Outside my window...my pots of basil, cilantro, parsley and thyme are doing well in this heat; the big girls are hand-watering them with an old two-liter bottle because the hose is broken.
I am thinking...that this summer is going by so fast- where does the time go?
I am thankful...for quick family reunions, a brother who buys all the fireworks, small town parades, kids who are still enthusiastic, wise sisters, cousin camp where my non-egg-loving girl is astonished by tastiness of cast iron camp eggs, a sister-in-law who grooves to the tune of 'ain't gonna pee pee my bed tonight' (it is on youtube, watch with caution, the song will stick in your head), genius brother-in-laws who make my husband panic and pick up new books, really great homilies, not-so-great homilies, seeing our Nigerian priest- family friend for 25 years- after many years and finding him the same sweet and good man
In the kitchen...I am cooking pot roast with potatoes and carrots which I am going to drop off at two families- one with good news and one who is mourning a loss. We made deviled eggs and a chopped salad with some garden herbs to round out the meals. I don't know why I am making pot roast on a hot Friday- maybe I needed to make some comfort food.
I am wearing...a linen shirt with an Indian design- I think Indian clothes are my favorite 'national costume'- except for my husband's old country, of course.
I am creating...ideas to use up some of my fabric stash. Now that I have a working camera, I might post some projects at the 'crafting' button up top- beginning with my go-to, easy three-tiered gathered skirt.
I am going...to invite more friends over for a town-house complex pool party. Yesterday's get- together was fun (even if I ran out of popsicles)!
I am wondering...how I am going to fast when traveling for the two weeks before Assumption...
I am reading..."Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day"
I am hoping....my mom gets the clear for exercise after her successful surgery... hint, hint Mom
I am looking forward to...spending more time with most of the family in August
I am hearing...a two-year old's speech slowly get more understandable; she is growing up!
Around the house...laundry, cooking, and reading
I am pondering...modesty and what God's standards truly are...and poverty/simplicity and what God's standards really are
Some favorite things...Oregon Chai, Manifesto perfume, professional pedicures (not manicures), Cat Stevens, children who behave at the Divine Liturgy
A few plans for the rest of the week... birthday cakes for the girls for Saturday and Sunday...registering the big girls for their week of ballet intensives...buying a new garden hose...actually using the book "Artisan Bread"...writing a few blog posts when the ideas come...edit some photos on picnik.com and get them printed and framed...return my good friend's pack-n-play...watch a few more episodes of Monk and wonder what short show we can watch when the series is over (one more to go!)...pray a rosary for our bishop...