:: Bugs. Bugs. Bugs. The weather warmed back up again and now the bugs are in overdrive. Yesterday afternoon it sounded as if hail was hitting the house because of all the bugs flying into windows and the gutters. The good news is that with the warmer weather there will be another Homeschool Park Day that we can attend, so it's not all bad. But I'm realllllllly tired of having to use the basement entry just because the other doors are covered in seed bugs and wasps.
I am thankful:
:: the bills are coming in from Nugget's birth. They're not nearly as bad as we were expecting. Granted I hit the deductible and out of pocket maximums, but we should be able to get everything paid off lickity-split.
I am thinking:
:: My mom is having surgery today to install some more hardware for management of the Parkinson's. I'm just a-waiting for my Dad to call me after the surgery is over and she's in recovery.
I am working on:
:: getting blog posts out of the draft pile. I've been going through my pictures from our trip to the ghost town and editing them for the web, and I need to do some wrap-ups of our scholastic endeavors. It seems like whenever I try to do so, something happens that needs my immediate attention.I am praying:
:: special birthday blessings for my Grandmother, who turns 94 this week
:: for my Mom and Dad
:: special intention for Greg
:: for all priests
:: for the souls in Purgatory
:: for my standard litany of regular intentions - conversion of life, several special intentions, etc
I am reading:
:: Working through my queue, with more books being added to it. The Autism seminar headed up by Temple Grandin was canceled, so I'm going to do the next best thing and read a bunch of books she wrote.
Around the house:
:: Moose has taken an interest in cooking. I let him look through a kid's cookbook we have and pick out some recipes (Spaghetti Lasagna, Tacos, Chili con carne, and Rice Krispie treats). We made the Spaghetti Lasagna last night, which turned out to be quite good.
Clicking around on the web:
:: If you need affordable, nice clothes; may I direct your attention here. I purchased two skirts and a button-up for $17 shipped.
:: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle: Read This, Not That - I loved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle growing up. Auntie Leila's post was a nice reminder of the stories. I scuttled off to the local library and checked-out the *one* book that wasn't updated. It is a total smash-hit around here and the books have been added to the "must buy" list.
Living the Liturgical Year
:: Today is the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul and this weekend is the feast day of St. Therese, the Little Flower. Thursday is the feast of the Holy Archangels. Friday is St. Jerome!
One of my favorite things:
:: Wok has really taken off in her ability to write, which is exciting.
:: And Peanut's figured out that reading isn't a bad thing, and that given the right book it can be fun. For her independent reading, she kept selecting low-level readers like Biscuit to read. I finally got tired of it and gave her C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe to read. Each day when she wakes up, she comes upstairs and tells me which chapter she's on and narrating what's been going on in the story.
She gets a lot of practice reading to Nugget, who (as evidenced by the photo below) loves to be read to.
|"Mom, he fell asleep while I read to him! SO CUTTTEEEE!!!"|
:: Speech therapy
:: Well-child visits for Nugget and Wok
:: Health assessment for Greg
:: My Grandma's birthday