listening to . . . NPR, my corn chowder simmering, Kalliope trying to "cook" with me.
wearing . . . jeans, black top with bright blue tank under.
grateful for . . . a successful backpacking trip for the guys and a relaxing "girls' weekend" for Kalliope, Artemisia and me.
reading . . . Pride and Prejudice, The Orthodox Church, my most recent "First Things Journal", and the Paul's Epistle to the Romans.
creating . . . or rather I created, a pretty silk flower arrangement that somewhat camoflages the mess in my sink. With a houseful of people all day, our sink ALWAYS has dishes in or around it. I'm tired of that being the first thing anyone (read: ME) sees when they enter my kitchen. So, I made this big arrangement. It is really pretty (pictures?) and does the job. I love it!
on my iPod . . . the SAME OLD podcasts because someone has "borrowed" my iPod sync cord again and I cannot find it. We have three of these cords, and I still can't keep one in my desk without it being "borrowed"!
around the house . . . I rearranged my kitchen this weekend (I love to take on projects like that when hubby is away). The bookshelves always just looked messy to me, and they still do a little, but in a more elegant way, maybe. Messy or not - I live them much better. Also rehung almost every single piece of wall art in my kitchen...and created a new mantle arrangement. Oh, and turned my kitchen table on an angle, which I love! My mother started doing this when I was in my teens. Maybe it is a mother of a teenager thing?
from the kitchen . . . corn chowder with bacon tonight. Beef Stroganoff Meatballs tomorrow night. The bunch of very overripe bananas means there might be a batch of banana bread in my future.
real education in our home . . . The backpacking weekend has put us behind schedule. Everyone spent Friday getting the boys packed up...and I took the day off of school with Artemisia today, too. It was a good, quiet holiday.
rhythm and beauty in our home . . . an idea I have for that big flower arrangement is to slightly change out some of the more seasonal pieces throughout the year. The main pieces are fairly neutral and should look nice with other seasonal colors.
the church year in our home . . . not much been going on in this area. I have made a few more icon for our little family altar, but we just haven't been using it as much. One of the problems is that it sits on our buffet in the kitchen and often becomes a dumping place for little bits of nonsense. I cleared all of that off and then refilled it with a basket of icons and a pretty houseplant. Maybe that will encourage the family not to use the buffet as a rest stop.
recent milestones . . . Kalliope started potty training this weekend!
the week ahead . . . "Romans" bible study tonight and boys arrive home, CC on Wednesday as usual, Friday we have friends coming over for chili and a marshmallow roast.
picture thoughts . . .