Friday, October 7, 2016

October Daybook

Outside my window...we don't get the spectrum of autumn colors, but there is something about the trees and the sky, we can feel autumn coming. The early mornings are almost chilly. It is lovely to be outside any time of day.

I am thinking...of naming 2016  the year of EPIC CAR REPAIR MARATHON. If it's not one car, then it's another, and then the first one again, not fun at all.  Molly is happy with my old car, while AC on her car seems to be conked out for good. Anyone in Texas want a black car with NO A/C? Haha.  My new to me Jeep has a sensor issue, that is baffling everyone and making me wonder: do we not know how to work on cars anymore with or without computer readings? One report is that the part is on back order- for a month. Sigh. Offering it up...

I am praying for..conversion of loved ones, our country's leaders and citizens, mental health of those under stress of life. 

I am thankful...for my hardworking husband who took vacation to help complete our new church building for our scheduled blessing by our Cardinal at the end of the month. They installed the pews, now working on the kneelers, communion rail, confessional,'s getting close!

In the kitchen...I've been cooking more. October encourages me. I made a chicken and rice casserole last night everyone loved. Pork roast and potatoes the night before. The girls have been baking and the house smells wonderful. 

I am wondering...about our current medical situation in this country! Two months ago, I took someone to a clinic who was given an iv for dehydration, a scan and diagnosis for a kidney stone. Given a shot for pain and sent home. Two months later gets a bill for $5000 for these services. Have we gone off the deep end? A kidney stone can put such financial burden on a individual? How do people cover heart attacks and broken bones? This is with insurance! Closer look at the billing seems to include some crazy over billing for type of issue this was.  What other industry gets away with this? And how to fight a system when the human element available to talk to has no control.
Check your bills. I just caught my favorite dentist double charging me for repair on the same tooth. 

I am work, papers for co-op IEW class, Logic, Church History.

I am watching...second episode of Poldark in this season two on pbs. Anyone else get really mad at Ross toward the end of the episode? 

I am listening to...Nick and Euly planning what Nick is going to wear for a homeschool homecoming. He's been working around the house and property to make extra cash for his date, another homeschooler he met in classes last year. I love motivated teens. 

I am have a quiet Sunday at home after mass and Sunday school, we have all been busy and stressed, and it would be nice for us to relax and laugh and recharge.

I am looking forward to...the fall holiday season. I love October, Halloween, All Saints, All Souls, Thanksgiving. Busy season with lots of fun things to do, cook and decorate to celebrate together.

Around the house...mmmmm, probably need to spend some time catching up with laundry and cleaning....

Around the Farm...chickens are producing lots of eggs of many colors and sizes.
Guineas are still fun to watch.

We have been thinking Tiger Lily mama looked like she should deliver her calf any day. She had been hanging out close to the house to get easy meals, but one afternoon we didn't see her around and went for a walk in the woods and spotted her.

Second day:

We are trying to save the last efforts the garden is trying to produce. I'm looking forward to getting the beds cleared out and prepped for next year.

I am pondering...a mobile app for blogging because I am having trouble with the iPod and iPhone Blogger app. It drops drafts, shuts for no reason, and is making it so discouraging to blog. Anyone have a mobile app they like? I tried Blog it and had issues saving data. 

A favorite quote/verse/prayer for I need to read over and over:
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. 
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. 
Saint Francis de Sales

One of my favorite things...watching the girls learn skills for basketball. Their games start at the end of the month. They are driven to learn dribbling, rebounding, rules.. And it's fun to see their determination!

A few plans for the rest of the week.. One Day 4-H a day of volunteering at a local food pantry but also our parish Rosary procession and work day for Feast of the Holy Rosary. Need to make a choice.

Wishing you a relaxing weekend!


  1. So enjoyed this visit with you Mary...
    Your photos are stunning, as always!
    October does the same for me...makes me feel like cooking good hearty meals. : )
    Enjoy these lovely months with your beautiful family.
    You continue to inspire me!

  2. As always love reading what you're up to. So close to your Church being blessed! :-)