Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Much of my afternoon and evening was spent schlepping kids around shopping--the boys to a Toys R Us and Costco, then later the girl to Kohls while Ben was at karate. Something about all that shopping suggested I had earned a latte. It was, at any rate, a pleasant end to the day.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
This is my camera. I took the picture with the camera phone you can see in the LCD screen. The flip-out LCD screen is probably my favorite feature on this camera; it is especially handy for self-portraits. The camera phone takes pretty decent pictures as well, for a camera phone, and several of my Project 365 photos, obviously including this one, were taken with it, since it is easier to carry with me than the Canon.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Our informal homeschooling group celebrated a birthday this afternoon with quite a lineup of party games followed by huge portions of cake and ice cream. In this picture they are making "snowmen" of the two youngest kids (the birthday boy is the snowman in the background).
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I drove home from delivering Aimée to a babysitting job a few towns away, taking some back roads in hopes of a lovely scenic picture for today. I stopped at one point and took a whole series of boring landscapes, but I liked this startling sight quite a bit better.
Apparently these are Paul Bunyan's legs. I have no idea what happened to the rest of him, but this web site identifies him as a Paul Bunyan "muffler man" who used to serve as a flagpole. OK!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
This is the book I finished Sunday afternoon along with my tin of Book Darts. Since the book is borrowed, I marked the most thought-provoking passages with these little metal line markers. I will go back through the book and type out the quotes I want to save before I return the book to its owner.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
It has been an interesting 24 hours! Friday afternoon we learned that our furnace needed to be replaced; at first we were told we'd have to wait until Monday, but the heating people were able to be convinced to do it Saturday instead, at no inconsiderable cost to us, naturally. We spent the night Friday with dear friends (you know who you are, and we are so grateful!) and now, Saturday evening, we have a running furnace with its own new thermostat, pictured above. We are tired and discombobulated by the upset schedule, but so grateful for warmth and shelter and friends we can count on--those we stayed with and those whose gracious invitations we turned down.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Tuesday is piano lesson day for Aimée, and her teacher, Nina, has a lovely collection of plants in her window. She was kind enough to let me take some pictures of them today during the lesson. I really like the curly edges. I think they are African violets, but I am a flower dunce and will come back and edit this post if she tells me differently!
Monday, February 12, 2007
Project 365 has helped me see how many beautiful scenes I see in a day, often through the car windows, scenes that I whip past and never stop to savor. This reservoir is one I pass once every couple weeks, on average, and it's one of those scenes that's different every time, depending on the weather and the light. This morning's view was not particularly noteworthy, except for the fact that I parked and got out of the car to take a few pictures.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Tonight Dave and I plan to attend a "Sweethearts' Supper," hosted by a terrific couple from our church, in honor of Valentine's Day next week. I like to bring a dessert to this kind of event, because I don't eat desserts made with such common ingredients as sugar and flour. If I bring dessert, I usually bring something I can eat. Rather selfish, I suppose, but other folks also seem to enjoy what I bring, so I keep doing it.
Anyway--this is my sugar-free chocolate chip cheesecake with a pecan crust fresh out of the oven (i.e., before it collapsed, as cheesecakes are wont to do).
Friday, February 9, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
A week or so ago I watched the film Wordplay, about avid crossword puzzle solvers and their annual tournament. It was a fun film, and of course it got me to track down last year's long-abandoned Page-A-Day crossword puzzle calendar. I am only so-so at crossword puzzles, but they're fun when they're not too hard (or too easy), and I've been doing a few most days recently.