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Megachurch Parody

Every church has a liturgy. It's just that some won't admit it. This wouldn't embed for some reason, but go to Mommy Life to watch it:

Summer Plans

Last summer I spent just about every spare minute on my older daughter’s wedding preparations. It was fun and enjoyable, and I wouldn’t change any of it, but since Girl of the House isn’t likely to get married in the next three months, this summer is looking quite different. I’m foreseeing hours and hours of free time. Well, maybe not. But this summer I’m going to spend my spare minutes working on a scrap quilt and reading. I’ve never quilted before, but Anna has made it look so easy that I’m ready to give it a whirl. I’ll keep you updated.

I’m going to read. Somehow I’ve gotten it into my head lately that when I’m reading I should be doing something else, something More Important. Bah! I love to read, and during the schoolyear finding time is hard, but I’m going to read this summer and not feel guilty about it. I’ve bought a fair number of books in the past twelvemonth (don’t you love that word?) that I haven’t cracked, and that’s about to change. Just as soon as I get my c…

Simple Woman's Daybook--May 26, 2010

FOR TODAY May 26, 2010...

Outside my window... is sunshine and blue sky and green everywhere!

I am thinking... of how glad I am that the schoolyear is almost over! I taught a new class this year that took *a lot* of time, but it is winding down now, and I feel like I’m coming up for air.

I am thankful for... growing older. Not everyone gets to do that, you know? I’ve learned a lot and have hopefully grown in wisdom over the years.

From the learning rooms...Macbeth, fractions, noun clauses, human nervous system, Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, and John Rutter, the Iliad

From the kitchen... good ol’ hamburgers and French fries

I am wearing... denim capris, striped top, and white canvas slip-ons

I am creating... Girl of the House’s portfolio for her annual evaluation. In fact, I should probably be working on that instead of this!

I am going... nowhere today, except Man of the House and I took a walk around our neighborhood this morning.

I am reading... Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goud…

House Tour--Kitchen and Back Porch

Let's move on to my kitchen. It's a small room without enough room for a table, sparse counterspace, and a less-than-wonderful view out the windows, but it's my kitchen and I love it. I feel deeply satisfied when I cook something for my family and see them enjoying it and being nourished by it. It's one of the most rewarding tasks of homemaking, I think. We don't go in for fancy food in our household. Man of the House commented last week that I cook like my grandma. He meant it as a compliment. (I think! I hope!) We are more like hobbits than any other of Tolkien's races; we like "plain food and plenty of it."

This is what you see as you enter. A major problem with the design of this kitchen is that it has only one entrance to the dining room. If we aren't careful we run into each other! When we moved here, this room had a major 70's hangover. We eventually painted the dark brown cabinets a creamy off-white. Man of the House pulled …

From My Commonplace Book

“A well-spent day brings happy sleep.”~~Leonardo da Vinci

“A garden is an evidence of faith, and it links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of their planting. The truth is, none of us belongs merely to today; we are a small part of the whole progression of mankind. We have a responsibility to pass to the next generation as much good as we can, and we are also responsible for those who went before us.”~~Gladys Taber

“To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child.”~~Cicero

“To live within a just order is to live within a pattern that has beauty. The individual finds purpse within an order, and security—whether it is the order of the soul or the order of the community. Without order, indeed the life of man is poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”~~Russell Kirk

House Tour--Dining Room

Let's continue on the house tour with the dining room.

Here is the view as you enter from the living room. There are double French doors in between which we keep open most of the time, so the living and dining rooms together make a quite large, open space. We don't have space in the kitchen for a table and chairs, so this is where we eat all our meals.

Now here are some close-ups. The first is of the parlor organ that my grandmother gave me when she moved out of her house and into her apartment. I like it because it isn't too big. I have many memories of my sisters and me playing it when we were little.

And a close-up of the organ. The lamp and gargoyle were gifts from Girl out of the House, and the candlesticks were another gift from my grandmother given to me a few months before she died.

See this blue bookcase? This bookcase has lived in just about every room in our house, serving us well. In fact, we have another just like it, except white, in Girl of the House'…

House Tour--Living Room

Let's continue the house tour with the living room.

This is what you see as you come in the front door. We replaced our monster grand piano with this little dwarf version because it will be so much easier to move whenever that time should come.

If you look to your left, you see this staircase. Man of the House says this staircase is eminently suitable for a man in his position in life, being neither too narrow nor too steep.

Then if you turn around, you see our front door. There aren't really aliens landing in our front lawn. That glow is just the sunshine.

Look to your right, and you'll see this. The house isn't really crooked, but my camera angle was.

Here's our couch. Looks like someone actually sat on it!

And our coffee table. The pewter candlesticks (which you can hardly see because I'm a dismal photographer) were a gift from my mother and are some of my favorite things in my house. That little violin is 1/10th size and sounds like a cheap plastic toy fr…