Monday, June 8, 2009

Monday, Monday

For Today...June 8, 2009

Outside my window... Today is sunny and warm, a slight breeze ruffles the aspen trees outside my window. A sharp contrast to the cloudy, chilly day yesterday when we were sandwiched between two counties that were pelted with hail and tornadoes.

I am thinking... how much I enjoy writing a daybook. It gives me time to pause and reflect.

I am thankful for... having my oldest son, Joe, home for the weekend. Yesterday, he and I went to lunch and then to a bookstore. We picked up Starbucks on the way home and then sat in the living room, reading our new books, exchanging comments and small talk. I've missed him in the past two months and don't want to think about how long it will be until his next visit.

From the kitchen... I wish I could describe the smells of some delicious bread being baked and soup cooking in the crockpot. Fresh vegetables in a basket, ready to be made into a salad. A luscious chocolate cake on my crystal pedestal plate. But in truth . . . just lots of dirty glasses and remnants of snacks from late night t.v.

I am wearing... pajamas.

I am reading... Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

I am hoping... that the elves came last night and did all my work for me.

I am creating... sewing projects. Em is making pajamas and I'm sewing aprons.

I am praying... for a friend going in for an MRI, for my friend who is moving to a new home, for my family.

Around the house... T.V. on the Today Show, kids starting to move around, laundry half done, flowers blooming outside.

One of my favorite things... summer months, when each day is a bit different and we mix up our routine, getting the bare bones of a chore list done so that we can enjoy the fun time.

A few plans for the rest of the week... Emily starts Vacation Bible School this morning. She'll be a helper in the nursery, with the one-year-olds. Joe gets his braces off today (fingers crossed). Then he and Dan will head off to the airport, Joe going back to Tacoma and Dan heading to California for the week. Softball games for Em and baseball for Luke in the evenings. On Thursday, Luke and I are going to Grand Junction for the weekend for a baseball tournament.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...


Joanne said...

I like the summer schedule too, when it is easier to put down a chore, or not run an errand, and instead step outside to the garden, water the tomato plants, or just sit on the deck near a big pot of geraniums, sun shining, 2nd coffee in hand. Sounds like you have a great mix of activities planned ... Enjoy!

Sarah said...

Love your daybook and it is really a great time to reflect isn't it? I know you are a busy woman, so am so glad you got to slow down and spend some time with your son. I laughed out loud about your smells coming from the kitchen - too funny!

Have a great day!

diana said...

sounds like a busy week. and i was hoping for those same elves =)

one of the tornadoes touched down about 3 miles from my house. i posted about it and included a couple of the pictures i took. it was kinda scary, but very cool.

Judy said...

I always enjoy reading your daybook!

Jen said...

Isnt Grand Junction where Barb lives? you should go see her....your week sounds like summer....i cant believe it is here already.

Joyce said...

Hi, Karen,

I enjoyed your Daybook so much. Sometimes it's just the right thing to take time to enjoy our children, and hope for the elves to come do the cleaning!

You mentioned the aspens. I grew to love those trees as a child when my family lived in Flagstaff, AZ. You don't see them much right here where we live.

Thanks for visiting my Daybook, too!

Susanne said...

I am thinking that I need to get back to doing a daybook. I've missed it. It sort of helped ground me for the week.

How nice to have your son home for the weekend. Wish my girl lived closer so that she could pop home once in awhile.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Reading about your day (and your home) reminds me that in just a few short weeks, I will be settled into our new house and making it into a home for us. It all seems so crazy and unorganized right now, but soon I will enjoy the tranquility of a cup of tea or coffee in the morning, and the smell of good things cooking in the kitchen!


PS. Thanks for your prayers!

Trailboss said...

Good list today. I have flowers blooming outside too!

gail@more than a song said...

How fun to have a visit with your oldest son, I bet you enjoyed it!
If the elves visited you and did your work, would you please send them down south now. :)
When my kids were in school, I always loved the easy summer schedules.

Bee Jay said...

My first time on your page and I enjoyed reading about your day. Magnificent photos of Yosemite which have inspired me to want to see it sometime! Since I live in Australia that may be unlikely but since I also have a son who lives in Texas with his wife and family, who knows - a side trip sometime maybe?