Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday Morning Reflection (31)

Where is the time going, and how does this question never grow old?

Outside My Window... Snow! We've had two days of a light dusting along with ice. It's cold, but not cold yet.


School Time... The last few weeks have felt very distracting. I'm thinking of cutting plans to bare bones + "unschooling" the rest for the holiday weeks. My oldest likes and wants structure and his workload planned out (by me, still trying to have him do more), but the next two I think would thrive in an unschooling type environment. Thinking, praying over this...



...for all the poor souls in Purgatory.

...for my MIL in the hospital and my FIL as he goes back and forth, caring for her.

...for a particular person's job situation.

...for all those suffering from autoimmune disease.

...for all those grieving as we move toward the holidays.


Health News... All fairly good on the home front. I am losing slowly on Weight Watchers - down 15 pounds over two months in (lost 11 my first month).

I think we all are feeling the lack of sun and colder weather, which leads to distraction in my household apparently as we all want to do things other than what we should do.

Yesterday I saw a dermatologist for the first time. I have linked a rash + other symptoms to my cycle, and one of my doctors thinks maybe it is tied to autoimmune disease. The derm doctor was more concerned about relieving symptoms than figuring out the why. Some AI disease flares with a woman's cycle, and there is even AI disease linked to the actual hormones that causes an allergic reaction to the body's own estrogen or progesterone! Now I wait and see I guess.


What I'm Woodburning...

I am not quite finished with this piece as I think I want to add a light "wallpaper" nautical theme background to this piece. I loved burning the details. The color was added to help bring out shapes from a distance, but personally I preferred just the woodburning. I may try this project again, using only the burn + white paint to bring out highlights and separate parts.

You can find me @Wood and Embers on Facebook and Instagram. Still thinking about opening an Etsy shop.


The Liturgical Year... I hope to work on the yearly Advent calendar in the next few days. It is something I can work on while the kids do school around me.

For the upcoming Advent season, I am praying and considering finding a small group of women (5-7) for an online Advent study. I was looking at different books and studies, but I keep coming back to simple focus on each week of Advent - love, peace, hope, joy. I have only a few short weeks to figure this out for this year, if it happens!


Today... I've already started in on the usual Saturday morning chores. I'm about to do the bills and budget - no fun! We plan on going to Mass this evening and hanging out with my BIL and his family after.

This Week... School of course (week #15). I need to plan and shop for Thanksgiving at some point, but it is a full week. Outside school, we have the usual activities plus three doctor appointments, one of which takes half the day as it is the kids' annual GI appointment. I also have a "homeschooling high school" mom's kind of night to attend and facilitate.

A Final Thought...

God bless.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Piece of My Day: Days 29-31

The end.

It's been fun. The last two days was killed by fatigue.

Monday was a full day of school, followed by a homeschool board meeting. I am now on my local group's board to help lead the group, which should be fine. The sunset on the way home was gorgeous, but I was too tired to take my phone out of my purse to catch a blurry picture as we drove home.

Yesterday the kids and I spent a glorious morning outside at a state park, where our homeschool group was led in different educational activities. Younger kids (4th and down) learned about Ohio wildlife while 5th and up experimented with water quality since that is one of responsibilities of this park with it being across the road from Lake Erie. It was really interesting!

Seeing how different practices affect water quality; how rainwater moves after falling.

Each kid tested a different thing. Mr. A tested phosphates, and Mr. D tested the pH. Other kids tested turbidity, oxygen, and nitrates.

We had sun, and eventually the day was the warmest it has been in awhile (57 degrees!). Miss Z is tailing the group in her bright pink coat and leopard ears.

Miss L checking out the local water birds hanging out. There was a blue heron, an egret, and a bald eagle.

Today is school, piano (which we have had NO time to practice, that's how busy we have been), and CCD, which is mostly the Vigil Mass for All Saints Day. 

Dear holy saints of God,
we join our prayers of praise
to yours this day.

With you, we sing of God's goodness,
rejoice in God's mercy,
and celebrate God's incredible love.

Teach us to live as you lived - 
always thinking of others,
always recognizing our weaknesses,
always rejoicing in God's gifts,
always closely following Jesus.

Blessed are you, happy are you,
all you holy saints of God.

Pray for us that we, too, 
may someday be among
God's Holy Ones.


Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Piece of My Day: Days 27 & 28

 I did too much and am paying the price today.

From the show yesterday, which did not bring many people (or sales) but at least I could spend the day with my mom:

Our trick-or-treating was also last night which made for a cold, wet evening. We skipped the parade to keep dry for walking around. The kids had fun despite the weather, and we hung out for an easy evening after.

Link (Mr. A) -- Dinosaur (Mr. D) -- Kitty (Miss Z) -- Spunky Alien (Miss L)

A close-up just because. Cute faces.

This was the end. The dino looks happy to get out of the rain. People were coming out of dry garages to give him candy as he slowly hobbled up driveways near the end, head hung down, swinging side to side. The costume was a big hit at the houses, but walking was difficult so he was tired!

Today has been a wash as I recover. Kids are tired from two late nights and too much sugar. We did visit briefly with my mother-in-law, who is once again in the hospital. Prayers appreciated as the situation is not the best - not dire at this point but not good either.

Friday, October 26, 2018

A Piece of My Day: Day 26

My friend Ana Maria says I should do an Amazon post on past purchases so here you go. Unless you want another post on how I'm prepping for this craft show tomorrow?

In no particular order...

So Nourished 100% Natural Powdered Erythritol: This one I cannot review yet, but I am super excited to try for the upcoming holidays. I am trying hard to not have sugary stuff, and usually I am good, but the temptation at holidays may be too much.

StyleZ Sling Backpack: This is for Mr. A to carry his diabetic supplies. It's more grown-up for him, and has a bunch of little pockets in addition to the main one. It fits across the front of the chest (for anti-theft reasons), is lightweight and comfortable. Now no one asks why he brought a lunchbox.

Gonex Women Laptop Tote Bag: This one was a purchase for me. With the fall activities heating up, I knew I would take more work around with me to do and wanted something that could carry notebooks, paper, etc. plus a few purse supplies and still look cute. I love this color! I have only used it for a few months so it looks brand-new. I think the handles will show wear the soonest.

Piano Adventure Flashcards In-a-Box: This was a purchase required by the girls' piano teacher to replace a different set. I have enough music background to help the girls, but even those old flashcards were tricky at times. I love this new set. It helps direct parents/students and is much more understandable for someone with no experience.

Vionic Women's Tide II Toe Post Sandal: Can you say life saver? I've been dealing with plantar fasciitis for a year now. I finally splurged on these (and they are on sale right now at $44.99!!), and it was the best money I have spent in awhile. Wearing socks again with the cold weather, my feet are starting to hurt again just walking around the house.

PeachSkinSheets: So cozy, gorgeous harvest gold color, and seems to help the sweats. I still get sweaty but am drier on waking.

Care Touch Fully Automatic Wrist Blood Pressure Cuff Monitor: Super easy to use. Love the big, bright screen and the fast use on the wrist.

Cordless, Portable Lint Shaver: Made for sweaters, but I use it on one of couches that pills horribly. How I hated that couch once it pilled. It looked awful. I stumbled on the sweater shaver idea on a blog and it's awesome! Every so often I get this out, charge it, and shave the couch. Now, if only the one stain would come out of it (it's on both sides of the cushion).

And that's a wrap.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A Piece of My Day: Days 24 & 25

Yesterday was pretty much a typical school day, ending with CCD.

I'm also working hard to prep for a fundraiser craft show this Saturday. Here are a few pieces I have finished and have for sale:

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

I like to listen to "inspirational" music while burning. A few songs on my daily playlist:

...Rest by Matt Maher
...A Future Not My Own by Matt Maher
...Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher
...Nobody by Casting Crowns
...Oh My Soul by Casting Crowns

I heard a song today I wished I had found the title and artist. Don't you hate that?

A few weeks ago I also listened to a "Cozy Canuck Folk" station on Google Play Music. Most songs I did not know, but loved the singer-songwriter vibe.

What song do you listen to every day?