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Dec 4

December 4, 2013

Ordinary Days: First Week of Advent 2013

Our first week of Advent is turning out as topsy-turvy as this wreath. Weather:  Fog and mist.  Our high today was 62 F.  Tomorrow — 73 F.  This weekend? Ice storm. The National Weather Service is using words like “significant”.  Andy is doing his usual December traveling, and we are really hoping he doesn’t get stuck in all this… but it doesn’t look good.  We spent yesterday making sure we had firewood and groceries and fuel for the camp stove…

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Jun 21

June 21, 2013

Cracked Mason Jars

Jars of boysenberry jam, made from our own berries, cooling beside the stove. None of them are cracked and they all sealed. Do you ever have the feeling you’re being left behind? I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or if life is just getting faster and more complicated, but lately I feel like I’m in a race huffing and puffing to catch up with the rest of the pack.  (Maybe huffing and puffing isn’t the right phrase…

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Feb 23

February 23, 2013


Seven Quick Takes #… something

One So I’m 34 weeks pregnant today, and I have reached the point at which 34 weeks is indistinguishable from about a million.  This might be because my belly is at the perfect level right now for small boys to head-butt and bounce off.  But honestly, I have no idea how I once gestated twins.  I know I was ginormous — I think by this point I was measuring at least 40 weeks (or more) — but good grief.  Of…

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Feb 18

February 18, 2013

Ordinary Days: Recovery

Thank you to all of my wonderful friends who have been praying for me for the past couple of weeks.  I’m feeling better, and I think we’re ready to start adding more normalcy to our days post-flu… Weather: Windy and chilly right now, a rumpled overcast.  Rain and maybe thunderstorms in the forecast for this afternoon and tonight, with highs in the low 50′s and lows in the mid 30′s.  What I’m hearing: Dishwasher running, Gareth playing SpellTower on the…

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Feb 15

February 15, 2013

When Lent Comes Early

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, but I feel like we’ve been in Lent for at least a week already. We took a few days to visit my mom and dad about two weeks ago.  Gareth came down with the flu a couple days before we were supposed to leave and we didn’t know if we would be able to go or not.  Gareth never gets sick, so it surprised all of us (including him) when he spent a day wrapped up…

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Dec 12

December 12, 2012

Ordinary Days: Second Week of Advent

Weather:  Much colder — finally! After shirt-sleeve temperatures in the 70′s, temperatures in the 30′s and 40′s has been a bit of a rude awakening to the boys, who continue to insist on running outside in their bare feet.  This is what it was like the first week of Advent:  Then it rained for about three days and we had a tornado watch and the next day it was 35 degrees.  December in Mississippi. From the Garden:  We’ve had a…

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Nov 17

November 17, 2012

Ordinary Days: Mid- November

As usual I didn’t finish this post the day I began it, so think of it as a sort of “compilation of days” book. Weather: 31 degrees this morning when I woke up, clear skies, and a heavy frost.  Andy built the first fire of the season in our woodstove last night.  From the Garden:  The fall garden this year makes me very, very happy.  Everything has held up well through the frosts except the new variety of spinach we…

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Sep 6

September 6, 2012

A Back from Vacation Daybook

The Alabama Gulf Coast didn’t seem to bear too many marks from Hurricane Isaac over Labor Day Weekend. Weather: Hot. Humid. But the forecast is for a cool-down into the 80′s this weekend.  Hopefully it will come with some rain.  We’ve gotten a bit of rain in the past week; apparently there was a monster storm while we were gone, but fortunately we only lost some branches.  On our drive south, it was easy to see the difference between places…

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Aug 17

August 17, 2012

A Day in Our Summer Term

The schools in our area just started back, and many homeschoolers with them.  We’ve been working on our “summer term” since the beginning of July, and we’re beginning to look forward to our vacation to the Gulf Coast over Labor Day weekend.  Sometimes I think that maybe we should do what everybody else does and break for June and July and start back some time in August, too.  Or else I think we should just eliminate “terms” and “breaks” entirely…

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Jan 24

January 24, 2012

Ordinary Days

 A journal of sorts.When I don’t write down our days — the ordinary ones, the ones that pass loudly or quietly but without fanfare — I find that they slide into the past without leaving much of a mark and I miss them.  In the past I haven’t meant not to record them, but it’s only too easy not to make the effort.  There’s always something pressing to do, something more important than writing about little things that get swallowed…

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