Simple Woman #7

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For Today…

~Outside my window~

Dark charcoal grey clouds, drizzly rain, mist in the distance… tree blossoms lay scattered all over the ground resembling a dusting of snow.
~I am thinking~

I am thinking about supper. Kyersten works tonight and Chris just got home. I think this weather calls for baked macaroni and cheese. Simple, filling, “warm your heart” kind of soul food.
~From the learning rooms~

As I mentioned Chris just got home. So he worked an 8 hour + day. No school. Good thing he understands “catch up” on days he doesn’t work. Like tomorrow…
~I am thankful for~

A warm house and green tea. The latter warms the “inside of me”.
~From the kitchen~

It’s clean. I haven’t stepped in there to start supper yet, obviously. At least Kyersten filled the dish washer before leaving for work. She’s a gem!
~I am wearing~

My bathrobe! (I’m headed to the shower as soon as I post this). I’ve been doing heavy cleaning all day and need a hot shower before even attempting supper.
~I am reading~

Finished “The Shack”. I recommend it. Now I’m reading, “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer. It has too many swear words (I’m almost finished and I’ve counted 51… yes, I count. I have to know whether or not to recommend it to teens!) My husband said I should read it, and it’s a good “man vs. nature” book about a tragedy at Mt. Everest in 1996. Perhaps I’d swear if I were freezing to death? Hmm… I’d rather hope I’d be praying.
~I am hoping~

I am hoping for the sun on Wednesday. I have a DEMO with Chloe and do NOT want to be walking like I’m drunk.
~I am creating~

Nada, nothing, zilch, nothing… (wails and flails arms about…)
~I am hearing~

Kiki is purring up a storm. My desk gets warmed up by my computer. She loves it.
~Around the house~

I need to finish washing the throw rugs. (Why do we call them throw rugs? I’ve never thrown one. I put them carefully in place and fuss at the dogs when they dislodge one while whizzing through the room).
~One of my favorite things~

I love the smell of freshly mowed grass. Did that Saturday and am still thinking of it! It’s the “first mow of the season”. Wish a person could bottle that stuff. (sniff, sniff, “Why yes… do you like it? It’s called GRASS).
~A few plans for the rest of the week~

Gotta get Kyersten to the doctor for a referral, and I have an eye appointment tomorrow. I warned them in advance I’m bringing my service dog. They are a “new” optometrist so I’m nervous.
~Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you~

Kiki is a very laid back, sweetheart of a cat.

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Simple Woman #6

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For Today…

~Outside my window~

The trees are in bloom, the daffodils are still beautiful, and I see Robins everywhere. It must really be spring in spite of the chilly 58 degrees.
~I am thinking~

That I am very glad I didn’t start another class. My first graduate level class ends today, and I took several weeks break before I start on my 2nd. So many “end of year” things to do including my son’s Spring Formal, Chloe and my graduation from Fidos For Freedom, and then CCA‘s graduation. I need the break…
~From the learning rooms~

I just finished lesson plans so Chris will be so glad to “get back to work” after spring break (rolls eyes). He worked 8 hours today, and 8 hours tomorrow… he’s become very organized about juggling work schedule and school schedule. (3 cheers for Chris).
~I am thankful for~

My husband’s good job(s). I continue to hear about families struggling in this economy, and am so thankful he’s in a stable work environment in education. When you look around and begin praying for other’s needs, it makes you awfully thankful to be paying your bills every month.

I’m also thankful our taxes are done. (Whew) Hubby should be “e-filing” tonight.
~From the kitchen~

I’m fixing lemon chicken and salmon tonight with rice. The men in my family won’t touch salmon. I guess Kyersten and I will “live longer” as even telling them how good baked fish is for you won’t convince the guys to eat it. More for Kyersten and I!
~I am wearing~

Olive-colored sweatsuit. I’m very casual today – grin. Tomorrow I have a lot of errands to run and pictures to take for graduation (at Fidos) and Chloe’s new certification tags. So I have to actually wear MAKE-UP tomorrow! (gasp)
~I am reading~

Almost done with the Shack. There have been some things I don’t completely agree with, but all in all the book makes you think. It’s fiction. When I hear people complain about it I want to remind them of that. I don’t think its irreverent like some folks do. It’s a book… it’s made me think… that’s “all good” in my opinion.
~I am hoping~

I am hoping to take a walk tonight. It’s so nice out, but I may need a jacket still.
~I am creating~

I created my last research paper yesterday. That’s right… spent most of Easter writing a 10 page paper. Sigh. At least I’m done! So now I’m creating… a list of household projects. I can’t wait to get started as soon as Chieftain is done. (My part-time teaching job is out for the summer beginning May 7th).
~I am hearing~

Tinnitus (today it’s a lovely high pitch flute-like sound), and Pegasus (Kyersten’s 2 year old show dog) chewing on a bone. I can hear Mandie (our insane cat), pawing on the pantry door. She’ll do that for hours with his mindless look on her face. Poor nutty thang.

I can hear a lawnmower in the distance. I think it’s the neighbor across the street. That reminds me… I need to get ours out and see if it will start.
~Around the house~

I need to dust. Good grief I could write the Declaration of Independence preamble on the shelves in my office. Yup. It’s that bad. Where is my swiffer?
~One of my favorite things~

One of my all time favorite things is to go to my HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America) meeting once a month. Our chapter meeting was on Saturday and we had a MED-EL patient coordinator come to speak to us. It’s so nice to sit in a room full of people where everyone has a connection to hearing loss.
~A few plans for the rest of the week~

I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow; need to get a bunch of referrals like our insurance requires for various specialists through the summer. One of them is my 4 year mapping of my cochlear implant at Johns Hopkins! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years!

Also need to go to Home Depot and buy some “weed ‘n feed”, grass seed, chicken wire fencing and posts.
~Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you~

This is Chloe and I in church on Easter. Hubby took the picture. Yeah, I know I’m in a pantsuit on Easter Sunday. It was freezing!

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Simple Woman #4

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For Today…

~Outside My Window~

A street cleaner is whooshing, and rumbling by in the cul-de-sac. The dogs are totally enraptured. I am totally annoyed. The cats are totally sleeping. (What do you expect?)


~I am thinking~

What a treat that Terry is home this week. His college is on Spring Break, and I get him underfoot, I mean… at home all week. I don’t have any school work today so he’s taking me to Gettysburg to shop. wOOt!


~From the learning rooms~

Both kiddos work today. I suppose that is why I don’t feel guilty about going to Gettysburg to shop.


~I am thankful for~

I am thankful for my husband’s steady job and the fact we are paying our bills. Things are never “easy”, but we do at least pay the bills. Can’t complain about that in this economy.


~From the kitchen~

I need to make sure I have everything I need to fix supper tonight. Kyersten gets off at 5 PM and will likely be hungry. She has a lot of little extra things to do tonight before leaving for Florida tomorrow. Maybe I’ll fix brownies too, although we do have some other sweets that need eaten. Hmm. Decisions, decisions.


~I am wearing~

I am wearing a brown warm-up suit, and tennis shoes. It is suppose to be in the mid 50’s today. I’ll probably need a jacket, but then I’m always cold.


~I am reading~

I finally finished “The Mysterious Island” by Verne. Now I am reading Jane Eyre by Bronte. Guess I’m into the classics right now.


~I am hoping~

I am hoping, really I am PRAYING, that my daughter’s flight goes well tomorrow. Only one thing I hate worse than flying alone and that is one of my kids flying alone. Nevermind, the squirt is 19-years-old and independent.


~I am creating~

I am creating another blog post for Hearing Elmo. This one is taking longer for some reason. I had a lot of school work last week, and I think my brain is fried.


~I am hearing~

I am hearing the street cleaner truck over on the NEXT cul-de-sac! How is THAT for hearing with bionics? Thing is… hubby said my daughter’s Chinese Crested is screeching like a banshee downstairs and I CAN’T hear THAT! (It’s all about tone and pitch folks!) What is a banshee anyway? (runs to look) Oh my! It’s the spirit of a wailing woman! No wonder hubby grimaces and flinches when Pegasus is in “full throttle”.


~Around the house~

I need to dust. Both of my kids have written their names on the piano bench. (grrrrr…)


~One of my favorite things~

I love to cross-stitch. I need to find a new project to do. I have a beautiful country house that I need to get framed. The craft is relatively cheap to do, the framing is NOT. Perhaps I should take a framing class and learn to build my own. I’m told one can do that! Wonder where I’d go to look for classes? Home Depot? Or a craft store?


~A few plans for the rest of the week~

I need to grade my son’s British Literature test and then finish his lesson plans for the week. He still has a lot of catch up to do.


~Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you~

Here is Gingery’s Baby Pegasus when he’s NOT acting like a banshee…

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Simple Woman

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For Today… March 2nd

~Outside my window~

Snow! Wonderful, fluffy INCHES of the stuff! Thank you, Lord! I’ve been praying for “one big snow” before Spring. We had some “dustings” and an “inch” here and there this Winter. Finally, today we had over four inches! Enough to get my snow shovel out! I was ecstatic! (I know… I’m weird)

Schools were closed today, but not for “us”. We are behind so worked all morning.

~I am thinking~

My daughter is mad at me. She woke up in a really bad mood and honestly we’ve been butting heads all day. It really bothers me when we don’t get along. I know it’s “normal” to have days like that, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it, does it?

~From the learning rooms~

My son and I did Geometry all morning. It’s like a foreign language to him and I adore Geometry! We are “getting through”, however! We are going to really be behind in our Math requirement this year, but he HAS to have this class or he’ll be “lost” for the SAT! I wonder which of us will die first?

~I am thankful for~

I am really thankful for my husband’s job. I just got the news this morning that another mom/teacher I know is praying for a 2nd job interview for her husband tomorrow. I had no idea he had even lost his job, and he’s been there “forever”! I’m so thankful God “moved our dreams” around and took Terry out of non-profit before this collapse in the economy. Education is pretty “safe” right now. It certainly causes me to pray even more for those I know who are searching and struggling through!

~From the kitchen~

It will just be my husband and I for dinner so I’m going to make an easy “favorite” of his. Kielbasa and kraut. (He’s not even Jewish or German!) It smells so badly, the kids do not really care for it. I’m going to take advantage of their absence while at work and fix this for Terry. (Besides… it’s been in the fridge and needs prepared and eaten before it goes bad!)

~I am wearing~

I’m wearing a tan sweatsuit, tennis shoes and a ponytail. I guess I’m not WEARING a pony’s tail (wouldn’t that be hard to explain?), but my hair is pulled back in a ponytail. Right now? I look all of twelve-years-old.

~I am reading~

I am reading my syllabus for my first graduate level class that begins tomorrow. I’m SCARED SPITLESS.

~I am hoping~

I am hoping to lose some more weight. I need to lose twenty pounds, but I want to do it in a way it stays “lost”. I won’t be putting up any posters that say, “Missing weight… please call ###-####)

~I am creating~

I am creating an organized space in my office in order to school in an ORGANIZED WAY.

~I am hearing~

I just heard the front door slam as my daughter left for work. She’s still in a rotten mood. I’m hatin’ it. I’m the first one to apologize when I’m being a “pill”, but wonder why I’m expected to put up with the moodiness of others? Hello? We are a TEAM here at home, right? I’m seeing RED, in case you didn’t catch that…

~Around the house~

Things are starting to be more “clean and tidy” for longer periods of time. Now that I’m cleaning ONE ROOM each day, things seems to stay a little cleaner than my trying to clean the whole house once a week. Who has time for that? Taking on ONE ROOM at a time is working for me so far. It’s great that my husband takes care of his office, and the kids do their own rooms and bathroom. There are some perks of having older kids at home.

~One of my favorite things~

One of my favorite things that I am enjoying today is doing laundry. I love to wash, dry and fold clothes. (Yeah, we’ve already established I’m weird). Today is the “kid’s laundry” day. My daughter came home from school last Thursday and sheepishly admitted that a classmate was touched by the fact her mom did her laundry one day for her. My daughter didn’t want to tell her that her “mom” does her laundry every week! Yes, my kids are 18 and 19 and could do their own laundry. But I love doing laundry! Even amongst a very busy Monday, I take the time to do the laundry and SMILE while doing it.

Sigh. Yes, yes I know! I’m weird!

~A few plans for the rest of the week~

I’m starting school this week so we’ll see how my new schedule works. I need to finish lesson plans for Chieftain Institute, and find the time to go to Costco and Wal-mart. Now that is something I do NOT like to do… grocery shop. Sigh. But if not I, who? (grin) One day I’ll look back on this and be thankful I had to get “this and that” for my teens and hubby.

~Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you~

They don’t realize that laundry IS a PERK for me!

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Denise Portis

Simple Woman

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For Today…

~Outside my window~

It is snowing lightly – just a dusting really! It’s so beautiful! Big, fat, thick flakes that melt on impact. I love the snow and am praying for one “big one” before Spring. It’s been awhile!

~I am thinking~

I have been getting a lot of feedback about the workshop entitled, “My Hard-of-Hearing Valentine” that Terry and I did on 2-14-09. So many deal with problems “bigger than the norm” when one has an acquired disability. Some of the emails have been very sad.

~From the learning rooms~

Chris and I are doing Geometry this morning. I love the subject, but to Chris? Oh my, it’s like a foreign language! We have to struggle through! His SAT’s are in May.

~I am thankful for~

I am thankful for the snow, green tea and our church… not necessarily in that order. Church yesterday was wonderful as our Pastor talked about the “B” in H.A.B.I.T.S.  “Bible Memorization” is something I’ve let slip. I was working on the book of Phillipians, but that seems like years ago. He gave some super challenges that I intend to embrace this week.

My green tea is almost ready for me to add some “Splenda”.

The snow really is awfully pretty!

~From the kitchen~

I need to thaw out some chicken breasts for supper. Hubby is home sick so I need to plan something that will tempt his appetite. I better stay clear of chicken tacos, so I think I’ll just bake them.

~I am wearing~

My pajamas! Today that consists of some old tatty sweatpants and an over sized t-shirt. Hey! It’s been cold at night! My glasses are perched on my nose since I haven’t had time to put my contacts in and right now? I’m deaf. (No CI or HA)

~I am reading~

Canine Body Language by Brenda Aloff. It has taught me a great deal… even about people as they tend to “react” to their dogs.

… To Love, Honor, and Vacuum by Sheila Wray Gregoire. Right now I’m getting a lot of the section “Chores and Gender”. Who says men can’t cook? Not Sheila, and not I!

~I am hoping~

Hubby gets to feeling better. He doesn’t do “sick” well. I also hope it the rest of us do not get it. We have company coming at the end of the week.

~I am creating~

I am creating a new schedule. I need one as my life is sure to pick up speed when school starts on March 3rd. I am trying to prioritize the household chores, and make sure my google calendar is up-to-date.

~I am hearing~

A faint ringing in my un-implanted ear. Tinnitus has been my close friend for over two decades now.

~Around the house~

I really need to clean this office I’m sitting in right now! I need to make time for that after lunch. If I do an “ok” job, it will only take me 15 minutes because the office is so small! (10′ x 10′).

~One of my favorite things~

Green tea. I’m absolutely hooked on the stuff. It’s a wonder I’m not turning green. Costco has the best green tea, and it’s CHEAP. (Gotta love Costco!)

~A few plans for the rest of the week~

I need to prepare for the classes I teach on Thursday, and I need to finish my schedule so that I can start classes next week. I need to make sure I get with my daughter about the company coming for really they are “her” company. I need to finalize what we are going to do and where we are going to do it. I love this kind of “company” because they aren’t staying with US!

~Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you~

Terry and I doing a skit at the workshop, “My Hard-of-Hearing Valentine”.

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Denise Portis

Simple Woman

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Peggy Hostetler, founder of Simple Woman“Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!”

ENTERING THE DAILY WITH PEACE AND NOTICE

An online friend of mine has been writing a blog entry once a week called “Simple Woman”.  It seems like a great way to start a week, as it sort of forces you to take stock of TODAY, and plan for TOMORROW. Not in an obsessive, neurotic way… rather, a quiet and peaceful way.  I’m going to start “giving it a shot”.

I get too busy sometimes.  This seems a simple way to reflect and search my own heart for the peace that comes from a simple lifestyle.

Many times I have “wished” to become a recluse and go away into the mountains and STAY for a decade!  (smile)  However, I do enjoy being with people as well!  Why does “busy”-ness tend to crowd out much of the good in a day? Perhaps by doing this simple journal entry each week, I will better appreciate the simple things in life.  I plan to use it for the first time this coming Monday.

For my students – these Monday journal entries will not count towards extra credit. (smile)

Denise Portis

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