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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook - June 2017





I am participating in a Simple Woman's Daybook for June 20th, 2017.

Outside my Window...it is warm and sunny today. The kids had swim team practice and my two daughters taught swim lessons to the little ones.  I was able to sit out on the back porch for a little while listening to the radio.

I am Thinking...that I'm glad I started a self-esteem journal:  


Self-Esteem Journal: WB - June 14, 2017


Mon


Something I did well today…
I made my own Starbucks drink:  Chocolate Mint Latte (Venti – 100 calories – 35 cents) I saved $5.00 for making my own Starbucks drink.

Mon


Today I had fun when…
I ate too much popcorn.  (Not good, but it was fun.)  I regretted it afterwards!  The new meds I’m on may be making me hungrier.  I’m going to have to dial back my eating habits.

Mon


I felt proud when…
I completed a journal entry for the month of June for A Simple Woman’s Daybook. I recorded the brief status of all the children.

Tues


Today I accomplished…
I arranged an appointment with the psychiatrist at the hospital since I’m transitioning from Greenwald.  I also arranged the medication administration for the prescription two days afterwards.

Tues


I had a positive experience with…
A forty minute workout at the gym.  I spent thirty minutes on the treadmill.  It was a hot day and too difficult to walk outside for long.

Tues


Something I did for someone…
I gave Fred’s sons popsicles because they were working on the back deck in the hot sun! They really do a great job, and I love the way Fred teaches his sons a skill while he works.

Wed


I felt good about myself when…
I got up early to be on time for outpatient  therapy.  The staff at the hospital are very good and give me good ideas to help my progress.  This form is one of their ideas.

Wed


I was proud of someone else…
When a fellow patient managed difficult traffic and helped her mom at the same time.  I wish I could help my mom more but she lives too far away.  Also, traffic can be a challenge for me at times.

Wed


Today was interesting because…
Someone said, “they stayed in the now.” = PRESENT MOMENT - They didn’t know when to stop talking about it which shows they credit themselves rather than God. Anyway, it is a start. I also didn’t reveal that we need to be gracious to God rather than ourselves.  People are very touchy when it comes to religion.

Thur


I felt proud when…
I went grocery shopping at 6:00 a.m. to hear the Safeway employees jamming to oldies.  I bought all the items for the Swim Team Pasta Feast.

Thur


A positive thing I witnessed…
Patrick woke up to make his own eggs today without being asked to do it.  He even said he would make eggs for me every day.

Thur


Today I accomplished…
I bought my Melalueca products (shampoo, crème rinse, dish soap, healthy drink mixes and snack bars, sun lotion, chap stick).  I took my vitamins and healthy drinks today.  I also made the pasta dish for the Pasta Dinner on Friday.

Fri


Something I did well today…
I got up early and walked Bella and was ready to attend outpatient therapy on time.  I had a good session with the therapist, Lauren, who helped me with my discharge plans. I also made the dessert for the swim team pasta dinner.

Fri

I had a positive experience with
(a person, place, thing)…
Claire’s friend Etta’s parents.  They took the girls to a graduation celebration and Claire was able to spend the night at Etta’s house.  We had happy hour together for about 40 minutes or so when I dropped Claire off and her parents are so nice.

Fri


I was proud of someone when…
Peyton takes the CLEP classes at Montgomery College so only studies quickly and takes the test.  It is an accelerated pace for taking the classes.  I complimented her.  I was also proud of Clarice who forgave her mother-in-law.

Sat


Today I had fun when…
I attended a social gathering for Alumni parents from my daughters’ high school.  I’m so glad I went as I met some wonderful people including the head of the first Oakcrest School when it was located in WDC.

Sat


Something I did for someone…
I sent a wonderful mom an email message that I will be coming to an event at the YUMA center for women. It is on organization…boy do I need this!

Sat


I felt good about myself when…
I finally got to organize my clothes and shoes in my bedroom.  The men are coming over to fix the air conditioning and I have to tidy up the place.

Sun


A positive thing I witnessed…
My daughter and her boyfriend are so close and very happy together.  It is wonderful to see them interact together.

Sun


Today was interesting because…
My brother, who has colon cancer, decided to stop by and wish my hubby a Happy Father’s Day.

Sun

I felt proud when…
I helped make shish kabobs on the grill for Father’s Day dinner.


I am Thankful...for being able to pay some medical bills this morning.

In the Kitchen...We may be having pork chops...again.  It seems we have them every time I do a Simple Woman's Journal entry.

I am Wearing...Grey shorts with green trim and a grey tee with black flip flops.

I am Creating...I finished the craft for journal class but had to change the date from tomorrow to July 5th.

I am Looking Forward to...the Pancake breakfast tomorrow morning.  I have to make eggs, sausage, and cheese.


I am Hearing...absolutely nothing except my daughter walking and touching things in the kitchen occasionally.  My ten year old went to the pool with the neighbors and I picked my daughter up early from life guarding. My oldest just woke up from a nap.

Around the House...The dog is staring out the front door being the watch dog. Here is a recent pic of Bella with me:

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I am Praying...for my that next year it runs smoothly that I am assisting with teaching science classes in the homeschool coop. 

One of My Favorite Things...was meeting and talking to the moms in the coop the other night about the classes, budget, and schedules.

A Few Plans for Next Week... schedule a physical for my daughter to go to college in the fall.

Here are some recent pics to share of our meal on Father's Day:


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shish kabobs



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A creation from my daughter's boyfriend

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook - April, May, and June 2017




I am participating in a Simple Woman's Daybook for April, May, and June 2017.

Outside my Window...it is presently a cool overcast day.  It is a great day to home-school.  I usually don't turn the fireplace on in April...but I did today for a little while.  I think we have global cooling in Maryland because it is June when I type this next sentence and it is still cooler than usual. 

Finally, today: June 13th, we are having some sunny hot weather. A wonderful home-school father and his sons are putting in a new back deck for us.  I might have to give them some popsicles later to cool them off.

I am Thinking...that I hope the Lord guides the progress of my children.  

Colin/26 - Receiving his Ph.D. in Engineering and this fall going to live with some Franciscan Monks in New York to help serve the homeless for a short period. He expressed that he does not want to become a priest nor has he given up on girls.  Therefore, we will see where the Holy Spirit leads him! 

Brandyn/25 - Living at home to finish up his Nursing Degree at the local community college. Also working part time at University of Maryland in Baltimore Hospital. 

Kristen/21 - Just transitioned from University of Maryland to Montgomery College to finish up her Nursing Degree.  She will be going on a mission trip this summer to Latin America and working as a lifeguard sub at the local pool.  

Claire/17 - Attending University of Nebraska in the fall to begin her degree program in early childhood education.  We are currently attending her high school graduation celebrations.  She is on swim team and life guarding at the local pool for her summer job.

Patrick/10 - Continuing to finish up 5th grade home-school lessons and participate in swim team and soccer.

I am Thankful...for the deacon at our local parish as he communicated with my brother who has colon cancer to see if the Church can assist him in any way while he is getting treatment. That was in April.  Now it is June and they should offer him Prayers of the Sick sacrament.  

I am also thankful that my fifth grader was able to speed up his completion of his fourth quarter home-school material. Now he is basically finishing up just reading and vocabulary.  He is working on a book report about Saint John Bosco by Catherine Beebe.  He said that he may choose this Saint for his Confirmation name. Right now he is outside at recess playing with a neighbor.

In the Kitchen...We had pork chops, mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob.  That was in April.  In June, Brandyn helped me make up my own seasoning for the pork chops.  It turned out very good.  

Last night, June 12th, my hubby barbecued chicken and potatoes.  I love the way potatoes taste when they are barbecued. Although I didn't have dinner last night as my stomach did not feel so good. 

I am Wearing...Black sweats with a blue tee and grey and pink jacket.  Cozy clothes to snuggle indoors on this rainy day.  That was in April.  Now (in June) I'm wearing black jeans, short sleeved blouse, black sweater, and flip flops. Today, June 13th, I'm in shorts as it is very hot today.

I am Creating...a simple craft to have for my journal writing class and a yummy dessert for the end of the year celebration for our home-school coop. That was in April.  

In June, I am continuing to develop ideas for my journal writing class.

I am Looking Forward to...sunny and warm weather with the swim team starting up for our two youngest children and life guarding positions for my daughters.  The swim team pasta dinner is this Friday evening.  I am making Creamy Pesto-Chicken Casserole.


I am Hearing...three of my kids and the dog fooling around and playing in the background with hubby talking on the phone about college to my daughter at University of Maryland.  That was in April.  

Now it is June and I was the first one up today.  It is 8:00 a.m. and I hear a couple others beginning to rise. Today, June 13th, I hear the men and boys working on the deck.

Around the House...In April, we finally cleared out much of the clutter in our basement, got new walls and new floor with some book shelves too.  It looks much better.  We will be getting a new air conditioning and new deck in June.

I am Praying...for my brother who has colon cancer. I am also praying for my mother who is very worried.  I am also praying for myself that I do not have any setbacks or recurring issues with my illness as I have recently. I am currently receiving some treatment. I am also praying for my oldest son who is over in Sweden for his career.

One of My Favorite Things...was celebrating Easter with the family and taking a weekend trip to Ocean City, Maryland.  That was April.  Now in June we are busy with Claire's graduation celebrations.  Here is a pic to share:




A Few Plans for Next Week...finish my craft for my journal writing class and turn in religious education registration to Mother Seton Parish.

Here are some recent pics to share of one of the graduation events my family attended for my daughter:




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook - March 2017





I am participating in a Simple Woman's Daybook for March 2017.

Outside my Window...it is peaceful and the birds are chirping. There is a slight cloud coverage and the temp may be around 60. 

I am Thinking...that I hope my neighbor likes the Reese's Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chip Layered Cheesecake I made for them as an apology for asking them to greet me with a hello if they see me close by. I thought they were purposely ignoring me when they didn't say hello or good bye to me. I've developed too much anxiety about being rejected. I need to stop depending on others to fulfill my need to belong and feel welcomed. Although, I am teaching my own son to greet their parents as a matter of respect and good manners.

I am Thankful...for the fun family gathering we had this past weekend. Here are some pics:







In the Kitchen...Last night I made Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet, New Potato Bake, and Fresh Green Beans

I am Wearing...black sweat pants and a green and black tee.


I am Creating...A lesson to teach the first through third graders at our homeschool coop on the Wright Brothers and Aerodynamics.

I am Looking Forward to...not having to do too much shopping. The crowds in stores around here seem to be very serious and unfriendly recently.  It is very depressing.


I am Hearing...a nicer tone from our local pastor.  He often had an angry tone and suddenly his tone changed for the better this past weekend.  I hope it continues.

Around the House...We finally have a nice downstairs where our children can bring their friends to hang out.  We have a new floor and wall put in and cleared much of the clutter out.  There is more clutter to clear out too.  We also got some waterproofing done.

I am Praying...for my brother who might have colon cancer. I am also praying for my mother who is very worried.

One of My Favorite Things...was seeing my son's new conversion van he bought.  We call it the "scooby doo" van. Here is a pic:




A Few Plans for Next Week...get some moles removed off of my face.

Here is a recent pic to share of my hubby and daughter at the father daughter dance with her school :





Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook - January 2017






I am participating in a Simple Woman's Daybook for January 2017.

Outside my Window...it is overcast with a slight breeze today and a bit cold.  Our dog cries when she sees our neighbor's dog running in her yard inside the electric fenced in area.  Our dog is put on a leash.  I've been asking my husband if we can get an electric fence for our back yard so that we can let Bella run around and get some exercise.  He thinks it is a waste of money.  Say some prayers that my husband will understand that our dog, Bella, needs to get exercise too.

I am Thinking...that this month will be a joyful month since all five of our children will be home with us.  I never get to see my oldest son who will soon have his Ph.D. in engineering.  His lease is up on his house and he will be staying with us during part of his last six months of research at college for his Ph.D.  I've been making him some chicken fried rice so that he has something healthy to eat when he gets hungry.  My second oldest son, who is a good cook, gave me the idea to cook with soy sauce.  It worked out quite well.  In fact, he is going to make dinner tonight for our family since he is on break from college.  Here is his meal:  


Brandyn's yummy dinner


I was able to have lunch with my oldest daughter yesterday and she filled me in on all her friendships in college.  She met a nice boy recently and he sounds like a real sweetheart.  She just returned from a Focus Mission Trip to San Antonio.  

My son and his girlfriend are so cute together.  Here they are working together to make sushi.  They have their college education to finish before they settle down together.  Please say a prayer so that their relationship continues to grow with the blessings of Christ.


Cute couple!

I am Thankful...for the relationships my children have established as siblings.  It is so good to see my youngest and oldest bond together as I know they are very good for each other...especially at this time.  My two daughters fill our home with tons of giggling and laughter.  It is wonderful to see their relationship develop.  My second oldest's girlfriend fits right in with them too.  I am also thankful for scouting for my son and husband.  Here is some recent pics:


Husband as cub master in same troop my father began years ago.



In the Kitchen...Last night I made pork chops, potatoes, and broccoli with cheese.  Tonight my son is cooking dinner.  We will all be pleasantly surprised.  This luxury can take place while he is on break from school.  He returns to college classes on the 25th of January.
My little scout!
 I am Wearing...gray sweat pants and a black long sleeved shirt.

I am Creating...A craft for my journal writing homeschool class.

I am Looking Forward to...not having to go to the doctor because I'm not feeling well anymore.  I've been having a lot of fatigue and some shortness of breath that has greatly worried me.  I've been able to receive doctor reports that are positive about my health.  I'm taking vitamins, exercising more, and quitting unhealthy habits.  I hope to be healthier and have more energy to do things this year.

I am Hearing...my 5th grader, who is the last child homeschooled, do research on the thickness of ice and when it is safe to walk on it.  We have a pond behind our back yard and he threw a heavy stick on it to see if it would sink.  The pond is frozen.  We told him he can not go on it.  He is also talking to me about building a tree fort in our back yard.  He comes up with ideas between his subjects during the day all the time.

Around the House...We finally have a handy man coming to fix odd jobs we have to take care of around the house.  We need two new toilets, better lighting, closet doors, book shelves, new faucets, new sink basin, towel racks installed, t.v. mounted on wall, etc.  Also, we've been able to declutter a bit since my oldest moved back in for a short duration until he receives his Ph.D.

I am Praying...for my husband to find where the mice are getting in our house.  They get in our utensil drawers in the kitchen and leave their droppings everywhere.  Right now, all our knives, spoons, and forks are out of their drawers and on top of the counters.  It is a pain in the neck.

One of My Favorite Things...was being able to watch some football games together as a family this month.  We all seem to like the Green Bay Packers.  My oldest son has the same smile as Aaron Rodgers - their quarterback. My oldest son is the one who got our family hooked as official 'cheese heads.' 

A Few Plans for Next Week...attend a wedding in Missouri with my husband.  Our good friend's son is getting married. Also, meet my friend at the local mall to walk together for some exercise.

Here is a recent pic to share of one January evening while watching a football game:


Night of the Green Bay Packer's game