Outside my windows… it’s getting quite dark at only 5:30. Summer sunset times have spoiled me.

Inside my house… the coal stove is running again. We had quite the warm spell with summer temperatures for a few days. Now we’ve settled back into chilly autumn nights.

Counting 1000 gifts… I’m feeling better every day, and I’m so thankful for that!

Prayers of the heart… praying for friends who’ve lost a loved one.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… Little Guy brought half of the contents of his crib downstairs today. Pretty sure I’ll be the one carrying most of it back upstairs at bedtime!

From my playlist… Do You Hear the People Sing? Though I preferred the film version of Les Miserables over the musical, this song became a favorite of mine.

From my reading list… The Redemption by MaryLu Tyndall. The swashbuckling adventure has captured my imagination, and I’ll definitely want to read through the whole series!

From my needlework basket… The yarn I ordered to use for the kids’ vests will not work with the pattern I’d picked out. I can’t get gauge unless I knit the bulky yarn on size 5 needles. (For non-knitters, that means that the vests would be like a stiff suit of armor!) So, I’m attempting to wing it and come up with my own pattern as I go. This could get interesting…

In the learning room… I am amazed by Mr. Q’s declaration that he loves doing multiplication. He did not get that from his mother!

Random ramblings… Since I’m reading a book about pirates and privateers, I’ve been pondering the idea of “legal” piracy as practiced by the privateers working for various governments throughout history. Though what they did might be technically legal, I have to wonder if it was still simple theft practiced under the color of law. There’s certainly an interesting ethical debate there that I’ll be pondering for a while…

Profound ponderings… “Poetry… should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.” – John Keats

Caught on film…