeschool #mathusee

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Thoughts for Tuesday, September 27th

Outside my windows… one of the kids was playing outside today without his jacket on. I took one out and put it on said kid because I was feeling a bit chilly. I’ve become my mother!

Inside my house… we had to give in and turn on the propane monitor this week. Still trying to hold off on the coal stove though. I wonder why some of us resist turning on the heat as long as possible. (Aside from the fact that heat is expensive of course!) It’s not like winter is waiting for us to turn on our heat before it arrives though…

Counting 1000 gifts… it may be getting colder, but I always appreciate the pretty colors of the fall leaves.

Prayers of the heart… that I’ll be able to handle some of the new things coming my way. I have very mixed feelings about anything new or different!

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… coloring on rocks in the yard with sidewalk chalk. The same kid who needed the jacket also ended up with blue chalk dust streaked liberally across his face. I told my IT staff that Little Guy had the “Braveheart” look going on.

From my playlist… Piano Guys! They do some really great stuff, so if you like instrumental music, you should look them up.

From my reading list… Picking up Safe House yet again. I will finish it this week!

From my needlework basket… mittens, hats, bookmarks, dishcloths, and other gift knitting is in progress at the moment. Though now that it’s getting cold again, I may put some of that down and knit myself some more wool socks…

In the learning room… Munchkin is finding the study load this year heavier than what she’s been used to in previous years. (I remember those middle school years of transition! It’s rough!) I found a 100 pack of colored gel pens on Amazon for around $13. If you’ve got to take notes, then you may as well make them colorful!

Random ramblings… we took the kids to a fly-in this past weekend. There were some beautiful planes, and it’s always interesting to talk to a pilot about their airplane! I still want to learn to fly one of these days…

Profound ponderings… “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” – Unknown

Caught on film…

At the fly-in today with the kids!

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Thoughts for Tuesday, September 20th

Outside my windows… there are leaves changing color, but today has taken a warm turn. Warm enough that we have open windows!

Inside my house… we have a new set of gel pens sitting on the table. The kiddos have enjoyed using them for schoolwork and notetaking today. I’m glad that Amazon had them on sale last week!

Counting 1000 gifts… I’m thankful that we have a nice backyard for the kids to enjoy.

Prayers of the heart… that God would change minds and soften hearts… including mine.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… all four just headed outside to play. This may be the last day when they can eschew jackets outside for a while.

From my playlist… Howard Shore’s score for The Hobbit.

From my reading list… I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of a novelization of Hamlet. It’s interesting to experience the story in such a different format from what I’m used to. While interesting, this is one case where I think the play was better than the book!

From my needlework basket… mittens are my projects of late. The kids still enjoy receiving a pair of hand knit mittens in their Christmas stockings, and so I still knit them!

In the learning room… Math U See is working well for all four of the kids so far, though Little Guy is somewhat disappointed that his lessons are much shorter than his siblings’! I was having some trouble helping him learn letter sounds, so I signed up for a free trial of Reading Eggs. I honestly didn’t expect that it would help much, but I was pleasantly surprised! Even better, he is actually enjoying phonics now. You can find free trial offers for Reading Eggs all over the internet, so it’s worth giving it a try if you have a child struggling with phonics. The yearly subscription is not cheap, so do be sure to sign up for the trial first and make sure it’s a good fit for your child.

Random ramblings… My word for 2016 is “Story”. I’ve been somewhat frustrated because so far it seems that I haven’t made much progress with that. It was the strangest thing that prompted me to start writing one evening. The result is a beginning, and I’ll be publishing it here on Teish Knits later this week. I’m part excited and part terrified!

Profound ponderings…

I have known despair
I value hope

I have tasted frustration
I value fulfillment

I have been lonely
I value love

— Leonard Nimoy

Caught on film…