Outside my window... I see the same patio as nine years ago. I see the same tree, the same rose bush, the same chairs...I am grateful to be here, to be safe, to be able to pay the bills, to live in a place with a climate where we complain when it gets over 85 degrees. But I am disappointed and embarrassed. A month ago, we started the process to upgrade just a tiny bit. We sold the townhouse in four days and also had an offer accepted on an old, little house two miles away. It was old and little, but it was a house- room for a garden, a compost pile, a place for the kids to run just a wee bit. It wouldn't be the five-acres with goats and ponies like I had, but it would be something. Well, it all fell through and we won't be going anywhere. The big girls had packed half the house- 30 boxes of books!I am thinking...that there are good things about not moving...like not having to change my address on everything, enjoying all our upgraded appliances, replacing nine-year old carpet with laminate to ease my allergies, not having to worry that the outside kitty will get lost, paying bills without feeling panic (as long as husband keeps his hospital job!)...so all will be well...
I am thankful... for this new year! For Byzantine Catholics and Orthodox, the liturgical year starts today-
"O Creator and Master of time and eternity, God of all, O merciful One, bless the course of this year, and in your boundless mercy, save all those who worship you, our one and only master, and who cry out to you in fear: O Savior, grant a happy year to all people." (Kontakion for the New Year)
In the kitchen... I'm trying to save money- does anyone have opinions about Costco?
I am wearing... blue!
I am creating... new meal plans!....I need to get beyond soup and salad
I am going...to beg, beg, beg extended family to come for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas....it is only 900 miles!
I am wondering... why I am such a scaredy-cat when it comes to confrontation...the two negative situations of this summer have not been resolved for good or ill. I don't like to 'smile and wave' at people who I consider sisters in Christ!
I am reading... The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
I am hoping... to start a small aquaponics set-up in our little back patio as well as a compost bin...I'm trying to make compost out of lemons!
I am looking forward to...my baby girl starting tap class! She cannot wait any longer!
I am learning... about liturgical history....try this video on Vimeo by Sister Vassa
Around the house... Boy is practicing his tae kwon do moves; he has had two classes and hopes to receive his white belt soon.
A favorite quote for today...
One of my favorite things... is this solid silver, Byzantine-style cross that my brother-in-law created. Click and comment on my anniversary giveaway post (second September 1st post) if you would like a chance to win one! Please, put yourself only in the running if you are willing to email me a address and email me back when you receive the cross. It is always a bummer to do a little giveaway, send out something and not hear anything back!
A few plans for the rest of the week: school, work, paint, cook, work, more school....