Monday, February 16, 2015
Outside my window...
Last night it snowed in Kansas. We had about two inches covering the ground this morning. But it is already starting to melt, even though the temperature is only 20*.
I am thinking...
I am thinking about my grandchildren and the struggles that they face everyday. We are talking about how to deal with these struggles with grace. And how not to let these struggles define them. But to learn from them.
I am thankful...
I am thankful that I am here to help them. I am not, by any means, a perfect person. But, together, we will all get through these life struggles.
In the kitchen...
Monday...Grilled Cheese and tomato soup
Tuesday...Chicken Pot Pie
Wednesday...Take out Day...
Thursday...White Cheddar Shells with Shrimp
Friday...Southwest Chicken Salad
Saturday...Chicken Caccatori with Spaghetti
I am wearing...
I am wearing the uniform...black yoga pants and a deep purple tee shirt. No socks! My feet were hot so I took them off.
I am creating...
I am creating this week's menu. Harley will be gone most of this week for basketball games so it won't be as easy to create a menu.
I am going...
I am going to the grocery store today. But I think that I will wait for Darian to get home from school. He can help me load and unload and carry them all into the house. I love his young, strong muscles.
I am wondering...
I am wondering if this will be our last snow. I am desiring spring.
I am reading...
I am reading To Kill A Mockingbird. This is one of those books I was sure that I had already read but nothing, so far, sounds familiar in the least. It may have been a high school book that I didn't really put a lot of effort into reading.
I am hoping...
I am hoping that Harley has a good game today and that she gets more playing time. She is upset with the coach and I can't say that I blame her. But it is the lessons of being part of a team that are often hardest to learn.
I am looking forward to...
I am looking forward to all the winter sports being over. I just want to get back to whatever is going to be normal for us.
I am learning...
I am learning that I can't always fix everything for the kids. It is good for them to learn how to do some of these things for themselves. And sometimes the hardest thing to do is just sit back and allow them to do what feels right for them. Right?
Around the house...
The 14-Week challenge this week focus is on the bathrooms. Should be easy. And I am a bit behind, but I have nothing but time so I know that I will catch up.
I am pondering...
I am pondering what to do with all of Richard's polo shirts. He had so many. Darian wants to keep everything. That is just not realistic!! He won't wear them. Paige has mentioned wanting to make a quilt. Perhaps I will cut them up and allow her to do that as a memory blanket. And perhaps I will just donate them all to Goodwill. While I ponder they continue to hang there in plain sight.
A favorite quote for today...
One of my favorite things...
One of my favorite things is to find the quote in the book that will mean the most to me. And for To Kill a Mockingbird this will be the one.
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Harley has basketball games everyday but Wednesday. And they are all away games so Darian and I will be home while she is gone. But it will mean lots of driving at night to pick her up once she returns home.
This is a peek into my day, outside my windows. The footprints are Darian and Harley when they left for school this morning. Love them!
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I've read To Kill a Mockingbird many times - it's one of my favorites. I think you picked out a pretty good quote from the book.ReplyDelete
Your menu looks perfect for a cold week such as this!
I think making a quilt out of the polos would be really meaningful!
Thanks Jerralea. Making the quilt is what I am leaning towards.Delete
I'm waiting for spring, too. The snow is relentless, the sub zero temps hard to take.ReplyDelete
You will enjoy Mockingbird.
Pretty snow; and 2 inches isn't that much :) Favorite book the summer of 8th grade was To Kill a Mockingbird; must have read it 10 times that summer :)ReplyDelete
Your menu looks good; I'm going to look at that Southwestern chicken salad; sounds yummy!
Totally different with polo shirts, but hubby has an employee that either his dad or grandfather recently died, whoever died had lots of ties. The employee brought in a box of ties and anyone could have as many as they wanted. But shirts could be different and hard for you to figure out who might want them.
You are right about the 2 inches of snow. It is already almost gone. I haven't had the Southwest chicken yet but I know it will taste good. I will let you know what I decide to do with the shirts. I do think Paige would enjoy making a quilt!Delete
Hey! We had the same thing on the menu for today. I did my grilled cheese sandwiches in the waffle iron. Don't forget that Harper Lee's sequel to To Kill a Mocking bird will be published this year. It's called Go Set a Watchman. And about the shirts . . . what a sweet memory to make a quilt out of them. I'm sure you'll figure it out what to do.ReplyDelete
I have a Cuisinart grill that I will use to make the sandwiches. I am looking forward to reading the sequel as well.Delete
I think you are pretty perfect. I think a quilt from the shirts is a great idea. I think that is a great quote and one of my favorites as well. And that is what I think,ReplyDelete
Thank You Wendy! I think you are pretty awesome yourself. And you made me smile todayDelete
To Kill a Mockingbird was required reading in highschool but I wasn't in that class. I got Macbeth instead, fun times!! Double double toil and trouble.... The only thing that has come in handy for is when I am cooking dinner and want to scare my kids! I love the idea of a quilt, it is something to snuggle up in and have warm, happy memories of. I really like the idea of looking for a quote that means something to you in each book you read. Knowing how much you read, you can now write a book of quotes! Have a good week, it sounds like a lot of driving and busyness!ReplyDelete
I think I am leaning towards a quilt too. And it will be so good for Paige to get to make it. She had the most special relationship with her Papa. He loved her so much. That is a good idea about the quote! I have really enjoyed getting to read so much latelyDelete
What a lovely post! I remember wanting to "fix" everything for my kids . . . as they were navigating through those tough years. I couldn't. I'm glad I quit trying. But it wasn't so fun to watch sometimes. . . They both learned to be resilient, confident, thoughtful adults, though. So it paid off in the end. Hang in there. (And To Kill A Mockingbird is wonderful. A favorite since I first read it in Junior High.) (Talk about tough years. . .)ReplyDelete
Yes, Kym, that is it exactly. I want them not to have to suffer any pain at all. But it is so good for them to stand on their own feet and to take care of things themselves.Delete
Oh, I a sooooo ready for Spring! Chicken pot pie sounds yummy! I may have to make this for lunch this week! I am going to be working on the bathroom tomorrow! Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jodi. I'll be thinking of you when I am eating my pot pieDelete
I agree about the winter sports.......today was a snow day for us and I was glad we didn't have to go anywhere!ReplyDelete
Atticus Finch! One of the finest characters from anything I have ever read. Have a great week.
I am enjoying getting to know Atticus right now~Delete
I've never read 'Mockingbird' either!ReplyDelete
Interesting what you've said about Darian and Harley's struggles. Hope I'm not presuming too much, but I get the impression you and Richard never talked down to them, like little kids ... but encouraged their thought processes. I never doubted my parents' love, but think they over-did the 'protection' business; leaving me way ill-prepared for the real world.
PS - I love the idea of using the polo shirts in a memory quilt.
No we tried our best not to talk down to them. I am so enjoying Mockingbird. You will have to read it too!Delete
I'm glad you were able to photograph the footprints, like a keepsake from when they were babies.ReplyDelete
A memory blanket solves the need for the shirts to be kept as well as leaves you room. Sometimes, it is best to wrap yourself in a loved one's embrace, any way you can. The blanket can accomplish this for the kids, even if for just the moment.
That is what I thought when I saw the footprints! Thanks for visiting meDelete
Grocery shopping must be fun with you with this list of meals you are serving...ReplyDelete
I never find grocery shopping fun. It is something that Richard always did for me. But, alas, we have to eatDelete
The temperature hasn't been above freezing in four weeks. I'm so over winter! This is unreal.ReplyDelete
Your part of the States has really been blasted this winter!Delete
I think the idea of a memory quilt is one of the best ideas I have ever heard of. Those are positive solutions to difficult situations. I think it is wonderful that you are able to be there for your grandchildren and give them a chance to work their way through their feelings. God bless you and your family.ReplyDelete
It looks like a memory quilt is what I'll do. I had so many favorable of that. Now I am excited to see what Paige can do with the shirts. Thank you HilaryDelete