Monday, July 13, 2009
Simple Woman's Daybook
FOR TODAY (July 13, 2009)...
Outside my window... It's still dark out, and an early morning thunderstorm has just begun. I can hear the rumble of thunder and the sound of rain on the leaves of the river birch tree just outside my window.
I am thinking... about Calvinism and Arminianism lately. Maybe you've noticed I've added two blogs to my bloglist, both about Arminianism. I'm looking for writers who can articulate the Arminian position in a way I can get a good grasp over it. We'll be studying Calvin and Arminius later this year, and I have a feeling I need to be ready to answer some questions here. My Boy has been having some heated discussions lately with his friends about free will (homeschoolers! gotta love 'em!) so I expect he'll be very interested in this topic. I just want to be prepared with some answers.
I am thankful for... this rain (cue loud crack of thunder). It's been a couple of weeks and things are starting to look a little parched around here.
From the learning rooms... Not a whole lot yet. Both kids are picking up their math studies, and My Boy is diligently working to finish his biology. Speech & debate season interfered with his getting done with all of his subjects, and I let him take a much-needed break in June. Now he's trying hard to get it all wrapped up.
From the kitchen... right this minute, nothing. We did enjoy dinner last night: chicken kabobs on the grill and brown rice. Tonight: baked barbecue pork chops, canteloupe, and brussels sprouts with cheese sauce (the only way my kids will eat brussels sprouts is with lots of cheese sauce, and then not very often :-)
I am wearing... cotton pj bottoms and a green t-shirt from Naples, FL.
I am creating... still those socks. I picked up some yarn and a pattern for a light weight jacket/cardigan. I'm hoping I'll get to wear it almost year round around here. It would also make a great house jacket -- sort of swingy, with 3/4 sleeves. I'll post a picture when I get it done.
I am going... to stop by the vegetable stand in the nearby town this morning. I'm hoping to find some cantaloupe and some fresh blueberries. And maybe even some peaches. It's about time for the freestone peaches to be coming in -- as a descendant of a long line of SC peach farmers, I've been spoiled to only eat peaches when they are fresh, ripe, soft, and freestone. It limits my time to enjoy peaches, but boy are they good!!
I am reading... Wives and Daughters. I'm enjoying it, but just reading a bit before bed each night. At this rate it will take me awhile.
I am hearing... thunder and heavy rain. It's really coming down right now. All else is quiet around the house.
Around the house... I need to do some work on my porches. The cushions on the porch swings and lounges need to be recovered, but my sewing machine needs to go to the repair shop first. The bobbin isn't feeding correctly. It's been this way for awhile -- I don't sew much, but there are projects every once in awhile, so I need to get it fixed.
One of my favorite things... brown rice salad for lunch. Mix some leftover brown rice, cooked chicken, chopped tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, and my new favorite dressing -- Kraft Asian Sesame. delish!
A few plans for the rest of the week... taking My Boy back and forth to the local high school for driver's ed. He's a little nervous about it, but at least he'll have a friend there too. He's been practicing driving a bit on some of the little lanes around here.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing... My Man was given an old sailboat last year, and he has spent the winter and spring fixing it up. I gave him a sail for his birthday. Here's a picture of him sailing into our cove after an afternoon out.
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