Outside my window- At the moment, the last dregs of a big thunderstorm are rumbling as the clouds roll away and a smattering of light returns to the sky. Rain is always welcome on the gardens here, and thankfully nothing seems to have blown away with the winds. We've had quite a bit of rain lately, keeping the flowers blooming and the garden brimming with zucchini (already!). Nesting birds are tucked here, there and everywhere in the yard. The bluebirds are on their second clutches along with the robins (under the deck) and mockingbirds, and darling little wobbly fledgelings hop around on their scrawny little legs. The plentiful spiders perform their nightly wondrous orb weaving under the spot lights, unless of course they get gobbled up during the daytime by the song sparrows who know just where to find them on the windows. The storm will bring a bring a break in the heat making for a pleasant official start of summer.
I'm hearing- A lively discussion amongst my children as they reminisce about WWII Weekend and make plans for the next event they hope to attend. Also listening to a new vinyl record we picked up at the thrift store last night: The Soul of Poland. Lovely music despite the cheesy album cover. (the CD cover is sweet, the vinyl cover is really goofy)
I'm wearing- A summery black and white skirt and a white shirt.
Thinking about- The 'end of the school year' phenomenon. I finished our portfolios over the weekend and we had our evaluations yesterday, fulfilling our state's requirements and rendering us officially 'done' for the year. One of my children jokingly remarked while I was making the list of our 'field trips' that I was 'taking all our fun and making it educational'. They of course have nothing against education, they just don't like having to be accountable to the state for it. (You know how those independent homeschoolers are. ;-) )Someone else mused aloud how our needing to document all of our learning days affected their childhoods, as they always had to be writing things down so it would 'count'. Eliza confirmed the validity of these comments this afternoon as she was helping her brother make the tortillas for supper- "Take a picture of me for my Home Economics!" she demanded as she posed. I guess my older kids have a point. :-)
Living the Liturgical Year - Today is the Vigil of St. John the Baptist. While it is traditional to have a bonfire on this day, the aforementioned thunderstorm effectively cancelled our plans for a conflagratory celebration. Maybe tomorrow on his feast day?
From the kitchen- Mary Rose likes to bake cakes for the family and for the socials at church so I thought she might enjoy some new cookbooks. For her birthday last month I gifted her with Jane Brocket's Vintage Cakes which has over ninety heirloom recipes in it and Cake Ladies which features recipes and stories from Southern bakers. Naturally we have been enjoying the results - that's a lovely Maple & Walnut Cake pictured above and we celebrated Father's Day with a luscious Simple Chocolate Cake.
It's also pie season with fruits in season, and Lydia has us enjoying cherry and blueberry crumb.
And for an all-too-brief time we get to enjoy one of my most favorite breakfasts - lemon Dutch baby pancakes garnished with freshly picked home grown red currants. Summer eating is so good.
In the learning house today - Painting ATC's, trying to learn a few Polish words, reading about Marie Curie and Dr. Doolittle (but not at the same time) and a whole 'nother stack of books that I didn't see, discussing Churchill and his relations with Russia and Poland during and after the war, bird watching, harp lessons, sketchbook drawing, nighttime helicopter identification and wondering why do the Chinooks always go home at 10 o'clock every night.
I am working on - I have decided to Clean the House on our summer break from formal schoolwork. As in, every closet, every drawer, every window, every curtain etc. etc. Big Cleaning, as my mother would say. I haven't done this for a Long Time as I usually recoil at the thought of cleaning on summer vacation, and it's impossible (for me) to do during the school year. Thus the need is rather Dire as things are Very Untidy in all the nooks and crannies of the house. I have a Plan to do one room a week for the duration. I've started in the master bedroom and already have a rewarding bagful of clothes to give away after just two dressers. We'll see how long my Motivation (and Energy!) hold up. :-)
I am hoping - To get to blog more often now that it's summer.
A few plans for the rest of the week- Finish cleaning the bedroom, catch up on laundry and ironing and correspondence and weeding and all the other things that don't get done during portfolio season.
Remember, O Christian soul, that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life: God to glorify - Jesus to imitate - The Angels and Saints to invoke - A soul to save - A body to mortify - Sins to expiate - Virtues to acquire - Hell to avoid - Heaven to gain - Eternity to prepare for - Time to profit by - Neighbors to edify - The world to despise - Devils to combat - Passions to subdue - Death perhaps to suffer - Judgment to undergo.
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