For Today  - Sunday, April 21

Outside my window... Trees blowing in the Kansas wind but the sun is shining!

I am thinking... About the beauty of the outdoors. Today at the land we saw wild turkeys; deer and raccoon tracks; new wheat coming up and a variety of birds - ducks on the pond, meadowlarks and hawks. 

I am thankful for... Having the opportunity to own some land away from town. 

I am wearing... Moccasins - my favorite footwear. 

I am remembering... How my Dad was my first teacher of nature. He took me fishing and hunting and I cherish those memories. 

I am going... To have a busy week coming up. Many of my board meetings and obligations fall on the fourth week. 

I am reading... another Jo Nesbo novel. Harry Hole is a complex character. 

I am hoping... for even warmer weather (:

On my mind... Sorting through all my mother's sewing containers. A dear friend is coming Wednesday to help me. 

From the kitchen...nothing today. 

One of my favorite things~ baking. Hoping some of our fruit trees produce. 

From my picture journal... Deer track at the land!

My thought for the day

Mister Rogers was always a favorite in our house. His words are still just as relevant.

For Today, Wednesday April 17

Outside my window... The rain falls gently, then suddenly erupts into a brief hailstorm.

I am thinking... Of the things I have put off today to read. I'll blame the rain. 

I am thankful for... My husband who likes to do the same things I do and the fun we have together. 

I am wearing... A dog on my lap as I sit here. Muffet fits the name lap dog to a "T" 

I am remembering... The people in Boston. The victims, the doctors and nurses and those who are praying for them. 

I am going... To put on my rain boots and run some errands. 

I am reading... Lecture notes on Greek history. I am taking a class through Coursera. An online offering of schools across the country. It is hard but I am learning so much.  

I am hoping... The rain keeps up so our farm pond fills up some more. 

On my mind... The need to exercise...the need- not the will. 

From the kitchen... leftovers -  "Cream of Tuesday" as I would tell the kids. 

One of my favorite things~ sunsets, and we have some great sunsets in Kansas. 

From my picture journal... 

I am getting ready to leave for Book Club. This month we read "Life In A Jar" by Jack Mayer. It is the story of 3 high school girls in the little Kansas town of Uniontown.

History Day is a big event at Uniontown High. Mr Conard's student's have won many History Day competitions and a high standard has been set over the years. 

Here begins the story of Irena Sendler, a largely unknown Polish woman who saved over 2,500 Jewish children by organizing a network to spirit them out of the Warsaw ghetto. Parents gave their children to her in order to save their lives. Oftentimes it was only days or hours before the Nazis came for them.  

This is an incredible story of Irena and the girls who brought her story to life. I know we'll have a great discussion. 

For Today

Outside my window... It is very windy and getting colder. Where did spring go this time. 

I am thinking... Of my Mother. Today was her birthday and I miss her so much. 

I am thankful for... The time Charlie and I spent at the land Saturday. 

I am wearing... Warm socks!

I am remembering... Mom's last birthday celebration when she turned 87. I made a cheese soufflĂ© which was her favorite. 

I am going... To update the church website as soon as I am finished with this. 

I am reading... Nemesis by Jo Nesbo. A detective from Norway.  

I am hoping... To get just one "clean up"thing accomplished today. 

On my mind... Charlie's four rules for life. 1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Always do your best. 3 Don't take it personally. 4. Don't make assumptions.
                                                                                  I sure have trouble with the last two. 

From the kitchen...doing a crock pot roast. The easiest way to fix dinner. 

One of my favorite things~ a good book. 

From my picture journal... Our mallard couple who visit often. Hoping for babies.