Friday, July 8, 2011

A Simple Daybook for July

Outside 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 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 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 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 and get them printed and framed...return my good friend's 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...


  1. I love Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day. It really made bread making easy for me and there is nothing that sounds more sweet to my ears than hearing a little one's speech improve. My youngest had/still has speech issues so this is subject is near and dear to my heart.

  2. sounds like a lot of great things here! :)

  3. My goodness, you have a lot going on. Hope you can find some time to rest a little too!

  4. Yes, you have been busy! Was wondering where you were. Good to see you back.

    Also a big fan of pedicures over manicures :) Much more practical, especially when digging in the garden, cleaning, or even a simple bath wrecks havoc on any polish on my hands!


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