Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Daybook, taking a look at life today

Outside my window... still so humid! The windows are fogged in morning.  We’ve had lots of rain on and off. Forecast late week shows a cool front... can’t wait! I can’t remember a fall that was still so green. We are still mowing the pastures.
Hummingbirds are still showing up and moving on. The interesting way that one claims a feeder and fiercely protects it, is fascinating. 

I am reading...1984 George Orwell’s 1949 political horror story. A novel so prophetic! Big Brother through a screen watching every move, thought police, dumbing down language, re writing history. Policing each other’s behavior with torture to take away free thought or memory. 

My book club finished ready and discussing Anne Bronte’s Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It is very good, although many times I disliked every character in the story. Human flaws were so well depicted.
But once over, and ruminated, I applaud the author for capturing real people, and making them come alive. I was not a fan of Helena, but I do respect her courage in her time so different fora mother than our time 
Amazon prime has a miniseries version, with some little and big


changes to storyline. I hope to get my book club over to watch and discuss.

Have you read either book?
I added some of Orwell’s painfully terrible quotes below. So much the same vein as Chesterton and Lewis... warnings for us now to pay attention, be alert. 

I am thinking... we Americans need to be a more  educated society and electorate. I heard that only 1 of 3 Americans could pass the citizenship test.want to check yourself?

In the kitchen... I have fallen in love with the ease of our instapot. Max made flank steak with onions last night. Yum. We use it a few times a week.
Ceci’s baking has stopped for now since fair is over.

Around the farm... guineas and peacock babies are almost big enough to move to large pen. We have three hatchlings who are healthy and feisty and fun to see.  
The guineas flop and fly around out of their brooder, one escaped while Euly was trying I give them water. Albert chased it under Craig’s shed. Late the next day Euly went to check on the chickens, and found the light colored guinea baby up on a fence post near the roosting spot of the adult guineas.

In our homeschool....4-H County Fair week was a school break due to so much volunteer time needed at the fairgrounds. 
Ceci is working as a mom’s helper for her cousin’s baby this week. Lucky girl. The baby is sweet, healthy and very easy going.
Euly has the PSAT on Wednesday and her drivers test on Friday. Still very busy.

I am creating....support for our wildlife plan. The county comes to inspect our progress this November  

I am planning.... a few trips. Molly is moving to Phoenix temporarily for job training. I hope to go see her to help her get settled Or to visit another weekend when she’s a little lonely. I’ve never been to Arizona, anything I should see?

I also plan to visit family in Tennessee, to bring the girls to meet family they’ve never met. Unfortunately the date keeps needing to be changed for school conflicts. I would love to see the fall colors and introduce the girls to Tennessee beauty. 

Max and I are planning a graduation trip starting in Venice. Much planning needs to happen. 

I am watching...random things.
My sister told me about The Last Movie Star starring Burt Reynolds. It was cringingly painful to watch beautiful Ariel Winter in such a ridiculously scanty outfit the entire movie. But by the end I was a fan of her acting and Lil, her character. 

I am thankful for...all of God’s blessing and graces! 

I am praying... for the young man who lost his life in Austin and his family. For Molly’s  job change, Max’s job search, many personal intentions. 

I am Going...to celebrate October fest at a German restaurant as the next in our friends’ double date night series of dinners from around the world. 
We started with Italian, Mexican, Turkish, Ethiopian, Asian in Chinatown, and now authentic German. 

I am Hearing...rain drops on roof as a storm keeps me in the car while Euly’s in basketball practice.

Looking forward to...celebrating my mother’s 80th birthday on Thursday. She does not want a party, we’ll have a quiet lunch and visit to celebrate. 

Help for perimenopause...?
So that’s the state I’m in and I was in need to a change, by natural means, to an end to what I called forever period (so sorry for the TMI): 

George Orwell’s 1984, some quotes that left an impressions on me:

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. 

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

Friday, October 5, 2018

7 Quick Takes on a Friday

Seven quick takes on a Friday

I haven’t blogged once in 2018. I miss it. The blogger app messed up on my phone and I’ve never recovered. I’m looking into moving away from blogger, any suggestions are appreciated!

1. 
We’ve had a bad week but as life is, mixed with good things. Euly was hit in face with an elbow at practice, badly injuring her nose, leaving soreness and black eyes. Good news: she got her letterman jacket the same night as a nice salve.
2. 
A dog attacked our chickens and we thought more damage was actually done to our flock. We thought the rooster was killed. Good news: Emo (the rooster) is still alive and well, doing the best job a rooster has even done for us. 
Three new chick babies were hatched by a broody hen and we claimed them to their own brooder, where they are happily growing.
3.
Ceci entered three cakes and two paintings and many items for sale at the fair, she didn’t place, but good news, her cousins came the fair/rodeo/carnival for one of the best nights we’ve had in a while. 


4. 
I don’t like what some are defining women to be in 2018.
Some grotesquely alter their bodies to attract men’s sexual attention.
Then shame men when they respond to that bait.
And even lie about men who do not give their attention. 
Come on, women, we are better than this. 
The answer?
Return to feminine dignity to receive what you are looking for: respect and love.

5. 
One of my New Years resolutions for 2018 was to travel more. I had not idea how that would unfold and it’s been fun so far and with only three months left, I have three major trips planned. I’m excited, despite by my great discomfort for flying.

6. 
Even with her black eyes Euly presented a state of 4-H speech in front of our county government commissioners along with her other ambassadors. She did great!


7. 

As I get older so much of my life, prayer life, mental occupation is with my older kids. Mothering does get harder as the needs are changes, but then the rewards of seeing them succeed in their adult life and decisions is more than rewarding. It seems to open another chamber in my heart.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snow Day

We had a little snow and it is a very big deal for us. Living in the Gulf Coast, we don't see much snow. Maybe a dusting like comes this every decade.
It was beautiful! It kicked me into high gear Christmas spirit! I had been complaining about the selection of Christmas songs radios and stores play now, seemingly to want to avoid the reason for the season and avoid mentioning Or Lord in any way. So we are down to songs about Santa-baby, sleigh bells and snow, snow snow. I told my kids they needed to write a song without any mention of snow. Haha. Now, I'm okay. And we found a Christian selection on Spotify of Christmas songs which have all the old Christ Child centered favorites.












Ceci's snowballs
Euly's snowballs

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Basketball

We are in our second year of basketball. This year the girls' teams do not have the same games or  practice days. We play with a league out of College Station, so everything is already a bit of a drive from our home. The girls love it and love the friends they have made. The games are much more exciting to watch now that most of the players have much more experience over last year.

Basketball is so much more than just a P.E. credit, in experience and time involved. The girls now have to face challenges and overcome huge tasks or sometimes just survive the battles. Maybe it's this way in all schools, but in homeschool leagues especially, we go up against a variety of ages, sizes and experience. Everyone wants to win. The determination in the faces of our girls and the girls we play against reflect their passion.

Capturing their games in photography is especially challenging and rewarding for me.  The entire game the girls give their all. There's always that next play that will show that next better, clearer shot. Video would help the coaches more, but a still shot captures the moment's intensity. Max helped me with Euly's recent game. He took over 370 pictures, all great and exciting.

I played junior high basketball. I don't recall if I was a significant asset for our team, but I do remember so much more now watching my girls play. We also played much larger girls and survived. We bonded as a team and friendships were made. Basketball physical confidence which takes over beyond the courts and helps growth to handle all types of competitive situations.

Our league is Christian and competitive. There is a conscious balance the both, as we have in the rest of our lives. We don't leave out who we are when we play. It is not always easy, sometimes it can be very hard, as we spend miles in the car, I know it’s worth it.


Maybe the time Ceci re-injured her leg.
 Middle School Girls Second Place at a recent tournament

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving Week 2017

We had the most beautiful, perfect weather for Thanksgiving. We spent it at my sister Teresa and husband Greg’s beautiful home near Lake Austin. It’s always a delight to spend time with them. All four sisters were together, my parents saw all but two of their grandkids and all four of their great grand kids and found out there is another on the way! My mother in law joined us this year. 



Thanksgiving fell on Max’s 25th birthday. We celebrated a little on the day before and the Sunday after. 
Euly went to the 4-H National Congress in Atlanta and missed the feast. She left early Thursday morning but was happily able to visit with Molly who came in at 1 a.m. thanksgiving and enjoyed a very late and very early visit. Molly left Sunday and Euly didn’t return until Tuesday. 

My nephew and family were in from Sweden and Lilly was delighted to have a cousin close in age to play with. 






This holiday goes by so fast, and there are so many people to visit with, it just seems like a blur. The girls and I stayed Friday to do a little shopping, enjoy a little more Chuys and visit at my parents wince my great niece was being baptized Friday afternoon.
The baptism was at a Shoenstatt chapel overlooking hills around Austin. The Shoenstatt movement is within the Catholic Church, an international place of pilgrimage dedicated to our Blessed Mother to encourage prayer.

The chapels are all built with the same blueprint. Each seat only about 32 people. Intimate and lovely. Beautiful  service; inspired homily. I’m thankful we were able to attend. 


Saturday Molly, Lilly and Ceci decorated gingerbread houses from the HeB kits while Craig and nick enclosed the old sheep shed for another brooder space. Too many chicks in the old brooder box and they aren’t quite ready to enter the big world. 


Having adult kids is fun! Craig, molly and to went to visit Max and spent a fun evening at Chuys, seemingly to accidentally test my old claim I could eat Chuys every day, and it seems it is true! Haha
Having older kids to babysit is also a win. 
Sunday went by too fast since we had to take Molly back to Austin to go home. We had a great visit! And we will see her again in a month. My heart is full.
Euly came home Tuesday, also to the Austin Airport. She had a great time, saw all kinds of fun sites in Atlanta: the aquarium, football hall of fame, and was able to attend mass. Yay!

All the girls while they were all together:




From Euly's 4-H Trip