Monday, August 30, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook ~ August 30, 2010

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So, For Today...Monday, August 30, 2010

Outside my window...once again it looks like a cool San Francisco morning. We have overcast that will burn off by mid morning. For whatever the reason the fog no longer banks along the hills of the tunnel but just come right over the top and into the east bay. It has kept us a lot cooler this summer. We are thankful for that.

I am thinking...that when Jim goes into the Temple on Monday mornings it feels like the old days with a 5:30 a.m. departure. He is really enjoying it and that is great. He just loves to work and now he is looking for fun opportunities to do new things. When he arrives they have a devotional and then off to work at whatever needs repairing~he loves not knowing what the morning will hold. He enjoys the newness of doing something other than teaching for the first time in many years. Sometimes I wonder if there is anything that he cannot do? And the best part other than being able to serve for him is being home by lunch time!

I am thankful for...the new routine we are settling into.

From the learning room..Expending effort on something is almost proportionally equal to the enjoyment you receive from it.

I am reading...Lots of travel books right now about the New England States.

From the kitchen..Things are looking a little empty so time to go shopping again. We do have enough for a few days worth of meals which will conveniently last until pay day rolls around.

I am wondering...what to do about our flowers when we travel. I cannot just keep asking people to water so I though maybe we'd try just putting the pots out in the yard and letting the automatic sprinklers do the job. It could work, no?

I am hearing...You are The Sunshine of My Life...Stevie Wonder. I never get tired of this song. It would be in my top five all times favorites.

Today if I could change one thing...my level of enthusiasm for the "have tos" in my life.

I am quoting...Robert D. Hales...this is sweet!



Around the house...dust bunny invasion, vacuuming needed, and a few closets are starting to get to me.

I am going...write to some people whose e-mails have been sitting in my inbox for sometime now. I am bad at e-mail anymore it has morphed into snail mail.

I am missing...going to plays and concerts, it seems we haven't done it in years. Some friends went to see Norah Jones the other night...I was a little green with envy I have to admit.

I am hoping...we all have a good week, filled with good health, no worries and some relaxation. I hope it is filled with peace and nothing but happy news. I hope we all accomplish our goals.

One of my guilty pleasures....online shopping for things we need but do not want to go to the mall to pick up.

One of my favorite things...the creativity of other bloggers.
Have you ever been to http://thepioneerwoman.com
Her recipes are amazing. The photography alone is worth the visit. How she has time to do anything but her blog is my question.

An enjoyable movie I have watched lately...I am finishing up The Gilmore Girls so I haven't watched many movies lately.

I am curious about...how long it will take me to get the vacation itinerary under control.

A few plans for the rest of the week...meeting with Jim's mom today on her remodel, paperwork which has increased over the last two months with retirement paperwork being sent here nearly every single day. Hello, how hard can it be? Farmer's market tomorrow, pay bills, church work to get done, cleaning. Planning a day trip for Thursday. Jim wants me to surprise him by planning it and then entering the destinations into the GPS but not telling him where we are going. OK then, something like an old-fashioned car rally...without looking for white paper plates with clues on telephone poles! Get more info for the trip...arrgh...it is hard to make the plan!

Here are some pictures and thoughts I am sharing with you...

Piper in the Canyon last Fall

One thing I am looking forward to is stopping in Utah on our way to Rhode Island. We only have a few days there but I am hoping we can drive up into this canyon as a family and enjoy this spectacular autumn view. Can New England really be prettier than this? I cannot imagine such a thing.

I am thinking my love for this color is going to
last for a long time.
I still just feel happy whenever I see it.

4 comments:

Julie Harward said...

Thats nice the your husband can work at the temple. I love these pictures...they really make me feel in the mood for Fall..just beautiful! :D

Nellie's Cozy place said...

HI AUNT BONNIE,
THAT IS SO GREAT JIM IN ENJOYING WORKING AT YOUR CHURCH EVERY MONDAY
AND THEN BEING HOME IN TIME FOR LUNCH. NEAT!!
CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU ARE GONNA DO ON THURSDAY. HE REALLY LIKES THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE HUH?? THAT IS NEAT TOO.
I LOVE LOVE LOVED THAT VIDEO ABOUT THE GRAMPA AND HIS GRANDSON. ARE YOU IN THERE?? WAY TO GO!!
ISN'T THAT JUST SO TRUE. WHAT A GREAT PEP TALK FROM A GRAND DAD,
GOOD FOR HIM, AND YOU COULD SURE TELL HE WAS FEELING IT, AND HAS A
HEART FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION.
BLESS HIM LORD!!
THAT IS SO GREAT YOU ARE GONNA GET TO GO TO THE NEW ENGLAND STATES IN THE FALL, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE PICS, SO MAKE SURE YOU TAKE TONS.
THEN YOU CAN PICK ONE DAY EVERY WEEK TO ADD THEM ON YOUR BLOG. LOL
JUST PLANNING AHEAD FOR YOU, LOL!!

HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD WEEK MY DEAR SWEET FRIEND,
LOVE YA, NELLIE

Marie said...

Have often wondered that about The Pioneer Woman myself! How anyone can get done all that she gets done and still look so pretty and take care of a family and ranch is amazing to me! Glad Jim is enjoying his work at the Temple. I would love to be able to work at the Temple. Perhaps one day! I love that video. Have watched it several times. I wish my grandchildren lived close enough to crawl up on my knee and look me in the eye! Love you loads!! xxoo

Sister Susie said...

Florida's answer...
OUTSIDE...It is dark! It is 9:43. The evening is windy with the approach of hurricane Earl that is suppose to turn north due to the "cold" front coming from the N.W.
THINKING...of what I will do when I retire at the end of this year. I may be a teacher aide in one of the many Christian schools. It will be about the same time line, but not the pressure of the Public Education system.
THANKFUL...for the answer to prayers concerning an irate parent and her child's tardiness to school. (Coming in 45 min to an hour late.)
LEARNING ROOM...after all of the years of teaching, you would think I would remember how much they have learned at the end of the year! The beginning is a re-education of what they don't know!!
READING...Judges. If we could only apply some of the "good" Judges judgment to our society today. It would be a different world.
KITCHEN...spanish rice with kidney beans. It's good, try it!
WONDERING...Yes, I think your sprinkler timer would work great. I only have plants that thrive with the rain we get; hibiscus, crepe mertles...
HEARING...one of my top songs; "Celebrate Your Life...come on...come on...let's have a celebration!"
CHANGE...RETIREMENT!
QUOTING..."Education begins at home."
AROUND...Laundry ALL done, yeah!
GOING...to try to use more of the electronic processes at school with the computer!
MISSING...sleep until the LORD answered my prayers today. (See THANKFUL.)
HOPING...all the new paper work, spreadsheets, electronic tracking, meetings, meetings, meetings; will slow down at school so we can get our classroom activities needs taken care of.
GUILTY PLEASURE...Oreo McFlurry! (large)
FAVORITE...blogs, Pioneer woman (maybe she's a retired, ole maid school teacher like me; not the retired part yet, ha!) Then there's no interruption and you can spend 24/7! LOL!
MOVIE...Didn't watch any this week.
CURIOUS...Why your body doesn't get tired when you're enjoying life, but it does get tired when those times come that are not enjoyable.
WEEKLY PLANS...get home from school as soon as I can and relax the rest of the afternoon/evening. I have no appointments, no errands, no meetings (outside of school); nothing for this week. (Take a deep breath, exhale slowly, and enjoy!)
Lots of hugs,
Susie