September Daybook

>> Monday, September 1, 2014

Outside my window... it's not as bright this time of day as it used to be.  I've been having my quiet time an hour later than usual all summer, but even that light is waning.  Wednesday's return to school will push my quiet time to its regular time an hour earlier again, so I'm pretty sure I'll need the lights on...  ::sigh::


I am thinking... I should probably try to do something special with the girls today or tomorrow since these are their last two days of summer holidays.

I am thankful... for the weather we got this summer.  After our long, cold, wet spring, we were a little worried we might not get summer at all this year.

In the kitchen... nothing special so far.  My tomatoes fared horribly this year, but I hope to find some at the farmers market this Thursday so I can still make a small batch or two of freezer salsa.  (Thanks to a rare, good crop last year, I actually still have several containers from last year's batch.)

I am creating... nothing.  I'm not terribly creative!!

I am going... to start a new job next week!

I am wondering... if I should try to accomplish much today and tomorrow, or if I should just relax these last two days with the girls at home and worry about getting stuff done once they're back in classes.

I am reading... Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider, When Will My Life Not Suck by Ramon Presson (yes, I'm still working on the same ones from last month!!  August was not very conducive to reading, it seems.)

I am hoping... it won't be too difficult to establish a weekly routine, even though my job is casual/part-time and my hours will vary each week.

I am looking forward to... a little extra money in the family coffers

I am learning... (slowly) to view life differently

Around the house... still overwhelmed by clutter!  But I'm working at developing the habit of tackling small spots a few times a day.  I've unloaded four massive garbage bags full of clothing and a large box of books off at thrift stores over the last two weeks (I didn't FILL them all in the last two weeks ~ no, they've been accumulating for a couple of years ~ but I finally got rid of them!), I'm in the process of filling another bag of clothing, and I packed up a box of mugs and other various kitchen things yesterday.  And I've got "thrift store run" scheduled into my day planner for Thursday THIS WEEK.

I am pondering... how the truly good things in life always require the most effort

A quote that caught my eye...
It's not a recent discovery, but it struck me anew a couple days ago
when I was looking through my photo files.
One of my favorite things... fresh corn on the cob!!

A few plans for the rest of the month: clean out the garden, paint my front door... maybe refinish my dining room and living room tables

A peek into my day...
Since packing up my shot glass collection 14 months ago in order to repaint the kitchen, these babies have been sitting in a box.  Yesterday, as part of my kitchen decluttering project, they were finally released from their dark prison, washed, and put back where they belong!

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Practicing Gratitude

>> Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hard to believe this is the last Thursday of summer holidays.  A week from today will be the girls' second day back to school.

I can't exactly say I'm thankful for that, but at the same time, I do look forward to the return of a regular routine.  And, quite frankly, this summer has dragged a little, so I'm grateful there will be a little more going on again soon.

I'm thankful for the little getaway and successful shopping trip the girls and I had in The Big City last week and our safe travels there and back.

I'm grateful for the visit we had this week with The Man's parents, who came up and camped on our yard again for a few days like they generally do right before the Labour Day weekend.  It was fun to have them here and it came in handy for The Man to have an extra worker around the shop exactly this week to put up chain-link fence.

I'm thankful my girls have the relationship they do with both sets of grandparents.  Both The Man and I have fond growing-up memories of our grandparents, but both of us come from significantly larger extended families so we never got the kind of one-on-one time our girls get with their grandmas and grandpas.  And I can't imagine that either of our grandparents would have crafted with us or taken us to the local playgrounds the way our parents do with our girls!  It's just so great to see.

I'm grateful August worked out the way it did.  The only week The Man spent living in the semi-truck was exactly the week that the girls and I were in the city, so the timing was perfect.  It's been good having him home most evenings again for a change.  Next month, we'll return to being a regular trucker's family and hardly seeing him again, but at least we had this month.

I'm thankful the weather has been so great the last month and a half, too.  We've really only had two or three real rainfalls since the end of June and it's been good and hot most of the time.  Perfect.

I'm grateful for corn on the cob!!  Mmmm, delicious, sweet, juicy corn!  I'm not a gardener and we really wouldn't need to have a real garden as far as I'm concerned, but I think I'd still always want to grow a small patch of corn.  And a zucchini plant.  And a tomato plant or two.  :)  I do love the fresh eating we can do this time of year!!

What are you thankful for?


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Last Week in Pictures

>> Monday, August 25, 2014

The last 10 days have been full.  The GOOD kind of full.

Last weekend was my annual extended family gathering up at the lake.  The weather was PERFECT on Saturday.


It was a little cloudy on Sunday with the occasional rumble of thunder, but good enough for a bit of kayaking.  I love kayaking.


After a little drizzle at lunch, the sun appeared again and the water was almost completely still.


Which was great for more boat rides!


The clouds closed in again around suppertime, but by the time we were heading home later in the evening, they'd moved on once again.


Monday morning I had just enough time to do a few things around the house before the girls and I packed up and headed off to The Big City for a few days.


We drove through rain a few times and arrived at my parents' house in the early evening.  They'd only left the lake that same morning, so they'd only been home for about half an hour when we arrived.


Day 1 the girls hung out with my dad at my old school playground and went out for ice cream while I went shopping (for three hours!!!) at my favourite thrift store.  But... I scored two pairs of dress pants, six tops, two light cardigans, and two hoodies for $70, so I think it was worth it!  Finally, something OTHER than black, grey, and brown in my closet!!   (and finally, two hoodies that aren't falling apart!)


Then I spent almost 45 minutes getting from there to IKEA ~ a trip that, without road construction, would only have taken about 15 (I don't miss dealing with city roadworks at all!!) ~ to pick up a new living room light fixture and some nighttime reading lights for the girls.


Once my mom got home from work, we went out for supper to celebrate my birthday a little early.  We had a bit of a wait before a table opened up, but it was a beautiful evening.


And then the eating was awesome, too.  :)


Day 2 was all about shopping again, this time WITH the girls.  My poor MasterCard barely survived the ordeal.  Man, I cannot believe school supplies cost so much this year!


Amazingly, shoe shopping didn't take that long.  Mack had to try several pairs, but I think we bought the first pair AJ looked at.


Day 3 was spent hanging out with The Man's parents and one sister.  I helped them top and cut freshly-picked green beans that they were planning to can together...


...while the girls made cool stuff with their grandpa in his workshop.


And then Day 4 was travelling home day.  And my 42nd birthday.  Basically uneventful.  It's fun to go away, but it's so great to come home.


Especially when you discover a beautiful birthday bouquet of a dozen chocolate bars waiting for you on the dining room table!!


Needless to say, THIS weekend was all about laundry!!

While eating chocolate.  ;)


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