Thursday, August 15, 2013

On This Day in August 2013

FOR August 15, 2013

Outside my window...
The temperature is in the 70s F. At midday in August. In Texas. This is unheard of. I took my second cuppa outside this morning. We still very much need rain, but the break in the heat is welcome.

I am thinking...
about the hope presented in this message by the professor who taught the one theology class I took at seminary:


I am thankful...
Mezzo had two big financial answers to prayer this week;
my parents and I were able to spend most of Tuesday with Terza and her boys;
we got hugs from Nonni, too, while we were in her area;
my shoulder feels and moves better than it did Friday through Sunday (steroid injection in the joint);
for my mom's life and the opportunity to celebrate her birthday with her;
for Amore's hard work finishing up the bathroom remodel when we ended up having to replace the sink and vanity after everything else was done.

In the kitchen...
not much is happening. The dishes are caught up, and we're ordering pizza tonight.

I am wearing...
a butterfly tunic, long khaki shorts, and (still) hiking boots.

I am creating...
nothing at present. The prospective scarf still sits in my yarn bag, not yet untouched. We're watching through a Great Courses DVD set from the library called "Optimizing Brain Fitness." Between taking notes on that and icing my shoulder, it's been hard to start a project.

I am going...
on an overnight hotel stay with my Amore next week for our anniversary, if the Lord wills.

I am wondering...
if that will go any better than the last three attempts at sleeping away from home.

I am reading...
1 Corinthians, Psalms, Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas, Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (a British mystery of the cozy variety), and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (with the CraftLit podcast)

I am hoping...
my physical therapist can give me substantial help and advice on my shoulder and back within the 3 appointments of insurance coverage I have remaining, and that Amore's antibiotics have alleviated the cause of his jaw pain, at least until his root canal the last week of the month.

I am looking forward to...
the resumption of ladies' Bible study at the end of the month.

I am learning...
from my younger self's words in the "Reflections on Prayer" Monday posts. It's peculiar and convicting to see how little ground I've gained in some areas (and how much lost in others) in 13 years;
and about the brain's function and how to cultivate it, especially with a view to counteracting the effects of the aging process.

Around the house...
the big parts of our house projects are all done. There is some painting left and some trim to cut and attach, but the master bath is fully operational again, thanks be to God.

I am pondering...
why the Lord might be bringing me messages on the "out of your comfort zone" theme this week. (Should I be worried? Haven't the last 3 years pretty much been out of my comfort zone?)

A favorite quote for today...
"The extraordinary hides behind the camouflage of the ordinary" (Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs).

One of my favorite things...
nephew hugs and giggles.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
working on my physical therapy home exercises for neck, back, and ankle;
trying to arrange an ankle MRI in advance of my appointment later this month;
grocery shopping and an anniversary card purchase;
asking Amore to put my carry-on bag where I can access it to start packing things a little at a time, in an effort to pace my preparations for our overnight escape.

A peek into my week...

The skyscape from the parking lot of a fast food restaurant Sunday

"Rocky" decided a hands-on approach was the best way to make sure his big brothers saved him some of the leftover movie popcorn.


Sharing with Peggy Hostetler's The Simple Woman's Daybook today

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