Archive for the 'move it' Category

February 1-14, 2005

Feb 14
8AM: I have an advanced case of the Monday’s today. All I want to do is go back to bed. I really need to move-move-move to get over that. So, I guess I’ll do that! We’ll be having leftovers tonight for supper, as the frig is so full I can’t find stuff in it, LOL!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

9AM: I got moving!!! And most of my tidy-ing is done. When I turn my attention to business today, I really need to go through my email, and write down my orders. I have a feeling I have forgotten someone. Or someoneS, even. Also need to order supplies for a couple of orders that came in over the weekend. And make some school notes for myself.

Well, Baby is up, and I am more than ready to feed her!
Feb 13
So, I survived my first teenage party. I had tonight 7 “angry goth” teenagers in my house, including my own. The sure were a lively bunch for such bad kids Let’s see, they ate, they played with the little ones, laughing and tickling and giggling. They watched the movie “Grease”. And they took running slides into the kitchen, just like my little kids do. Oh, yeah, bad kids altogether. We’re planning another party next month.

Feb 11
Ok, not off to a stellar start here. I forgot to turn the dishwasher on last night. The head gasket is blown in the van. Dh informed me last night, he’ll be helping with his friends move on Sunday instead of Saturday, which means I can’t go to church. My boys have already been rolling around on the floor wrestling *for real*, and I am grumpy. So, Good Morning!

I’ll be having a discussion with dd16 about her bed. She left again without making it. And she has clothes strewn everywhere, and her stuff is just…untidy! It’s not that I want to be a grinch. It’s just that I am a much nicer person when my environment is orderly. Call me ADHD, it won’t hurt my feelings at all. But I just can’t THINK when stuff is messy. And, yes, her unmade bed will nag at me until she gets home to make it herself! I am 1/2 tempted to make it. But what is the point in that? Here’s a picture of me closing my mental eyes!

Are you a “type A” personality, like me? I really have a hard time with it. I feel an absolute drive to get things completed! But it ocurrs to me that the last person to say “It is finished” was Christ on the cross.

The only other One to be able to say “It is finished” was God Himself, after creation.

For the rest of us, it’s a process. Still. No matter how much we do, there will always remain more to be done. That’s not an excuse to do nothing, it’s just an acceptance of our humanity. Because we are not finished works, we will never finish our work. So work hard, rest well, and tomorrow, start again!

Feb 10
Good Saturday Morning! Let�s Roll Up our Sleeves, and Get to Work!

What? You have got to be kidding! No way am I doing that! That�s me talking. Well, the old me. I was totally stressed trying to cram all I needed to do into the week. I was trying the �Cinderella� act with my work. Trying to shoe horn a stepsisters foot (6 days of work) into the glass slipper (5 days). Glass shoes are not really practical, now are they?

My Saturdays were unsatisfying, as my house reverted to chaos. My Sundays were anything but restful. The early morning was consumed with trying to find the right clothes and shoes. The dishes piled up on the counter, the laundry piled up in the bins, and my bad attitude piled up with it. It took me hours on Monday to dig my way out of my �free weekend� pit. And this:

Psalm 122:1
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

was a joke. I actually dreaded Sundays!

Once again, dissatisfied with the way my weekends were going, I decided to chew on some Words. I wondered what God had to say about all this extra stuff I needed to do. Exactly where was I supposed to fit this in?

We take a five-day workweek for granted, but let�s look at God�s work habits, shall we?

Genesis 2:2-3

2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

He worked 6 days, and He rested one. What about that?? There�s the model, right in the beginning of His Letter to us. And look here:

Matthew 25:1-13
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Ephesians 5:15-16

15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Oh, I don�t want to be foolish. No, I don�t! And if we are unprepared, Jesus says we are foolish. So, I started working on Saturdays. Here�s what I do:

Prepare my home:

During the week, with home schooling, running a business and being a mom, I just don�t have time to clean. We pick up, so the house is tidy, but we don�t really clean. But on Saturday, we change sheets, scrub toilets, dust and do the floors. The house is prepared for a restful Sunday, because I don�t see �something I need to do� every time I glance around the room. I don�t do this alone. All the children pitch in and help. We are usually done by noon!

Prepare to feed the family:

I do my grocery shopping on Saturdays as well. I pray that eventually, I will be able to cook a few meals on Saturdays as well, further reducing demands on my time during the week. Time that I can invest in my children.

Prepare to teach:

I write my lesson plans on Saturday. Right now, I do 4 weeks for one child each Saturday. This leaves one Saturday per month to work on things I want to present to the children, those lessons we do all together. I used to do all the lesson plans for everybody for 12 weeks in a weekend. And I was useless for anything else. I was ill and snappish, and frustrated. And it never failed that something would go awry, and I would have to change the plans anyway. I have a �master plan� of where we are going in school, and 4 weeks in advance is plenty to �firm up� at a time.

Prepare for God:

I am going to meet God on Sunday morning!!! We have an appointment!! Hallelujah, what a thought. HE!! is counting on me to be there! This is the most important part of Saturday. It comes later in the day, because by then, I am able to put my thoughts on Him, and what I do is an act of Service to Him, a reminder on Saturday of what Sunday is about. We all get baths sometime during the day. I clean all those little ears, and check all those little fingernails. I lay out clothes, and find the shoes. I figure out the easiest things on the menu to prepare on Sunday, so that I am not consumed with cooking. If possible, I set it up, ready to cook.

The last thing I do on Saturday is spend a little time on me. After the children are in bed, and all is prepared, I do what I want to do. This one time a week, peace fills my soul, and I am satisfied that all is done. I never feel this way Monday through Friday, even if I have xx�s through everything on my list. But on Saturday evening, there is peace for me. I am quiet then, like a weaned child on the Father�s lap. I am ready for Him. I have done my part.

And Sunday, oh, Sunday!

We wake up, and eat breakfast. Usually some store bought stuff, treats like doughnuts or turnovers. I scan the sale papers during the week, to look for goodies like that. And we get dressed for church, no scrambling for this or that, it�s all together, see. We have lunch when we get home, and we clean the kitchen. And then we usually take a nap. You knew that was coming, right?? Cause I do love a nap! We like to play games in the late afternoon and evening, spending this time together as a family. It�s restful. See, just like God said way back in Genesis.

And on Monday, I am refreshed, recharged, and ready to go again!

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Kinda boring today. Sorry.

So, I did take that nap yesterday. And I started the sweater, made good progress. Then I had to start over because I mis-calculated the button holes. I expect to get the bottom done today, at least.

In the kitchen today, I moved some stuff around in the cabinets. As in, put the leftover containers under the counter where we actually deal with left overs. Wow, concept, huh? I have decided I just really love those ziploc/glad ware dishes. I had to get some for the lunches, and the more I use them , the more I like them. Now, I used to sell tupperware, so I have a lot of it. But, over the years the “tracks” on the lids of the leftover containers have gotten bent, and are increasingly difficult to get on the containers. Life’s too short to be fighting with leftover bowls, right? I’ll be tossing the ones that don’t work anymore. And looking for sales on those I like.

No recipe today, and no philosophy either.

Feb 9
I have more to say!

Ok, minor rant here. Dh is home for the day. It’s almost 2pm. He has planned to go help a friend move Saturday, which is my usual shopping day. So, he asked me if I wanted to go to the store. Now, the list is made, but…………I’m tired. I don’t *want* to go shopping. So, I started to get really bugged about the fact that I run out of stem everyday at 2pm. But, hello, by 2pm, I’ve put in a solid 7 hours around here. NO wonder I am tired. And, so, I am sending off this email, and I am NOT going shopping, and I may even take a stinking nap! After I read to the boybarians and get them settled, it will be time to feed the baby again then anyway.

Living with a clone of one’s self is certainly interesting. I now understand another part of the meltdown over algebra that dd has. Both of us are used to gaining total comprehension at first glance. At the very latest, first read. And neither of us can do this with the algebra. It takes mental effort, lots of it, to “get it”. And humans by nature being extremely lazy, we don’t want to give that. So we struck a deal. We’ll study. Hard. For 30 minutes a day. She’ll not give me grief over having to do it, and we will stop after half an hour. Since I use the Charlotte Mason method with the younger children, I am a firm believer in short lessons. They work. Nuff said!

I did get the knitting done on the custom pants yesterday, which means I start the sweater today. Which bring me to buttons. I like buttons. I mean, I really like buttons! So, when I had to get buttons for this sweater, I ordered some extra, just because I liked them, and they inspired some ideas in me. I now have a couple sweater/soaker plans on the back burner of my mind. One ultra girly one for some lucky girl (maybe mine, LOL), and a dinosaur themed one, as well. I get my buttons from www.denverfabrics.com . Amazing selection of baubles, and I never have to leave home!

Last night, I learned that the daughter of one of my mother’s friends has severe cancer. Yep, that would make her my age :( . I’ll be making a couple of chemo caps for her, and I will start that today. Sigh.

My mom also told me yesterday that Grandmother is having more issues. The bottom of both her lungs have collapsed, she has lost superficial layers from her kidneys, and she has “some thickening” or her rectal walls. She’ll be having a cat scan today to check that out. I am really torn on this. She is just a shell of her former self. The highlight of her day is Jeopardy, after which she goes to bed. In fact, here is her schedule: Breakfast. Who wants to be a Millionaire and Price is Right, beginning at 10:30. Lunch. Nap. Supper. Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, ending at 8. Bed. But I remember Grandmother out-working me and my mother combined, less than 20 years ago. *That* Grandmother is fading from my mind, edged out by this new, frail Grandmother, whom I do not know or recognize. Sigh.

Recipe-don’t get used to this, it’s not going to be a daily feature, ROFL!
The Food Lion put avocados on sale, but did not have any guacamole mix. How lame is that?? Anyway, not to be deterred, I bought 4 anyway. Peeled, etc them, sprinkled in a bit of lemon pepper. Then I had purchased this new stuff made by McCormick, Garlic Pepper Seasoning. But it comes with a grinder on top, so you grind it as you use it! Pretty cool, huh? So, I ground a very generous amount of that over the avocado, and used an old fashioned potato masher to mix it all up. Incredibly edible guacamole! You may wish to add a bit of salt. Or not.

BTW, my 20th High School reunion is this year. How the heck did that happen?

Feb 8
Well, here I sit at 8:40, and my housework is done!!! Woohoo!! I am in stunned disbelief, btw, LOL!

Here is a recipe!
Spinach Dip
1 cup more or less of sour cream
1 cup more or less of mayo
1 cup more or less of thawed, well-drained spinach
1 packet of Knorr cream of spinach soup mix.
Combine ingredients, mix well, and chill for a couple of hours. How easy is that?

We pulled the school desk and couch back to make the living room bigger so we could all sprawl out Sunday night for the game. We liked it so much, we left it that way. It really makes a lot of difference in how we feel when we gather there.

I think I will be finishing the custom pants I am working on today, and then I will start the sweater. That means I have to compile all my notes from the prototype I knit, and *that* means we’ll be publishing the pattern soon!

Well, the baby is now awake, and being changed, so I guess it’s time to get on with the day
Feb 7

Dear Son number two!
I am so mad at you!
This day started for me
When I stepped in your pee.
Please, in the early morn,
take better aim.
Hit the bowl, for the good of your soul!

There’s my little ditty for the morning, needless to say, I was a bit grumpy!

We had a superbowl party last night. One of the cool things about a family this large is that we are our own party, LOL! One of dh’s friends had mentioned a party to him, and was supposed to call him back with details. Saturday came and no details, so we decided to just do supper in the living room with party type foods. We also played “Route 66″, the new game we got for Christmas. It was fun. The best part??? NO OVERTIME! Yay, me!! And thus ends another season of the stupidest game ever, right next to hockey!

I made a new chore chart for the children late Saturday night. I was so tired of hearing “but it’s my day off”. Now, nobody has a day off *ever*, and I have a personal helper every day. Another Yay, me!!

As far as dd’s going out, she got home at 1:30. About 1, though, I decided not to waste all this time I was going to be sitting up waiting, and I mopped the kitchen floor. She got home just after I finished. Which would have been a cool time to go to bed, but I was wired from doing the floor, LOL! So I listened to her rave over the “hott” drummer, who’s drumstick she caught, and then she went to bed. I, however, was up until 3. I worked on lesson plans.

Ok, time to get up and moving again.
Feb4

Lookie!! Here I am again!

I have entered brand new territory tonight.  My teenager has gone out.  So, I’ll be waiting up for all my chicks to come to roost :) .  Umm, make that snoozing on the couch!

Here’s my first public “I remember when”.  I remember when events marketed for teens ended at 11 and no later.  Tonight’s event will not end til after midnight.  Then there is the obligatory IHOP trip afterwards.  Hmmmph!  Then we live 1/2 hour from town, so………all told, I can expect my gal home after 2, probably closer to 3.  I did weigh the activities and time involved, and set her curfew at 3.  Geez, it felt like I was saying “go ahead and stay out all night, that’s fine”

I worked an algebra lesson today. Reworked it, I guess I should say.  One problem still has me stumped.  Oh, here is my fine question on that.  WHY, when the book says to epress your answer in radicals, is the answer in the back written with exponents?  And is it really wrong, if the answers are equivalent?  Yes, I am teaching Algebra 2, without a teacher’s manual, mind you.  Using just the student text from the high school.  Oh boy! 

I am trying a new short row technique on my shorts.  Fibermom says no wrap, just turn, slip, go. (I wish I knew how to do that link thing like do, Fibermom, please forgive me).  I tried it today, just a couple back and forth passes and it does seem to work.  I have been wrapping then slipping with good results, but I dislike the look of the wrap when it’s a purl side wrap picked up going knitwise (worked in the round, see?).  I am pretty persnickety, I know, and it’s a wee small blemish, but……….I don’t like my work marred.  OOh, work reminded me, I want to show this one off:

I just think it’s so stinkin’ cute!  That’s not the only thing I have finished since I last posted pics, but I think it’s the most interesting piece I have made lately.

Ok, I’m off.  I know you all are just giddy after hearing from me 2 days in a row.  *snort*

Feb 3
Hmmph! It’s not like I don’t do anything. In fact, I do lots of things. I do so many things, I can’t find time to write about it. And when I do find time, I am too tired to remember what I did. So, here’s a little round up. Since I wrote last, I have:

cooked

cleaned

changed diapers

fed the baby

washed laundry

folded laundry

knit

knit

slept

played referee

played therapist

played Don’t Spill the Beans

played Don’t Break the Ice

read to the children fro fun

read to the children for school

knit

dyed some yarn

dyed bras

worn my underwear inside out without realizing it for a full day

gotten new underwear, in the style I like, in the right size (YIPPEE)

filed my taxes

realized the IRS sent 3 years worth of SIZEABLE refunds to offset debt erroneously

filled out paperwork to correct said error

ranted about the way the government can take your money like that, and then make you fight to get it back

ranted about the way the municipality I live in can force you to hook into their water and sewer system and then refuse to grant you a 4 day extension on your bill

realized that if God worked 6 days a week, I probably ought to do the same

watched God perform miracles in front of my very eyes

looked in the mirror of my soul and did not like who I saw several times

looked in same mirror and given myself an “atta girl” a couple of times

had a mounstrousthrobbinghorriblesobadIcan’tevenbreathe headache

and a bunch of other stuff I am sure I am leaving out.

So there!

January 2005

Jan 20
Public school started yesterday for the term. Got dd there. And the power went out a few minutes after I got back home. So, after the students sat huddled in the cold dark buildings for a couple hours, they sent them home. HA! She got as far as home room. At Darrow Academy, on the other hand, we put in a full day, and were still done before lunch time. And, I am kidding. Sort of. They put all the students in the one building with generator power.

The cowl I was working on is done. The custom party pants are knitted, but I am still weaving ends on them, and then I need to sew the butt ruffle on. I am so behind.

And I am so tired. I have been getting up earlier, you see. I do not like it , Sam-I-Am. I want to lay my lazy self in the BED! I want to sleep-till-noon.

Jan 14
She’s here!!!!!!!
And she is settling in. We went to enroll her in the local public high school on Thursday. And I sat in my chair while the counselor said she thought they really ought to put more restrictions on home schoolers. And then I smiled and informed her that I home school all my younger children. No, I did not list all the other SIX of them on dd’s enrollment form. Is that really their business??? Along with ages? NOT!

Knitting–I think I have 8 things in my current WIP pile. I don’e work on them all everyday of course, but they are

1. custom “party pants”

2. instock newborn shorts

3. scarf for the gifts category

4. scarf for blessing box

5. knit and crocheted squares I am joining for the gifts category

6. sweater for dh

7. blanket for baby

8. shawl for me!!!!

I think I am finally hitting my stride again for the first time since I found out dd was coming for Christmas, LOL! Here is the new daily schedule I have set up for myself. I am still working on it, but I will get there. In fact, I will get tehre by next Wednesday, when dd goes to school.

by 8:
everyone up, dressed brushed and fed (except DD#4)
beds made (except mine)
Bible
laundry started
meals planned
dd 16 to school

Through the day:
water
water
water
water
bottle
bottle
bottle
bottle

by 10:
tidy my room
tidy small bath
tidy laundry
tidy kitchen plus
tidy living room plus
tidy boys
tidy girls
tidy large bath
tidy work area

10:00
snack
game
my part of school
school ds4
school ds6
school dd 9
school dd 11
begin biz stuff:
time at mdc
time at ww
Giftables for store 15
Instock 30
pack
ship
website
wind
dye
customs knitting (off and on as I can until 10pm)

1:00
lunch and cleanup
read to kids
Quiet time for boys
finish school and biz

4:00
snack
check school
journal of the day

6:00
dinner and cleanup

evening:
blessing/white Christmas
family sweaters
9:00 kids to bed
odd days, one kid up til 9:15-9:30
even days, blog

10 PM self:
read
knit for me
Bible study
email
veg out
whatever

11:00 bed

Fridays: checkbook, bills, ac moore ad, shopping list
Saturdays:shopping, showers , sheets, work together-kid zone and ROTW: 1st kitchen, 2nd living room, 3rd beds and baths, 4th school paperwork and lesson plans

Now, how did I get there?? Here is a little something I wrote a few days ago, after a rough morning where not near enough got done.

So, I sat here at noon today, overwhelmed with a to-do list 8 miles long, with only 1 mile accomplished.I overslept (again).And then I started my day.I have been tidying the house, then doing school, and then my little business.Late at night, when the house is quiet, I read my Bible.It occurred to me that I was feeding my soul LAST.EVERYDAY, I was going at life in my own strength.Now, when I planned my schedule, that made perfect sense.The house is QUIET then, so I can have QUIET TIME.But everyday, I am frustrated and overwhelmed.

So, back to the Book.I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God.I believe it is our study manual, if you will.And I believe God did not write that randomly, but that every verse is in the place HE thought it should be.So I purposed to read again, for the bazillionth time, about the Proverbs 31 woman.After all, that�s who we all want to be, right?And she obviously had it all together if the Almighty used her as our role model.This time, though, as I read, I want to look at how she organized her day.Not just what she did everyday, but how she managed her time.That goes back to believing God put the verses in a particular order.So, let�s study!

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.KJV

10 A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. 11 Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. 12 Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. 13 She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. 14 She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. 27 She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. 28 Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: 29 “Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!” 30 Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. 31 Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises! MESSAGE

10 An excellent R1173 wife, who can find? For her worth is far above R1174 jewels. 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. 13 She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands F446 in F447 delight. 14 She is like merchant R1175 ships; She brings her food from afar. 27 She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread R1188 of idleness 28 Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband {also,} and he praises her, {saying:} 29 “Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, {But} a woman who fears F457 R1189 the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her the product F458 of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates. NAS

10 Who may make discovery of a woman of virtue? For her price is much higher than jewels. 11 The heart of her husband has faith in her, and he will have profit in full measure. 12 She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She gets wool and linen, working at the business of her hands. 14 She is like the trading-ships, getting food from far away. 27 She gives attention to the ways of her family, she does not take her food without working for it.. 28 Her children get up and give her honour, and her husband gives her praise, saying, 29 Unnumbered women have done well, but you are better than all of them. 30 Fair looks are a deceit, and a beautiful form is of no value; but a woman who has the fear of the Lord is to be praised. 31 Give her credit for what her hands have made: let her be praised by her works in the public place BIBLE IN BASIC ENGLISH

10 Who can find a capable wife? Her value is far beyond that of pearls. 11 Her husband trusts her from his heart, and she will prove a great asset to him. 12 She works to bring him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She procures a supply of wool and flax and works with willing hands. 14 She is like those merchant vessels, bringing her food from far away 28 Her children arise; they make her happy; her husband too, as he praises her: 29 “Many women have done wonderful things, but you surpass them all!” 30 Charm can lie, beauty can vanish, but a woman who fears ADONAI should be praised. 31 Give her a share in what she produces; let her works speak her praises at the city gates. 27 She watches how things go in her house, not eating the bread of idleness. COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE

Okay, so here we have a woman, a priceless woman.She�s capable, she�s thinking about her husband.She�s an asset, she�s generous, and she�s trustworthy.So, that�s saying that I need to run my life and house in such a way that when my husband leaves for the day, he doesn�t need to worry about how I am handling things at home.He should be able to rest assured that when he gets home, there will be clean underwear in the drawer, food on the table, and the children will be able to tell him about their school day.And, he�ll be able to walk through the house without falling over stuff and killing himself, Amen?I believe God is going to tell us how to do that.He has to, cause I don�t have a clue!

She�s paying attention to what�s going on in her house, she has a plan, and she�s working that plan.She�s not lazy, she�s not idle, and she�s not looking for the quickest way out. She makes sure everyone under her authority has a job, and that they are doing it. She�s a delegator, and an inspector.But she�s in there working, right there with them all. She has gathered her supplies, good ones.Not just any old thing that will do, but the best she can get. Supplies that are delightful to work with.Her finished work is a joy!Doing her work is a joy!She does it willingly! No grumbling from her, nope.Hmmm, no whining either.

Oh, that stings me, Does it you?How often do I throw a meal on the table with little forethought?How often, to my shame, does my husband get home, and I have not given a passing thought to what I�m gonna feed him?She makes the extra effort.She doesn�t just feed her family, she FEEDS them.Doesn�t just fill the belly, but entices the senses.Wow, how about that?The secret to a man�s heart REALLY IS his stomach!!

This woman is blessed, she�s praised, she�s respected, she�s rewarded, she excels, she�s honored, and it starts with fearing the Lord!Not cowering in fear of judgment, but respecting what He has to say, understand the He has *expectations* of how she should run her life.Knowing that He has made promises that certain actions have certain consequences.Now, how does she put that in practice?I wanna know!!

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.KJV

15 She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. MESSAGE

15 She rises R1176 also while it is still night And gives R1177 food to her household And portions F448 to her maidens. NAS

15 She gets up while it is still night, and gives meat to her family, and their food to her servant-girls. BBE

15 It’s still dark when she rises to give food to her household and orders to the young women serving her. CJB

Well, I think we can safely say this woman gets up early.Like before I even wanna think about. And what does she do? Cooks breakfast, plans her day, gives instructions to her servants.Well, I don�t know about you, but the servant girl around here is me!I do however, have an electric dishwasher, and automatic washing machine, a vacuum cleaner, and so forth.Do you see what I am getting at?We need to make sure we are using our �servants�.Now I can�t run laundry and dishwasher first thing, cause other family members need the hot water.But I can unload the dishwasher, I can put eh clothes in the washing machine, I can check the floor to see if it needs vacuuming.I can be aware of exactly *what* needs to happen around here today.But before I do all that, I need to make sure we�re fed.And I need to make sure *I* am fed as well.Guess that means while I am drinking that cup of coffee or 3 that I will surely need because I got up early, I better be feeding my spirit.I need to meet with God.Hey, Daddy, what�s on my plate today?What do You have planned for me?And I need to get His Counsel.I need to listen!!And how does He Speak??Through His Word.

Okay, feeds her spirit, feeds her family, plans her duties. I don�t see food mentioned again. Did her family only eat one meal a day?I think not.You know, I bet she plans what the menu of the day is going to be while she is dealing with breakfast.Perhaps she even gets it started.I certainly know she�s not scrambling around at lunchtime, wondering what she�s gone feed everybody.Nor again at dinner.And I am almost certain �bringing her food from afar� means she has shopped for her food with a plan! Think about that, menus for all the meals!Know what you are going to serve ahead of time. Next?

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth F177 it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. KJV

16 She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. 17 First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. 18 She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. 19 She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. 24 She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. MESSAGE

16 She considers a field and buys it; From her F449 earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She girds R1178 herself F450 with strength And makes her arms strong. 18 She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night. 19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands F451 grasp the spindle. 24 She makes linen R1185 garments and sells {them,} And supplies F453 belts to the tradesmen. F454 NAS

16 After looking at a field with care, she gets it for a price, planting a vine-garden with the profit of her work. 17 She puts a band of strength round her, and makes her arms strong. 18 She sees that her marketing is of profit to her: her light does not go out by night. 19 She puts her hands to the cloth-working rod, and her fingers take the wheel. 24 She makes linen robes and gets a price for them, and traders take her cloth bands for a price. BBE

16 She considers a field, then buys it, and from her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She gathers her strength around her and throws herself into her work. 18 She sees that her business affairs go well; her lamp stays lit at night. 19 She puts her hands to the staff with the flax; her fingers hold the spinning rod. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchants with sashes. CJB

Look, she�s got a home business!And she knows she makes a quality product.She�s eager to get started at it each day, and not too quick to put it aside at night.She�s skilled and she is diligent.She�s on top of things, again, she has a plan to work, and she�s working that plan.This woman does NOT fly by the seat of her skirt.She�s on the ball!But look at something else.It says her candle doesn�t go out by night.To me, that means she is in control of her business, not the other way around.She has some set work hours, and she doesn�t have her work interfering with taking care of her family and her responsibilities to it.Ouch, that pinches me!

What else?

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. F178 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. KJV

20 She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. 21 She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. 22 She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. MESSAGE

20 She extends F452 R1179 her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed R1180 with scarlet. 22 She makes coverings R1181 for herself; Her clothing is fine R1182 linen and purple. R1183 NAS

20 Her hands are stretched out to the poor; yes, she is open-handed to those who are in need. 21 She has no fear of the snow for her family, for all those in her house are clothed in red. 22 She makes for herself cushions of needlework; her clothing is fair linen and purple. BBE

20 She reaches out to embrace the poor and opens her arms to the needy. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; since all of them are doubly clothed. 22 She makes her own quilts; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. CJB

She�s generous, giving to the needy, looking for opportunities to be of service to others.And she�s making clothes for her family as well.They are warm in winter, because she has planned ahead!Look at that, once again, she�s got a plan to work, and she�s working that plan!

And she takes care of herself too, she�s looking good!She�s got the pretty things on; she�s got pretty things in her home.

But there�s more!One more place, where she has it all over me, I�m sad to say.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. KJV

26 When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. MESSAGE

26 She opens R1187 her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching F456 of kindness is on her tongue. NAS

26 Her mouth is open to give out wisdom, and the law of mercy is on her tongue. BBE

26 When she opens her mouth, she speaks wisely; on her tongue is loving instruction. CJB

She�s wise, and she�s kind. She�s merciful with her words, and she speaks with love.She thinks about what she is going to say before her mouth flies open.Oh, how often, I wish I could take back hard words I have said.How often have I spoken so hatefully that my words are not heard because my tone is so rough?How much more could I teach my children, if I spoke to them with a bit of compassion?How would I feel if God spoke to me the way I speak to my family?She uses her words to build up, and not tear down.You can be sure; she�s not screaming her head off at unruly children, amen?Is that because she has perfect children?Or is it because she has lovingly trained them?Hmmmm, I reckon we know the answer to that, now don�t we?

So what�s the pay-off?Aside from the benefits of not being rushed, or stressed or unprepared?

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. KJV

23 Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. 25 Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. MESSAGE

23 Her husband is known in R1184 the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. 25 Strength and dignity R1186 are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. F455. NAS

23 Her husband is a man of note in the public place, when he takes his seat among the responsible men of the land. 25 Strength and self-respect are her clothing; she is facing the future with a smile. BBE

23 Her husband is known at the city gates when he sits with the leaders of the land. 25 Clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come. CJB

Her husband gains the respect of others because of her!! And she wears a smile!!She can do that, because she is handling her days well!

So, lets boil it all down.

She has a plan. And she follows that plan, because it is built on solid principles.

She starts the daily early, feasting on the Word, feeding her family, and noting the tasks of the day ahead.

She works.

She works steady.

She has an order in which she works.

She works on feeding her family.

She works on household tasks.

She works on her business

She�s generous to the poor.

She makes sure her family is clothed

She makes sure she�s got herself in order.

She�s kind.

She controls her tongue.

That�s it.That�s all she does.Simple isn�t it?I knew God would show me!I knew He would, cause He�s just that way!!

Mind you that life has been so crazy that it took me form the 6th when I wrote the essay til yesterday to get the schedule written up. I knew I needed to do it, but…it’s just been a mad house.

Last weekend, we switched rooms, giving the now 3, but eventually (sooner than later) 4 girls the master bedroom suite and taking the smallest bedroom for ourselves. I thought I would hate it! But it is a wonderfully cozy room, and I really do like it. There is no room for clutter there, and for someone as beset by clutter as I am, that is a wonderful thing. Very restful on the mind and eyes! I did take some pics, and will try to get them uploaded to a server to share soon.

I just finished reading LET’S ROLL this week. Not the most well-written book I have ever read, but worth the time. You may remember I have a goal to read a chapter a day of something. Well, I am at least averaging that, LOL! I had originally intended to re-read Diana Gabaldon’s series, which I really enjoy. But then I decided maybe I would read some books of note instead, so I read that one. I think next, I’ll read some Corrie Ten Boom. I have a book here that has three of her works in it that I have been meaning to read for years, so now might be a good time.

I think that’s all I have to say today, except this: Fibermom, I have been meaning to get over and leave a comment, but I am usually holding the baby when I read my xanga digest. I totally LOVE Hopkins. Yes, I do. Fascinating use of color there, absolutely fascinating! Can’t wait to see it finished!

Jan 4

SHE’S COMING HOME!!!!!

Well, here I am!! And I don’t know what to say.

My oldest daughter came for Christmas. She’s 16, and I had not seen her for 2.5 years. We had a wonderful visit, and she has determined to come here to live. We are waiting to see how this will come about, but she is *very* firm in her resolve.

I have made a ton of stuff since I last posted pictures, so I will forgo that. Partial listing: 4 magic scarves, 3 neck gaiters, 2 hats, as well as work stuff.

I don’t make New Years Resolutions anymore, instead I make goals. Here they are:

Spiritual

read Message (already set up at www.crosswalk.com)

Weeks

DONE1

2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,

28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52

contribute to food bank monthly

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

make gifts for White Christmas (one for each family member)

DH

Self

DD1

DD2

DD3

DS1

DS2

DS3

DD4

Bible study (registered for “Titus” at www.gracenotes.com)

HSY

regular business hours (available at the computer one hour in the morning,

one hour in the afternoon, and then from 9/10 pm until midnight, knit for

biz weekdays only)

sweater pattern (January)

baby bag pattern (February)

good stock of giftables by Thanksgiving (gloves, hats, scarves, etc-one

set/item

per month)

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

hat pattern

crocheted wrap pattern

finish two patchwork blankets

Christmas

draw names

knit all year for family

dh-blanket

girls- fuzzy feet

DD1

DD2

DD3

DD4

self

boys-felted clogs

DH

DS1

DS2

DS3

all-felted bag, scarf, hat, mittens

DD1

DD2

DD3

DS1

DS2

DS3

DD4

self

plan in advance that traditions are started on time (advent, puzzle, pjs, ornaments)

School

keep up better (mark off school days, write lesson plans last weekend of

each month)

do my part daily (song, poem or other lit reading)

Kids

spend time one on one (bi-weekly late bed times for each kid, and this time

spent with me-odd calendar days)

make new stockings

DD2

DD3

DS1

DS2

DS3

Self

play with my children (a game after the morning tidy)

finish DD#4′s blanket

Sweaters for All

DD4

DS3

DS2

DS1

DD3

DD2

DD1

DH

Self

read a chapter a day of something

blog (even calendar days)

scrap one weekend per month

learn to knit socks by July

bless a non-household member once a month/12 times

DONE January-gaiter on needles

DONE February-Micki’s scarf

March-Kathy’s sweater

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

paint the old barn more often

laugh every day

make some things for me!!

Shawl

Hat

Sweater

House/DH

maintain calm

cull/deep clean for 15 minutes per day

Make a pie once per month

January

February

march

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

I counted up on my daily schedule (even longer if possible than the goals list), and it calls for 7 projects at a time on the needles. Not happening–I can handle 4 at a time, I think without going bezerkers, so that’s what I’ll do. This afternoon, I plan to take the list above, and make a notebook of sorts, so I can track it better. It’s currently in email format, which is great for posting to a couple of email lists, to retain accountability. But not so great for keeping track of my progress in other ways. After all, who wants to see *that* daily. But if I don’t check it frequently, things are apt to slip.

As for work, we took vacation over the holidays. Now, we opened last March, and we had worked daily until that vacation. DAILY!! That’s every day, even Sundays. That kind of “daily”. Over the vacation, we both knit like fiends, and it was glorious. We were knitting what we wanted to knit, knitting for love of gift recipients, knitting for the love of knitting. It was……a return to the passion of knitting. Yes, knitting is a passion for me. There is something so….incredibly satisfying about taking two sticks and a string, and producing a wonderful wooly wearable, just because you can. For love, not money. So one of the goals we made (this is actually a resolution, LOL) is to take weekends off.

Update on the kiddos-

baby doing well, still tiny, but I guess she always will be

3.5 yo still drinking a bottle, guess he’ll graduate college with it

5yo prone now to dying duck fits, and it’s making me crazy

6yo growing like a weed, as in, needs a complete new wardrobe

9yo, still the family reporter

11yo, still completely without any common sense. at all, ever, none

16yo, see above

dh, still only working part time

me? well, I’m still me

Time is up, gotta run. Back on Thursday!