I am hearing-Jonathan playing the Steinway, girls chattering in the kitchen over ice cream and cocoa.
Outside my window- It's cold and dark and snowing.
I am wearing- Black skirt with watercolory florals in shades of purple, black turtleneck, lacy lavender fly away cardigan, black Mary Janes. (I know I'm not the only one who won't wear any other shoes after trying Danskos. :-) I do think I've stopped raving about them to my patient husband. Mostly.)
I am thankful for- This new nifty little computer my very dear husband brought home for me Saturday night (he got a great deal on a floor model). It's my first very own computer, and it's so tiny and cute an unobtrusive- Lydia has dubbed it the 'Little Pipsqueak'. It's so nice to be able to sit and use a computer at the kitchen table and remain fully a part of the family milieu, instead of having to retreat to the office away from everyone. I feel like such a grown-up having my own computer. :-) Thank you so much, Dear!
I am reading- Divine Intimacy - I'm trying to read it morning and evening and I can't seem to find time for anything else right now. When do you ladies find time to read?
From the kitchen- I read somewhere that crepes are traditional for Candlemas, so we had palacsinta (the Hungarian version) for tea time today. Eliza loves them, so they must be good.
In the learning house- Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on the video of Eliza reading! I do so appreciate your encouragement along this adventuresome path. Several folks have asked me to share more about her progress, so I will try to get an early reading post up soon. It's all here in my head - I've just got to squeeze it out into a blog post. :-) We are on the letter O this week, and things are a little low key as Eliza and a few others have colds.
Living the Liturgical Year- It's Septuagesima! I hope you've read Lindsay's lovely post on this season of getting ready for Lent. I am very thankful we have this time of preparation to think and pray about our plans for Lent.
Today is also of course Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Purification - the official end of the Christmas season. We had great plans to make beeswax candles today and have them blessed tomorrow on the feast of St. Blaise, but alas, I discovered I had purchased the wrong type of wick - it will have to wait for another day.
This is the perfect day to show you the beautiful Christmas gift Jonathan made for me! Simeon's words upon seeing the Baby Jesus enter the temple, known as the Canticle of Simeon or Nunc Dimittis, are said as part of night prayer in the Divine Office:
Around the house- Christmas is really over now and it's time to finish putting away the decorations. Ahem.
We are creating- Lydia has joined the On the Road to Spring quilt-a-long and is busy cutting out blocks for her very first quilt. This seems like a great project to prevent any onslaught of Februarytis and the format seems perfect - everything is broken down into very manageable bit size steps and the online group provides motivation and inspiration to plug along bit by bit.
Lydia did a lovely job picking out her fabrics, starting with a large cut of thrifted floral we had in our stash. I know you can guess her favorite!
It looks like so much fun, and I was getting rather jealous, so she kindly convinced me to make one as well. She even helped me pick out the fabrics. We are both using the same yellow fabric so we will have that little bit in common - isn't that sweet? Now I just need to catch up to her!
One of my favorite things- Instant homemade cocoa. Put 1/3 cup dry milk powder, 2 or 3 teaspoons each of sugar and cocoa in a mug, fill part way with boiling water and use a frother to blend it well and give it some nice froth. Fill the rest of the mug with hot water, topping it off with a bit of half and half if you like. Yum. (Caution: liquid at the bottom will be a lot hotter than the froth on top - don't burn yourself!) Must drink lots of cocoa before Lent. :-)