Just for today~Monday, August 13, 2012
Our lives pass swiftly by! I want to do something to remember
the everyday moments and my thoughts about them.
That is what this daybook is all about.
Focusing on the little things that become my life.
Outside my window...It is sunny and warm. I can see our American Flag just hanging on its pole on the side of the house and the hydrangeas on the porch look a little pekid. A little water should fix them right up again. They are pink and so pretty. Laura and the boys just went to the trampoline center for a couple of hours leaving me a few moments to create a daybook entry this afternoon. We have had several hot days in a row and with no a/c I am beginning to get grumpy about it. It is actually very pleasant until about 4:00 pm when suddenly it gets very hot and stays that way until midnight. Ugh.
I am thankful for...The wonderful past three weeks while we have been in Utah for two weeks and now home with Laura and the boys for another week. It has been wonderful. I must admit I am pretty tired. Just not use to being busy 24x7 in spite of the fact that this entire year has been like this. As Jen says, "2012 is not one I want to do over!" There has been so much going on and most of it very good stuff...just non-stop. Some where in the midst of it all I turned 65 and am feeling it.
From the learning room...So so much and that is another reason why I am bushed. I went to a four day conference at BYU and it just blew my mind. There are some amazingly intelligent people out there in the genealogy and family history field. I have a two and half inch thick syllabus to go over. Not sure when that is going to happen. I just hope I don't forget everything by the time I get the chance. But I am just so thankful for all we have been able to do with our family this year.
I am reading...Sacrificed for Honor, an amazing historical research piece on infant abandonment in European countries for centuries (17th, 18th and 19th) to maintain the honor of unwed mothers. Very interesting, very sad, very eye-opening. It was recommended to me and I got it on Amazon. Italy had the highest rates of abandonment over 37,000 babies in one year in the 1800's. Interesting links to religion, economics and politics and other societal issues. Still reading this in bits and peaces and now sharing it aloud with Jim.
From the kitchen...I made my mom's famous potato salad for a dinner we had yesterday. I peeled 12.5 pounds of potatoes and added a dozen eggs and other stuff and it was immense. It took me 2 and a half hours. There was plenty to go around and I sent my brother home with a bowl of his own. We also had strawberry shortcake with Laura making the shortcakes from scratch, garlic bread, Tri-tip and skewered mushrooms on the barbie, fruit and green salads. I also made a dill dip and that is the most I have cooked in I cannot tell you how long. Laura and the boys and Jim helped too so it was a big group effort. But as far as I can see I am outta the kitchen for a few days. I do have to make a salad for tonight as we have been invited to Jim's mom's for dinner.I am missing...normal, we have been on the go for so long. And Robert he will be home from Afghanistan in the not too distant future. God bless him and protect him until he is home safe and sound....and beyond.
Laura had to stand on a chair to get thisgianormous bowl in the photo
Some spiritual thoughts I have been having...I am just so happy we share common beliefs, standards and values with so many family members and good friends. It is like a large comfort zone of like-minded loved ones.
I am hearing...Aida by Sarah Mc Lachlan...love her songs.
Pet Peeves...How fragile things are sometimes. We just have to keep constantly nurturing all the good in our lives. I wish it could just come flowing to us without the constant work sometimes, but life is not like that. Only Christ's gifts are free and everything else takes working continually. It is nice to have that oasis in Christ..knowing he always loves us purely, always treats us fairly, always listens and understands. It makes the rest more doable. Where others let us down we can be assured he never will.
I am curious about...The upcoming election. Most people have probably decided by now and will vote according to their conscience. The people that are so annoying are the ones that have to keep being critical of other people's opposite choices by badgering and throwing it up in their faces. I like the approach of respecting each other and keeping differing politics out of relationships. Now if you happen to agree with each other...go for it. Just don't disrespect someone else's choice in a rude way. But the perplexing part is this election is just not like that. Curious, indeed. We are going to war ourselves right out of our freedoms if we continue on as we are headed now.
If I could change one thing it would be...that things that seem to never change no matter what you do...would.
Plans for the rest of the week...tomorrow delivering a few gifts to people that I keep missing, hanging out with Laura and the boys and Jim and going with Laura and the kids to the Farmers' Market in the morning, tomorrow night going to the Family Search Library with Laura to work on some stuff while Jim takes the boys to a swimming party. Wednesday we are having a jewelry party here so have treats to get organized. We are looking forward to having some friends come to see Laura while she is here. Thursday Laura and I are going overnight to a small town near by for some unadulterated girl time. Just the two of us. We have some fun plans including a massage, high tea luncheon and who knows what else? I adore having them here it is the best. We are having a great time. They will not be back on the west coast for two years. So that means we'll be going back east because there is no way we cannot see them for that long. Sadly they leave on Saturday. Then it is back to business as usual. Bittersweetness!
One of my favorite things...fresh cherries and my sweet Ross just brought me a little bowl of them accompanied by a huge hug and sweet talk for his Gramma. I am in love with being a grandmother. Is there anything sweeter, I ask you? Life is good!
Some photos I am sharing this week... this is our buffet dinner from last night. Wish you could have joined us. I forgot to take a photo of the strawberry short cake. (One of our favorite desserts.)
Green Salad with lots of cherry tomatoes, red and yellow!
Fruit salad Thanks Emmy!)
The Potato Salad
Bob and Beth's fresh off the vine cherry tomatoes
My cousin Bob and his wife Beth.
Spencer and Ross our grandsons
Emily, Jim Laura, Gloria and Steven
We missed you Gary and Marilyn.
We had so many bottles of sparking drinks,
it was hot out there. The fans helped a lot though!
Hope your weekend was as much fun!