Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 30, 2009

For Today, Monday November 30, 2009:

Outside my window…it’s sunny and cool, just hovering around the freezing point and not going up much today.  But it’s great to have some sun again!

I am thinking…about how to make this Advent a holy season in the midst of a lot of activities and seasonal busyness.

I am thankful for…my mother.  Today is her 83rd birthday and she’s here in Toronto for a visit.  She returns home tomorrow, and it’s been a lovely week together.

I am learning….about giant amounts of misinformation that have been spread about diet.  See my current reading below.

From the kitchen…I need to get back into cooking mode after a week of the kitchen being out of commission due to painting and dinners out.

I am wearing…my nightwear and housecoat.

I am creating…a welcoming space for my visiting family this weekend!

I am going…to my theology class this morning. I’ll take my mom down with me and she’ll visit my brother in his office at the same college. It’s a gorgeous building and they’ll have lunch while I’m in class.

I am reading…Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health


.  A very interesting expose about how the dietary advice that’s been doled out over the past 20-30 years has made us fat.  I posted a video by the author, Gary Taubes, a few weeks ago that is very interesting and pointed me to the book.

I am hoping…that Z feels better soon. He’s got a terrible sore throat that doesn’t seem to be abating. No fever or cold symptoms (yet). He is supposed to be travelling tomorrow for six days, so those plans are still up in the air.

I am hearing…the Weather Channel….my mom’s favorite, I think!

Around the house…we got our dining room and kitchen painted, new chandelier installed, and just need to re-organize and replace the accessories and dishes we had to move.  It’s lovely to have a new space!

One of my favorite things…is my new chandelier in the dining room! Along with new paint and crown molding, it feels like a completely different space. Pics to follow soon.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  today I have my theology class, where we’ll be discussing Thomas Merton.  Tonight is the monthly meeting of the Toronto branch of the Ontario Genealogical  Society.  Z leaves town on Tuesday for six days.  On Friday, my sister and her family arrive for the weekend to see their new niece/cousin.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…


My mother and her new granddaughter, and namesake, at their first visit together.

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