Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook~July 27, 2010

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So, For Today...Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Outside my window...it will soon be dusk. We arrived home @10:30 pm last night and pretty much exhausted from the month we have had. So my normal early morning Daybook was bumped up about 36 hours but here it is...

I am thinking...In three days Jim will have been retired for a month already. What the heck? Time is flying faster than ever now. All the way home he kept saying..."Wow, I cannot tell you how happy I am that I do not have to rush off to work in the morning." Then he'd add..."You have no idea!" Um, yeah I do! So 'hip hip hooray' for joint retirement. One of the best kept secrets on the earth but I am sharing it with you!

I am thankful for...the fact that I enjoy spending time with my husband because we are doing a lot of it and it feels so natural and right and good. So far I am feeling no adjustment period. Weird but I am not. Him either, as far as I can tell. Maybe we are still in the vacation period but I don't think so.

From the learning room...
Every period of life has its joys and this may be the best stage yet.

I am reading...Book 4 in the Zion Covenant Series by Bodie Theone, Jerusalem Interlude. And the Thornbirds and The Book Thief. I know it is taking me forever to read through this series and the other two books but I am in no rush...for the first time in my life and I am loving it!

From the kitchen...I am starting to think about cooking again and picked up a few bags of groceries today. Jennifer made kabobs one night and she had coconut rice on the side. We are in love! If you haven't tried it, it is very simple. 2 cups rice, 2 cups coconut milk, 2 cups water. Cook as you normally would cook your rice. Heavenly! I may never make ordinary rice again.

I am wondering...if the kids are missing us...after 16 days of company they are undoubtedly enjoying the peace and quiet of being back to normal again.

I am hearing...music from the kitchen, someone pounding nails in the neighborhood, kids playing next door mingled with the sounds of a summer evening. I love summer evenings. Even the barking dogs add to the enchantment.

Today if I could change one thing...the distance between Utah and California.

I am quoting..."Fail to plan, plan to fail!" Anon

My spiritual thoughts include...no one is perfect in this life but it is in the striving to become better and more like Christ that our character develops and is refined. I am thankful for the gift of agency and our ability to choose between good and evil. I am thankful we are all only responsible for our own choices. That seems to be enough for each person to handle.

Around the house...mild chaos with laundry to fold and clothing to put away still. But the rest is pretty good. Just need to finish getting the stuff out of the van tomorrow (tools mostly) and then we can wash it and things will start to be back to normal again.

I am missing...blogging, I have never had a month with so few posts. I am coming back. I have some catching up to do. It is one of my goals for the week to get all catch up and back in the groove.

I am hoping...my paper work that is piling up will just magically take care of itself.

One of my guilty pleasures..avoiding the above.

One of my favorite things...a barbecued hamburger with lots of red onions, ketchup, etc.

An enjoyable movie I have watched lately...Salt. Quite suspenseful and a good story. I wish they would just dial down the car racing and the destructive, reckless driving scenes in every suspense movie. They are really over done don't you think? Aside from that the movie was great for guys and actually held my interest. Angelia Jolie was good in it. We went one night on the spur of the moment after a nice dinner out with the adult kids.

I am curious about...how Laura and the family are enjoying their historic journey with the boys to RI from Virginia. Traveling with Robert is like taking the world's best tour guide along so I know they are loving it and learning so much. Yesterday they were in NYC and went to see the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the Empire State building, etc. Soon the party will be over they will be unpacking boxes yet again and getting settled. Cannot wait to see them in their new home in September/October.

A few plans for the rest of the week...tomorrow get the rest of the things put away from our trip and do a little light cleaning, mostly dusting and vacuuming, Thursday do some church work and hopefully get Visiting Teaching done, make some plans for next week, Friday we are giving a tour of SF to Lowell's boss and his family that are visiting for the first time from Scotland. Really looking forward to that. Saturday night dinner with our old friends from the Singles' Ward...Sunday church...and the beat goes on.

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

Jim and I had our pictures taken professionally for the first time in a beautiful setting in Utah. I thought we should have a real photo of what we look like as we begin this new phase in our lives. This is one proof of about 30 we had taken. It was nerve racking but our photographer (Traci Hartman Photography, friend and photographer extraordinaire) put us at ease and we had fun. We had these taken at 7:00 am. Beautiful lighting that time of day. Thanks, Traci!


Julie Harward said...

I loved your pictures and would like to see more! I am going to make the coconut rice, sounds wonderful. Glad you are back :D

Sister Susie said...

I love your sharing page!!
OUTSIDE...a summer storm is blowing rain so thick you can hardly see the trees. Lightening strikes are hitting all around. The gusts of wind is about 20-30 mph (weather report) and my dogs are on my feet, in my lap, and trembling with fear!
THINKING...Tell me about time flying! School starts in 11 days. I got my agenda in the mail today. Where did the summer go! ENJOY your retirement. I hope I can soon.
THANKFUL...for my job when so many don't have one. Today as I was purchasing bird food from the vet, a patron was in such distress with creditors calling, people at her door, and fear of losing everything. All I could do was pray for the LORD to rescue her and her family.
LEARNING...To always look to the good God has for me and not question why things happen the way they do. God has said, "All things work to the good for those who love the LORD."
READING...my "Midnight Call" magazine.
KITCHEN...I made a stew of sorts. It had beef chunks, seasonings, macaroni, and spinach. I added shredded cheese to melt on top...Yes, it was good.
WONDERING...are your kids enjoying the peace and quiet; or are you! Ha!
HEARING...Appliance Direct commercial on T.V. and Zena chewing on her bone.
CHANGE...The Judge's ruling in Arizona.
QUOTING...(About animals) "They do not have a Spirit that needs to be saved, but they do have a soul that will be raised!" S.Todd (Rom. 8:21-22)
SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS...for this country to turn back to God before His Judgment comes upon it.
AROUND...Oh, I'm glad you mentioned laundry-I need to go put my wash in the dryer. I have 2 more loads and I'm done...for today.
MISSING...You have been missed, but I understand when you have many blogs. I sometimes go a week or so before I put something on it. One of my friends has me beat! He does his about once a month!
HOPING...I can do better this school year with all of the paperwork! I should file rather than pile! I also am in charge of ordering papers for the grade level (about 1650 pages to sort when it comes in!) This is weekly!
PLEASURES...sleeping in (to 7:00 if I'm lucky!)
FAVORITE...MacDonalds Oreo McFlurry!
MOVIE...Animal Planet's Dog Rescue
CURIOUS...What part of illegal the govt. doesn't understand.
PLANS...getting my clothes ready for the school year, finish my Social Studies plans for the school year, pick up my new glasses tomorrow, vacuum the bird's room, wash more clothes, Sunday sound booth.

Your picture really shows your joy of retirement!
Blessings to you and yours,

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Barbara said...

Fabulous picture, Bonnie! Loved this blog post.

Caroline Craven said...

You are both so photogenic. I hate having my picture taken. I too agree that the car chases and etc. could be dialed back. We haven't seen Salt so maybe we will make it this weekend. We haven't been to a movie in ages, not much to see I guess.

Marie said...

Bonnie, I just love this picture of you and Jim!! What a beautiful retirement gift to each other! Todd and I want to have one done, or should I say I HAVE BEEN THINKING about us having one done. We have a friend who is a great photographer, and we have never had a professional photograph of just us, so I think it's about time! Love your day book as always. I missed reading you while I was away!! It sounds as if retirement is suiting you both to a "T!" Love and hugs my dear friend! xxoo

Shaun at Oak Den said...

I LOVE the photo of you and Jim. It is so beautiful!