Outside my window… the sun is up, the sky is crystal blue without a single cloud to be seen. It’s a beautiful spring day…

I am thinking… about how to stop thinking about the results (not great) of M’s recent CT scan.

I am thankful… for the blessing of an ordinary day.

In the kitchen… the produce at Sprouts looked so good yesterday I planned our dinner around it. I bought a lovely fresh loaf of French bread and some spring mix, tomato, cucumber, red pepper, and a bit of smoked turkey at the deli. Dinner was sub sandwiches… think salad in bread with a little turkey! Mmmm… it was good.

I am creating… a huge mess where my pumpkin patch used to be, this is definitely a “looks worse before it looks better” kind of project!

I am going… to E’s tonight to help with a homeschool group co-op class she’s doing. She asked me to do this months ago, but she’s sure I’m going to forget (because I have at least once or twice already!), so my showing up will probably be a surprise to her. ;)

I am hoping… I can find M’s orthopedist’s number and can get him in quickly for an appointment.

I am looking forward to… the snow that’s forecast for Sunday. The kids and I already have a “date” for a movie and popcorn filled afternoon. We’re were talking about H.G. Well’s books the other day and I think we’re going to watch the 1960 “The Time Machine” movie.

In the garden… the kitchen garden is turned, raked and ready to go. The rhubarb is already growing like gangbusters, some of the herbs are up and growing, and I’ve planted carrots and a couple different types of lettuce. I should probably get the onions in soon too…

I am pondering… what M’s doctor told me yesterday about his CT scan results…it’s confusing though, I need more information from her… I hope she replies to my question filled email soon.

A few plans for the rest of the week… we’ll be working in the pumpkin patch today, moving paving stones from the (former) border, and getting it ready to mark for the post holes. I need to replant the iris’ that had been along the pumpkin patch fence as well. They never did very well there, and they have to be moved to make way for the fence so… I’ve dug them up, separated them, and am replanting them elsewhere. Tomorrow will be more outside work, and Sunday we’ll be snuggled inside while the cold and maybe snow rolls through.

A favorite photo…

(K and the grandkids during her recent visit…)


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Outside my window… the sun has just come up, the sky is the palest blue… almost white… and the tiny shoots of green grass coming up everywhere are covered with frost.

I am thinking… how quickly K’s visit has gone. She leaves tomorrow to go back to Ghana. :(

I am thankful… to have had this time with her, and for her safe travel.

In the kitchen… it’s been either feast or famine. Feast = making enough food for an army for the open house we had for K. Famine = eating nothing but leftovers for days afterward because they needed to be eaten, and after all the cooking I did for the party, I really didn’t feel like cooking anyway!

I am creating… I’m working on a “secret” project… trying to repair an old family piece of furniture that has been in pieces for years.

I am going… to town later to visit an elderly neighbor who has taken a bad fall. I think I’ll bring him some spring flowers…

I am reading… The Lewis and Clark Journals… again… still. I don’t know why I am so intrigued by them, but I just keep coming back to them again and again.

I am hoping… M and R settle down again soon. K’s visit has been wonderful, but also hard on them, too much emotion, too much lack of structure and routine, too much out to eat, too much everything… they are both pretty fried.

I am looking forward to… more time (and a little warmer temps) to work in the garden… I’m ready to get some seeds into the ground!

Around the house… I’m done with my big indoor projects for the year. If it didn’t get done by now it’s going to have to wait until next winter. The guy is coming in about 10 days to drill the postholes for the new fence around the pumpkin patch. The kids and I have a lot of work to do before he comes, and then we have a fence to build!

A few plans for the rest of the week… a few last things to buy today before K heads back to Africa tomorrow, one last family dinner tomorrow before she leaves, and then a bit of resting up and getting back to normal time.

A favorite quote for today…

My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet.
– Edith Wharton

A peek into my day….

Cody, a dog that knows how to snuggle in, after sneaking into the room where K is sleeping and curling up in her covers.


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Outside my window… the sun is just coming up, the birds are singing, and the air smells like spring!

I am thinking… about how we managed to run out of milk without me noticing (I’m tired this morning, no deep thoughts here. ;)

I am thankful… for the lovely spring day that stretches out before us.

In the kitchen… at M’s request I made daughter E’s Spanish Rice recipe with dinner last night. Mmmm…

I am creating… a little music, a little order, and a little beauty as I am able

I am going… to town later to buy milk. ;) We’re also working at the thrift store today… we missed our shift yesterday due to a homeschool group field trip, so will make it up today.

I am wondering… what to use to cover the old footstool I’m restoring. It was my grandparent’s and has been in pieces for years. I’ve fixed the wooden base and it’s strong and sturdy now but I can’t decide on a fabric to use to recover the top.

I am reading… The Lewis and Clark Journals. I’ve read parts of them before, and recently decided it was a good time to pick them up and journey a little farther with Meriwether and William.

I am hoping… we get to have S for the weekend. I still need to call her foster mom and set it up. I should have called earlier, but the days just got away from me. (And I really dread calling, the foster mom can be tough to deal with, so it’s a job I tend to put off!)

Around the house… I’ve been working on a project that I’ll share next week. It’s turning out great, the only downside is I now have a Rolling Stones song stuck in my head….

One of my favorite things… a game of Yahtzee with M and R. We played a quick game after dinner last night and it was so much fun. I do so enjoy spending time with them.

Some photos to share…

This photo is one of my favorite older photos, it was taken in March of 2007… the horse is Chance, a Tennessee Walker that used to live next door. He was an awesome and amazing horse, and we loved him. He had a tough life though and I would have bought him and given him a better life if I could have. Unfortunately, his owner was asking a couple thousand more than we could afford.  The house next door was foreclosed on 5 years ago and Chance was gone, but I still think about him and hope he is happy and well fed where ever he is right now.


R and Chance in March of 2006…



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Outside my window… it’s still dark, and last night’s brilliant full moon is out of sight.

I am thinking… that I need to get caught up on paperwork kinds of things… I’ve been getting a lot of things done around the house but paying bills and finishing up the taxes are still on the to-do list.

I am thankful… that this past week is behind us. It was a tough one…

In the kitchen… I should probably make dinner tonight, last night was take out pizza eaten while watching American Idol.

I am creating… a little music. I’ve discovered that I LOVE playing double jigs on the mandolin…

I am going… to schedule in some stay-home days next week. We had too many little time sucking errands this week, I felt like all we did was make little trips here and there. Unfortunately, today and tomorrow are more of the same….

I am reading… A Case for Solomon: Bobbie Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation. It’s a good, well thought out and researched book about an event I knew nothing about. Not only is the case itself interesting, it’s made me think a lot about how very much has changed in the past 100 years in terms of how we understand and relate to children.

I am hoping… tomorrow goes well, we have a super busy day (Special Olympics basketball tournament as well as a concert in the evening) and we’ll have S with us… which is always kind of a wild card.

I am looking forward to… Sunday (and hopefully a less stressful week!)

I am learning… The Sligo Chorus, a hornpipe that keep trying to twist my fingers up into knots.

Around the house… I’m keeping busy. ;) I’ve been working this past week on updating the kid’s bathroom. Finding some drywall that had been ruined by moisture has slowed me down, but the room should be done and put back together later today. (Whew!)

One of my favorite things… my siblings (this should really be three of my favorite things!) we are all very different, and yet I feel such a connection to each of them. They are people I am blessed to know…

A peek into my day…


The view off my back porch  just four days ago…


What a difference a few days makes!

Today the temperature is supposed to be in the mid-high 50′s with plenty of sunshine.

(Yesterday it was so warm we didn’t even need jackets!)

Yay for crazy Colorado weather!



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Outside my window…  It’s still dark… another hour or so before the sun comes up… and cold.  There are a few lights twinkling on the horizon and a bit of gray on the northeast horizon showing where the city (30 miles away) is.

I am thinking… that it’s time for us to get back to our regular routine again, after having a lovely break while my sister visited this past week.

I am thankful… that she was able to come visit, for the time we spent together, the good talks, the laughter, the chance to reconnect.

I am creating… I’ve been working on a few little crafty projects lately, including a sign for daughter E’s birthday (which is today!) and a “remember” clipboard upcycle project for my sister.

Here’s the clipboard project… it’s basically just an old wooden clipboard (this one used to be my mom’s) painted with chalkboard paint and lettered with a paint pen. I used a bit of baker’s twine to tie a piece of chalk to it… it’s handy for little “don’t forget” lists.

I am going… to the airport later to drop my sis off, and then a quick trip to the pharmacy and home again.

I am reading… I just finished Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmore and loved it… I didn’t want it to end!

I am hoping… R’s wisdom teeth extraction tomorrow morning goes very smoothly. I will be SO happy to have it over with and I’m pretty sure she will be too (once the first miserable days are over!).

I am looking forward to… a little snow. The past warm sunny days have been nice, but I’m missing a good snow…

I am learning… I’m working on learning a new mando tune. It’s in a mandolin book I’ve had for a long time, but I hadn’t tried it yet because I was unfamiliar with the melody. I heard it played over the weekend… now that I’ve heard it I think I can learn it.

Around the house…  I’m about half done with a little upgrade in the main bathroom. It’s mostly painted and I’ll be working next on creating a “board and batten” look on the long wall of the room with wood trim pieces and white paint.

I am pondering… the mysteries of the universe. ;)

One of my favorite things… the quiet peacefulness of my early morning house.

A few plans for the rest of the week… take Jackie to the airport today, go with the kids to their RCC Four Year Celebration dinner (at the country club!) tonight, R has her wisdom teeth out tomorrow and the rest of the week is a question mark… depending on how she’s feeling.

A peek into my day…

a picture that I just love that was taken by my daughter K who is serving in Ghana in the Peace Corps…

it’s her and a small friend


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Outside my window… the sun is just starting to rise over the hills to the east of us, the sky is blue and cloudless… it looks like it will be a beautiful day

I am thinking… how wonderful it is to have a heated house. The boiler went out night before last and we woke up to a COLD house yesterday… I heated with wood yesterday, which got us through until Joe could fix it, but am surely appreciating the wonders of a heated home today!

I am thankful… for a handy husband ;)

In the kitchen… I’m loving the antique canisters Joe bought me for Christmas. He got them at Carmen’s shop… They show their age, but that’s part of what I love about them…

I am creating… it looks like I’m making another globe lamp today, Step 7 (the store M volunteers at) has a couple more globes and R asked if I’d make one for her room too. :)

I am going…down to town later to drop off M’s blood specimen (I draw at home and drop it off at the hospital) then a quick stop at the store for a few things, and another quick stop at Step 7 to buy that globe.

I am wondering… if the boiler will keep working this time (Joe had to fix it a month ago also… it’s getting old.)

I am reading… I just finished a really nice book Comet’s Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life. I’m going to have to pass it on to Granny, it’s about a rescued greyhound… a cause that is near and dear to her.

I am looking forward to… my sister visiting later this month, I haven’t seen her for a year!

I am learning…more about the mandolin as I work at transposing some of my favorite guitar music for the mandolin.

Around the house… I painted M’s room (again! I just painted it last spring…) and repainted the baseboards and moldings. E (dd#1) gave him a new quilt for his bed that he just LOVES… but it clashed… seriously… with the teal paint he picked last year for his room. So the weekend before Christmas I tore the room apart and quickly repainted it. I’m also replacing some of the doorknobs I ORB-ed last spring (more on that later).

I am pondering… nothing. Pondering takes brain cells, and a lack of sleep has sent most of mine off vacationing somewhere.

One of my favorite things… early  morning at the barn, the animal’s frosty breath, the crunch of the snow under my boots, the satisfying crack of the hammer against the ice in the little trough, finding evidence of nighttime visitors in the tracks in the snow around the barn, Murphy and Tucker’s thick, soft winter coats (just perfect for warming up my hands).

A few plans for the weekend… I might see if S can come for another weekend before she goes back to school. I enjoy seeing her and don’t mind having her a couple of weekends a month… but it’s so hard to deal with her foster mom. I dread making the call to set up a visit…

A peek into my day…

my new old canisters


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Outside my window… the sun is up, the sky is blue, but it’s a cold blue… the temperature is below zero and everything is covered with a thick blanket of snow. The air is so cold it seems sharp and crackly… but the sun holds the promise of warmth.

I am thinking… that a few quiet minutes would have been nice this morning, but despite being up late last night, R is up early this morning, so quiet minutes to myself are not to be…

I am thankful…for the time at home this cold spell brought. We’ve been so busy the past few months, all with very good, enriching activities.. but busy nonetheless. Being home feels good…

In the kitchen… the last of the turkey is gone (hurray!) except for the frozen turkey carcass which will end up as soup very soon. Mexican food sounds very good to me, maybe I’ll make some burritos and green chili for dinner!

I am creating… I’m working on all sorts of little Christmas gift projects… but they are all secret. ;)

I am going… to try and get to town today. We haven’t been out since Tuesday and M won’t be able to manage much more stay-at-home time.  Joe wasn’t able to plow the driveway, but I think the car will make it up to the road.  I just hope it starts after sitting for so long…

I am wondering… how to talk to S’s therapist about some things that have come up. It’s so hard to find the words sometimes…

I am reading… The Christmas Chronicles by Jeff Guinn. I wasn’t prepared to like it, I only bought it because M was pestering to read it. He lost interest in it within 2 days, and I picked it up out of curiosity… and ended up really enjoying it!  It’s really three books in one… I’ve read one of the books and am halfway through the second. If you’re curious about it hurry over to Amazon, they are clearing them out for only $2.26!

I am hoping…that M has a good day. He’s been so unsettled lately, and even had a major psychotic episode over the weekend. (Maybe why #2 above, wishing for a few quiet minutes, came to mind.) It would be so nice if he was relaxed and settled today…

Around the house… I’ve been in the Christmas spirit and doing some decorating. Since we haven’t been able to get to town, we have no tree yet (we buy fresh each year) but I’ve braved the cold to clip small branches from the huge blue spruce out back to decorate with here and there in the house, and my big nativity is up on the mantle.

I am pondering… a couple of situations… neither with a clear right/wrong answer. Things are so much easier when they are obviously black and white.

One of my favorite things… the fresh smell of pine in the house (thank you blue spruce,f or sharing with us)

A few plans for the rest of the week… hopefully we’ll get to town today so M can work at his worksite and I can pick up a few things at the store. We’ll see how the weekend goes… it’s supposed to stay cold, and maybe snow again, so we might end up spending a lot of time at home. (Unless M gets too unsettled and we have to make a “mental health trip” to town!)

A peek into my day…

looking up the hill to the east as the sun is coming up…


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Outside my window… there are a few inches of snow on the ground and it’s COLD… frigid. I’m not looking forward to the barn work this morning.

I am thinking… that I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week!

I am thankful… for Joe’s safety as he’s been driving from one end of town to the other on the slippery streets

In the kitchen… gearing up for Thanksgiving. The menu? Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, roast carrots (from the garden), relishes, rolls, and pie (apple, cherry and pumpkin, also from the garden) for dessert… very traditional and virtually the same every year.

I am creating… I’m working on a little Christmas project but can’t say what it is in case the person it’s intended for reads this. ;)

I am going… to stay home today. Staying home has been a rare thing lately, with the kids activities keeping us running most days. A day at home will be wonderful!

I am reading… a new(er) Maeve Binchy novel, A Week In Winter. I don’t read her books often, but the last time I was at the library this looked good… nice and light… and it reminded me of K (dd#3) who won’t be home for the holidays this year… K loves Maeve Binchy’s books… so I checked it out. It’s good, just what I was expecting… and makes me feel a little closer to K.

I am hoping… S does ok at Thanksgiving. There have been a few issues coming up lately that I need to talk to her foster mom about…  Hopefully none of those issues will come up over the holiday weekend.

I am looking forward to… a quiet weekend at home.

I am learning… I’m taking an “Introduction to Pharmacy” class through Coursera (I thought it made sense given all of M’s meds!) and am learning a lot about the pharmacy system, resources, trends, how drugs are developed and brought to market (that one was mind-boggling!) and the huge problem of prescription drug abuse in this country… it’s been a good class. I’m also still trying to get O’Carolan’s Concerto down on the mandolin. ;)

One of my favorite things… a lovely snowfall like the one we got yesterday.

A few plans for the rest of the week…We don’t have many plans for the weekend, which is nice… we’ve been on the run a lot lately. Maybe a little more Christmas shopping… I do need to run by the bookstore and pick up a book (a Christmas gift) that they are holding for me.

A peek into my day…

~the snowy classroom deck~


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Outside my window…  it’s very dark and it must be windy because I can hear the metallic tones of my wind chimes …

I am thinking… that it’s so weird that I slept in this morning, even sleeping through Joe getting up and getting ready for work… I must have been tired.

I am thankful… for the chance to get together an old friend later today.

In the kitchen… I’m making plans for the snacks for our “stitch and share” co-op this evening. Spiced cider and hot cocoa are definites… and fruit… but I’m not sure what else I’ll have…. maybe pumpkin bread.

I am creating… a little music. My mandolin is fixed (it needed a bridge adjustment) and I’m working hard on learning O’Carolan’s Concerto… it’s such a beautiful tune.

I am going… down to town today for lunch with my friend, and that’s ALL!  We’ve had three doctor appointments, two trips to the pharmacy, and one trip to Children’s Hospital for a procedure* this week and I am super tired of running around and the medical field in general.

I am reading… I just finished reading Brain on Fire My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (which was very good) and am just starting The Guilty One by Linda Ballantyne (which also seems to be very good, although in a different sort of way).

I am hoping… no one gets lost on the dark roads on their way to my house tonight for the co-op class.

I am learning… I’m taking a coursera class: Introduction to Pharmacy. It seemed like a good opportunity to learn a little more about the field of pharmacy and resources available through that field… since we are forever closely tied to psycho-pharmaceuticals… both the good and the bad of them.

Around the house… not much is going on… no big projects… just a few little ones.

One of my favorite things… stay home (or mostly stay home) days… like today.

A few plans for the rest of the week… it’s Friday so the week is almost gone, but our weekend plans include one day of outside work cleaning up all the leaves left in the yard (the deer and the wind have helped, but it’s still thick with leaves) and cleaning the pasture… and one day shopping, Christmas is right around the corner!

A peek into my day…

one of the big bucks that hang around this time of year…


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* M had an esophagram done… results normal… which is good and bad. Good because it’s always good to have a fully functional esophagus but bad because we still don’t know why he is choking so often.






Outside my window… it’s still dark, and I can see a few lights twinkling along the horizon.

I am thinking… of a friend of R’s, a very special young woman from our homeschool group who just passed away. Despite living with constant pain and a body that greatly limited what she was able to do, she truly lived her life.  I’m happy that she’s free from her pain ravaged body, but so sad too… she will be greatly missed.

I am thankful…that R had a good birthday yesterday, and for the neighbors who stopped by during the day, bringing gifts… such a nice surprise for R.

In the kitchen…we are drowning in sweets! A neighbor brought over some yummy banana muffins for us, R requested a birthday dinner of chocolate chip pancakes, and instead of birthday cake she wanted lemon meringue pie….yikes! Quick, get the salt and vinegar chips, it’s way too sweet around here!

I am creating… I’m working on E’s old dining room chairs, so I guess I’m creating (or re-creating) something functional.

I am going… maybe nowhere today… what a shock. ;) I thought M’s swallowing study was today (so I kept today open) but when I double checked the date I see that it’s tomorrow.Yay!!

I am reading… Deadline by Sandra Brown… I found it at the library the other day and it looked good.

I am hoping… M is more settled today.

I am learning… some new tunes in a mandolin book my brother got me.

Around the house…I should give the bathrooms a good cleaning, and need to get the laundry caught up… today might be a good day for both those things.

One of my favorite things… sweater weather, like today.

A few plans for the rest of the week… M has a swallowing study tomorrow, Thursday is his worksite and a get-together with the neighbors, and Friday is the kid’s RCC homecoming dance.

Rather than share a photo I thought I’d close this with a favorite quote…


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