Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Quote of the day

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

-James D. Miles

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Today was a chocolate chocolate cake day.

Thank God, I had some. When it's cold, rainy and generally miserable outside, treat your self to a little chocolate cake and by golly, it will make you feel better. :)

Oh, and a cup of warm mint tea doesn't hurt.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Quote of the day:

Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.

-Mark Twain

Monday, March 23, 2009

Slowly getting back into the swing of things...

We got sick, again. How annoying and frustrating. I started to feel down about that but, told my self, it's a matter of time before I feel better. Sure enough, the next day, I'm much better. My middle gal is still a bit sick. So, we are just trying to take it easy.

It's really nice cyber schooling as when there are sick days, you can still do school work and not feel lost or out of it. I love this part, actually. Oddly, Norrie does better at reading when she's sick...I think she's a bit more active then my eldest and that's why it's hard for her to focus.

I'm trying to organize the "school" room and give it more space to store things. I notice I hold on to a lot of paper. I mean A LOT of paper. I guess it has to do with wanting to recycle and worrying about trees, etc. Sort of a strange reverse "great depression" attitude...don't waste what you have and all that. Still, there comes a point when you have to let go of stuff or you become stuff. Yikes...scary thought, there.

The nice thing about cleaning out, I found some photos I had stuffed away in a drawer...it was a sweet surprise. Plus, I found some rare artwork by Jon when he was in junior high. I will be getting one of them framed...it's a sweet ink scratching of a house...very detailed.

Today was a good day, besides having a sick child. I got a lot of things done, got caught up on Math for Lydia and made more hummus with parsley. I'll make more couscous tomorrow (a type of salad with grains/parsley). I also made a pizza from scratch...literally a 7 minute to make crust. It's that easy.

I've been making a lot of "Middle Eastern" food or, what I like to say, "what Jesus probably ate". I watched this interpretation of Jesus from the book of John (from my aunt) and it was really well done. One of the best parts was watching what they ate in some detail. I enjoyed that. Plus, the story is very touching and brings this time of the year to more focus and clarity. It just makes everything more meaningful.

I've even pulled out my childhood bible and will be reading to the girls stories...it has wonderful illustrations for the old and new testament. I think it will make the bible come alive for them.

We're also reading some Harry Potter books...starting from the beginning. I didn't realize how many books it looks like when you have them all together! That's a lot of books...but it will be full of fun adventures. :)

I'm looking around the house for my summer Moomin book...it's so sweet and we love the writings of Tove Jannson. Just so true and touching in her capture of children and parents. It makes me wish we lived in the country and had a verandah to have breakfast on after picking berries for tea...among magical creatures, of course. More fun to read.

We didn't go outside today because of being a bit sick but the sky was a beautiful blue...and the wind wasn't too cold. Still, colder then I'd like. I hope the tulips start appearing. If they do, I'll feel like I accomplished something worthwhile garden wise.

Quote of the day

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.

-Carlos Castaneda

Thursday, March 19, 2009

My little devil


My little devil
Originally uploaded by emily999

Don't worry, he's mostly an angel. :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Wow! I almost missed that. I've been under the weather and am feeling a bit better now. The whole family came down with the flu and it was not nice, to say the least. Now, that things are back to normal, I can start to (slowly) get things going again.

I've been thinking about doing more eBay sales again. I haven't thought about that in awhile. Also, I found some more places I want to submit some art to. I feel good about that.

I'm trying to find some tulips I planted in the yard back in the Fall. I hope at least a few made it and I'll see them soon. I will be very annoyed if nothing happens. I did have a few left overs and am forcing some inside. 4 are emerging very prettily.

My sis-in-law has crocus peeking out of the front yard...purple, yellow, and white. I wish I had planted some of those too. I'll aim to do that this year.

Otherwise, things are slowly picking up pace. I started to feel a bit down about things lately but am starting to feel like there is a silver lining after all. Time to clean out stuff and make things stronger in the process. I know I'm doing this with my basement studio. Boy, does it need some attention! :)

Anyway, I feel like things are in action and I have several plans for art. So, all in all good stuff.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Joyful sounds

The house is mostly quiet...the rustlings of our guinea pigs, flutter of our birds feathers and the most dear sound, a snoring baby. I love that sound...

The gals are out with dad and I finally have a moment to relax and just listen. It's a good to listen sometimes.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Art

Friday!

Yes, it's Friday and I'm up at 6 am. Jon is trying out a new carpool; it meets at 6 in the morning and get's back earlier as well. I hope it works out...Jon is not an early bird (I'm not either but I'm going to change that...I think it has to do with being from the West and the East is 3 hours ahead. It's something I have to get used to...it's taken me 6 years!).

Well, I feel better after feeling in frustrated/annoyed for a few days. My migraine went away and I am going to try and talk a few things out as well. The best thing is I think I'm starting to get my art groove back. I haven't done any art in about 2 weeks...maybe longer. I started to make decorations with the kids for Easter and started to feel much better. Plus, I was stressed out about a lot of things and now I feel like I have a few plans (for schooling, me and the kids). I guess a part of me wants to go back to get my MA. Actually, I've wanted to do that for awhile. I'll see what happens when I write to some counselors.

The weather is getting warmer too and this makes life seem so much brighter and better. Such a relief! Now, I can do some walking and not have to worry about snow...

My sis-in-law came over to the museum the other day and the kids played for a while. It was nice chatting with her and just getting some time to talk to a grown-up. I feel like this is something I crave...grown-up conversations and plans. Being with the kids is great, but you do need time alone too.

Sociable

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