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Simple Woman’s Daybook – January 11, 2010

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FOR TODAY
January 11, 2010…

Outside my window…it’s grey and snowy, but not as cold as yesterday, thankfully!  I’ll still need to put on some long undies for my half hour dog walk later this morning!
I am thinking…about being alone today, the first time in a long time where I have no-one at home to nurse, supervise, listen to, or otherwise occupy!
I am thankful for…yesterday’s outing with my SIL and nephews, and the chance to be around little ones again, to put them in pyjamas, read a book, sing a few songs, and turn out the light.  But maybe not EVERY night, LOL!
I am learning… how to be disciplined in my diet, goals, and to-do lists.  It feels good to have things (more-or-less) under control.
From the kitchen…I have ton of old bananas in the freezer to whip into bread and cake.  Plus I found a great-looking soup recipe in today’s paper that I”m going to make for supper: Spicy Fava Bean Chickpea Noodle Soup.
I am wearing…black screen-print long-sleeved tee, black cords, cozy slippers.
I am creating…a home management system to keep the housework under control.  I”m using the Task Pro app on my iPhone.
I am going…to see Quartetto Gelato and Ethel at Koerner Hall this Saturday night, with Z and Michael.
I am reading...Logicomix:  An Epic Search for Truth

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by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou and  The Cure for Death by Lightening

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by Gail Anserson-Dargatz.
I am hoping…for a productive week, that my blood pressure continues to stabilize, and that I continue to shed some pounds!
I am hearing…nothing.  Ahhh.  Peace.
Around the house…I want to work on our master bedroom this month.  We desperately need new window treatments as the old ones were left by the previous owners of the house, are unattractive, faded, dusty, and the suspension system is failing (they’re balloon shades).  My plan is to get a new duvet cover/sheet set and then pull colours for paint, window treatments, and accessories from that.
One of my favorite things…sitting reading the paper with my (single cup of) coffee in the morning and my dog curled up beside me.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Catholic Women’s League executive meeting tonight and the aforementioned concert on Saturday night, and nothing else booked!  (Unfortunately, I’m double-booked for tonight and will be sending Michael to see High Life with Z on my free pass.)
Here is picture for thought I am sharing

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Here’s my dog Wilson with his coat and boots!  The boots are like thick balloons…they’re called Pawz

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and protect his feet from the salt and chemicals on the street.  The coat is to keep his fur clean on our walks!

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Simple Woman’s Daybook – January 4, 2010


FOR TODAY
January 4, 2010…

Outside my window…it’s bright and snowy. Very Christmassy (finally, LOL!)
I am thinking…about the new year, my plans and resolutions, and wondering what the year has in store for me.
I am thankful for…spending this month with my mother-in-law, listening to her stories and learning to cook some excellent Syrian and Armenian dishes!
I am learning… how much a little extra sleep at night helps with my energy.  My resolution about going to bed by 10 is spot-on.  Thanks to Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project for the idea.
From the kitchen…my MIL and I have made more kittal this morning, plus kibbe bi riz.   Kittal is a large circular disk of ground beef mixed into a dough with bulgur, stuffed with a mixture of ground beef, onions, and spices. Boiled and eaten with plain yogurt or sour cream.   Kibbe bi riz is ball of ground beef mixed with ground rice, stuffed with ground beef, onions, and spices.  It’s typically boiled and eaten in soup like dumplings.  Yumsters.  It’s bagged and frozen for future use.  I’ve promised to pray for my MIL every time we eat some of it!
I am wearing…jeans, old long-sleeved t-shirt, socks.
I am creating…a new template for this blog.  Slow going though, as I’m learning still.
I am going…to see my doctor tomorrow about my high blood pressure.
I am reading…The Sweet By and By by Sarah Evans and I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by Rene Girard.
I am hoping…that Alex’s laptop gets fixed today.  I mentioned previously that he cracked the screen and that Dell wanted to charge $499 to replace it.  We found a local shop that will do it for around $200, while you wait, so that’s great.  He’s off to get it done and then heading to a doctor’s appointment.
I am hearing...my MIL taking a shower after five hours of cooking. And the sound of Wilson’s nails as he runs around the house.  Note to self:  book a grooming appointment!
Around the house…the Christmas decorations need to come down this week.  I like to leave them up through to Epiphany which is on Wednesday. My garbage day is Thursday and they’ll be picking up trees with the collection this week to mulch, so the timing is good!
One of my favorite things…eating the above described kittal with yogurt for breakfast!
A few plans for the rest of the week: doctor’s appointment tomorrow, plus last dinner with my MILbefore she returns to Europe on Wednesday, chauffeuring Michael to orthodontist and tuba lesson on Wednesday, appointment with financial planner on Friday, plus free tix to a preview of the latest Jackie Chan flick The Spy Next Door Saturday morning! I won them through a Facebook promotion for a new oldies radio station, Vinyl 95.3.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

Today is the feast day of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the patron saint I took at confirmation.  She was a convert to Catholicism and the first native-born American saint.  She founded the Sisters of Charity and her work is said to the beginning of the Catholic School movement in the United States.
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Simple Woman’s Daybook – January 4, 2010

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FOR TODAY
January 4, 2010…

Outside my window…it’s bright and snowy. Very Christmassy (finally, LOL!)
I am thinking…about the new year, my plans and resolutions, and wondering what the year has in store for me.
I am thankful for…spending this month with my mother-in-law, listening to her stories and learning to cook some excellent Syrian and Armenian dishes!
I am learning… how much a little extra sleep at night helps with my energy.  My resolution about going to bed by 10 is spot-on.  Thanks to Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project

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for the idea.
From the kitchen…my MIL and I have made more kittal this morning, plus kibbe bi riz.   Kittal is a large circular disk of ground beef mixed into a dough with bulgur, stuffed with a mixture of ground beef, onions, and spices. Boiled and eaten with plain yogurt or sour cream.   Kibbe bi riz is ball of ground beef mixed with ground rice, stuffed with ground beef, onions, and spices.  It’s typically boiled and eaten in soup like dumplings.  Yumsters.  It’s bagged and frozen for future use.  I’ve promised to pray for my MIL every time we eat some of it!
I am wearing…jeans, old long-sleeved t-shirt, socks.
I am creating…a new template for this blog.  Slow going though, as I’m learning still.
I am going…to see my doctor tomorrow about my high blood pressure.
I am reading…The Sweet By and By

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by Sarah Evans and I See Satan Fall Like Lightning

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by Rene Girard.
I am hoping…that Alex’s laptop gets fixed today.  I mentioned previously that he cracked the screen and that Dell wanted to charge $499 to replace it.  We found a local shop that will do it for around $200, while you wait, so that’s great.  He’s off to get it done and then heading to a doctor’s appointment.
I am hearing...my MIL taking a shower after five hours of cooking. And the sound of Wilson’s nails as he runs around the house.  Note to self:  book a grooming appointment!
Around the house…the Christmas decorations need to come down this week.  I like to leave them up through to Epiphany which is on Wednesday. My garbage day is Thursday and they’ll be picking up trees with the collection this week to mulch, so the timing is good!
One of my favorite things…eating the above described kittal with yogurt for breakfast!
A few plans for the rest of the week: doctor’s appointment tomorrow, plus last dinner with my MILbefore she returns to Europe on Wednesday, chauffeuring Michael to orthodontist and tuba lesson on Wednesday, appointment with financial planner on Friday, plus free tix to a preview of the latest Jackie Chan flick The Spy Next Door Saturday morning! I won them through a Facebook promotion for a new oldies radio station, Vinyl 95.3.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

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Today is the feast day of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the patron saint I took at confirmation.  She was a convert to Catholicism and the first native-born American saint.  She founded the Sisters of Charity and her work is said to the beginning of the Catholic School movement in the United States.

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Simple Woman’s Daybook

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For Today, Monday December 21, 2009

Outside my window…it’s grey and cold!  Everything is still as we wait for the big snow dump that our neighbours to the south just got.  I finally got a couple of Christmas decorations up over the weekend….a couple of bows on our light fixtures and a wreath on the door.  It’s really Advent now, right?  So I’m not late, but early!

I am thinking…about the few remaining things I need to get done today.  A little shopping, a few errands, and preparing a room for Alex who arrives home from Queen’s tonight!

I am thankful for…my family, who will be getting together often over the holidays.  For Alex who gets home from his first semester at Queen’s.  For my mom who arrives on Wednesday.  For my mother-in-law who is here for a month to celebrate with us.  For Michael, who has finished his first semester of high school and is sleeping in this morning!  And for my dear Z who works today and tomorrow and is then off for six days.

I am learning….how to cook delicious middle-eastern food from my mother-in-law.  Seriously awesome food.  Good thing that Middle Eastern men like their women with a little flesh on their bones!

From the kitchen…see above!  Plus I want to make this sinfully good-looking Chex mix this week.  Must find Canadian equivalent to Wheat Chex.

I am wearing…pyjamas.  With sheep on them.

I am creating…hmmm….not much other than food these days!  I bought some black Zara yarn 

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(Filatura Di Crosa) to make some mittens for Michael, but they’re not on the needles yet!

I am going…to run errands today:  cleaners, grocery, pet food store, hardware store.  Plus pick up a couple of gifts and another trial contact lens.

I am readingAlex and Zee

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by Cordelia Strube.  And Why Kids Don’t Succeed at School

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 by Daniel T. Willingham.  I’ve just started the first, and so far, so good.  Strube is a Toronto-based author and this is her first novel.  The second is aimed at teachers, but has lots of good ideas about how to support student learning.  I recently finished Her Fearful Symmetry

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by Audrey Niffenegger.  A completely magical read.  Highly recommended!

I am hoping…that Alex feels okay about his Calculus exam today.  He’s had a rough go with his exams this month, and is feeling kind of discouraged.  He’ll be home tonight for three weeks of relaxation, home cooking, and lots of lovin’.

I am hearing…Wilson barking.  Probably the letter carrier!

Around the house…we’re feeling kinda festive these days, with our tree and stockings up.  Time to finish wrapping gifts and nestle them under the tree, methinks.

One of my favorite things…is my new iPhone.  Seriously.  I’d have it’s babies.

A few plans for the rest of the week: First of all, can we just stop calling it “Boxing Week”???  We’re attending the Toronto Symphony with the Canadian Brass tomorrow night.  The Z is taking his mom to see The Sound of Music on Wednesday afternoon. Christmas Eve will be spent at my brother’s house before my choir gig at Midnight Mass.  I also sing Christmas Day at 11:30, and then we’ll host my brother and family for dinner that afternoon.  On Sunday, we’re invited to friends for lunch after mass.  And next Monday, I’m taking my mom to see Fiddler on the Roof.

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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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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

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.  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…

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


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FOR TODAY
November 16, 2009…


Outside my window…it’s grey and cool.   The city garbage trucks are unexpectedly cruising the streets, picking up bagged leaves for composting.  We’ve got to do a final rake and mow this week before the snow falls.
I am thinking…about how much I miss my brother and his family.  They spent their first night in their new home last night, after five nights bunking in here.  The house seems eerily quiet.
I am thankful for…Michael’s return from a weekend with his brother at Queen’s.  It sounds like he had a good time.  He’s 14, and traveled on his own by bus for 3 hours, and then grabbed a cab to get to Alex’s.   On his way home, he got from the bus station to the subway and traveled north where Z picked him up.  I’m very proud of his independence and maturity.
I am learning…that the best way to get iron-rich blood is via chopped liver on a poppy seed bagel from our local 24-hour Bagel House (“authentic Montreal wood oven bagels”).  Their chopped liver has caramelized onions mixed in which makes it quite sweet.
From the kitchen…I made some yummy banana/blueberry muffins this weekend.  I hadn’t made muffins for months, and they’re a great quick snack to have around.  I’ll look for some higher fibre ones and continue to add frozen wild blueberries.
I am wearing…sleepwear and slippers.  My hair is brushed though.
I am creating… a colour scheme for my kitchen and dining room.
I am going…to enjoy seeing Z grow out his beard for a week.  He’s away at a team strategic planning session for five days and I won’t see him ’til Friday.  I haven’t seen him with any facial hair for years….he has a heavy beard, but it’s coming in grey these days so it’ll be interesting.  I got a grizzly goodbye kiss this morning that I quite liked!
I am readingRapt: Attention and the Focused Life – a terrific book.  I blogged a little about it earlier today.  Next up is The Group by Mary McCarthy.
I am hoping…to get a lot accomplished the next three weeks while my sweetie is away Monday to Friday each week.  I don’t know why, but I always feel more productive when I have long stretches of time on my own.  Not that I like it when he’s away, but …. it’s different.
I am hearing…Michael rustling around in the kitchen, making his lunch.
Around the house…we’ll be getting our crown moulding and light fixture up in our dining room this week.  Plus paint.  We’ll get the kitchen painted at the same time, but I’ve got to pull down some ugly border wallpaper first.
One of my favorite things…is The Pioneer Woman Cooks!  I had pre-ordered my copy and it arrived this week!  It’s full of her beautiful photography and step-by-step illustrations for her fabulous recipes.  This will be my g0-t0 book for lots of meals!  No more printing (and losing) recipes from her website.  It’s a truly gorgeous book.
A few plans for the rest of the week: my theology class this morning, babysitting my niblings*  this afternoon,  my son’s 18th birthday on Thursday, my husband’s 50-something-th birthday ALSO on Thursday.  Z is out of town ’til Friday at a conference north of the city, so it’ll just be Michael and I at home all week.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…  This is lousy quality…it was taken with my webcam while my 11 week-old niece Emily and I were surfing the ‘net.


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* my Aunt Edith coined the term “niblings” to mean nieces and nephews.

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FOR TODAY
November 16, 2009…


Outside my window…it’s grey and cool.   The city garbage trucks are unexpectedly cruising the streets, picking up bagged leaves for composting.  We’ve got to do a final rake and mow this week before the snow falls.
I am thinking…about how much I miss my brother and his family.  They spent their first night in their new home last night, after five nights bunking in here.  The house seems eerily quiet.
I am thankful for…Michael’s return from a weekend with his brother at Queen’s.  It sounds like he had a good time.  He’s 14, and traveled on his own by bus for 3 hours, and then grabbed a cab to get to Alex’s.   On his way home, he got from the bus station to the subway and traveled north where Z picked him up.  I’m very proud of his independence and maturity.
I am learning…that the best way to get iron-rich blood is via chopped liver on a poppy seed bagel from our local 24-hour Bagel House (“authentic Montreal wood oven bagels”).  Their chopped liver has caramelized onions mixed in which makes it quite sweet.
From the kitchen…I made some yummy banana/blueberry muffins this weekend.  I hadn’t made muffins for months, and they’re a great quick snack to have around.  I’ll look for some higher fibre ones and continue to add frozen wild blueberries.
I am wearing…sleepwear and slippers.  My hair is brushed though.
I am creating… a colour scheme for my kitchen and dining room.
I am going…to enjoy seeing Z grow out his beard for a week.  He’s away at a team strategic planning session for five days and I won’t see him ’til Friday.  I haven’t seen him with any facial hair for years….he has a heavy beard, but it’s coming in grey these days so it’ll be interesting.  I got a grizzly goodbye kiss this morning that I quite liked!
I am readingRapt: Attention and the Focused Life

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 – a terrific book.  I blogged a little about it earlier today.  Next up is The Group

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 by Mary McCarthy.

I am hoping…to get a lot accomplished the next three weeks while my sweetie is away Monday to Friday each week.  I don’t know why, but I always feel more productive when I have long stretches of time on my own.  Not that I like it when he’s away, but …. it’s different.
I am hearing…Michael rustling around in the kitchen, making his lunch.
Around the house…we’ll be getting our crown moulding and light fixture up in our dining room this week.  Plus paint.  We’ll get the kitchen painted at the same time, but I’ve got to pull down some ugly border wallpaper first.
One of my favorite things…is The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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!  I had pre-ordered my copy and it arrived this week!  It’s full of her beautiful photography and step-by-step illustrations for her fabulous recipes.  This will be my g0-t0 book for lots of meals!  No more printing (and losing) recipes from her website.  It’s a truly gorgeous book.

A few plans for the rest of the week: my theology class this morning, babysitting my niblings*  this afternoon,  my son’s 18th birthday on Thursday, my husband’s 50-something-th birthday ALSO on Thursday.  Z is out of town ’til Friday at a conference north of the city, so it’ll just be Michael and I at home all week.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…  This is lousy quality…it was taken with my webcam while my 11 week-old niece Emily and I were surfing the ‘net.
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* my Aunt Edith coined the term “niblings” to mean nieces and nephews.

Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 2, 2009






FOR TODAY
November 2, 2009…


Outside my window…the leaves are almost off the trees.  Winter is around the corner.

I am thinking…about my brother John and his family, who have just packed up their household and left the balmy climes of  Berkeley CA for Toronto.  They have done this with a 2 month old, a two year old, and a three-and-a-half year old.  And with my brother working half-time in Toronto.  They are now in Chicago, and John will be back and forth to Toronto until they all come up in the next couple of weeks.  Just in time for snow!  Thanks be to God for efficient immigration personnel on both sides of the border and an understanding workplace here in Toronto.  My sister-in-law will go straight to heaven.
I am thankful for…new friends, especially newly discovered family members.  And old friends, Sandra and Sylvia, who I spent Sunday afternoon with.
I am learning… more and more about my family history.  This week, I met (virtually) a distant cousin from Wales who has filled me in on the branch of my maternal grandmother (Goddard).  She is connecting me with local cousins and I’m getting some in on some of the family lore.
From the kitchen…well, the cupboards are a little bare right now.  I timed out on getting groceries yesterday so I need to do a big shop today, after my course.
I am wearing…sleepwear and slippers.
I am creating…a warm and inviting household.  A work in progress.
I am going…to the opera tonight, to see Robert Lepage’s magnificent production  of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables.
I am reading...Case Histories by Kate Atkinson.
I am hoping…that I’m not coming down with a cold or flu.  My chest has felt very congested these past 24 hours.  I was coughing a fair bit in choir, and have felt run-down.  Must eat well and take it easy for a few days.
I am hearing…the shower running in the basement below me.  My brother arrived from Chicago last night and is staying with us again this week.  And I can hear Michael sniffling in the next room as he is still getting over his bout with the flu.
Around the house…we are getting ready to finish up our dining room remake.  We have the junction box installed for the chandelier, and now we need to get the crown moulding and painting done.   I also need to finish up the installation of the ceiling fan in Z’s office.  And put everything that got displaced while the electrical work was being done back in order.
One of my favorite things…is autumn.  Seriously, this is my favorite time of year.  I love being outside with Wilson, I love being inside with a fleece vest or a throw blanket reading.  I feel energized by this weather, and able to tackle anything.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Today I have my class at Regis and tonight is the opera.  Tomorrow evening is Catholic Women’s League meeting.  Wednesday night I hope to attend a talk at Regis by Sydney Callahan.  Thursday morning, Bell Canada is coming to install some new jacks for our second phone line so that Z can work at home without tying up our main line for 10 hours.  And we can receive faxes more conveniently. Thursday or Friday our carpenters are coming over to quote for the dining room work (crown moulding, insulating the floor, paint).
Here is picture for thought I am sharing… from Alex’s room in res….his philosophy of life, expressed by Andy Warhol.



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Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 2, 2009

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FOR TODAY
November 2, 2009…


Outside my window…the leaves are almost off the trees.  Winter is around the corner.

I am thinking…about my brother John and his family, who have just packed up their household and left the balmy climes of  Berkeley CA for Toronto.  They have done this with a 2 month old, a two year old, and a three-and-a-half year old.  And with my brother working half-time in Toronto.  They are now in Chicago, and John will be back and forth to Toronto until they all come up in the next couple of weeks.  Just in time for snow!  Thanks be to God for efficient immigration personnel on both sides of the border and an understanding workplace here in Toronto.  My sister-in-law will go straight to heaven.
I am thankful for…new friends, especially newly discovered family members.  And old friends, Sandra and Sylvia, who I spent Sunday afternoon with.
I am learning… more and more about my family history.  This week, I met (virtually) a distant cousin from Wales who has filled me in on the branch of my maternal grandmother (Goddard).  She is connecting me with local cousins and I’m getting some in on some of the family lore.
From the kitchen…well, the cupboards are a little bare right now.  I timed out on getting groceries yesterday so I need to do a big shop today, after my course.
I am wearing…sleepwear and slippers.
I am creating…a warm and inviting household.  A work in progress.
I am going…to the opera tonight, to see Robert Lepage’s magnificent production  of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables.
I am reading...Case Histories

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 by Kate Atkinson.

I am hoping…that I’m not coming down with a cold or flu.  My chest has felt very congested these past 24 hours.  I was coughing a fair bit in choir, and have felt run-down.  Must eat well and take it easy for a few days.
I am hearing…the shower running in the basement below me.  My brother arrived from Chicago last night and is staying with us again this week.  And I can hear Michael sniffling in the next room as he is still getting over his bout with the flu.
Around the house…we are getting ready to finish up our dining room remake.  We have the junction box installed for the chandelier, and now we need to get the crown moulding and painting done.   I also need to finish up the installation of the ceiling fan in Z’s office.  And put everything that got displaced while the electrical work was being done back in order.
One of my favorite things…is autumn.  Seriously, this is my favorite time of year.  I love being outside with Wilson, I love being inside with a fleece vest or a throw blanket reading.  I feel energized by this weather, and able to tackle anything.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Today I have my class at Regis and tonight is the opera.  Tomorrow evening is Catholic Women’s League meeting.  Wednesday night I hope to attend a talk at Regis by Sydney Callahan.  Thursday morning, Bell Canada is coming to install some new jacks for our second phone line so that Z can work at home without tying up our main line for 10 hours.  And we can receive faxes more conveniently. Thursday or Friday our carpenters are coming over to quote for the dining room work (crown moulding, insulating the floor, paint).
Here is picture for thought I am sharing… from Alex’s room in res….his philosophy of life, expressed by Andy Warhol.
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