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For Today…

Outside my window… quite sunny, but I can see a few high clouds, too.  Snow due in late tomorrow.

I am thinking… about a possible resolution to the dilemma I posted about concerning my novel — if I can just get over that hump, the rest of the thing is practically written.

From the learning rooms… I have finally received my course materials, and am waiting to hear from my instructor about how she would like to proceed — i. e., if she wants to work with the first two books in the series, or if she will help me with the third.

I am thankful … that the writing muse hasn’t deserted me entirely.  I sometimes go for years without any viable story lines, and then suddenly POOF!  It comes roaring back.

From the kitchen… I’m glad I saw this — I had completely forgotten that I wanted to make chicken in the crockpot tonight.  Done!

I am wearing… brown skirt and deep red shirt.

I am reading… The Company, by Robert Littel, for about the fourth or fifth time — this work of fiction about the CIA from its inception to the end of the Cold War is great for getting into the mood for my own books.

I am hoping… that we don’t get too much snow.  I don’t usually mind winter (too much — at least it’s better than broiling in summer), but the two-footers in January, back to back, coupled with sub-zero temperatures, have about done me in, and I am ready for Spring.  This past weekend I got rid of all my wintry floral displays and bought some new daffodils made of silk, which are now gracing the file cabinet in my living room.  (All my floral displays are silk.  Real flowers cringe when they see me coming.)

I am creating… ahem.  I will assume you are all sick to death of cryptic references to the Work in Progress.

I am hearing… just the hum of my computer.  That’s something else I am ready for:  birdsong.

Around the house… today is the day I clean my son’s bedroom, currently my stitching room.  Of course, it doesn’t need *much* doing to it, but  like everything else in this house, it accumulates dust at an astonishing rate.

One of my favorite things… Bach.  With the parish office “on standby” for the week, while Father is on vacation, I may actually get in a little (really bad) piano playing.

A few plans for the rest of the week… It’s time to look at new computers.  We’ve had this one for almost five years, and it’s gotten so sluggish that I’m afraid of a crash.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

Almost Heaven, a painting by Thomas Kinkade.  The fly fisherman reminds me so much of my son!

Almost Heaven, a painting by Thomas Kinkade. The fly fisherman reminds me so much of my son!

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This time, on time.  I’m really enjoying this!

The Simple Womans Daybook

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2009:

Outside my window…  the sun is shining, but it is cold — 17 degrees above zero, Fahrenheit.

I am thinking…  of all the things I have yet to do, before leaving the house.

I am thankful for…  being over my cold.  Colds are always such nuisances — you feel like a dog’s breakfast, but they aren’t usually serious enough to warrant full-blown Staying in Bed to Get Better.

From the learning rooms…  Another Byzantine chant class, this week for Vespers.  I would enjoy this a whole lot more if Byzantine chant went anyplace that makes sense to my ear.

From the kitchen…  Slow-cooked beef stew for supper!

I am wearing…  a forest-green tailored blouse with a khaki-colored, ankle-length knit skirt.

I am creating…  at the moment, wrestling with how to get my book out of the beginning and into the meat of it.  Question:  How does a fundamentally gentle man react when his wife betrays him?!

I am going…  to work, in about half an hour.

I am reading…  still between reads, but I expect to pick up Bread and Water, Wine and Oil for Great Lent.

I am hoping…  that the back porch won’t be too icy as I make my way down the steps to the driveway.

I am hearing…  the slow cessation of morning traffic outside my door.  This town is so quiet, come around 9:30 in the morning.  It used always to be quiet, till people started moving up from Massachusetts because housing is (was!) so much cheaper here.

Around the house…  Daily chores are done:  beds are made, laundry washed, dishes washed.

One of my favorite things…  wool.  I have treated myself, via catalogue shopping, to a new lace pattern and two balls of a wonderful peach-colored wool, and plan to make myself a head scarf for church.  The one I have keeps slipping off my head, and those lace chapel caps look so “doily.”  I’m hoping that a light fingering-weight wool scarf will stay on better.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  The Sunday bulletin for church…  making some progress on a stitch-along I’m doing with a cross-stitch group…  depending on the weather, visiting my daughter in Maine come mid-week.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

Be Thankful, a cross stitch I did for my sister

Be Thankful, a cross stitch I did for my sister

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First, thanks to all who commented on my last blog posting, for affirming what I believe to be the correct course of action. Philippa, you are right, I shouldn’t read her blog, but at this stage, it’s the only way I have of keeping up to date with my grandsons. 😦

Now, on to better stuff. I recently became acquainted with a blog called Charming the Birds from the Trees. The nicest thing about it is that it’s another Orthodox lady — can’t know too many of those, there are so few of us! This young lady seems to be committed to a standard of gracious living that I thought was lost forever; good for her! Once a week, she posts a “Commitment to Loveliness,” which she describes as:

a fun way to increase femininity and beauty in our lives each week without even trying! All you have to do is choose five things that you would like to work on or do during the week that will increase the loveliness in your life!

I’m all for that! We can’t have enough beauty in life! So here are my five:

1. Listen to more good music. We’ve gotten into a rut lately of watching television, and although we don’t watch too many of the network offerings, we do have a rather large library of tapes and DVDs. Time to put them on hold, for this week, at least.

2. Make a point of tidying up the house. With all that goes on around here, it’s too easy to give the featherbeds a fluff and say, “I’ll make the bed properly later.” Or to stash the plethora of catalogues out of sight and say, “I’ll get to that later.” Not this week.

3. Make an appointment to get my hair and nails done. I started having my nails done a few months back, after literally years of neglect, and ya know? It feels pretty darn good to look civilized.

4. Sing Matins and Vespers regularly. With Jim home so much lately, it’s been too easy just to read the prayers, or not to say them at all. But this time of year has some of the loveliest music in all Orthodoxy.

5. See if I can actually go a week without using slang. This will be a tough one. New Yorkers speak better slang than they do English.

Once you have chosen five simple things, post them on your blog and link to this post in your post, and then post the direct link to your Commitment to Loveliness post in the comments section. This looks like it could be fun!

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